Risk of physical injuries in children and teens with ophthalmic diagnoses in the OptumLabs Data Warehouse - Pineles SL, Repka MX, Yu F, Velez FG, Doppee D, Perez C, Sim D, Coleman AL.
BACKGROUND: To evaluate how eye diseases affect the risk of injuries (fractures, musculoskeletal, head and eye injuries) in children and teens. METHODS: Claims from the OptumLabs Data Warehouse, a longitudinal deidentified commercial insurance clai... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits? A New Twist in Health Plans Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits? A New Twist in Health Plans
New, often lower-cost plans capitalize on the convenience of telemedicine, but consumers should weigh costs and care options before enrolling in a"virtual-first" plan.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh arrested at drug rehab facility in Florida, charged with stealing insurance money in housekeeper's death
The arrest on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses involves Murdaugh's housekeeper for decades, Gloria Satterfield. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New report: To drive up profits, hospitals continue unnecessary medicine mark-ups, burdening patients, employers and the health system
This study comes on the tail ofanother EBRI study, which found hospital outpatient departments mark up the cost of oncology drugs by an average of 223%, which, in just one year of paying physician prices instead of hospital prices, could lead to employers saving an average of almost $10,000 per covered cancer patient. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - October 14, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Gabby Migliara Tags: Drug Cost Health Insurance Hospitals Source Type: news

Alex Murdaugh arrested over housekeeper Gloria Satterfield insurance settlements
Disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was arrested in Florida Thursday in connection to insurance settlements obtained after... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Janssen Showcases Commitment to Advancing Scientific Innovation in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) at CHEST 2021 Annual Meeting
TITUSVILLE, N.J. – October 14, 2021 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today 11* abstracts highlighting data from its pulmonary hypertension (PH) portfolio will be presented at CHEST 2021, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held virtually October 17-20.Data presentations from eight abstracts will provide additional evidence supporting the role of objective multiparameter risk assessment approaches in helping to optimize treatment and care for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), as well as the impact of earlier and comprehensive therapy with ...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 14, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Supporting Health Equity and Affordable Health Coverage for Immigrant Populations
A series of briefs from State Health and Value Strategies highlights strategies for states to expand affordable health coverage to immigrant populations in the United States. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Health Insurance Coverage)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Health Insurance Coverage - October 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: OConnor K Tags: Health Care Quality and Value Health Care Coverage and Access National Source Type: news

Longtime Raleigh insurance firm senses opportunity as health care faces new challenges
A Raleigh-based insurer and physician services company has launched a new business unit aimed at advising physician practice leaders on operational challenges. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Zac Ezzone Source Type: news

It ’s open enrollment season: Steps to protect your health
Open enrollment is here. This is the time for many Texans to decide what health insurance plan is best for themselves and their families. But it ’s also a time to protect your health and that of your family. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is an important reminder that having access to affordable, quality healthcare coverage provides security and peace of mind. Buying health insurance can be a confusing and daunting process even for a healt hcare professional like me, so it’s always best to start… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr. Mark Chassay Source Type: news

Wichita startup contest leads to new mental health-care tool for Kansans
A recent entrepreneurial contest in Wichita has led to partnership between a California-based technology startup and the largest insurance provider in the state of Kansas.   Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas announced that it has teamed with MiResource of San Mateo, Calif., to provide a new digital option for accessing mental health care free to all Kansans.  MiResource was a participant in the recent community health NXSTAGE Pilot Competition from entrepreneur ial organization NXTUS Inc. for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 13, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel McCoy Source Type: news

A single-center retrospective study on the effects of Korean medicine in 342 traffic accident cases - Jeong JH, Ku J, Hwang JH.
This study investigated th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Feds OK Colorado plan to cover gender-affirming care
Colorado state and federal officials announced Tuesday that the state will include gender confirmation care in individual and small group health insurance (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

'Gender affirming care' added as essential health benefit to health insurance plans
Gov. Jared Polis, joined by state and federal officials, announced Tuesday that "gender affirming care" and substance abuse treatment will be added as essential health benefits to health insurance for the small group and individual markets, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Colorado becomes the first state in the nation to make gender services an insurance mandate. Commissioner of Insurance Michael Conway estimated the additional premium cost for those services at about 64 cents per person. Gender-affirming… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 12, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: 9News Source Type: news

