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The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces open for enrollment today for the sixth time. But this year the marketplace health plans in many states will face some new competition from insurance products that don’t meet the law’s standards. These include the ban on denying coverage or charging more based on a person’s preexisting health conditions. New Trump administration regulations released earlier this year have undermined the coverage protections in the ACA by making it possible for insurers to renew skimpy short-term health insurance for up to three years, and for small busines...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - November 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara R. Collins Source Type: blogs

The November 6 Midterm Elections and Their Impact on Obamacare:Q & A
By ETIENNE DEFFARGES 1) What is the likelihood the ACA will be repealed? This straightforward question has a very simple answer: It depends on the results of the upcoming November 6 U.S. congressional elections. If the Republicans retain control of both the House and the Senate, the probability that the ACA will be repealed is very high: The Republicans would be emboldened by such a victory and would most probably attempt in 2019 to repeal the health care law—again. It is worth remembering that in July of last year, the repeal of the ACA (a version of which had passed the House in May) was defeated in the Senate by ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Obamacare Patients Politics health care Midterm Elections Source Type: blogs

The financial independence wild goose chase
I was sitting across from a new acquaintance at the CampFI Midwest and he was telling me about his next budding venture.  He had a brilliant business plan.  An idea which no one had capitalized on before.  He was in the middle of gathering investors and beginning the long process of due diligence.  I probed further.  I am always wary of what I call the financial independence wild goose chase. It turns out that he had no love or passion for this new project.  He really dug the idea of building an empire, and he was ready to be financially independent.  But the idea, the idea...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/docg" rel="tag" > DocG, MD < /a > Tags: Finance Practice Management Source Type: blogs

10 Steps to Nurse Entrepreneurship
I recently attended the 2018 annual conference of theNational Nurses in Business Association(NNBA) and I was reminded that many nursing professionals would like to be business owners but aren't sure how to get started. That lack of business acumen is both prevalent and understandable.While I'm not specifically a business coach for nurses, my career coaching practice and experience as a nurse entrepreneur has taught me a thing or two about getting a business up and running.Photo by rawpixel on UnsplashWhat Does A Business Do? Before we get to my top tips for launching your nurse-run business, let's talk ...
Source: Digital Doorway - October 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: entrepreneurship National Nurses in Business Association NNBA nurse entrepreneurs nurse entrepreneurship nursing Source Type: blogs

Veganism Is About Power, Not Animals
Having been a consumer of animal products and a non-consumer for more than 20 years on each path, I’ve experienced both paths from the inside for significant lengths of time. I think it’s easier to make the choice by comparing each perspective experientially. I went vegan by deciding to try it for a month to see what it was like. I like encouraging people to try different lifestyle experiments in a similar fashion. Choose from a place of knowing, not from a place of ignorance. As long as you remain on the outside looking in, you never really understand a particular lifestyle path. You can’t predict who yo...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - October 20, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Lifestyle Values Source Type: blogs

NAFTA 2.0: The Best Trade Agreement Ever Negotiated (Except for All of the Others)
Conclusion: Criterion is almost met).Would limit the use of so-called trade remedy or trade defense measures.Trade remedy laws give domestic industries recourse to trade restrictions when they can demonstrate injury caused by “dumped,” subsidized, or substantially increasing imports. Theselaws are prone to misuse and abuse and become loopholes through which the benefits of trade barrier reduction achieved in the agreement can be quickly rescinded.   In USMCA, no restrictions on the use of antidumping, countervailing duty, or safeguard measures are made. Rather, the long arm of the Safeguard law extend...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 7, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Ikenson Source Type: blogs

Evaluating the New NAFTA
There ’s a lot in the new NAFTA (technically, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA), some of it good and some of it bad (the new name is terrible, but that’s not particularly important). In this blog post, we offer our thoughts on some of the key provisions, after which we provide an initial over all assessment of the agreement. We break it down into the good, the interesting, the whatever, the worrying, the bad, and the ugly.The Good:– Canadian agriculture: In terms of liberalization in the USMCA, the most important component is the liberalization of Canadian agriculture imports, such as da...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 3, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Simon Lester, Inu Manak Source Type: blogs

