Hidden Costs of CAR T-Cell Therapy Hidden Costs of CAR T-Cell Therapy
Patients are on the hook for many expenses that are usually not covered by insurance, which add to financial hardships.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Medicare-for-All could upend Minnesota — economically and politically
Minnesota has the highest percentage of health insurance-related and med-tech jobs in the country. So what happens if a presidential candidate wants to do away with private health insurance? That's the question posed by a Bloomberg report that looks at the Minnesota's reliance on the health sector — roughly 14 percent of Minnesotans work in health care or insurance carriers — and how those workers could figure in the coming presidential election. Donald Trump lost Minnesota to Hi lary Clinton… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

Kenya: NHIF - Medical Fraud Rampant in Counties
[Nation] Medical fraud in counties now tops the list of scams against the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), the State agency has revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Just How Did NHIF Spend Sh6bn in Reserve Funds?
[Nation] National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) officials announced earlier this week that they would adopt austerity measures to keep the insurer afloat, but insiders are wondering what happened to about Sh6 billion it held in reserve for turbulent times, such as these. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Breast screening reduces race-related cancer disparities
African American women have a 40% higher rate of breast cancer mortality than...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Mobile CT improves access to lung cancer screening Insurance plays major role in breast cancer disparities Death risk higher for government-insured breast cancer patients Same-day breast biopsies reduce healthcare disparities Black women still at higher risk of breast cancer death (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 20, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Bill requiring insurance coverage for infertility passes Colorado House
HB 1158, or the “Colorado Building Families Act” passed with bipartisan support. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jensen Werley Source Type: news

Bill requiring insurance coverage for infertility passes Colorado House
HB 1158, or the “Colorado Building Families Act” passed with bipartisan support. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jensen Werley Source Type: news

Uganda: Palliative Care Should Be Included in National Health Insurance Scheme - PCAU
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -The Palliative Care Association of Uganda -PCAU, has asked parliament to consider incorporating a provision on palliative care services in the proposed National Health Insurance Bill, 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Health System We ’d Have if Economists Ran Things
A survey of nearly 200 Ph.D. health economists finds them taking a few politically unpopular positions. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 19, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Austin Frakt Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Polls and Public Opinion Medicaid Medicare United States Economy Economics (Theory and Philosophy) Source Type: news

Investigating Medicaid expansion's association with insurance status, diagnosis, treatment among patients with cancer
(JAMA Network) More than 925,000 adults in the National Cancer Database with a new diagnosis of invasive breast, colon or lung cancer were included in this observational study that examined how Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with insurance status, cancer stage at diagnosis and timely treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 19, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

California loosens its individual mandate for health insurance
Uninsured Californians still have time to avoid a penalty for not having healthcare if they sign up through Covered California by March 31. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melody Gutierrez Source Type: news

The list of insurers covering Senseonics ’ diabetes device is growing. The latest? Cigna.
Germantown ’s Senseonics Holdings Inc. has just added global insurance giant Cigna Corp. to the roster of payers covering its blood-sugar sensor system for diabetes patients. Cigna’s coverage of the local medical device company’s implantable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system called Eversense — which detects glucose levels to inform whether insulin, food or exercise is needed — became effective Feb. 15, Senseonics (NYSE: SENS) announced Tuesday. The Connecticut insurer is one of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 18, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

The Public Option: Medicare For All, Part One
The chaotic Iowa Caucus had one clear winner —government-run health care. A majority of voters favor a public option as a more moderate alternative to Medicare for All. But the public option would also result in a government takeover of the health insurance market, albeit over a longer timeline. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sally Pipes, Contributor Source Type: news

Kenya: NHIF in Bid to Tame Surging Expenditure
[Nation] The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has announced plans to cut down on administrative cost in a bid to save the agency from collapsing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Senate Mulls Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme for Nigerians
[This Day] Abuja -The Senate has called on the federal government to evolve a mandatory health insurance scheme for all Nigerians. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Senate Wants Mandatory Health Insurance for All Nigerians
[Daily Trust] The Senate yesterday called for mandatory health insurance for all Nigerians irrespective of their social status. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical cannabis and cannabis-based medicines: an appeal to doctors, journalists, health insurance companies and politicians for responsible treatment - Hauser W, Hoch E, Petzke F, Thomasius R, Radbruch L, Batra A, Sommer C, Havemann-Reinecke U.
On the basis of the law on "amendment of narcotics law and other regulations" of 06.03.2017, doctors of all disciplines without special qualification can use cannabis flowers (so-called medicinal hemp) and cannabis-based medicines in Prescribe Germany. The... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Services (IRS) entitled "Verification of Household Income and Family Size for Insurance Affordability Programs and Exemptions." The program allows CMS and the IRS to use data to determine an individual's health plan eligibility through a federal or state-based health insurance exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determin...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Health System We ’d Have if Economists Ran Things
A survey of nearly 200 Ph.D. health economists finds them taking a few politically unpopular positions. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Austin Frakt Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Polls and Public Opinion Medicaid Medicare United States Economy Economics (Theory and Philosophy) Source Type: news

