Finally, ALS Patients Gain Faster Access to Disability Payments Finally, ALS Patients Gain Faster Access to Disability Payments
In December, then-President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. It eliminates for ALS patients the waiting period to begin receiving benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

UnitedHealth ’s 900,000 New Medicare Advantage Members Also A Good Sign For Rivals
The addition of 900,000 new Medicare Advantage enrollees to UnitedHealth Group ’s health insurance business are a good sign for rivals in the business of administering benefits for seniors in 2021 and beyond. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Retail /retail Editors' Pick editors-pick pharma Source Type: news

HHS: Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule To Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement
Notice of proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to promote care coordination, case management, and the transition to value-based care. Among other things, proposed changes include increasing permissible disclosures to improve care coordination and case management, strengthening individuals' rights to inspect their own protected health information (PHI) and clarifying covered entities' abilities to disclose PHI to social service agencies and other third parties that provide health-related services...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Here ’s What Joe Biden Can Do About the COVID-19 Pandemic Starting On His First Day as U.S. President
Every pandemic starts as a squall—a localized disturbance in a single city or town, causing all manner of problems there, but sparing the larger world outside. Squalls become storms, however, and storms become tempests and before long the entire world is being lashed by winds of disease and death that no one saw coming just a few months before. As President Joe Biden takes office, he is facing nothing short of a pathogenic typhoon, with COVID-19 raging around the world, nowhere more so than in the U.S., with some 24 million cases and 400,000 deaths—more than 20% of the global toll. If the pandemic unfolded in ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

English care homes that take Covid patients to be provided with insurance
U-turn comes after plan to relieve hospitals fell short as groups struggled to secure policies (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Treasury agrees ‘limited’ funding to ease discharge blocks
The Treasury has agreed to fund “time-limited” insurance cover to encourage care providers to accept covid patients from hospitals — although some have questioned whether the measure goes far enough to help ease the NHS capacity crisis. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Latest News - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

A national analysis of pediatric firearm violence and the effects of race and insurance status on risk of mortality - Rosenbaum K, Grigorian A, Yeates E, Kuza C, Kim D, Inaba K, Dolich M, Nahmias J.
OBJECTIVES: To perform a national analysis of pediatric firearm violence (PFV), hypothesizing that black and uninsured patients would have higher risk of mortality. METHODS: The Trauma Quality Improvement Program (2014-2016) was queried for PFV pat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Biden and Obamacare: One Sentence in Stimulus Plan Reveals Health Care Approach
An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 18, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Biden, Joseph R Jr Law and Legislation Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Federal Aid (US) Source Type: news

Rwanda: Public Health Facilities to Use Insurance in Treatment of Covid-19
[New Times] Effective February, Saturday 16, Public Health Facilities treating Covid-19 patients will commence using health insurance to invoice for treatment, according to a directive by the Ministry of Health. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

One Sentence in Biden Stimulus Plan Reveals His Health Care Approach
An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Biden, Joseph R Jr Law and Legislation Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Federal Aid (US) Source Type: news

DARZALEX FASPRO ® (daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj) Becomes the First FDA-Approved Treatment for Patients with Newly Diagnosed Light Chain (AL) Amyloidosis
January 15, 2021 (HORSHAM, Pa.) – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of DARZALEX FASPRO® (daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj), a subcutaneous formulation of daratumumab, in combination with bortezomib, cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone (D-VCd) for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed light chain (AL) amyloidosis.[1] DARZALEX FASPRO® is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for patients with this blood cell disorder that is associated with the production of an abnormal protein, which leads to th...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - January 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Trump administration sued over Georgia health plan
 A federal lawsuit says Georgia’s plan to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act would “tear a hole” in the ACA (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