'Gender affirming care' added as essential health benefit to health insurance plans
Gov. Jared Polis, joined by state and federal officials, announced Tuesday that "gender affirming care" and substance abuse treatment will be added as essential health benefits to health insurance for the small group and individual markets, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Colorado becomes the first state in the nation to make gender services an insurance mandate. Commissioner of Insurance Michael Conway estimated the additional premium cost for those services at about 64 cents per person. Gender-affirming… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 12, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: 9News Source Type: news

Radiofrequency Ablation Gains Favor for Thyroid Nodules in US Radiofrequency Ablation Gains Favor for Thyroid Nodules in US
Success was reported both in hospital and an outpatient setting. Insurance coverage is an issue, however, as is the risk that some physicians may perform ablation purely for profit when observation would be sufficient.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - October 12, 2021 Category: Surgery Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Comparative analysis of dental procedure mix in public and private dental benefits programs
Conclusions: Children with public benefits have a procedure mix comparable with those with private benefits. There are substantial differences in procedure mix between publicly and privately insured adults. Even in states that provide extensive dental benefits in Medicaid, those programs primarily finance invasive surgical treatment as opposed to preventive treatment.Practical implications: There is a need to assess best practices in publicly funded programs for children and translate those attributes to programs for adults for more equitable benefit design and care delivery across public and private insurers. (S...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - October 12, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Investigation of the reduction in the disability after fractures in children and adolescents - Kraus R, Strohm P, Gaidzik PW, Dresing K.
The student accident insurance has been part of the German Statutory Accident Insurance (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung, DGUV) for 50  years. In order to assess the reduction in working capacity (Minderung der Erwerbsfähigkeit, MdE) in the event ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Woman Seeks $1 Million From GEICO After Allegedly Getting HPV From Car Sex
Having car insurance is not one the CDC's recommended ways of protecting against an HPV or any other sexually transmitted infection. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 9, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science business pharma Source Type: news

GOP governors who ended unemployment benefits failed to spur job growth, September numbers suggest
Republicans tend to blame poor jobs numbers on expanded unemployment insurance. The numbers tell a different story (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To Focus On Healthcare, Cigna To Sell Life Insurance Business To Chubb For $5.75 Billion
Cigna is selling its life, accident and supplemental benefits businesses to Chubb for $5.75 billion to focus on its healthcare business. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech business pharma Source Type: news

Blazers assistant coach, three former key players indicted for health fraud
The Portland Trail Blazers said Thursday a current assistant coach was one of 18 former NBA players indicted in a health insurance fraud case. Milt Palacio, hired this season to serve under new coach Chauncey Billups, was among four of the men closely connected to the team over the past 20 years. Former Blazers players Darius Miles, Ruben Patterson and Sebastian Telfair were also indicted. Palacio has been placed on administrative leave pending further notice, the Blazers said, noting that an ongoing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andy Giegerich Source Type: news

Blazers assistant coach, three former key players indicted for health fraud
The Portland Trail Blazers said Thursday a current assistant coach was one of 18 former NBA players indicted in a health insurance fraud case. Milt Palacio, hired this season to serve under new coach Chauncey Billups, was among four of the men closely connected to the team over the past 20 years. Former Blazers players Darius Miles, Ruben Patterson and Sebastian Telfair were also indicted. Palacio has been placed on administrative leave pending further notice, the Blazers said, noting that an ongoing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 7, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Andy Giegerich Source Type: news

New report shows 3 in 10 Americans that have insurance still face a financial barrier to care
Today, we released the results in the first report in a series on patient experiences with the health care system. The report, titled “Barriers to Health Care Access in the Patient Experience, ” surveyed over 4,700 Americans to explore the barriers they face in access to health care and prescription medicines. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - October 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Koziara Tags: Burden on Patients Out-of-Pocket Costs Policy Solutions Polling Source Type: news

