Massachusetts Department of Public Health Issues Emergency Order Banning the Sale of All Pets for Four Months
In response to anoutbreak of multi-drug resistant Campylobacter infections associated with the purchase of puppies from pet stores, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a temporary, four-month ban on the sale of all animals by pet stores throughout the Commonwealth.The CDC concluded that the outbreak is being caused by puppies sold by pet stores based on the finding that 88% of the case patients reported contact with a puppy and 71% of these reported contact with a puppy from a pet store.The CDC conclusion is as follows: " Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with puppies, es...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Massachusetts DPH Destroys Its Own Justification for the Emergency E-Cigarette Ban
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), via a vote by the Public Health Council, has rescinded its emergency ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes which was issued on September 25. When the ban was implemented in September, the Department's rationale was that since we don't know what is causing the outbreak, there may be e-cigarettes that could be involved. Therefore, to protect the public's health, we need to ban the sale of e-cigarettes.In rescinding the emergency order, DPH stated that the cause of the outbreak remains unknown. So by its own rationale which it invoked on September 25, there could still b...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Evaluating the New USMCA
Inu Manak andSimon LesterYesterday's biggest trade news was that the House Democratic leadership reached a deal with the Trump administration on changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was signed by Canada, Mexico and the United States last year. The agreement was an effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Reception of the new deal was mixed, and after taking leadership of the House in January of this year, Democrats wanted to leave their own imprint on the new trade agreement.In light of yesterday ’s announcement and today’s release of theProtocol of Amendment ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 11, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Inu Manak, Simon Lester Source Type: blogs

Outbreak of Salmonella Poisoning from Contaminated Vegetables in Massachusetts But DPH Refuses to Release Data on Which Products are Involved and Where They Were Purchased
Despite an outbreak of vegetable-associated Salmonella poisoning linked to products sold at Massachusetts restaurants that has affected 90 Massachusetts residents and resulted in three deaths, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is refusing to release any information on the restaurants at which the patients ate or the exact products they consumed. The Department has revealed only that the outbreak is associated with " vegetable products " and that some of the patients reported having eaten vegetables at restaurants in the Commonwealth.The Department of Public Health is not even telling the restaurant ow...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 9, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

HUBZones: Republican Central Planning
Chris EdwardsOne of the more ill-advised federal activities is trying to micromanage local economies with tax and spending programs. Democrats tend to favor subsidies on things such as public housing and community development, while Republicans often support both spending programs and narrow tax breaks.The Republican Opportunity Zone program enacted in 2017 used capital gains tax rules to expand federal control over local economies. The program divided the nation between winner and loser investment zones, as I discusshere.Another GOP micromanagement scheme is HUBZones, which are the subject of anewWashington Post investiga...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 20, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Wanted: Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences Director
BBCB Search Committee Members: Enrique De La Cruz, Yale University Daniel Gallahan, National Cancer Institute Jill Heemskerk, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Ming Lei, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Chair Cathy Wu, University of Delaware The search is now open for an outstanding candidate to serve as director of our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). The division supports the development of biophysical and computational methods and tools for understanding basic biological questions; physical and theoretical methodologies...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - November 18, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Job Announcements Source Type: blogs

Getting to universal health care (wonky)
Much sturm und drang has attached to Elizabeth Warren's reticence about the financing of a so-called Medicare for All program. So I'll tell you up front that the reason is the optical problem of raising taxes. She has said that total expenditures on health care for middle class people will be less, which is likely true or certainly can be. But some of what people are paying now they aren't even aware that they are paying. This takes the form of employer-provided health care, and that portion of state and federal tax revenues that goes to Medicaid and various subsidies for the health care system. The latter wouldn't really ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - October 30, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Improving the Affordable Care Act Markets (Part 2)
By JONATHAN HALVORSON In a previous post, I described how some features of the Affordable Care Act, despite the best intentions, have made it harder or even impossible for many plans to compete against dominant players in the individual and small employer markets. This has undermined aspects of the ACA designed to improve competition, like the insurance exchanges, and exacerbated a long term trend toward consolidation and reduced choice, and there is evidence it is resulting in higher costs. I focused on the ACA’s risk adjustment program and its impact on the small group market where the damage has been greatest. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Obamacare ACA Marketplace Affordable Care Act Health insurance Jonathan Halvorson Risk adjustment Source Type: blogs