UK Covid live: PM's plans for school testing in disarray; Wales introduces testing for international arrivals
Decision raises questions about proposed full return of England ’s schools in February; passengers arriving in Wales must prove negative testRegulator refuses to approve mass daily testing at English schoolsTesting times: how UK government fell short, again and againUK heads for double-dip recession as GDP falls 2.6%UK bans arrivals from South America over Brazilian variantGlobal coronavirus updates – live10.38amGMTTheSupreme Court has “substantially allowed” an appeal brought by theFinancial Conduct Authority (FCA) in a landmark £1.2bn legal battle over businesses’ ability to claim on i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Lucy Campbell Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Sokoto Receives N518m Govt Health Intervention Fund in 2020 - NHIs Boss
[Vanguard] The Federal Government disbursed N518 million to Sokoto State Government in 2020 as National Healthcare Intervention Fund aimed at enhancing the lives of vulnerable persons in the society, Dr Nasir Sambo, the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Chicago health benefits startup ThreeFlow raises $8M
ThreeFlow, a Chicago startup that ’s simplifying how employers choose health insurance plans for their workers, raises $8 million. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 14, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katherine Davis Source Type: news

Evolent Health inks deal to sell subsidiary to Minnesota insurance company
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 14, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Lake George (NY) Delays Vote on EMS District
Chad Arnold The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y. (MCT) LAKE GEORGE — The Town Board on Monday agreed to hold off on a vote approving the formation of a town-run ambulance service after several residents expressed concerns over increased taxes and asked to see additional information on the plan. Board members were poised to approve a special tax district that would fund the town-run emergency medical services system, replacing the town’s contracted ambulance service, which has experienced gaps in service in recent years as the number of volunteers continues to decline. “We have struggled for the...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership News News Feed Ambulance New York Source Type: news

Lake George (NY) Delays Vote on EMS District
Chad Arnold The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y. (MCT) LAKE GEORGE — The Town Board on Monday agreed to hold off on a vote approving the formation of a town-run ambulance service after several residents expressed concerns over increased taxes and asked to see additional information on the plan. Board members were poised to approve a special tax district that would fund the town-run emergency medical services system, replacing the town’s contracted ambulance service, which has experienced gaps in service in recent years as the number of volunteers continues to decline. “We have struggled for the...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership News News Feed Ambulance New York Source Type: news

Lake George (NY) Delays Vote on EMS District
Chad Arnold The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y. (MCT) LAKE GEORGE — The Town Board on Monday agreed to hold off on a vote approving the formation of a town-run ambulance service after several residents expressed concerns over increased taxes and asked to see additional information on the plan. Board members were poised to approve a special tax district that would fund the town-run emergency medical services system, replacing the town’s contracted ambulance service, which has experienced gaps in service in recent years as the number of volunteers continues to decline. “We have struggled for the...
Source: JEMS Latest News - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership News News Feed Ambulance New York Source Type: news

Lake George (NY) Delays Vote on EMS District
Chad Arnold The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y. (MCT) LAKE GEORGE — The Town Board on Monday agreed to hold off on a vote approving the formation of a town-run ambulance service after several residents expressed concerns over increased taxes and asked to see additional information on the plan. Board members were poised to approve a special tax district that would fund the town-run emergency medical services system, replacing the town’s contracted ambulance service, which has experienced gaps in service in recent years as the number of volunteers continues to decline. “We have struggled for the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership News News Feed Ambulance New York Source Type: news

Lake George (NY) Delays Vote on EMS District
Chad Arnold The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y. (MCT) LAKE GEORGE — The Town Board on Monday agreed to hold off on a vote approving the formation of a town-run ambulance service after several residents expressed concerns over increased taxes and asked to see additional information on the plan. Board members were poised to approve a special tax district that would fund the town-run emergency medical services system, replacing the town’s contracted ambulance service, which has experienced gaps in service in recent years as the number of volunteers continues to decline. “We have struggled for the...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership News News Feed Ambulance New York Source Type: news

