Reminder: Last days to submit pitches to the Brainnovations Pitch Contest!
This is the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank” _________________________________________ Just a quick reminder that the Brainnovations Pitch Contest is accepting submissions until 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 human being 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 parti...
Source: SharpBrains - October 25, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain-research Brainnovations digital age neurotechnologies Neurotechnology Pitch Contest startups Source Type: blogs

The President ’s Executive Order: Less Than Meets The Eye?
The executive order (EO) signed by President Donald Trump on October 12 directs the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury to develop federal regulations that could allow new and less expensive health insurance options for employers and consumers. The EO marks a shift in the administration’s strategy on health care. After failing to get legislation through Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the administration is now attempting to move away from the ACA’s heavily-regulated markets through changes that can be implemented without a change in the law. The exec...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - October 20, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Joseph Antos and James Capretta Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage association health plans health reimbursement arrangements short term limited duration insurance Source Type: blogs

Trump Executive Order Expands Opportunities For Healthier People To Exit ACA
On October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order concerning health care coverage. The White House also posted two summaries of the order. If carried into action, the provisions of the executive order would likely siphon healthy people from of the Affordable Care Act-compliant market, continuing a pattern of regulatory actions under the Trump administration that have undermined the ACA. The executive order has several main components. First, it calls generally for expanding competition and choice in health care markets and for improving the information available to consumers while reducing reporting bur...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - October 12, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage 21st Century Cures Act association health plans health reimbursement arrangement short-term limited duration plans Source Type: blogs

Meet 40 Experts and Innovators shaping Brain Health & Enhancement on December 5-7th, at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
We are proud to announce these 40 confirmed Summit Speakers, Chairs and Judges at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on December 5-7th. What an incredible brain trust shaping the future of brain health and enhancement! Here are just a few: Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor of Neurology and Founding Director of Neuroscape at UCSF Dr. Gazzaley is a faculty member in the Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry departments, and Director of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory conducting research on the neural mechanisms of attention and memory. Dr. Gazzaley is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Inte...
Source: SharpBrains - October 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Adam Gazzaley Adam Haim alexandra morehouse Alison Fenney alvaro-fernandez Banner Health brain-enhancement Brain-health Neurotechnology NIMH NIO sharpbrains UCSF Source Type: blogs

8 Tips on How to Live a Meaningful Life
You're reading 8 Tips on How to Live a Meaningful Life, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. We all want to live a meaningful life since after all, we only have one chance at doing this. Happiness and fulfillment is much more attractive than emptiness, which makes living a life with some kind of meaning one of the widest held goals in the world. People measure their success in terms of meaningful actions. You will find that everyone is obsessed with life meaning – starting from philosophers and scientist...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - October 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jade Tags: happiness meditation motivation self confidence self improvement best motivation blog find meaning inspiration meaningful life pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Clean your computer
There are lots of programs out there that purport to clean up your computer, removing temporary files, logs, installation residues and the like. Among the best was one that goes by the name of CCleaner. It’s been a useful tool over the years and I used to use it a lot. But, a few years ago I switched to Moo0 Disk Cleaner, which basically does the same job, freeing up hundreds of megabytes, if not a gigabyte or two of space on your PC with a click or two. Nevertheless, CCleaner probably remains the more well known of the pair. But, I just heard that CCleaner was targeted by hackers and a lot of people who downloaded u...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - October 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science Source Type: blogs

The Strange Official Economics of Interest on Excess Reserves
In a note tomy last post, I observed thatLiberty Street Economics,the blog of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, promised a follow-up to its post addressingthe advantages of the Fed ’s interest payments onrequired reserves. The follow up would address the benefits of paying interest on banks ’excess reserves and of thereby establishing a “reserve-abundant regime.”That follow-up post has since appeared, under the title “Why Pay Interest on Excess Reserve Balances?” As I’d anticipated, it answers the question it poses by outlining some supposed benefits of having banks sit on immense ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 3, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