Length of stay in relation to the risk of inpatient and post-discharge suicides: a national health insurance claim data study - Tseng MM, Chang CH, Liao SC, Yeh YC.
This study aimed to compare the predictors of suicides among psychiatric inpatients and recently discharged patients and to examine the association between the length of stay and suicides. METHODS: Data from psychiatric inpatients were ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Charity care provided by nonprofit hospitals
(JAMA Network) Researchers looked at the net income of nonprofit hospitals in the US and examined how their financial status was associated with the level of charity care they provided in 2017 for uninsured and insured patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

China issues measures to support manufacturers, businesses hit by coronavirus
China's banking and insurance regulator has announced new measures to support companies, manufacturers, and small and medium businesses that have been hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Posttraumatic Parkinsonism would increase the mortality risk in elderly patients with traumatic brain injury - Harnod D, Yen YS, Lin CL, Harnod T, Kao CH.
BACKGROUND: We used data from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan to determine whether patients who develop posttraumatic parkinsonism (PTP) after traumatic brain injury (TBI) have an increased mortality risk. METHODS:... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Appeals Court Rejects Trump Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas
The ruling, written by a Reagan appointee, said the administration failed to show how such rules would help Medicaid to meet its mission of covering the poor. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough Tags: States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicaid Decisions and Verdicts Poverty Labor and Jobs Suits and Litigation (Civil) Arkansas Boasberg, James E United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

China Pushes for Cheaper Health Insurance Products to Battle Virus - Sources China Pushes for Cheaper Health Insurance Products to Battle Virus - Sources
China is nudging insurers to work on cheaper medical cover linked to the coronavirus and is assuring them of fast-track approval for these new products, people with knowledge of the matter said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - February 14, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

House Committees Advance Bills to Address Surprise Billing House Committees Advance Bills to Address Surprise Billing
Lawmakers considered how to protect insured consumers from unexpectedly high medical bills. A May deadline to pass unrelated health laws serves as Congress'target date to also act on surprise billing.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Lack of insurance linked to racial, ethnic disparities in cancer diagnoses
Insurance status may explain a disparity in breast cancer diagnoses, with minority women more likely than white women to be diagnosed with late-stage cancer. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 13, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Caregivers Are in Need of Better Health Care Coverage, Access
THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 -- Unpaid adult caregivers are at higher risk for not having insurance and putting off necessary health services due to cost, according to a study recently published in Rehabilitation Psychology. Jamie L. Tingey, from Seattle... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

China pushes for cheaper health insurance products to battle virus: sources
China is nudging insurers to work on cheaper medical cover linked to the coronavirus and is assuring them of fast-track approval for these new products, people with knowledge of the matter said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

AARP ® Short-Term Care Insurance Discounts from Medico®
Short-Term Care Insurance ... This short-term care insurance plan can complement your long-term care insurance plan to help you cover the costs of five different types of extended care. ... Your pl... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - February 13, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

How risky are uninsured drivers? - Yarmukhamedov S.
Obtaining insurance is expected to have disincentive effects on driver behavior, and as such on accident probabilities due to the adverse selection and/or moral hazard effects, though empirical studies provide mixed evidence. The risks of an accident incur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Bright idea in dentist's office leads to innovative smoking cessation project
Results from this study recently published online in Addiction found primary care physicians providing smokers with a free, two week starter kit of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) increased quit attempts While sitting in the dentist's office, Hollings Cancer Center researcher Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina, had a bright idea. As he received his goody bag with dental hygiene products, he wondered why not conduct a study and have primary care providers do the same thing for their patients who use tobacco. The bags would contain educational material, free lozenges and tobacco cessati...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 12, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Pregnant Women With Medicaid Less Likely to Get Recommended Vaccines Pregnant Women With Medicaid Less Likely to Get Recommended Vaccines
Pregnant women who rely on state-administered Medicaid health insurance programs are far less likely to receive recommended vaccines that could protect them and their babies, compared to those with private coverage, a study from Florida suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 12, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Fewer American Families Weighed Down by Medical Bills
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 -- The number of people struggling to pay their medical bills declined dramatically during the last decade, as the Affordable Care Act expanded health insurance coverage and financial protection for the sick. The percentage... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 12, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Fair pay rise for council staff would be affordable, says UNISON
The pay claim for council workers is affordable and will provide benefits for the wider economy across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a new analysis published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. UNISON, Unite and GMB are calling for wages to rise to £10 per hour for the lowest paid local government workers, with a 10% rise for other members of staff for 2020/21. New research by Landman Economics, commissioned by UNISON, shows the actual net cost of the claim is less than half (49%) the overall projected cost of £1.6bn. If council workers got a decent pay rise, central government would save hundreds ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council pay Jon Richards local government pay 2014 public sector pay Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Meant More Poor in 'Diabetes Belt' Got Insurance
Title: Medicaid Expansion Meant More Poor in 'Diabetes Belt' Got InsuranceCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General)
Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General - February 12, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Surprise surgery bills happen even when patients plan ahead
(Reuters Health) - One in five patients who get elective surgery at U.S. hospitals that accept their insurance may still get surprise medical bills, especially if they receive anesthesia, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

