New Highmark Health company designed to innovate
Lumevity launches as a way to drive change across all sectors and companies, not just health care and insurance. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 27, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

New Highmark Health company designed to innovate
Lumevity launches as a way to drive change across all sectors and companies, not just health care and insurance. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 27, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Nigeria: Aiico Partners ActionAid to End Infant Homicide in Nigeria
[Leadership] AIICO Insurance Plc has partnered ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) to tackle and put an end to infant homicide in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 27, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

CT lung cancer screening guidelines are changing
Commercial insurance companies are already beginning to expand their paymen...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Provider Relief Fund reporting rules are released Prepare now for Medicare's AUC/CDS rules for imaging orders How benchmarking helps radiology practices evaluate performance Benchmarking can help radiology practices evaluate performance Radiology groups can prepare now to implement the No Surprises Act (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 27, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Study Identifies Racial Differences in Patient Safety in Hospitals
Black patients have a higher rate of adverse safety events than white patients when they are admitted to the same hospital, regardless of insurance coverage type or the percentage of hospitalized patients who are Black, according to a new Urban Institute study. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Aon, Willis Towers Scrap $30 Billion Merger Amid Antitrust Impasse
The Justice Department had alleged the tie-up of insurance brokers would lead to higher prices and reduced innovation for U.S. businesses. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aon, Willis Tower Watson scrap roughly $30 billion merger
Aon PLC and Willis Towers Watson PLC abandoned a more than $30 billion tie-up to create the world’s largest insurance broker. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Patients pay 12% of secondary imaging costs out of pocket
Patients pay 12% of the costs of secondary imaging interpretation out of pocket...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SNMMI supports new legislation to fix PET payment policy Proposed 2022 MPFS includes radiology payment cuts Structural racism linked to initial breast cancer care facility Study suggests No Surprises Act simply veils insurance coverage gaps Abdominal ultrasound priciest in Fla., cheapest in NJ (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 23, 2021 Category: Radiology 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

Produce Prescription Programs: Keys to Better Health? Produce Prescription Programs: Keys to Better Health?
The program is simple: A healthcare provider or insurance plan provides a'' prescription" for produce. Patients redeem it at a local farmer's market, grocery store, or a sponsoring community organization.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care 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

RxBenefits adds key national executives to its board, continues employee expansion
RxBenefits is adding two heavy hitters in the insurance industry to its board. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 22, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

How Olympians Are Fighting to Put Athletes ’ Mental Health First
Jackson Avenue is the main road that cuts through Oxford, Miss. At its northern limit, it circles the Ole Miss campus where Raven Saunders had spent the past three years as a student athlete. At its western end, Jackson splits into a T junction populated by a cluster of familiar American fast food restaurants and retail chains: a Walmart Supercenter, a Home Depot, a Popeye’s, a Chick-Fil-A. Saunders, a senior at University of Mississippi and a star shot putter on the school’s track and field team, knew the intersection well. Turn right, and the road led home. Turn left, and the highway hugged a steep drop-off f...
Source: TIME: Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized olympics Tokyo Olympics Source Type: news

Meet Ensurem, a 2021 Fast 50 honoree
Ensurem is a Clearwater-based insurance marketplace offering Medicare health and supplemental insurance products like Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement and prescription drug plans. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Erickson Source Type: news

How to fund Britain’s social care system
An increase in national insurance contributions is not the right solution (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans
WEDNESDAY, July 21, 2021 -- Nearly all health insurers must cover the entire cost of HIV prevention treatments, the U.S. government says. That includes the two approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs Truvada and Descovy, all clinic visits,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans
Nearly all health insurers must cover the entire cost of HIV prevention treatments. The two approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs are Truvada and Descovy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News 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

PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans
WEDNESDAY, July 21, 2021 -- Nearly all health insurers must cover the entire cost of HIV prevention treatments, the U.S. government says. That includes the two approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs Truvada and Descovy, all clinic visits... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 21, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Newer Methods Of Contraception Can Be Harder To Get Covered By Insurance : Shots - Health News
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans
Title: PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured AmericansCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/21/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/21/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet HIV General)
Source: MedicineNet HIV General - July 21, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases 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