The Skinny on The Narrow Bank
Dedicated readers may recall my havingreported here several years ago the suit filed by Colorado ’s Four Corner’s Credit Union against the Kansas City Fed — after the Fed refused it a Master Account on the grounds that it planned to cater to Colorado’s marijuana-related businesses. Until then the episode was almost unique, for the Fed had scarcely ever refused a Master Account to any pr operly licensed depository institution. Eventually the Fed and Four Corners reached a compromise, of sorts, with the Fed agreeing to grant the credit union an account so long as it promised not to do business with th...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 10, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

6 Ways Being A Generalist Can Help You To Specialize Better
You're reading 6 Ways Being A Generalist Can Help You To Specialize Better, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Many people falsely believe that being a specialist is essential in today's business environment. However, that might not be the case. I submit that the generalist will become one of the most sought-after professionals in the business world.   In the past, medical, financial and legal professionals had highly specialized areas of expertise. The belief was that having deep expertise in a particu...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Pene Tags: career featured self confidence success better managers generalist leaders specialist Source Type: blogs

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In June, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final regulation that implements President Trump’s executive order encouraging the expansion of association health plans (AHPs) for small businesses and self-employed individuals. Under these rules, professional or trade associations will be permitted to sell health plans that are exempt from many Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections as early as September 1, 2018. However, 12 attorneys general have now sued to enjoin the rule, noting that AHPs have a long history of fraud and insolvency, and in some places have undermined states’ individual and small-group markets...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kevin Lucia, Sabrina Corlette , Christina Goe, Justin Giovannelli, Maanasa Kona Source Type: blogs

Towards a New North American Free Trade Agreement (in Principle)
After a brief hiatus during the run up to the recent Mexican elections, negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are in the news again, with hints of an agreement by the end of August. We have heard talk of an imminent agreement before and the chances of an agreement within the month may not be very high, and even if it does happen it may be more of an “agreement in principle” with many details still to be worked out. Nevertheless, with the renewed interest, we thought it was worth breaking down some of the key remaining issues (there are a lot of them, which helps illustrate the amount o...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 9, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Inu Manak, Simon Lester Source Type: blogs

What Does Reading Do to Your Brain?
You're reading What Does Reading Do to Your Brain?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Have you ever felt inspired after reading a masterful book? Have you ever felt like the book made you see things in a different way? Have you ever discovered knowledge because of a book? Has a book made you feel wiser? Books have power! Reading is an amazing process that can actually rewire your brain. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.&r...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: thomaslovecraft Tags: featured reading self improvement brain health habits pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Why doctors don ’t call in sick when they should
Recent research from Florida Atlantic University and Cleveland State University have found a direct correlation between preventative health care and the number of paid sick leave days a worker gets. Workers with more than 10 paid sick days annually access preventative care more frequently than those without paid sick days. Preventative care, in turn, leads to better overall mental and physical health. Doctors that are in private practice function like small business owners, when they are out for any reason, including sickness, they must pay overhead without collecting income.  Doctors in academic practices and th...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/jennifer-weiss" rel="tag" > Jennifer Weiss, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Infectious Disease Surgery Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: July 28, 2018
This week’s Psychology Around the Net dives into a new online program that helps people with mental health issues better handle money, how you can know someone’s personality by their eye movements, why psychology courses are important for business owners, and more. Enjoy! Banks’ 360-Degree View of Customers Could Include Their Mental Health: Silver Cloud Health has created an online mental health program, Space from Money Worries, to help people who have financial problems related to mental health issues. The program is designed to help those with a link between finances and mental health learn how to man...
Source: World of Psychology - July 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Celebrities Depression Disorders Industrial and Workplace Military Money and Financial Personality Psychology Around the Net Research Sleep business owners celebrities and mental health celebrity gossip employees finances and m Source Type: blogs

" Zero Subsidies " Through a U.S.-EU Trade Agreement Is Unlikely
Recall that President Trump said this yesterday in the context of his remarks with European Commission President Juncker:This is why we agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.  Zero tariffs on these products through a trade agreement is a plausible and useful goal. On the other hand, zero non-tariff barriers could only be achieved through the U.S. joining an EU-style single market, which I don ’t think anyone has in mind here. It is possible to remove a few of the more egregious regulatory barriers, but we should...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 26, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Simon Lester Source Type: blogs