New Graham-Cassidy Draft: States With Hold-Out GOP Senators Favored, Potential Higher Costs Remain For Those With Preexisting Conditions
Late on the night of Sunday, September 25, 2017—only 72 hours before a final vote on the bill is expected–a new version of the Graham-Cassidy bill was released. Although much of the bill is the same as the draft released earlier, there are significant changes. On initial review, these seem to be aimed primarily at two purposes: undergirding the argument of the bill’s sponsors that it does not exclude coverage for people with preexisting conditions and, substantially increasing funding for states represented by some of the GOP Senators who have expressed concerns about the bill. This post analyzes the no...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - September 25, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Costs and Spending Featured Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: September 23, 2017
Don’t let the picture fool you! If you’re dealing with depression, you might want to cut back on counting sheep and take a look at what sleep deprivation can do to help your moods (says some research). Also, keep going for a look at how psychology training might benefit entrepreneurs more than business training, why getting angry every now and then is a good thing, the psychology behind paying so much money for an iPhone (or any product you don’t expect to cost that much), and more. Sleep Deprivation Might Be the Antidote for Depression: Well, this is…anything but snooze worthy. According to an an...
Source: World of Psychology - September 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Anger Depression Disorders Industrial and Workplace Money and Financial Movie Review Psychology Psychology Around the Net Research Schizophrenia Sleep business Elizabeth Blue Iphone Mental Illness Motivation Psychological R Source Type: blogs

Announcement: The Brainnovations Pitch Contest is Accepting Submissions!
The Brainnovations Pitch Contest just started accepting submissions from startups worldwide working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every human being 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 feedback, boost industry recognition, meet like-minded pioneers and win a prize package that could give a boost to your venture and solution. Who Should Apply The competition is open to every startup in the space that meets the following criteria: Has been op...
Source: SharpBrains - September 21, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology brain-research Brainnovations digital age Pitch Contest technologies Source Type: blogs

HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Individual Health Insurance Market
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently held the first hearing of several about ways to stabilize premiums and help individuals in the individual insurance market. The Committee heard from five different state insurance commissioners regarding their experiences with the individual insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most of the testimony focused on the need to fund cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, increase flexibility under the ACA’s section 1332 waiver program and establish a federal reinsurance program. There was bipartisan interest in stabi...
Source: Policy and Medicine - September 15, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Helping Small Businesses Deal With Cyber Threats
Small businesses are especially vulnerable to cyber threats. What can be done to allow small businesses the security to continue to prosper, while at the same time enhancing America's cybersecurity workforce and making the economy more secure? (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 15, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Quentin Hodgson Source Type: blogs

5 Ways to Create Your Own Work and Life Balance
You're reading 5 Ways to Create Your Own Work and Life Balance, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. The pace of life today can sometimes make it feel like you’re walking a tightrope. You’re trying to balance the need to be engaged in your business and get projects done with the need to be present at home, have a fulfilling personal life and avoid burnout. This is really nothing new for small business owners devoted to helping their businesses grow and thrive. There are many ways to find that bal...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: tdarcy Tags: featured happiness philosophy productivity tips psychology self improvement success family find balance mental health pickthebrain work and life balance Source Type: blogs

New Graham-Cassidy Bill: A Last GOP Shot At ACA Repeal And Replace Through Reconciliation
On September 13, 2017, senators from opposing parties introduced two bills in the Senate embodying radically different approaches to health care reform. This post will analyze the non-Medicaid provisions of a block-grant bill introduced by Republican senators Lindsay Graham (SC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Ron Johnson (WI), and Dean Heller (NV) late morning. A later post will describe the single-payer bill introduced by independent senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and sixteen Democratic co-sponsors mid-afternoon, while a third post will address the Medicaid provisions of Graham-Cassidy. With only days left before budget reconciliation ...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - September 13, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Medicaid and CHIP ACA repeal and replace Bill Cassidy block grants Dean Heller Lindsay Graham pre-existing conditions Ron Johnson single payer Source Type: blogs