Cam Akers injury: Free agent running backs Rams should consider as they seek Darrell Henderson backup
The Rams are going to need some insurance for Henderson (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cam Akers tears Achilles: Free agent running backs Rams should consider as second option to Darrell Henderson
The Rams are going to need some insurance for Henderson (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Four UCLA research centers receive grants from California 100
In recognition of their expertise, UCLA researchers representing four research centers — spanning public health to urban planning to transportation — have been named recipients of financial awards from a new statewide initiative aimed at envisioning and shaping the long-term success of California.TheUCLA Center for Health Policy Research will use its award, along with technical assistance from the Institute for the Future, to evaluate current facts, origins and future trends health and wellness will play in California ’s next century. The center’s research will be led byNinez Ponce, director of the ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 19, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training 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

Miami Condo Collapse Raises New Fears About Florida's Insurance Market
Insurers were already skittish after losses from repeated hurricanes. The recent condo collapse has brought new insecurity. How long... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health conditions and substance use disorders among youth subsequently diagnosed with opioid use disorder or opioid poisoning - Agbese E, Stein BD, Druss BG, Dick AW, Pacula RL, Leslie DL.
This study examined receipt of services for mental health conditions and non-opioid substance use disorders (SUDs) among privately insured adolescents and young adults (ie, youth) with subsequent clinically diagnosed opioid use disorder (OUD) or o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

How does insurance status correlate with trauma mechanisms and outcomes? A retrospective study at a level 1 trauma center - Chun M, Zhang Y, Nguyen A, Becnel C, Noguera V, Taghavi S, Guidry C, Hussein M, Toraih E, McGrew P.
OBJECTIVE: Studies showed that a lack of insurance is associated with worse trauma outcomes. We examine insurance status and trauma mortality in a diverse metropolitan city and hypothesize that the higher risk of mortality in uninsured patients is due to i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Survey: COVID-19, lncome loss, insurance cause many to fall behind on medical bills
Nearly half of adults in the United States diagnosed with COVID-19 or who lost income during the pandemic struggled to keep up with medical bills, a survey released Friday by the Commonwealth Fund found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson ’s Covid experts: sadly on tap, not on top | Editorial
Scientists cannot shield the prime minister from the fallout of an unethical policy that will see rising deathsThis week Boris Johnsonpresented the UK with his plan to lift all of England ’s Covid restrictions on Monday. He was flanked by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser. Both men were there to show that Mr Johnson is following the science. To many experts, it seemed that the scientists were following the prime minister. Many suspect that their presence was political insurance rather than real reassurance.Such doubts are not unreasonabl...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Coronavirus Science Boris Johnson Politics Conservatives Chris Whitty Patrick Vallance Source Type: news

Texas governor ends teledentistry ban
 Texas Gov. Greg Abbottsigned a bill June 18 formally ending a ban on teledentistry in Texas.The bill, HB 2056, is effective Sept. 1. Some sections of the insurance code take effect Jan. 1, 2022.The law prevents the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners from prohibiting teledentistry.The new law follows a lawsuit filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation and bipartisan calls for reform, according toThe Center Square. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - July 16, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Insured Persons Aged ≥16 Years, by Race/Ethnicity and Other Selected Characteristics - Eight Integrated Health Care Organizations, United States, December 14, 2020-May 15, 2021
This report describes vaccination coverage among insured people by race/ethnicity, age, and other characteristics. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 15, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: Coronavirus [CoV] MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Vaccination COVID-19 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

Truveta welcomes new health system members and raises $95M; YuLife scores $70M to transform life insurance and more digital health fundings
Also: Entos works to improve drug development after closing its Series A round and Castor plans to build out its decentralized clinical trial platform with a $45 million investment.     (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology 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

Perceived Financial Barriers Hinder Cervical Cancer Screening
72 percent of low - income, uninsured, or publicly insured women perceived financial barriers to screening (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - July 13, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pathology, Journal, Source Type: news

A New Postpartum Depression Drug Could Lead to a Revolution in Treating Women ’s Mental Health Issues
About one in seven women who give birth in the U.S. experience postpartum depression—a condition that can leave them exhausted, make it difficult for them to bond with their babies, and even generate thoughts of suicide. Left untreated, the condition can become chronic and interfere with the development of suffering mothers’ babies. It also takes a toll on society at large; untreated maternal mental health conditions cost the U.S. more than $14 billion a year, according to a 2019 study from Mathematica, a social policy research firm. Despite this, many women struggling with postpartum depression do not receive ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized 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

Q & A with a startup CEO looking to disrupt life insurance
With the company ’s Predictive Protection technology, the life insurance policies are designed to adapt over time based on changes in a person’s life, so that consumers aren’t overpaying for insurance. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 12, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Emma Campbell Source Type: news