Destroying Property Value by Regulation Is Just as Bad as Using Eminent Domain
Nearly a century has passed since Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes ’s legendary proclamation that “while property may be regulated to a certain extent, if regulation goes too far it will be recognized as a taking.” But that statement did little to actually clarify when the Fifth Amendment’s protections against uncompensated takings of property applies to go vernment action that regulates away the use of land rather than physically taking it through eminent domain.Attempting to clear up that confusion, the Supreme Court 40 years ago handed down the now infamousPenn Centraldecision (involving the histori...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 25, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Meggan DeWitt Source Type: blogs

Both physicians and CEOs need time to think
I’ve always likened the job of a primary care physician to that of a chief executive officer of a small business. Family doctors manage the “business” of delivering and coordinating care for more than a thousand patients at an average cost, in the United States, of $8,500 per year: an $8 to $12 million business. Because the actions or inactions of the PCP impact the need for, and cost of, specialist and hospital care “downstream” from the primary care office, I think of this as “our” business. Because of this, I subscribe to the Harvard Business Review. I figure doctors must have s...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/a-country-doctor" rel="tag" > A Country Doctor, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Practice Management Primary Care Source Type: blogs

Followup: The Company That Took The FTC To Court
Readers who watched the  Cato forum last November on prosecutorial fallibility and accountability, or my coverage at Overlawyered, may recall the story of how a Federal Trade Commission enforcement action devastated a thriving company, LabMD, following a  push from a spurned vendor. Company founder and president Mike Daugherty, who took part on the Cato panel, wrote a book about the episode entitled The Devil Inside the Beltway: The Shocking Expos é of the U.S. Government’s Surveillance and Overreach into Cybersecurity, Medicine and Small Business.Last month two separate federal appeals cou...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

Pro-business? Wilbur Ross Channels Hillary Clinton
On Wednesday members of the Senate Finance Committee questioned Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross about the costs to American businesses of the administration ’s tariffs.Ross was unsympathetic:When Thune warned that the drop in soybean prices (caused by China ’s retaliatory tariffs) was costing South Dakota soybean farmers hundreds of millions of dollars, Ross responded by saying he heard the price drop “has been exaggerated.”…Ross told Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) that he ’s heard the rising cost of newsprint for rural newspapers “is a very trivial thing,” and he told Sen. Benja...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

South Dakota v. Wayfair: A Taxing Decision
Today, the Supreme Court handed the states a victory in their battle to collect taxes on online sales, but, in doing so, dealt a heavy loss to the national market, small businesses, and the people at large.South Dakota v. Wayfair ’s focus was on whether to overturnQuill Corp. v. North Dakota, which held that states could not impose tax collection obligations on businesses with no physical presence in the state. In a bizarrely split 5-4 decision –with Justice Kennedy writing the majority joined by Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito, and Gorsuch and Chief Justice Roberts writing the dissent joined by Breyer, Sotomayor, and ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Trevor Burrus, Matthew Larosiere Source Type: blogs

Trump's AHPs Rule: a Generally Lousy Idea that Would Reduce Premiums for Some and Make ObamaCare's Costs More Transparent
The Trump administration hasreleased its final rule expanding so-called association health plans. The rule would allow many consumers to avoid some of ObamaCare ’s unwanted regulatory costs. But the rule also highlights both the destructive power of ObamaCare and Republicans’ utter lack of imagination when it comes to health care.As originally proposed, the idea behind association health plans was to allow small businesses that purchased health insurance through a member-organization (i.e., an association) to enjoy the same federal exemption from insurance regulation that large businesses have traditionally (if...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Teens Explore Science and Health through Game Design
Educators often struggle to teach teens about sexual and reproductive health. Hexacago Health Academy (HHA) , an education program from the University of Chicago, leverages the fun activity of gameplay to impart these lessons to young people from Chicago’s South Side community. Funded by the Student Education Partnership Award (SEPA), part of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), in 2015, HHA assists teachers in their goal of helping teen students gain awareness and control over their health and also learn about careers in STEM and health fields. Melissa Gilliam, founder of Ci3. Credit: Anna K...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 13, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Juli Rose Tags: Computers in Biology Infectious Disease Training Source Type: blogs