Former 76ers player charged in alleged $4M scheme to defraud NBA's health insurance plan
Former Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten is among 18 former NBA players arrested for their alleged involvement in a years-long scheme that defrauded the NBA's health care plan out of $4 million, according to an NBC News report. Wroten, who played for the Sixers from 2013 to 2016, and the other defendants in the case were charged in New York federal court with conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. NBC News, citing an unsealed grand jury indictment, reported… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 7, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Michael Potter Source Type: news

18 NBA Veterans Arrested in Alleged $4 Million Health Insurance Fraud Scheme
More than a dozen former NBA players have been charged in New York federal court in an alleged multi-million-dollar health insurance... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OPM, IRS, EBSA, HHS: Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II
Pre-publication 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 provide for a federal independent dispute resolution (IDR) (Federal IDR) process to permit group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage and nonparticipating providers, facilities, and providers of air ambulance services to determine the out-of-network rate for items and services that are emergency services, nonemergenc...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Column: You've gotten a pandemic refund for your car insurance. You may soon get more
California's insurance commissioner says Allstate, Mercury and CSAA continue to shortchange policyholders on pandemic refunds. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

Column: Heads up, California drivers: Your insurer may owe you even more in pandemic refunds
California's insurance commissioner says Allstate, Mercury and CSAA continue to shortchange policyholders on pandemic refunds. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

Kenya: Only 20% of Kenyans Have Any Form of Health Insurance - Report
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Only 20 percent of Kenyans have any form of health insurance even as the country is geared towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Supply chain crisis could push global economic recovery off course
(Natural News) A supply crunch for non-essential items is creating a full-blown crisis as it leads to shortages in energy, labor and transport in various parts of the globe. All these problems are parts of the rising post-pandemic consumer demands that could push the global economic recovery off course. Mohamed El-Erian, insurance giant Allianz’s adviser and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UnitedHealth Group will require Covid vaccine for many employees
UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurance provider in America, announced Tuesday that it will require many of its employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The mandate applies to employees who work in patient care or meet with customers, providers or suppliers; they will have until Nov. 30 to be fully vaccinated, the announcement said. While employees are able to request exemptions for medical or religious reasons, UnitedHealth reserves the right to deny them. Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Naasir Akailvi Source Type: news

UnitedHealth Group will require Covid vaccine for many employees
UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurance provider in America, announced Tuesday that it will require many of its employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The mandate applies to employees who work in patient care or meet with customers, providers or suppliers; they will have until Nov. 30 to be fully vaccinated, the announcement said. While employees are able to request exemptions for medical or religious reasons, UnitedHealth reserves the right to deny them. Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 5, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Naasir Akailvi Source Type: news

Tanzania: Dr Gwajima Wants Unethical NHIF Officials Held Accountable
[Daily News] MINISTER for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Dorothy Gwajima, has directed the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to report to professional bodies officials involving in unethical conducts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Firefly Health launches health plan to replace traditional insurance
Firefly Health has spent the last two years showcasing its virtual care model to insurers, proving that it could reduce spending by a third but improve quality by more actively interacting with patients. Now, the Watertown-based company is bringing its sales pitch to employers. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

RxPharmacy Assurance Launches Innovative Stop-Loss Supplement to...
New Sponsored Captive enables self-funded employers to access affordable supplemental stop-loss insurance designed specifically to protect against potentially catastrophic specialty drug claims(PRWeb October 05, 2021)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/rxpharmacy_assurance_launches_innovative_stop_loss_supplement_to_manage_pharmacy_risk/prweb18241631.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - October 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Insurance platform Overalls uses AI to help consumers choose supplemental plans
The company looks to help personalize the supplemental insurance space.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

How one nonprofit has made employee health care benefits affordable for 20+ years
Mid Florida Community Services has paid 100% of the health care premiums for its employees for as long as the organization ’s current Chief Financial Officer Kris Bates can remember. That’s a long time considering he’s been with the nonprofit for 35 years. “Our CEO, who was here for 44 years said, ‘If you work here, you shouldn’t have to worry about your health insurance,’” said Bates. Controlling bene fits budgets has become harder for employers as health care costs have risen steadily.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 4, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Jim Molis Source Type: news