Lake George (NY) Delays Vote on EMS District
Chad Arnold The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y. (MCT) LAKE GEORGE — The Town Board on Monday agreed to hold off on a vote approving the formation of a town-run ambulance service after several residents expressed concerns over increased taxes and asked to see additional information on the plan. Board members were poised to approve a special tax district that would fund the town-run emergency medical services system, replacing the town’s contracted ambulance service, which has experienced gaps in service in recent years as the number of volunteers continues to decline. “We have struggled for the...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership News News Feed Ambulance New York Source Type: news

Data Show More Women Are Freezing Their Eggs During the Pandemic, Defying Doctors ’ Expectations
If she found the right guy, Kari Arenberg could see herself having kids. But her work was never conducive to dating, let alone to freezing her eggs in hopes of leaving her options open. The 31-year-old event producer traveled constantly between New York City and Los Angeles, with long days lifting heavy boxes and running around venues. Then, in 2020, Arenberg was furloughed, and the egg-freezing process became, for the first time in her life, logistically possible. She moved in with her family in Chicago and visited a clinic. Soon she was giving herself as many as three shots a day to stimulate her ovaries, and visiting th...
Source: TIME: Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eliana Dockterman Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Embrace Pet Insurance hires insurance veteran as development director
Kelly Coffey's primary focus will be to expand the pet insurance company's reach while developing co-branding initiatives. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 13, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

OR Medicaid expansion helped more women access insurance coverage for abortion services
(Oregon State University) A recent study from Oregon State University found that after Oregon expanded Medicaid in 2014, more women were able to receive insurance coverage for abortion services, rather than paying out of pocket. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Insurance industry group hires former Bevin administration official
This new leader is the first full-time executive director of the Kentucky Association of Health Plans. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 12, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Fewer patient encounters drive decline in total primary care office visits
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Despite seeing gains in insurance coverage for preventive health services under the Affordable Care Act, the US has seen a declining rate of primary care visits over the past fifteen years. Are fewer individuals seeing primary care physicians? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

California forces insurance companies to pay for sex organ mutilation in gender-confused teens
(Natural News) While millions of Americans with health insurance are still having to pay out of pocket for necessary dental procedures that are considered to be “cosmetic,” and thus not covered, California is rolling out the red carpet for gender dysphoric teens to get their sex organs sliced off for “free.” California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alliant Insurance buys Vertus to expand employee benefits business
Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Chicago-area based Vertus to expand its employee benefits platform. California-based Alliant didn’t provide financial terms of the deal but said the strategic acquisition adds a diverse profile of services and global benefits capabilities to the company’s Employee Benefits Group. Founded in 1994, Vertus provides a diversified portfolio of services to a natio nal client base that includes medical and prescription, dental, life, disability, absence… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 11, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: I-Chun Chen Source Type: news

Alliant Insurance buys Vertus to expand employee benefits business
Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Chicago-area based Vertus to expand its employee benefits platform. California-based Alliant didn’t provide financial terms of the deal but said the strategic acquisition adds a diverse profile of services and global benefits capabilities to the company’s Employee Benefits Group. Founded in 1994, Vertus provides a diversified portfolio of services to a natio nal client base that includes medical and prescription, dental, life, disability, absence… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 11, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: I-Chun Chen Source Type: news

Global health insurance card to replace EHIC under new rules
UK residents can apply for the new card to access emergency medical care when their EHIC card runs out. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recovery: What Are We Talking About?
According to this study, the existence of a large informal sector, without access to social security and therefore very vulnerable, has had and will have a strong regressive impact on the income and quality of life of millions of people. Formal jobs were also affected as many people were laid off; others kept their jobs, but suffered a significant decrease in their income, due to the reduction of hours worked or to the fact that they were sent home with unpaid vacations or leave with lower wages. The effect of these measures was more severe in our country due to the absence of unemployment insurance. A remarkable phenomeno...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saul Escobar Toledo Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Gender Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Insurance risks prompt UK care homes to reject hospital patients
Sector is asking for government support as premiums rise and coverage shrinks (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 11, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Covid management under CAG scanner
Speaking exclusively to TOI, CAG GC Murmu said the audit will also look into vaccine distribution, appraisal of the Central government health system, the ESI (Employees ’ State Insurance Corporation) hospitals and dispensaries and state health infrastructure. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