Congress ’ Illegal ObamaCare Exemption and Its Nixonian Defenders
Thousands of members of Congress and congressional staffers are benefiting from an illegal scheme that gives Congress special treatment both by exempting them from the harshest part of ObamaCare  and by providing them each up to $12,000 in benefits that federal law prohibits them from receiving. Last week, the Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm and Ifurnishedadditional evidence that the government officials who implemented this scheme violated federal criminal laws. (Malcolm is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice ’s Criminal Division.) Few government officials or legal s...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 11, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Congess ’ Illegal ObamaCare Exemption and Its Nixonian Defenders
Thousands of members of Congress and congressional staffers are benefiting from an illegal scheme that gives Congress special treatment both by exempting them from the harshest part of ObamaCare  and by providing them each up to $12,000 in benefits that federal law prohibits them from receiving. Last week, the Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm and Ifurnishedadditional evidence that the government officials who implemented this scheme violated federal criminal laws. (Malcolm is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice ’s Criminal Division.) Few government officials or legal s...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 11, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Taking Aim at Maryland's Ban of Arms Commonly Used for Self-Defense
A Maryland statute prohibits ownership of “assault weapons,” the statutory definition of which includes the most popular semi-automatic rifles—one bullet per trigger-pull without reloading—in the country, as well as magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges (bullets). Stephen Kolbe, a small business owner, among others, s ued to overturn the law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld Maryland’s ban.The Fourth Circuit extrapolated from a shred of the landmark 2008District of Columbia v.Heller case, suggesting that weapons “most useful in military service&mdash...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 21, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro, David B. Kopel, Matthew Larosiere Source Type: blogs

Do doctors need an emergency fund?
There is a lot of talk on the web about having an emergency fund. Typically this is three to six months of expenses. Some would argue to keep three to six times bare bones expenses, and others would argue to keep three to six times the average amount you spend on expenses. Having an emergency fund makes sense to cover life’s unexpected occurrences. What could these be? Well, the biggest would be losing a job. Lower on the list would be for major expenses like car or home repair. After that, medical expenses are the other most likely unexpected expense. These things may run between $500 and $5,000 (a broken furnace ca...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 19, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/dads-dollars-debts" rel="tag" > Dads Dollars Debts, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Practice Management Primary Care Source Type: blogs

Antitrust for Fun and Profit: The Democrats ’ Better Deal (Part 2)
Thefirst installment of this blog was a preliminary look at aWashington Post article “Is Amazon Getting Too Big?” bySteven Pearlstein.   That article promoted strong opinions of Yale law school student Lina Khan based largely on (1) faulty market concentration estimates from President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and (2) a selective 40-year survey of mergers as evidence of somecurrent problem linking concentrated markets to rising prices.    There was another bit of indirect evidence in theObama CEA memo which merits discussion.  A graph from former CEA Chair Jason Furman ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 11, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Alan Reynolds Source Type: blogs

3 Easy Time-Saving Tips to De-Stress Your Day
We all want more time. As audiologists and speech-language pathologists, we always want to squeeze another thing into our calendars. Recording data, communicating with families, completing paperwork—we can all use more time to get through our to-do lists outside of treatment or teaching. Of course, we know there isn’t more time. So how can we make the most of the time we do have? Writers like Charles Duhigg—“The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better”—and Benjamin Hardy—one of the most popular writers on Medium.com—offer tons of recommendations on how to best ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 10, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Dan Fitch Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Health Care Practice Management private practice Professional Development Schools Source Type: blogs

Ten Irrational and Infuriating Aspects of U.S. Legal Immigration
One fortunate aspect ofPresident Trump ’s bill to reduce legal immigration by 50 percent is that it has started the conversation on how to reform the nation ’s legal immigration system—even if it started it on the wrong foot. Members of Congress now have an opportunity to respond with legislation that would increase legal immigration and fix the various problems with the system, which are numerous.1) Employment-based quotas haven ’t changedsince 1990, even as the economydoubled in size. Unlike many other countries, the legislative branch establishes hard ceilings on immigration, rather than flexible...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 9, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

in-Cosmetics North America Partners with Leading Cosmetics Trade Associations
Two leading US cosmetic trade associations have been confirmed as partners for this year’s in-cosmetics North America exhibition. The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association (ICMAD) and The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) are backing the region’s newest cosmetic ingredients event, highlighting its importance and value to the country’s booming personal care market. Both partnerships will primarily focus on promotion of the event – which takes place from 11-12 October 2017– to their respective membership databases. The associations will...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry Romanowski Tags: Cosmetic Industry Source Type: blogs