Don ’t wait for your career. Consider having kids now.
No one tells you to put your veterinary career on hold to have kids, right? After all, we’re supposed to forge ahead and get through veterinary school, go on to our internship and residency, or go build ourselves up in private practice (or academia), right? We’re supposed to buy that small business to help pay […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 24, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/justine-lee" rel="tag" > Justine Lee, DVM < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Has Wealth Inequality Eroded U.S. Democracy?
Ryan Bourne“Billionaires have seized our government,” Senator Elizabeth Warrenclaimed earlier this year. This idea, that the rise in wealth inequality has led to the capture of politics by super wealthy elites, is fast becoming conventional wisdom on the left of politics and used as justification for wealth taxes.Paul Krugmanhas asked, for example, “Can anyone seriously deny that our political system is being warped by the influence of big money, and that the warping is getting worse as the wealth of a few grows ever larger?”Former lead economist at the World Bank, Branko Milanovi ć,has claimed&ldq...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 24, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Bourne Source Type: blogs

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Small-business owners say the cost of prescription drugs is the biggest challenge they face to providing their employees with health benefits. When asked about policies to control drug costs, small employers support a diverse set of solutions from across the political spectrum.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - October 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Paxton, Lovisa Gustafsson Source Type: blogs

The Power of Art Therapy for Diabetes
A Minnesota woman with type 1 diabetes has launched a new small business, Blue Circle Art Therapy, to help people cope through creativity. (Source: Diabetes Mine)
Source: Diabetes Mine - October 17, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Mike Hoskins Source Type: blogs

CDC's Failure to Demand Urine THC Testing of All Outbreak Patients is Inexcusable and is Putting the Entire Nation at Risk
The CDC has irresponsibly botched its entire investigation of vaping-associated respiratory illness (VARI) by failing to recommend or demand that clinicians perform a urine THC drug test on every case patient, and this is putting the entire nation at risk while leading to terrible public policies that are causing immediate harm to thousands of people.The CDC continues to insist that we have no idea what is causing this " mystery illness " and that " no single product " has been identified that explains all of the cases. This statement, which violates basic principles of epidemiological outbreak investig...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - September 27, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Using Its Emergency Powers, Rest of the Story Issues Four-Month Temporary Ban on Further E-Cigarette Bans
Today, I am bypassing the usual rulemaking process and using my emergency powers to declare a public health emergency and accordingly, I am issuing a four-month, temporary ban on politicians enacting further electronic cigarette bans.The purpose of this public health emergency is to temporarily pause all knee-jerk reaction e-cigarette bans so that we can work with our vaping and cannabis market experts to identify what is actually making people sick and how to better regulate these products to protect the health of our residents without putting thousands of small business owners out of work, forcing thousands of ex-smokers...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - September 27, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Politicians Continue to Destroy Hundreds of Small Businesses as More Drug Busts Reveal Thousands More Illicit THC Vape Carts
Yesterday, the governor of yet another state - Rhode Island - announced that he would be directing the Department of Health toban the sale of all flavored e-liquids. This now makes four states which either have banned or will imminently ban the sale of either all nicotine-containing e-cigarettes or all flavored, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes. This, along with theresignation of the CEO of JUUL, gained widespread media attention yesterday, dominated on the air waves only by a presidential impeachment inquiry.What flew off the radar screen and is being completely ignored by those very same politicians who are banning nicot...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - September 26, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Top 6 Team Collaboration Apps for Mac
You're reading Top 6 Team Collaboration Apps for Mac, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. The only way to achieve great teamwork and productivity across organizations is by adopting the best team collaboration tools. Though the number is ever increasing and there are many out there available in the market, the business owners need to choose the right one for their teams to extend uninterrupted work conversations. However, this post will guide in choosing the appropriate apps for MAC that are according to y...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Vyshnavi Basuthkar Tags: communication office collaboration productivity tools team chat app team collaboration apps team communication apps Source Type: blogs