A $4 Million NICU Bill: The Price of Prematurity
As the number of preterm births rises, families are shouldering unexpected out-of-pocket expenses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Caron Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Babies and Infants Premature Babies Families and Family Life Medicaid Parenting Hospitals Source Type: news

One in five receive 'surprise' out-of-network bills after surgery
One in five Americans who has surgery receives bills from out-of-network providers, even when they choose physicians from within their insurance networks, a new study has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minimally Invasive Surgery Through the Eyes of a Surgeon
One of the best parts of an event like MD&M West is the opportunity to put a cross-section of experts from industry in the same room as engineers and end-users and talk about the biggest trends in medical devices. One such discussion that took place here in Annaheim, CA on Tuesday included an expert robotic surgeon, an expert from Intuitive Sugical (which, as you likely know by now, pioneered robotic surgery a little more than 20 years ago), and a new robotic surgery company that is trying to to take this technology beyond the surgical suite. I shared a few insights from this lively panel discussion here, but prior to...
Source: MDDI - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Dealing with the aftermath of Ciara and Dennis
Storm Ciara is still making its effects felt – and will be followed by Storm Dennis, due to hit the country at the end of this week. As of yesterday, there were185 flood alerts and 77 flood warnings in place across the UK. And the outlook could be still be grim: high winds are forecast for the South West, Midlands, North West, Scotland and Northern Ireland, while heavy snow is also expected. Many UNISON members are out dealing with the effects of the wind, rain and snow as part of their jobs. Others are dealing with the effects of the storms at home. To help those who have seen storm damage to their property, UNISON&...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article member benefits membership benefits UIA Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Meant More Poor in'Diabetes Belt' Got Insurance
TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 -- There was a steep drop in the number of low-income people without health insurance in so-called Diabetes Belt states that expanded Medicaid, a new study shows. The Diabetes Belt is a swath of 644 U.S. counties across 15... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 11, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

1 in 5 Insured Hit With Surprise Bills for Surgery
TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 -- You scheduled your surgery and made sure both your doctor and hospital are in your insurer's approved network of providers. Everything went without a hitch -- until a whopper of a bill showed up in the mail for... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 11, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

In Trump ’s Budget, Big Health Care Cuts but Few Details
The president ’s proposal can be read as a second-term policy blueprint. On the future of the Affordable Care Act, it’s awfully vague. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Federal Budget (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Medicare United States Politics and Government Presidential Election of 2020 Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

STDs on the rise: The evidence of claims data
(FAIR Health) Private Insurance Claim Lines for STDs Rose 76% from 2007 to 2018 Gonorrhea Claim Lines Increased 326 Percent among Males, FAIR Health Study Shows. Hepatitis B Was the Leading STD on the Rise in People over 60. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What Seniors Need To Know About Trump ’s 2021 Federal Budget
President Donald Trump ’s proposed budget includes cuts to key senior programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security Disability Insurance. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elena Botella, Contributor Source Type: news

In Trump ’s Budget, Big Health Care Cuts but Few Details
The president ’s proposal can be read as a second-term policy blueprint. On the future of the Affordable Care Act, it’s awfully vague. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Federal Budget (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Medicare United States Politics and Government Presidential Election of 2020 Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Disability Insurer's Denial Of Benefits Was Not Reasonable, Panel Says
ATLANTA - A district court did not err in entering summary judgment in favor of a disability claimant because the evidence supports a finding that the claimant is disabled from practicing as a dentist, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 31 (Kia Kaviani, D.M.D. v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 19-11798, 11th Cir., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 3006). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Did Not Meet Burden Of Proof, Appeals Panel Affirms
CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 3 affirmed a district court's ruling in favor of a disability insurer after determining that the lower court did not abuse its discretion by limiting its review of a long-term disability (LTD) benefits claim to the administrative record before the court (Stephanie Dorris v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 19-1701, 7th Cir., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 3206). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news