Blog: One year after the Myanmar coup, we must do more
The 1st February marks one year since the Myanmar military junta staged another coup in Myanmar, or Burma, as the country is also known. A year of relentless and escalating attacks on courageous, striking workers and civilians across the country. For decades, the military have ruled in one way or another. And each year they leave a trail of violence. So it’s not surprising that since the coup over 1,000 thousand people have been killed, and more than 11,000 people have been arrested. Reflecting on the past year, we’ve played our role keeping Myanmar in the spotlight, with news articles and statements. UNISON, and our b...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 28, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News international Source Type: news

Obamacare Enrollment Hits Record 14.5 Million, Including 5.8 Million Newly Insured
A record 14.5 million Americans have purchased individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare for this year. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 27, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech Decision Maker Content decisionmaker business pharma Source Type: news

Patients need to pay less for their medicines. States can help.
No one should struggle to afford the medicines they need. Unfortunately, some patients continue to bear more of their medicine costs at the pharmacy counter. Patients with deductibles have seen their out-of-pocket costs for brand medicines in some areas increase50% since 2015. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - January 27, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Scott LaGanga Tags: Health Insurance Out-of-Pocket Costs Proactive Agenda Source Type: news

7 Ways Doctors Could Get Better Payment From Insurers 7 Ways Doctors Could Get Better Payment From Insurers
Doctors often miss opportunities to get paid more when they sign insurance contracts to be in their networks. Experts tell how they can do better.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - January 25, 2022 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Community Organization and Solidarity in Peru Tackle Hunger in Pandemic
Fortunata Palomino is an experienced community organizer from Carabayllo and general coordinator of the Network of Soup Kitchens of Metropolitan Lima, which includes 2,247 soup kitchens. She is critical of the neglect by the authorities and hopes that women will be trained, certified and incorporated into the labor market with respect for their rights. CREDIT: Mariela Jara/IPSBy Mariela JaraLIMA, Jan 24 2022 (IPS) It’s nine o’clock in the morning and Mauricia Rodríguez is already peeling garlic to season the day’s lunch at the Network of Organized Women of Villa Torreblanca, one of more than 2,400 solida...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariela Jara Tags: COVID-19 Editors' Choice Featured Food and Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy NGOs Source Type: news

Access to vital health services fell during COVID, particularly for poorer Americans
Americans ’ use of common outpatient health services dipped sharply at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, then rebounded to near-normal levels by the end of 2020, only to decline again during the second surge in January–February 2021, according to a new UCLA-led study.But the 2020 recovery in care wasn ’t equal for all, researchers found. Some of the most socioeconomically disadvantaged patients — those with Medicaid or Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibility insurance — were far less likely than those with other insurance plans to return to using outpatient services at rates approaching normal, pre-pandemic levels....
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 22, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

CBO reaffirms our innovation ecosystem leads to improved lives, long-term savings
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recentlyreleased a new report looking at trends in spending, prices and use of prescription drugs. While some politicians are trying to use the report to justify a flawed policy that would let the federal government set the price of medicines, a closer, less partisan look at CBO ’s findings reaffirms that the biopharmaceutical lifecycle is working exactly as intended.Even with the introduction of many new treatments and cures, theCBO found that the average net price per prescription fell from $57 in 2009 to $50 in 2018 in the Medicare Part D program and from $63 to $48 in the Medicai...
Source: The Catalyst - January 21, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Newell Tags: Drug Cost Health Insurance Proactive Agenda Source Type: news

Why It ’s Still So Complicated to Get Free Home Covid Tests
This week, nearly two full years into the on-going pandemic, the Biden Administration told Americans that they would, at long last, be given access to free, rapid COVID-19 tests — a key tool in containing the spread of the virus. The government’s plan was two-fold. First, on Jan. 15, federal agencies implemented new rules requiring private health insurers to cover at-home tests. And second, on Jan. 18, the feds launched a new website to deliver free rapid antigen tests directly to Americans’ homes. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The effort was a major step in the right direction, public heal...
Source: TIME: Health - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Op-ed: Why you need to fight for more affordable health insurance
Historically, consumers have not had insight into the details of health insurance negotiations. But with the implementation of new federal transparency laws, we ’ll soon have a better look at what providers charge and which ones are worthy of a rate adjustment. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 20, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Vivian Ho Source Type: news

Survey of Americans Who Attempted Suicide Finds Many Aren ’t Getting Care
The number of people who try suicide has risen steadily in the U.S. But despite gains in health coverage, nearly half are not getting mental health treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ellen Barry Tags: Suicides and Suicide Attempts Research Mental Health and Disorders Health Insurance and Managed Care JAMA Psychiatry (Journal) United States Greg Rhee Deaths (Fatalities) Source Type: news

Five Things You Should Know About'Free' At-Home COVID Tests Five Things You Should Know About'Free' At-Home COVID Tests
Telling insurance companies to pay for rapid COVID-19 tests is just the latest COVID-related cost the federal government expects them to bear. But who really ends up paying for it?Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - January 19, 2022 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Viewpoint: Telehealth is critical, and insurance coverage of it must continue
“Jane Smith has an urgent childcare situation and can’t make it into the office this afternoon. Is it okay if I switch her to a telehealth visit?" It’s not only okay, but ensuring that Jane doesn’t miss this appointment could be critical for her health. Jane has a devastating skin disease that causes an incredible amount of pain and requires injections for treatment to keep her disease under control. She had many needs at that visit we converted to virtual: to monitor her overall condition,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 19, 2022 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Alexa B. Kimball Source Type: news

UnitedHealth Group ’s Profits Eclipse $4 Billion As Medicare Growth Helps Overcome Pandemic
UnitedHealth Group ’s profits eclipsed $4 billion in the fourth quarter thanks to a strong performance in the company’s health insurance business led by Medicare growth. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 19, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech Coronavirus Decision Maker Content decisionmaker business pharma Source Type: news

UnitedHealth ’s Medicare Growth Helps Weather Ongoing Pandemic
UnitedHealth Group ’s profits eclipsed $4 billion in the fourth quarter of last year thanks to a strong performance in the company’s health insurance business led by Medicare growth. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 19, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech business pharma Source Type: news

Omicron didn't dent UnitedHealth earnings
UnitedHealth Group Inc. topped Wall Street earnings and revenue expectations for the fourth quarter, as the insurance giant signed up greater numbers of members while keeping costs in check amidst the rapidly shifting Covid-19 pandemic. The Minnetonka-based company posted earnings of $4.07 billion, or $4.26 per share, up from $2.21 billion, or $2.30 per share in the same period a year ago. Excluding one-time impacts, adjusted earnings were $4.48 per share. Reuters reports that analysts had expected… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 19, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news