After SPAC merger, Clover Health president eyes membership growth this year
If you're one of the lucky ones, according to Clover Health President, CTO and co-founder Andrew Toy, you'll live long enough to be classified as a senior. And with age comes Medicare, federally subsidized health care. That's good news, and not just for those who live long (and hopefully prosper), but for San Francisco-based Clover, a health-tech insurance business providing Medicare to the elderly and a software data platform the company says helps doctors be better informed and make better decisions.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 8, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Rinker Source Type: news

After SPAC merger, Clover Health president eyes membership growth this year
If you're one of the lucky ones, according to Clover Health President, CTO and co-founder Andrew Toy, you'll live long enough to be classified as a senior. And with age comes Medicare, federally subsidized health care. That's good news, and not just for those who live long (and hopefully prosper), but for San Francisco-based Clover, a health-tech insurance business providing Medicare to the elderly and a software data platform the company says helps doctors be better informed and make better decisions.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 8, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Rinker Source Type: news

Illinois: First to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors Illinois: First to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors
Amid a deadly virus outbreak that has disproportionately stricken Latino communities, Illinois recently became the first state to provide public health insurance to all low-income noncitizen seniors.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - January 7, 2021 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Race and insurance status are associated with different management strategies after thoracic trauma - Rebollo Salazar D, Velez-Rosborough A, DiMaggio C, Krowsoski L, Klein M, Berry C, Tandon M, Frangos S, Bukur M.
INTRODUCTION: Health-care disparities based on race and socioeconomic status among trauma patients are well-documented. However, the influence of these factors on the management of rib fractures following thoracic trauma is unknown. The aim of this study... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

With New Majority, Here ’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do on Health Care
Senate control opens up new possibilities, but the party will still need to contend with arcane rules and the challenges of a narrow majority. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 7, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Law and Legislation Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Medicaid United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

CMS Issues New Roadmap for States to Address the Social Determinants of Health to Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs, Support State Value-Based Care Strategies
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state health officials describing how to adopt strategies that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Discusses how SDOH exacerbate health disparities among a variety of populations, including rural communities, and the guidance aims to help states improve population health and reduce costs. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Many Health Plans Must Cover Full Cost of HIV Prevention Drugs Many Health Plans Must Cover Full Cost of HIV Prevention Drugs
Starting this month, most people with private insurance will no longer have to decide whether they can afford to protect themselves against HIV.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 6, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Insulin ’s Out-Of-Pocket Cost Burden To Diabetic Patients Continues To Rise Despite Reduced Net Costs To PBMs
While net costs of insulin to PBMs and payers have decreased in recent years, owing to steep rebates, these savings have not necessarily been passed through to patients. Patients are either paying the full retail price if uninsured or in the deductible phase, or co-insurance based on the list price. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

Health care startup launched by Amazon, JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway disbands
Haven, the health care startup launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase& Co. three years ago with much fanfare, announced on Monday that it would disband, leaving the three companies to solve the problems the company had been grappling with each on their own. “The Haven team made good progress exploring a wide range of healthcare solutions, as well as piloting new ways to make primary care easier to access, insurance benefits simpler to understand and easier to use, and prescription… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 5, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Feds Calculate Riskiest, Safest Places in the United States
BY SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer Spending her life in Los Angeles, Morgan Andersen knows natural disasters all too well. In college, an earthquake shook her home hard. Her grandfather was affected by recent wildfires in neighboring Orange County. “It’s just that constant reminder, ‘Oh yeah, we live somewhere where there’s natural disasters and they can strike at any time,'” said the 29-year-old marketing executive. Related Innovative Approaches to Management of Mass Casualty IncidentsThe Basics of Mass Casualty Triage The Federal Emergency Management Agency has calculated th...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 4, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Major Incidents FEMA MCI Rescue Source Type: news