Tanzania: Health Cover for Farmers Gets New Push
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- The National Commercial Bank (NBC) and the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) have inked a deal that is designed to enable farmers who are members of cooperative societies to access health insurance. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 4, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reinterpreting the scope of the general requirement that state payments for Medicaid services must be paid directly to the practitioner providing the service. Under the new proposal, payments to third parties that provide benefits to the workforce such as health insurance, skills training, and other similar employee benefits will be allowed if the practitioner consents to such payments on their behalf. Comments on this rule are due by September 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Recent Federal Policies on Small Business Health Insurance
Despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the small-group health insurance market remained relatively stable over the last year. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - August 3, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Corlette S Tags: Health Care Quality and Value Health Care Coverage and Access National Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reinterpreting the scope of the general requirement that state payments for Medicaid services must be paid directly to the practitioner providing the service. Under the new proposal, payments to third parties that provide benefits to the workforce such as health insurance, skills training, and other similar employee benefits will be allowed if the practitioner consents to such payments on their behalf. Comments on this rule are due by September 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden ’s Special Obamacare Sign-Up A Pandemic Boost To Health Insurers
Health insurance companies continue to have one of their best years selling individual plans under the Affordable Care Act thanks to the Biden administration's special open enrollment period. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 1, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech business pharma Source Type: news

When Deductibles Rise, More Diabetes Patients Skip Their Meds
FRIDAY, July 30, 2021 -- As many Americans know, today's health insurance plans often come with high deductibles. Those out-of-pocket costs could cause harm: New research shows that 20% of people who have diabetes and high-deductible health plans... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 30, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health insurance cards connect to Apple Wallet in Australia
Health fund members of four Australian insurance firms can now make claims at any HICAPS terminal in the country by tapping their iPhone or Apple smartwatch. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Why virtual primary care is here to stay
As an evolution of telehealth, virtual primary care is the equivalent of visiting your primary care practice, but digitally. The power of technology gives patients accessible face time with their primary care provider, virtually via phone, tablet, or computer. In one of our recent insights, we noted that employees often avoid seeking primary care due to multiple barriers such as costs, health insurance confusion, inconvenient access to a doctor, and limited time to visit a physician. However, skipping… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 28, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Healthgram Source Type: news

Why virtual primary care is here to stay
As an evolution of telehealth, virtual primary care is the equivalent of visiting your primary care practice, but digitally. The power of technology gives patients accessible face time with their primary care provider, virtually via phone, tablet, or computer. In one of our recent insights, we noted that employees often avoid seeking primary care due to multiple barriers such as costs, health insurance confusion, inconvenient access to a doctor, and limited time to visit a physician. However, skipping… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 28, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Healthgram Source Type: news

Why virtual primary care is here to stay
As an evolution of telehealth, virtual primary care is the equivalent of visiting your primary care practice, but digitally. The power of technology gives patients accessible face time with their primary care provider, virtually via phone, tablet, or computer. In one of our recent insights, we noted that employees often avoid seeking primary care due to multiple barriers such as costs, health insurance confusion, inconvenient access to a doctor, and limited time to visit a physician. However, skipping… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 28, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Healthgram Source Type: news

Medical Groups Call for Vaccine Requirements for Health Care Workers
Vaccination “is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers,” nearly 60 organizations said in a joint statement. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Anthes Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Health Insurance and Managed Care Hospitals Nursing Homes American Medical Assn American Nurses Assn Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Source Type: news

Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states
Illinois is leading a handful of Democratic-run states in extending health insurance coverage to adult immigrants living in the country illegally, including seniors (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Prescriptions for Fruits and Vegetables a Blossoming Program
The premise is simple: A health care provider or a health insurance plan provides a ''prescription" for produce. Patients redeem it at a local farmer's market, grocery store, or a community-based sponsoring organization. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Need for the Creation of a Real National Public Health System in Nepal
As Nepal faces breaking point amidst its worst COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations and its partners launched in May 2021 the Nepal Covid-19 Response Plan calling for US$ 83.7 million to mobilize an emergency response over the next three months to assist 750,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic. The plan was endorsed by the Nepal Humanitarian Country Team and the Government of Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre and lays out critical areas of support required to complement the Government of Nepal’s response efforts. Credit: World Health Organization (WHO) By Simone GalimbertiKATHMAN...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simone Galimberti Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Government postpones controversial health data grab
UNISON has welcomed the government’s decision to postpone its planned data grab of all medical histories held by English GPs. The controversial plan had already been delayed from July to September, after widespread criticism from GPs, civil society organisations, trade unions and others. Then, in July, came the backdown, and the decision to “pause” the collection of data in order to provide more time to engage with GPs, patients, health charities and others. In a letter to GPs, Jo Churchill, the under-secretary of state for health and social care, wrote: “While we are continuing to work on the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News NHS Source Type: news