How Refreshing To Encounter Such An Honest Man Who Knows Access To The myHR Can Never Be Really Secure.
This appeared last week:How ADHA is trying to secure GP clinicsBy Allie Coyne on Aug 3, 2017 6:30AM As opt-out change looms. It ’s no secret that your local doctor’s office is unlikely to have the best protections when it comes to securing your personal health records.In this small business environment, technology often gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list when contending with life or death matters.It means med ical practices often fall victim to ransomware attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in old software - like the recent WannaCry epidemic - and hold patient and practice data to ransom.Health ser...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 8, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Paid Family Leave Figures are Misleading
AEI scholar Abby McCloskey ’s recentcolumn on paid family leave argues that just “12 percent of private-sector employees have access to paid family leave from their employer.” For McCloskey, this is one of many reasons that the federal government should create a paid family leave entitlement program.The 12 percent figure surely sounds appallingly low. In fact, it is so low that it seems suspect: it doesn ’t match well with real-life experience or casual observation. The figure also doesn’t match with data from nationally representative surveys. For example,63 percent of employed moth...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 7, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Vanessa Brown Calder Source Type: blogs

Vox on ObamaCare's Many Near-Death Experiences
Vox’s Dylan Scott offers “An oral history of Obamacare ’s 7 near-death experiences. ” It’s a well-balanced take on how close the Affordable Care Act and ObamaCare—they are different animals—have come to oblivion.Scott includes an excerpt of an email I sent him on his original, planned theme of “ObamaCare’s nine lives.” But I thought it might be worthwhile to include my entire response to him. I have lightly edited my email for clarity, added two illegal acts I had forgotten (#5 and #7), and added hyperlinks to useful references.Just nine? The premise is inapp...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 7, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

90 Percent of Businesses Don ’t Use E-Verify—Especially Small Businesses
E-Verify isthe federal government ’s national identification system that some employers currently use to verify the employment authorization of their new hires either voluntarily or under a requirement by state law. The Legal Workforce Act (LWA) would make this program mandatory for all employers in all states. Its proponents contend that E-Verify is simpler than the current I-9 form process and that it will protect employers from government raids and I-9 audits. But these talking points are false, and seemingly for this reason, employers refuse to use it voluntarily.In 2017, 729,595 employersparticipated in E-Verify...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 7, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

ACA Round-Up: A Double-Threat Presidential Tweet, Cassidy-Graham-Heller, Bipartisan Market Stabilization Ideas, And Good News From Ohio
Although the high drama of the Senate debate on repeal of the Affordable Care Act seems to be over for the time being, health care reform remains in the headlines. Trump’s Threats Regarding Congressional Coverage And Cost-Sharing Reduction Insurer Reimbursements On July 29, 2017, President Trump tweeted, “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” This tweet carries a double threat: to end the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that insurance companies receive to reimburse them for reducing cost sharing fo...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - August 1, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Costs and Spending Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage bare counties Cassidy-Graham-Heller Amendment cost-sharing reduction payments FEHB market stabilization Ohio Source Type: blogs

Just In the Nic-O'-Tine: E-Cigarettes Get a Reprieve
Here ’s some genuine good news for both individual liberty and harm reduction: the Food and Drug Administration has granted a four-year reprieve to e-cigarettes (“vaping”). In particular, it is extending from November 2018 to August 2022 the requirement to obtain regulatory clearance for, or else w ithdraw, vaping products now on the market. As Inoted last year, under the “deeming” regulations proposed under the Obama administration even products currently sold on the market will have to be withdrawn unless their makers, mostly small companies, care to venture on an FDA approval process t...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 31, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

What free market healthcare really looks like
Get while the gettin’ is good! As an economics graduate, MBA, and entrepreneur I’m a fan of the free market system. The invisible hand is a beautiful thing, and it’s certainly been good for me.  A healthcare management consultant and board member, I make my living from the business of health. Capitalism has a place in healthcare, but in developing policies we should also recognize the limits of free market approaches and be open to the benefits of socialist ideas. For example, before the Affordable Care Act, people with pre-existing conditions or high healthcare costs would experience “job lock...
Source: Health Business Blog - July 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: dewe67 Tags: Economics Health plans Physicians Policy and politics Source Type: blogs