Sonavex ’s EchoMark Soft Tissue Markers Receive FDA 510(k) Clearance
One year ago, we spoke with Sonavex CEO David Narrow about the Baltimore medical startup’s recent round of investment and ongoing development of its EchoMark and EchoSure products. At the time, David mentioned that the company was, “…preparing to submit our regulatory clearance materials.” This week, the company announced that it had secured FDA 510(k) clearance to market both EchoMark and EchoMark LP (low profile) soft tissue markers. This is the first product from Sonavex to receive FDA clearance and represents an important inflection point for the business. “Regulatory clearance is a ...
Source: Medgadget - June 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Emergency Medicine Ob/Gyn Radiology Surgery Source Type: blogs

Time to Bury the Kafkaesque Process for Vindicating Property Rights
Property rights shouldn ’t be relegated to second-class status. Yet 30 years ago, in Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, the Supreme Court pronounced a new rule that a property owner must first sue in state court to ripen a federal takings claim. As illustrated by  Knick v. Township of Scott, this radical departure from historic practice has effectively shut property owners out of federal courts without any firm doctrinal justification.Rose Knick owns 90 acres in Scott Township in western Pennsylvania, a state known for its “backyard burials.” In 2012 a new ordinance...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 5, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Meggan DeWitt Source Type: blogs

A Public-Private Partnership to Fix Health Care
By BILL ROSENBERG The Administration proposal that would enable small employers to band together to purchase health insurance by forming Association Health Plans has several good features. Large companies do pay about 15% less, apples-to-apples, for health insurance than small businesses because they negotiate lower administrative fees, get larger discounts on health care prices and avoid premium taxes and risk charges by self-insuring. Allowing small business to replicate what boils down to volume discounts also appeals politically to many as a market-based alternative to government intervention. Reliance on Association H...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Holt Tags: OP-ED Trump's Health Bill Rosenberg Medicare public-private partnerships Source Type: blogs

Opioid Class Action Suit Filed in Five States
On May 2, 2018, three law firms filed class action lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors on behalf of individuals and businesses who have been handed higher insurance costs as a result of the opioid epidemic. The law firms filed suits on behalf of plaintiffs in five different federal courts: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. The complaints all charge major opioid manufacturers and distributors with fraudulent and deceptive marketing practices, negligence in distributing opioids into the marketplace, and other violations of state and federal law. In each of the lawsuits...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 11, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Finally, Welcome Relief from the Unnecessary Burdens of Dodd-Frank
Congress looks set to passlong-awaited changes to the Dodd-Frank Act that would relieve small and medium-sized banks from some of the onerous burdens of the post-crisis financial legislation package,the Hill reports:The Senate in March passed a bipartisan bill to exempt dozens of banks from the stricter Federal Reserve oversight under Dodd-Frank and scores more from lending restrictions and reporting requirements. The deal, sponsored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), passed by a 67-31 vote with support from more than a dozen Democrats.A deal between the House and Senate would clear the way for Cong...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 9, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Diego Zuluaga Source Type: blogs

Save the Date for Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 5th
Given the success of the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest last year (details here), the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will host a second Brainnovations edition, for 12 selected startups to pitch their innovative solutions to to all Summit participants and to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank”: Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs at Joy Ventures Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer at the GE Foundation Nichol Bradford, Co-Founder and ED of the Transformative Tech Lab John Cammack, Angel Investor Ariel Garten, Founder and Chie...
Source: SharpBrains - April 18, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-tech Brainnovations Neurotechnology Pitch Contest Source Type: blogs

6 Habits That Will Help You on Days When You Just Feel Like Giving Up
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” William Shakespeare “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 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. ...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - April 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Happiness Personal Development Relaxation Success Source Type: blogs