Effectiveness of mRNA vaccines against the Alpha and Beta variants in France
(Institut Pasteur) Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with the French National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM), Ipsos and Sant é publique France showed that the two-dose vaccination regimen of mRNA vaccines provides 88% protection against non-variant virus, 86% against the Alpha variant and 77% against the Beta variant. The results of this study were published in The Lancet Regional Health Europe on July 14, 2021 (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How COVID-19 Long Haulers Could Change the U.S. Disability Benefits System
When COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S. in March 2020, McKale Santin was working at a nursing home in Burlington, Vermont. She and her coworkers didn’t yet know how deadly the virus would become, but she remembers feeling nervous as the first patients got sick and she was asked to examine them with only a surgical mask, not the more protective N95 mask that she wore to test for conditions like tuberculosis. One day, a patient pulled down her own mask to sneeze while Santin was conducting a respiratory assessment. Soon after, the woman became one of Vermont’s first people to die from COVID-19—and Santin...
Source: TIME: Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Source Type: news

Americans ’ Medical Debts Are Bigger Than Was Known, Totaling $140 Billion
A new study finds that health care has become the country ’s largest source of debt in collections. Those debts are largest where Medicaid wasn’t expanded. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 20, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Medicaid Health Insurance and Managed Care Debt Collection Credit and Debt States (US) Finances United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Roundstone relaunches its e-learning platform for health benefits advisors
Hundreds of businesses use Roundstone as their health insurance provider, saving an average of 20% annually over the past decade, the company said. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mary Vanac Source Type: news

Erin Gilmer, Disability Rights Activist, Dies at 38
She fought for a more compassionate health care system, bringing an extensive knowledge of policy and even more extensive firsthand experience as a patient. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Clay Risen Tags: Gilmer, Erin (1982-2021) Deaths (Obituaries) Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicine and Health Legal Profession Disabilities Colorado Source Type: news

ComCor study on SARS-CoV-2: where are French people catching the virus?
(Institut Pasteur) The Institut Pasteur, in partnership with the French National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM), Sant é publique France and the Ipsos Social Research Institute, recently presented the results of the ComCor epidemiological study on circumstances and places of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The aim of the study was to identify the socio-demographic factors, places visited and behaviors associated with a higher risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CFO of the Year Andreana Santangelo: 'My favorite job is my current job'
First joining Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2003, Santangelo has helped lead the insurer through a rocky period for any business, never mind a health insurance company through a global health crisis. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Grant Welker Source Type: news

CalPERS health insurance rates for 2022 to rise more than previous two years
Health insurance costs for the California Public Employees ’ Retirement System are seen as a barometer for the broader market. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 14, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Anderson Source Type: news

Chinese health insurance achieves success decreasing diabetes medication usage, costs
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Approximately 642 million people are expected to be diagnosed with diabetes by 2040, with Asians representing more than 55% of cases. Researchers conducted the first large-scale study since the implementation of medical insurance in China to evaluate the complexity and cost of drug therapy for Asian people with diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cathy Mahaffey: Public Policy — A nonprofit health care startup for the people
More than 10 years after the Affordable Care Act was passed, health insurance remains a fraught topic. But within the system that exists, Cathy Mahaffey does her best to offer affordable options. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 13, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: David Lewellen Source Type: news

OPM, IRS, EBSA, HHS: Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I
Notice of interim final rule from the Office of Personnel Management, Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services implementing provisions of the No Surprises Act that protect participants, beneficiaries, and enrollees in group health plans and group and individual health insurance coverage from surprise medical bills. These regulations are applicable for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. This notice also includes interim final rules that apply to emergency departments of hospitals and independent freestanding emergency departments, healthc...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

US citizen migrant children in Mexico lacking adequate health insurance
(University of Houston) Researchers at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work found that more than half of U.S. citizen migrant children living in Mexico were underinsured, and the situation is even more stark for those living in urban settings and along the border. They are now calling for transborder policies to address place-based inequity in health coverage. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Senators seek Medicaid-like plan to cover holdout states
Three Democratic U.S. senators from states that have refused to expand Medicaid want the federal government to set up a mirror plan to provide health insurance coverage to people in those states (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

A public health approach to protecting workers from opioid use disorder and overdose related to occupational exposure, injury, and stress: APHA Policy Statement Number 202012, issued October 24, 2020 - American Public Health Association.
Opioid overdose mortality, in combination with increased deaths from alcohol and suicide, is having a profound impact on American workplaces, compromising occupational health and safety and increasing workers' compensation and health insurance costs, absen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A New Alzheimer ’s Drug Offers More Questions Than Answers
The approval of Aduhelm to treat Alzheimer ’s disease has raised hope among older adults, but many doctors wonder if it is warranted. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paula Span Tags: Alzheimer ' s Disease Aduhelm (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Elderly Health Insurance and Managed Care your-feed-health your-feed-science Source Type: news

Germany: Health System Review
Health Syst Transit. 2020 Dec;22(6):1-272.ABSTRACTThis analysis of the German health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Germany's health care system is often regarded as one of the best health care systems in the world, offering its population universal health insurance coverage and a comprehensive benefits basket with comparably low cost-sharing requirements. It provides good access to care with free choice of provider and short waiting times, which is partly due to good infrastructure with a dense networ...
Source: Health systems in transition - July 7, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Miriam Bl ümel Anne Spranger Katharina Achstetter Anna Maresso Reinhard Busse Source Type: news