What free market healthcare really looks like
Get while the gettin’ is good! As an economics graduate, MBA, and entrepreneur I’m a fan of the free market system. The invisible hand is a beautiful thing, and it’s certainly been good for me.  A healthcare management consultant and board member, I make my living from the business of health. Capitalism has a place in healthcare, but in developing policies we should also recognize the limits of free market approaches and be open to the benefits of socialist ideas. For example, before the Affordable Care Act, people with pre-existing conditions or high healthcare costs would experience “job lock...
Source: Health Business Blog - July 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: dewe67 Tags: Economics Health plans Physicians Policy and politics Source Type: blogs

The Skinny On The Senate ACA Debate, Day Three
Editor’s note: This post is part of ongoing Health Affairs Blog coverage by Tim Jost of the Senate debate over repealing and replacing—or maybe just repealing, or maybe just minimally repealing, or maybe retaining—the Affordable Care Act. See Tim’s earlier post and updates for more coverage. Update: Medicare-for-All And Abortion At about 2:30, the Senate voted on an amendment put forward by Senator Daines (R MT) incorporating the House Medicare-for-All bill. His intent was to embarrass and perhaps divide the Democrats by forcing them to vote on a proposal that some of them embrace, but some do not. ...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 27, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Costs and Spending Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage 1332 waivers Congressional Budget Office employer mandate individual mandate medical device tax skinny ACA repeal Source Type: blogs

Senate GOP Wins Vote To Debate Health Care, Then Loses Vote On ACA Replacement Bill
On July 25, 2017, the United States Senate began its long-awaited debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act. At around 2 in the afternoon, Senate Majority Leader McConnell called up a motion to proceed on consideration of the American Health Care Act, which the House of Representatives had passed on May 4, with a 217 to 213 vote. A motion to proceed on a budget reconciliation bill needs only to pass by a bare majority, but the Republicans hold only 52 of the chamber’s 100 votes, and Republican Senators Collins (ME) and Murkowski (AK) voted against proceeding. What’s Happened So Far There was high drama as Sen...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 26, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage abortion coverage ACA repeal and replace employer mandate individual mandate Planned Parenthood Source Type: blogs

To Have The Most Valued Beverages From All Around The World
People started to believe that best wine products are made in Europe, but it’s not the truth, as there are many countries that produce finest wine in large scales and in smaller family business wise. So it’s better if you can actually taste them so you could prove the point. There are so many ways that you can do this if you are a wine enthusiast. But you have to be willing enough to change your old concepts to except the truth. And also ready to get immersed in the new world of wine instead of living the old one. Go onlineThis is one of the best options to taste new upcoming products from different countries, ...
Source: Nurse Blogger - July 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Fabiola Panicucci Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

“Small Business Health Plans”: Undermining States’ Authority and a Recipe for Fewer Plan Choices and Higher Premiums
Despite assurances that in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act Congress would give power back to the states, the recently floated Senate bill (Better Care Reconciliation Act) would enable the creation of federally certified health plans that would be exempt from state insurance laws. Such plans, referred to as “Small Business Heath Plans” (SBHPs), would undermine the ability of states to protect consumers and would likely lead to fewer plan choices and higher premiums for many individuals and small businesses.          (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: blogs

Senate Parliamentarian Rules Several BCRA Provisions Violate The Byrd Rule
Democrats are reporting that on July 21, 2017, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that a number of provisions of the Republican Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) violate the Byrd Rule, and thus cannot be passed by the Senate using the reconciliation act procedure through which Congress has been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Byrd Rule requires, among other things, that a provision adopted through a reconciliation act affect the revenues or outlays of the United States in a manner than it not merely incidental to another purpose. A provision that the Parliamentarian rules to be impermissible under the...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 22, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage ACA repeal and replace BCRA byrd rule Source Type: blogs

The Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act: What Repeal And Delay Would Mean For Coverage, Premiums, And The Budget
Late in the day on July 19, 2017, the Senate released the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA) of 2017 (summary). The bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) coverage provisions, but delay the repeal of the coverage provisions until 2020, presumably giving Congress time to come up with a replacement. It is virtually identical to the reconciliation bill that passed both houses of Congress in 2015, only to be vetoed by President Obama. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) simultaneously released a cost estimate of the bill, which was very similar to the report it had offered on the 2015 bill.&n...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 20, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage ACA repeal and replace Source Type: blogs

Republican ACA Replacement Effort Collapses; States Defend House v. Price Intervention Request
On July 17, 2017, Republican efforts to enact their Better Care Reconciliation Act collapsed as GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced that they would not support the legislation. Senators Rand Paul (R KY) and Susan Collins (R ME) had already announced their opposition, while Senator John McCain (R AZ) remains hospitalized in Arizona, leaving the Republican leadership at least three votes short of the 50—with Vice President Pence’s tiebreaking vote—they need to pass the bill. Following the announcement by Senators Lee and Moran that they could not support the BCRA, Senate Majori...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 18, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage ACA repeal and replace cost-sharing reduction payments Source Type: blogs

Senate GOP Leadership Unveils Latest Version Of Health Reform Legislation
On July 13, 2017, Senate Republican leadership released the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (summary of entire bill, including new amendment here) This post will address the private insurance sections of the amendment. A subsequent post by Sara Rosenbaum will discuss Medicaid changes. The original draft of the BCRA was introduced on June 22, 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had hoped to call a vote on the proposal before the July 4 recess. By late June, however, an unfavorable Congressional Budget Office report—which found that the bill would result in 22 million consumers losing heal...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 14, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Medicaid and CHIP Abortion association health plans catastrophic plans continuous coverage requirements Cruz Amendment health savings accounts state stability funds Source Type: blogs

Protect Workers Against Union-Government Collusion
Illinois law mandates that non-union public-sector workers like Mark Janus pay money for union collective-bargaining activities that they do not support. Collective bargaining in the public-sector often involves advocacy of quintessentially political questions, such as the amount of public worker wages, pensions, and other benefits that will be paid for with the public ’s tax money. Thus, these government-compelled exactions—“agency fees”—give these workers a Hobson’s choice: Either sacrifice your First Amendment rights and fund political advocacy you may not like, or find other employme...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 10, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro, Frank Garrison Source Type: blogs

Have Employer Coverage? GOP Proposals Will Affect You Too (Part 2)
As Senate Republican leaders continue to craft their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most attention has been focused on the number of individuals who would lose coverage if the legislation is enacted. To be sure, the ACA coverage expansions—through Medicaid and subsidized Marketplace plans—have been a lifeline for millions of people, particularly those who are low income, and have reduced the number of individuals without coverage to record lows. But the legislation that passed the House and the bill now under consideration in the Senate could also affect the more than 150 million peop...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 6, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: JoAnn Volk and Sabrina Corlette Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage ACA repeal and replace employer-sponsored coverage Employer-Sponsored Insurance Essential Health Benefits Source Type: blogs

Just announced: Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th, 2017, featuring a stellar “Sharp Tank”
  In order to foster innovative bridges and problem-solving between scientists, practitioners, technologists and entrepreneurs, the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th. Early-stage startups will submit their elevator pitch and 1-2 page business plan, and up to 16 selected Finalists will get to pitch their idea to the Judges and to all Summit participants in one of 4 categories: Healthcare, Workplace, Education, and Quality of Life. Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains‘ CEO, and Dr. Bob Bilder, Director of the UCLA Tennenbaum Cente...
Source: SharpBrains - July 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health Brainnovations healthcare Pitch Contest quality-of-life Sharp Tank workplace Source Type: blogs

Government Businesses Can't Simply Take Over Property They've Been Unable to Buy
For many years, Violet Dock Port had owned and operated a docking facility that stretched along a mile of the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. As a private business, Violet was in economic competition with the local Port Authority, which also owns and operates riverfront property.In 2007, the Port Authority took an interest in Violet ’s land and tried to negotiate a purchase, but those negotiations failed. If this had been a normal negotiation between two private market participants, the Port Authority would have had only two options at that point: improve its offer or walk away. But instead it dec...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 30, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro, Thomas Berry Source Type: blogs