Small Marijuana Growers Squeezed Out by Legalization and Regulation
It ’s often been noted that regulations can imposelarger relative costs on small businesses and can serve toprotect incumbent firms from new competitors. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfeinnoted that new regulations created a “moat” around his firm:That all industries are being disrupted to some extent by new entrants coming in from technology. We, again, being, you know, technology-oriented ourselves, try to disrupt ourselves and try to figure out what ’s the new thing, and come up with new platforms, new forms of distribution, new products. But in some ways, and there are some parts of our busi...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Your Last Warning - The Data Breach Penalty Regime Is Now Operational And Coming For You!
This appeared last week and carries a rather ominous warning …Data breach law: 60% of businesses 'unaware of basics' 20 February 2018 Written by  Sam Varghese Nearly 60% of Australian businesses are not aware of the details of the data breach law that takes effect on Thursday, a survey by GfK Australia for imaging solutions provider Canon claims.Additionally, the survey, named the Business Readiness Index, found that small businesses, in particular, were seen to be least concerned about data security, stemming from a lack of awareness where only one in five (19%) were conscious of, and prepared for, the new reg...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Analysis of occupational therapy leadership statements on student debt and the doctoral mandate
The occupational therapy profession is joining thecredential inflation bandwagon through the mandate of its membership organization AOTA and its educational accrediting subgroup ACOTE.  Proposals are in place toadvance the entry level for occupational therapists to the doctoral level.  A companion proposal to advance the entry level for occupational therapy assistants to the baccalaureate level has been made but isin temporary abeyance.It is important to analyze the statements of the leaders and future leaders of these groups in order to understand their positions on these topics.  Additionally, it is import...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - February 24, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Tags: OT Education Source Type: blogs

Common Questions About Nurse Entrepreneurship
Nurse entrepreneurship is exploding in the 21st century, and many nurses ask me for advice about nursing-based business. So, let's dig into some of the most common questions that nurses have about potentially launching a business or entrepreneurial endeavor.Photo by Josefa nDiaz on Unsplash.comWhat's a Business?One of the main tenets of business hasn't changed since the days of cave people, and that's this: business is about people being willing to pay you for your solution to the problem that they're having.In the case of a caveman or cavewoman, let's visualize a caveman who knows how to sharpen a bone to a very fine poin...
Source: Digital Doorway - February 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: business career career management entrepreneurship National Nurses in Business Association nurse careers nurse entrepreneurs nursing nursing careers Source Type: blogs

Lawyers Protest Mandate To File Suspicious Activity Reports
What happens when one of the most irresistible of contemporary regulatory trends – the continued chipping away of financial privacy – runs into one of the most formidable of interest groups, organized lawyerdom? The lawyers resist, andin this case the lawyers are right:  ABA President Hilarie Bass is expressing concerns that an anti-money laundering bill would undermine the attorney-client privilege and impose “burdensome and intrusive regulations” on small businesses and their lawyers.In a  letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bass asks the committee to oppose the bil...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 9, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

How this physician became an art mogul
I truly believe that the business asset class is important in supercharging the race to financial independence.  While many dream of starting their own Google or Amazon, I find myself much more interested in the small, less scalable business.  The kind that spins off some revenue, builds experience and know how, and is fun. Although I have owned multiple small businesses (mostly medical practices and real estate), the one that I am most proud of was relatively short-lived. For a few years, I was an art mogul. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation:...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - February 8, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/docg" rel="tag" > DocG, MD < /a > Tags: Finance Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Securing America's Future Act Is a Net Negative for the Immigration System
President Trumpis backing the Securing America ’s Future (SAF) Act drafted by key House Republicans. The SAF Act is a comprehensive immigration reform bill posing as a DACA fix. It is414 pages long and touches on every major area of the immigration system —family, employment, and diversity legal immigration, humanitarian programs, workplace enforcement, temporary visas, interior enforcement, border security, criminal penalties, and much else. Comprehensive immigration reform is fine, but this massive, complex bill expands the scope of the debate so far from DACA that it cannot seriously be considered an answer ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Nevada Proposes Drug Transparency Regulations
We have written many times on the Nevada law passed in Summer 2017 that requires patient advocacy organizations to report all payments they receive from industry, regardless of the nature of the payment. The legislation was signed into law by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in June 2017 and now the Nevada Department of Health is working on regulations to implement the law. The current draft regulations require manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers to submit a report by April 1st of each year for the previous calendar year that outlines the costs and rebates related to drugs listed on the List of Essential Diabetes D...
Source: Policy and Medicine - January 11, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Ill-Informed, Incompetent* Health Care Leadership: the Case of President Trump's Interview in the New York Times
ConclusionsWe have frequently criticized the leadership of big health care organizations as ill-informed, incompetent, ignorant of or even hostile to the values of health care professionals, deceptive, self-interested, conflicted or even corrupt. The President of the United States is the country's most important health care leader, since all government agencies that deal with health, health care, health care policy, etc report to him.  Unfortunately, we have previously discussed examples of how the president appeared to be an ill-informed or incompetent health care leader, for examplehere. So it would be easy to ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - January 5, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: Donald Trump ill-informed management Source Type: blogs