Massachusetts Governor's Emergency Order Protects Drug Dealers at the Expense of Hundreds of Life-Saving Small Businesses
In a move that is a huge victory for the state's drug dealers, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has instituted a4-month ban on the sale of all vaping products in the state, including both nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes sold at retail stores and vape shops and cannabis vaping products sold at legal cannabis dispensaries. The ban, which was approved by the state Public Health Council on Tuesday, goes into effect immediately and was motivated by the recent emergence of an outbreak of vaping-associated respiratory illness (VARI) that has affected more than530 people across the United States and has resulted in n...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - September 25, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Protecting business Information
You're reading Protecting business Information, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Introduction With the rapid growing of technology and information, protecting customer and business has become increasing important because hackers today target a lot of business from small to large size hoping to gain information about either the customer or the business so that they can sell the information and make a profit, this can, in turn, hurt the business and its reputation because the customer will no longer hav...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: IndySummers Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Michigan Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes is a Terrible Policy with Devastating Public Health Consequences
Yesterday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmersigned into law an executive order that bans the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes in the state. The ban includes both retail sales and online sales of all e-cigarettes, with the sole exception of tobacco-flavored products. In doing so, Michigan becomes the first state in the nation to promulgate a complete ban on the sale of the overwhelming majority of vaping products.In defending the ban, state health officials " pointed to studies indicating that young people who vape are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes. "The Rest of the StoryI cannot overemphasize ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - September 5, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Sonavex Secures NIH Grant to Pursue New Vascular Surgery Applications
Last week, Sonavex, a Baltimore-based medical device company, announced receipt of a $3M Phase IIB Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for prospective clinical studies and ongoing research and development of its EchoMark and EchoSure devices. This grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will specifically allow Sonavex to validate its technology’s application to arteriovenous (AV) fistula maturation and viability for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Earlier this year, Sonavex received FDA clearance for its EchoSure 3D ultrasound system. EchoSure, in combination with ...
Source: Medgadget - September 3, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Cardiology Surgery Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

How a Footnote in the USMCA Undermines Economic Liberty
House Democrats are holding up ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) until U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer agrees to make some changes.  While a number of the big concerns about the new NAFTA, such asenforcement,biologic drugs, and the implementation of Mexico ’slabor laws have received a lot of attention, there is another issue that has flown under the radar, perhaps in part because it ’s buried in a footnote.Chapter 7 of the USMCA, “Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation,” includes a section on “Express Shipments.”  These are goods of low...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 30, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Inu Manak Source Type: blogs

Latest Trends to Enhance Productivity in the Work Environment
You're reading Latest Trends to Enhance Productivity in the Work Environment, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Our workplace is evolving all the time. By virtue of being connected, we have more flexibility than ever before, for instance, we can work from home, airports and bus stops, etc. However, be that as it may, how we work and what devices and applications we use at the workplace is integral to us communicating and collaborating as a team. Whether you’re a big organization or a small busines...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: robertjami Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Seeking Two Branch Chiefs for the Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry Division at NIGMS
We’re recruiting for two accomplished individuals with interest and experience in the scientific areas that comprise the Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry (BBC) and the Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences (PPS) Branches of the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. Successful applicants will be responsible for scientific and administrative planning, evaluation, and management of one of the branches, along with supervision of program directors with portfolios of funded research and small business grants. Each Chief will additionally handle a portfolio of research grants consis...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 19, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Job Announcements Source Type: blogs

Learning to Let Go: Accepting a Helping Hand to Avoid Burnout
You're reading Learning to Let Go: Accepting a Helping Hand to Avoid Burnout, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. The World Health Organization has finally recognized burnout as a legit medical condition, thus distinguishing it from simply being tired or overworked. Burnout is much more than being temporarily exhausted due to an increased workload or responsibilities – it’s characterized by overwhelming stress, emotional fatigue, lack of motivation, feelings of detachment and cynicism towa...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RebeccaBrown Tags: featured happiness health and fitness burnout career advice mental health stress time management Source Type: blogs

6 Top Productivity Apps of 2019 to Keep You Focused
Conclusion Staying focused is no easy task in the modern era.  But these top productivity apps will surely help improve your productivity in record time! What are your favorite productivity tools?  Hailey teaches entrepreneurs how to 10X their business using the power of social media and organic search to generate and close more leads while creating a community of raving fans at haileylucas.com. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn. You've read 6 Top Productivity Apps of 2019 to Keep You Focused, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement....
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hailey Lucas Tags: featured productivity tips apps self improvement Source Type: blogs