Small But Mighty: Good Glucos Gives Back with Affordable Test Strips
"One test strip for me, one for the greater good..." That's the give-back model of a very new small business that's selling a glucose meter and affordable, high-quality test strips while also providing a diabetes supply package with strips for a... (Source: Diabetes Mine)
Source: Diabetes Mine - June 29, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Mike Hoskins Source Type: blogs

If Your Premiums Go Down but Coverage Gets Worse, Does Your Healthcare Matter?
By JASON CHUNG Picture this. Amy becomes pregnant while working as a high school teacher. Her employer’s health insurance plan pays bill was covers the maternity bills and she happily raises her twins. Fast-forward a few years. She’s decided to become an entrepreneur and runs a small business. She becomes pregnant again but, this time, finds that her $400 a month individual health insurance policy won’t cover the expenses. In fine print, she discovers that she needed to purchase a special rider to activate maternity care benefits. She’ll have to pay $10,000+ out of pocket now, putting her burgeoning...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized ACA AHCA Coverage Jason Chung Pre-existing conditions Premiums Source Type: blogs

Unpacking The Senate ’ s Take On ACA Repeal And Replace
On June 22, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the Senate GOP’s version of Affordable Care Act repeal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The Senate bill is in many respects quite different from the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was introduced on March 6, 2017; AHCA passed on May 6 by a narrow, mostly party line 217 to 213 vote after lengthy negotiations and a series of amendments. Although the Senate bill has the same bill number at the House, it entirely strikes the House bill and adopts a new bill with a new title. All of its amendments are amendments of th...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - June 23, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost and Sara Rosenbaum Tags: Costs and Spending Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Medicaid and CHIP Source Type: blogs

Three Lessons from the Tax Defeat in Kansas
Leftists don ’t have many reasons to be cheerful.Global economic developmentskeep demonstrating (over andover again) that big government and high taxes are not arecipe for prosperity. That can ’t be very encouraging for them.They also can ’t be very happy about the Obama presidency. Yes, he was one of them, and he was able to impose a lot of his agenda in his first two years. But that experiment with bigger government producedvery dismal results. And it also was a political disaster for the left since Republicans won landslide elections in2010 and2014 (you could also argue thatTrump ’s election in 2...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 22, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

How to Stop Being a People Pleaser: 7 Powerful Habits
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” Eleanor Roosevelt “When you say “yes” to others, make sure you aren’t saying “no” to yourself.” Paulo Coehlo When you get stuck in the habit of trying to please other people pretty much all the time then it can have a sneaky and negative effect. Not only on you but also on the people around you. Because as you try to please: You put on a mask and try to guess what to do while getting anxious and stressed. You sometimes feel taken advantage off by others who use your pe...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Happiness Health People Skills Personal Development Relaxation Success Source Type: blogs

The slow death of private practices
Doctors have been bemoaning changes in the practice of medicine for years and with good reason. It’s harder and harder to make a go of it in private practice. In recent years our area has lost several small practices — Hal Grotke’s Redwood Family Practice closed, Dr. Garcia retired, Teresa Marshall’s solo office shut its doors, Eureka Internal Medicine transitioned to Humboldt Medical Specialists (which then became St. Joseph Hospital Medical Group) and Beverly Copeland relocated to Ashland. As I was writing this, Dr. Windham announced that he is ceasing the provision of primary care at his small of...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/emily-dalton" rel="tag" > Emily Dalton, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Primary care Source Type: blogs

Iowa Submits 1332 Waiver Request, Claiming It Is Necessary To Avoid An Individual Insurance Market Collapse
Perhaps the most immediate problem facing federal and state health policymakers—and consumers—is what can be done for marketplace consumers in “bare counties” for 2018. As of early June, 2017, there are 47 counties in Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, and Washington where there are currently no insurers offering to provide marketplace coverage for 2018. Approximately 38,000 Affordable Care Act marketplace enrollees live in these counties (only 0.3 percent of the total), but under current law they have no access to the ACA’s premium tax credits and cost-sharing reduction payments that make health care af...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - June 12, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage bare counties 1332 waivers advance premium tax credits cost-sharing reduction payments high-risk pools reinsurance Source Type: blogs