Savonix, HealthTech Connex, NeuraMetrix: Top Brainnovations to measure Brain Health & Performance
 Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance (recording requires registration; view slidedecks above or Here). The three Finalists were: Savonix– pitch by Greg Wong, VP Product Management HealthTech Connex – pitch by Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Scientific Officer NeuraMetrix (WINNER) – pitch by Jan Samzelius, Co-Founder & CEO Judged by: Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs at the National...
Source: SharpBrains - December 29, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Brainnovation Brainnovations HealthTech Connex measure brain health NeuraMetrix Savonix Source Type: blogs

On the Morality of Insurance Premiums
By ANISH KOKA, MD As CVS-Aetna merger talks fill the air this Christmas season and experts weigh in on the impact this will have on the economy and consumers alike, I’m sitting at a little desk in a little office contemplating health insurance. I run a little shop that’s about as far from CVS-Aetna as you can get in the health care space : a solo practice doctor with four full time employees and revenues a little south of $65 billion dollars.  I shouldn’t feel too alone.  Small businesses account for 99% of US firms and employ almost half of all private sector employees.  But knowing my pro...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: anish_koka Tags: Uncategorized ACA Anish Koka CVS-Aetna IRS Source Type: blogs

Drama Addiction: Are You Stuck in a Toxic Cycle?
Everything always going wrong? Ask yourself these questions. Do you think that your life should be a reality TV show since it’s just a series of dramas every year? Are your friends and family in a position of constantly getting you out of some sort of actual or emotional crisis? If you said yes, life must be tiring for you and people around you. Actually, it seems mostly tiring for others because you must be gaining some thrill out of all the drama, or you would re-evaluate your decision-making process to stabilize your life. For example, Denise is 30 years old. She has gone through one relationship per year for the...
Source: World of Psychology - December 7, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Agitation Anger Anxiety and Panic Personality Publishers Relationships Self-Help Stress YourTango Assumptions behavior Beliefs Chaos complaints Conflicts Drama Emotions Family Friends thoughts Source Type: blogs

Time to Bury the Williamson County Rule
Claims for unconstitutional takings of property against state actors should not be treated differently than other fundamental rights claims and relegated to second-class status. Thirty years ago, inWilliamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court pronounced a new rule that a property owner must first sue in state court to ripen a federal takings claim. As illustrated byKnick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, in which Cato has filed abriefsupporting the property owner ’s petition to the Court—joined by the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Southeastern Legal Foundation, a...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 4, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Meggan DeWitt Source Type: blogs

Explore new ways to measure Brain Health & Performance @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
_____ Kickstarted with a keynote by scientist/ policy-maker/ entrepreneur Dr. Tom Insel,  the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to discuss the latest technologies for Brain Health & Enhancement. 12 selected startups will get to pitch their innovative approach and solutions to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank“– and to all Summit participants. The Sharp Tank will select a Winner per category, facilitated by Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains‘ CEO & Editor-in-Chief, and Dr. Bob Bilder, Director o...
Source: SharpBrains - November 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology brain-performance Brainnovation HealthTech measure brain health NeuraMetrix Savonix Tom Insel Source Type: blogs