Progress Is Slow But It Does Seem To Be Gradually Happening.
This appeared last week:Therapeutic Goods Admin issues security guidance for medical devicesBy Simon Sharwood on Jul 19, 2019 11:24AM 'Please do security right and see your doctor if pain persists' is the gist of it. Australia ’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published new guidelines for the security of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical equipment.Revealed on 18 July here, the new guidance comes in one version for Guidance for consumers, health professionals, small business operators and large scale service providers (pdf) and another for industry (pdf).Neither go too far beyond g...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Am Wondering Just How Worried I Should Be With This Ruling? Are Comments Too Dangerous To Me?
This appeared last week:Any Facebook account ‘open to defamation’Deborah CornwallZoe Samios12:00AM July 6, 2019Anyone who has a social media account with a comments section — be it a blog, Facebook or YouTube channel — should regard themselves as fair game for a defamation action in Australia, a media law expert has warned.The warning follows a world-first judgment by the NSW ­Supreme Court that media companies were ­liable for any defamatory comments made by third parties on their Facebook pages, even if they didn’t know the ­offending comments were there.Peter Barnett, a partner ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 11, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Supreme Court Toasts Economic Liberty in Tennessee Wine Case - Cheers!
This morning, in a win for wine-drinkers and freedom-lovers alike (but I repeat myself), the Supreme Courtstruck down a heavily restrictive Tennessee law that prevented anyone but longtime state residents from getting liquor licenses. The provisions required applicants for an initial license to have lived in the state for two years and for a renewal of that to reside for 10 years, and prevented corporations from getting licenses unless all stockholders were residents. This hurt both would-be small business owners and large distributors like Total Wine& More (one of the parties; full disclosure: I have reserve status in...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 26, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro Source Type: blogs

San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Vote Tuesday on Banning the Retail Sale of Cigarettes and Marijuana
This Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of cigarettes and marijuana products in the city until the FDA conducts a safety review of these products.The impetus for the proposed ordinance was new data showing that a large proportion of San Francisco youths are still smoking and that the use of marijuana may even be increasing, especially with the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use. The city attorney explained that: " The epidemic is real. It needed attention. We felt it was necessary to step in and make sure we were protectin...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 22, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

1973: The Year John Kenneth Galbraith Made Socialism Mainstream
I started writing about economic issues in 1971, first inReason thenNational Review. One of my most serious early articles –­and certainly the most unread–­ was a 2800-word critique of John Kenneth Galbraith inThe Intercollegiate Review, posing as a book review with the mildly disrespectful title “Irrelevant Anachronism. ”  Ken Galbraith and I met years later, when he was invited to comment about my presentation at a1987 debate at Harvard [recorded by C-Span] about “The Disappearing Middle Class” on a panel with Lester Thurow, Barry Bluestone and Frank Levy.  ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Alan Reynolds Source Type: blogs

Benefits of Therapy You Probably Didn ’t Know About
Many of us have a narrow view of therapy. We think it’s solely for navigating clinical depression or severe anxiety or roller-coaster moods. We think it’s only an option when we’re going through a major crisis, a big transition, or a prolonged, persistent period of grief. We think therapy is only an option when relationships become disconnected, and marriages are on the brink of divorce. While therapy is important and vital for all the above, it’s also helpful for a lot of other reasons, and you don’t have to wait until the walls are falling down to work with a clinician. You can go when the p...
Source: World of Psychology - June 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: General Habits Happiness Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Psychotherapy Stigma Success & Achievement Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Methods to Improve Reproducibility of iPSC Derivation, Growth, and Differentiation
NIGMS, along with 11 other NIH institutes and centers, is seeking Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) applications to develop methods that improve the reproducibility of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derivation, growth, and differentiation (RFA-19-GM-001). Human iPSCs are mature cells that have been reprogrammed to an embryonic stem cell-like state and are able to differentiate into any cell type in the body. iPSCs are increasingly important research systems with a wide variety of applications, including studies of human development, tissue regeneration and repair, disease processes, and the development ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 21, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities NIH Guide Notices Source Type: blogs

Why I Support Medicaid Expansion
This blog post made available by the American Journal of Bioethics. You can read this editorial and accompanying articles here. by Laura Kelly, MS, Governor of Kansas A single mother doing her best to raise her children. A small business owner realizing her dreams in a rural Kansas town. A caregiver for a disabled child. All these Kansans deserve the ability to see a doctor when they need one and receive the health care services necessary for them to remain productive members of their communities.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - May 13, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Editorial-AJOB Featured Posts Health Disparities Health Policy & Insurance Politics Social Justice Medicaid expansion Source Type: blogs