New health insurer targets sustainably affordable coverage for small and mid-sized businesses in Tampa Bay
Covid-19 has put a spotlight on challenges tied to the affordability of health care for employers and its impact on coverage for their employees. A recent survey found that one in three small business owners nationwide say it has been hard to obtain health insurance coverage during the pandemic. That percentage was even higher for small business owners of color. Though pandemic-related challenges like loss of revenue and difficulty accessi ng capital contributed to the inability to obtain coverage,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 4, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jim Molis Source Type: news

New health insurer targets sustainably affordable coverage for small and mid-sized businesses in Orlando
Covid-19 has put a spotlight on challenges tied to the affordability of health care for employers and its impact on coverage for their employees. A recent survey found that one in three small business owners nationwide say it has been hard to obtain health insurance coverage during the pandemic. That percentage was even higher for small business owners of color. Though pandemic-related challenges like loss of revenue and difficulty accessi ng capital contributed to the inability to obtain coverage,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 4, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jim Molis Source Type: news

Tallying the Cost of Growing Older
Researchers have been studying how much care American adults will require as they age, and for how long. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paula Span Tags: your-feed-science Elder Care Health Insurance and Managed Care Long-Term Care Insurance Elderly Nursing Homes Home Health Care your-feed-health Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Source Type: news

Rule Against Surprise Billing Angers AMA, Hospital Groups Rule Against Surprise Billing Angers AMA, Hospital Groups
Consumer and insurance groups welcomed a new rule that tilts toward use of median contract rates in settling payment disputes. The AMA seeks delay in implementing the rule, which it says hurts physicians.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Primary care startups clash on the role of insurance in the future of care
At a virtual TechCrunch Disrupt panel, one CEO leveled accusations of selling out, while others cried elitism. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Primary care start-ups clash on the role of insurance in the future of care
At a virtual TechCrunch Disrupt panel, one CEO leveled accusations of selling out, while others cried elitism. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Louisiana Hospital Chain Hikes Insurance Premiums For Employees With Unvaccinated Spouses
Ochsner Health, Louisiana ’s largest healthcare provider, will raise health insurance premiums for employees whose spouses or domestic partners covered under its benefits plan are not vaccinated against Covid-19, a decision CEO Warner Thomas said was intended to keep premiums low for employees. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 1, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lisa Kim, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Breaking breaking-news Coronavirus Source Type: news

Shopping for health insurance for your small business? Don ’t make these 5 common mistakes
Small business owners tend to make mistakes when choosing health insurance plans, from settling for the cheapest plan to forgoing a partnership with a broker. Before you embark on your health insurance journey, make sure to avoid these common pitfalls, which will end up costing you more money in the long run. Not understanding the law, eligibility requirements or tax provisions. Health care is a highly regulated industry. That's why there are licensed agents and brokers dedicated to staying up… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 1, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Michael DeRoche Source Type: news

Shopping for health insurance for your small business? Don ’t make these 5 common mistakes
Small business owners tend to make mistakes when choosing health insurance plans, from settling for the cheapest plan to forgoing a partnership with a broker. Before you embark on your health insurance journey, make sure to avoid these common pitfalls, which will end up costing you more money in the long run. Not understanding the law, eligibility requirements or tax provisions. Health care is a highly regulated industry. That's why there are licensed agents and brokers dedicated to staying up… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 1, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Michael DeRoche Source Type: news

How working with a health insurance broker can save your small business time and money
If a small business owner wants to attract top-notch talent in an incredibly competitive job market, they have to offer solid health care options. And navigating the benefits world can be a daunting, time-consuming task. Especially if you ’re under a tight budget. That’s where brokers come in. A survey from The Commonwealth Fund found that 92% of the small business owners surveyed found brokers to be helpful in their search. That’s because once a broker gets to know your business needs, they… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 1, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Cigna Administered by Oscar Source Type: news

Small business owners need to stop believing these common health insurance myths
As a small business owner, you may be wondering if it's worth it to offer health care benefits to your employees. Shopping around for health insurance can feel like an impossible mission with complicated and costly plans. However, you can find affordable care options for your team with the right guidance. Let's take a look at some common misunderstandings that may be keeping you from investing in health insurance or stuck with the wrong kind. Myth: As a small business owner, I can't afford to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 1, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Cigna + Oscar Source Type: news