Opioid crisis: Could the'pain-o-meter' be a solution? - USA Today
Every year, millions of Americans will go to their doctors complaining of pain, and their doctors will ask them to rate their degree of discomfort on a zero-to-10 scale, or using a range of smiley-face symbols.The doctor will have to take their word for it. And then, all too often, the doctor will prescribe a powerful and addictive opioid painkiller.It's a longstanding — if imprecise and subjective — way of measuring and treating pain. And it's at least partly responsible for starting an opioid addiction crisis that killed 64,000 people last year."One of the things we heard from many physicians is ...
Source: Psychology of Pain - November 23, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs

Tax Reform, the IRS, Cybersecurity, and Privacy
The current tax reform debate has focused on economic growth and the value of cuts to different groups of taxpayers. Tax simplification has received less attention, and Republican bills would only make modest gains in that regard.Yet a major tax code simplification would not only save time on administration, it would increase financial privacy and deter cyberattacks on the Internal Revenue Service.A new study by Michael Hatfield of the University of Washington looks at the risks posed by the IRS ’s vast data collection on 290 million Americans. The more micromanagement there is in the tax code, the more information t...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 22, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Time-sensitive: Looking for 20 professionals to participate @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
Dear colleague, I hope all is well. Wanted to bring an opportunity to your attention. In order to ensure a wide range of participation at the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th), we are offering 20 Summit passes at a 20% discount. We’d love to add your perspective and your questions to the mix. Please come learn and discuss with 40+ experts and innovators such as… Dr. Tom Insel, former Director of the NIMH and Head of mental health at Verily (Google), currently President & Co-founder of Mindstrong Health Dr. April...
Source: SharpBrains - November 22, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Source Type: blogs

Fostering Minority Scientific, Health and Human Services Ventures at HHS
About $980 million of seed money is available for small aspiring businesses with innovative ideas for promising life-saving technology though US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), goes on the road to Milwaukee next month to talk to scientists and their business partners about the $980 million in seed money at HHS—mostly through NIH — available for aspiring small businesses with innovative ideas for promising life-saving technology. “One cannot predict where the next great idea will come from....
Source: BHIC - November 6, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: General Minority Health Concerns Source Type: blogs

News: 12 Finalists named to take part in the Brainnovations Pitch Contest (December 6th, 2017)
Proud and excited to announce the 12 groundbreaking startups that will get to pitch their idea and solutions at the Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th, hosted during Day 2 of the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th). These are the 12 selected Finalists, together with their summary elevator pitch. Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best at the pitch contest! Finalists for Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance Savonix (USA): “The Savonix Mobile platform has truly revolutionized access to cognitive data and is ...
Source: SharpBrains - November 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology AUGMENTx Beam Riders brain-enhancement Brain-health Click Therapeutics HealthTech Connex MyCognition MyndYou NeuraMetrix Sapien Labs Savonix Sincrol Source Type: blogs

Are Federal Prosecutors Above the Law?
There is no more powerful person in the federal legal system than the federal prosecutor. Charging decisions and plea bargains effectively remove judges and juries from decisionmaking in most cases, and electing to fight a prosecutor rather than take the plea bargain most often results in dramatically longer sentences. This is how our system operates, and even if all the prosecutors are acting lawfully, defendants are at a massive disadvantage.But what if the prosecutor cheats a system that ’s already rigged in his favor?This is not a hypothetical question. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has proven itself incap...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 31, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jonathan Blanks Source Type: blogs

Reminder: Last 12 hours to submit pitches to the Brainnovations Pitch Contest!
This is the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank” _________________ A quick reminder that the Brainnovations Pitch Contest is accepting submissions until today, October 31st, 11 PM US Pacific Standard Time. We are looking for startups worldwide, founded no earlier than 2012, for-profit or non-profit, working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every person thrive in the digital age. Startups: Please submit your idea and pitch your solution in front of our expert Judges and 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit participants for a chance to get...
Source: SharpBrains - October 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-research Brainnovations digital age neurotechnologies Neurotechnology Pitch Contest startups Source Type: blogs