10 Things to Do on Days When You Just Want to Give Up
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe Some days are light and filled with inspiration. Some days are simply routine. And on some days you may think to yourself: “I give up”. You may feel like just giving up on… Your new habit of working out or eating healthier. Your own small business or blog because you haven’t had the results you expected or wanted. Truly feeling better about yourself. D...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Happiness Personal Development Relaxation Success Source Type: blogs

Small Healthcare Businesses: Did You Know HIPAA Requires You to Make Sure Your IT Providers Are Compliant?
The following is a guest blog post by Cam Roberson, Director of the Reseller Channel, Beachhead Solutions. If you run a small business in the healthcare field, the challenge of delivering the critical services your organization provides likely keeps you busy enough. You probably aren’t itching to take a deep dive into the nuanced complexities of your […] (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Administration Ambulatory Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System LTPAC Security and Privacy Beachhead Solutions Cam Roberson HIPAA BA HIPAA Business Associate MSP PHI Source Type: blogs

Occupational therapy: The mouse that roared about degree escalation and credential inflation
It is easy for occupational therapy practitioners who have been embroiled in the intraprofessional debate about entry level credentials to lose sight of a larger perspective.  Sometimes the closer you are to a concern, the more challenging it is to understand the more broad ramifications of something that happened.The grass roots effort that pushed against a mandated escalation of the entry level degrees in the occupational therapy profession made a very broad social and cultural statement.  It was a historic example of a professional group that argued against some of its own leadership in an effort that ultimate...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - April 12, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Tags: OT Education OT practice policy Source Type: blogs

A War on Crime or on Business?
Since the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) came into force in 1970, banks and other financial institutions have been subject to extensive reporting requirements on the transactions they perform on customers ’ behalf. In subsequent years, notably after 9/11 with passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, Congress has expanded the range of firms subject to these rules and the information that they must collect. In the nearly half-century since the BSA’s passage, so-called anti-money laundering/ know your custom er (AML/ KYC) reporting duties have also expanded fortuitously, as the dollar thresholds – typically, $5,000 or $10,00...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 21, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Diego Zuluaga Source Type: blogs

Shaping the Future of Mental Health
Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope + Brainnovations Session 1 from SharpBrains We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting two great sessions held during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5–7th, 2017). Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope Dr. Tom Insel, President and Co-Founder of Mindstrong Health Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance. The three Finalists were: Savonix— pitch by Greg Wong, VP Product Management HealthTech Connex — pitch by Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Sc...
Source: SharpBrains - March 8, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology future HealthTech Connex innovation mental health Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Savonix Source Type: blogs

Tips For You In Improving Your Garden
In life, we should always focus on becoming better. When it comes to your own house, you can try and make it better in many effective ways. In doing so, you would have to focus on different areas of the house. By making each area perfect, you will be able to create an overall area that is perfect. Out of the various areas that you would have to take into consideration, the garden of your house will take a special place. When you have a garden in your house, you need to consider it as an added advantage. Simply having a look at the garden of your house will be capable of giving you the necessary relaxation if the garden is ...
Source: Nurse Blogger - March 1, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Fabiola Panicucci Tags: Small Business Services Source Type: blogs

Beer vs. Bureaucracy
The federal shutdown revealed some of the ways that the government needlessly shackles the economy through subsidies and regulations. The microbrew industry is a microcosm of the general problem.Beer companies take federal loan guarantees and they need federal approval for business activities such as launching new beer labels and opening facilities. The idea that we need the government providing business loans is ridiculous, as discussedhere. And the permitting of new facilities ought to be a local government activity.As for beer labels,theWashington Post reports, “Last year, the federal government received 192,000 a...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 28, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Another Hostage from the Federal Shutdown: Small Business
We are in the fourth week of the partial federal shutdown, which is starting to disrupt the broader economy because the government exerts control over many major industries. These sorts of disruptions will become more frequent in coming years as deficits rise and partisan divisions persist.To minimize the damage, we should privatize or devolve to the states activities that do not need to be run by Washington. Those activities include air traffic control, airport screening, parks, and services on Indian reservations, as discussedhere andhere.TheWall Street Journalreports today that the “shutdown leaves small-business ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

The Libertarian Experiment That Isn ’t
According to Paul Krugman, the government shutdown amounts to a potentially big libertarian experiment.With nine departments and multiple agencies closed, maybe for months, the New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate envisages a coming test of whether the country can live without the Food and Drug Administration, the Small Business Administration and farm subsidies.So are those of us at Cato who believe in the abolition of these programs celebrating? Not quite.As the vast majority of the U.S. population go about their daily lives, barely noticing that 25 percent of federal discretionary spending has been paused, it &rs...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 11, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Bourne Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The MyHR Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 23.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/australia-s-100-million-scam-problem-the-threat-has- become-personal-20181220-p50nfd.ht...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The First Amendment Allows You to Draw Your Own Conclusion on Same-Sex Marriage
Earlier this year inMasterpiece Cakeshop, the Supreme Court contended with the issue of whether cake-baking is protected speech under the First Amendment, and thus whether a Christian baker could refuse to design a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. The Court ended up punting on the case ’s major questions, but now the Arizona Supreme Court is facing a similar issue, this time with calligraphers instead of bakers.Artists Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski are practicing Christians who own and operate Brush& Nib, an art studio in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to designing wedding invitations using calligraphy, they ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 20, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro, Patrick Moran Source Type: blogs

Kitchen Tiling Ideas
Kitchen is the most essential part of the house. As your favorite dishes can be made inside it. So it is essential that while building a house or renovating a house, kitchen must be kept at top priorities. Playing with colors is daunting, so to use a back splash is perfect. It suddenly adds a pop in a neutral kitchen with a little effort. Decorative tiles in Melbourne add a bold color and pattern to your kitchen. Inside the kitchen, the wall beyond the dining table can be splashed with multi colored tiles as it may boost you up whenever you came, see, sit and have your breakfast, lunch and dinner or any othe...
Source: Nurse Blogger - December 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Fabiola Panicucci Tags: Small Business Services Source Type: blogs

Central Bank Digital Currency Threatens Financial Privacy and Economic Growth
Discussion Note (November 2018).[4] For theory and evidence on this point seeLastrapes and Selgin (2012).[Cross-posted from Alt-M.org] (Source: Cato-at-liberty)
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 4, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Lawrence H. White Source Type: blogs

Share Buybacks: Mismeasured and Misunderstood
In March of this year,Forbespublished an article with the following lede:The Economist has called them “an addiction to corporate cocaine.” Reuters has called them “self-cannibalization.” The Financial Timeshas called them “an overwhelming conflict of interest.” In an article that won the HBR McKinsey Award for the best article of the year, Harvard Business Review has called them “stock price manipulation.” These influential journals make a powerful case that wholesale stock buybacks are a bad idea—bad economically, bad financially, ba...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 30, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Derek Bonett Source Type: blogs

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This summer, federal officials issued regulations designed to encourage the expansion of coverage options that are exempt from key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One of those rules makes it easier to form association health plans (AHPs) and offer this less regulated coverage to small businesses and people who are self-employed. Though a legal challenge to the new rule is ongoing, some types of AHPs were allowed to take advantage of the weaker standards beginning September 1, while all such entities will be able to do so by April 2019.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kevin Lucia, Justin Giovannelli, Sabrina Corlette, Christina Goe Source Type: blogs

Distracted by Repulsive Objects
I highly recommendFintan O'Toole's new piece in NYRB, which they have kindly made available to non-subscribers. Do read the whole thing, depressing as it is, because it may knock some scales from your eyes. Here's a key paragraph:There is, surely, a reason why books that give us Trump in all his outlandish tawdriness —like Michael Wolff’sFire and Fury and Bob Woodward ’sFear: Trump in the White House—cannot, however appalling their accounts may be, do him any harm. They are exercises in “looking straight at him to learn the truth about him,” an act that seems entirely right by any tradit...
Source: Stayin' Alive - November 24, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

A HIPAA Life Sentence … and SO Many Lessons
In 2012 Accretive Health Care was banned from doing business in Minnesota for 2 – 6 years for a HIPAA violation. In 2018 New York State suspended a nurse’s license for a year for a HIPAA violation. But, a life sentence? The New Jersey Attorney General announced a $ 200,000 HIPAA and consumer fraud penalty against an out-of-business Georgia medical transcription company. In 2016 ATA Consulting LLC d/b/a Best Medical Transcription breached the medical records of over 1,650 people treated by three New Jersey healthcare providers by publicly exposing their medical records to the Internet. And, their customer, Virtu...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Semel Tags: Health Care Healthcare Healthcare IT Security HIPAA HIPAA Breaches HIPAA General HIPAA Lawsuits HIPAA News HIPAA Training Best Medical Transcription HIPAA Fines OCR State Attorney General Virtua Health Source Type: blogs