Michigan legalizes recreational marijuana
Michigan this week became the 10th state to approve recreational marijuana, joining Missouri and Utah that have legalized medical marijuana. Colorado was among the first states to legalize marijuana use. Last year, Denver brought in nearly $45 million dollars in taxes from pot sales. Barry Petersen reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VA Secretary Defends Lethal Taxpayer-Funded Experiments On Dogs
Earlier this year, Congress made it more difficult for the VA to use dogs in medical research. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 10, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Goodbye, Tampon Tax (at Least for Some)
Nevada became the 10th state to eliminate the so-called tampon tax, freeing consumers of sales tax when buying tampons and sanitary pads. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MAYA SALAM Tags: Menstruation Taxation Sales and Excise Taxes States (US) Law and Legislation Source Type: news

"Game show" campaign educates teens on marijuana risks
Denver, Colorado, brought in nearly $45 million in taxes from pot sales. More than $3.6 million of that will go to a new marijuana awareness program for teenagers. Barry Petersen shows us how this new campaign differs from the "just say no" message of the 1980s. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘ Meat Taxes ’ Would Save Lives And Cut Health Care Costs, Study Says
(CNN) — It would drive up the price of your barbecue but a global “meat tax” could save 220,000 lives and cut health care bills by $41 billion each year, according to a new study. The numbers are based on evidence that links meat consumption to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Three years ago, the World Health Organization declared red meat such as beef, lamb and pork to be carcinogenic when eaten in processed forms, including sausages, bacon and beef jerky. Health officials have also declared that unprocessed red meat like steak and burgers are “probably” carcinog...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV Meat Source Type: news

'Meat taxes' would save many lives and cut health care costs, study says
It would drive up the price of your barbecue but a global "meat tax" could save 220,000 lives and cut health care bills by $41 billion each year, according to a new study. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health concerns drive voters to back Medicaid, weed and trans rights
Voters in 37 states had more than candidates to choose Tuesday. There were more than 150 statewide measures on ballots this midterm election and several involved health-related issues ranging from the taxes on feminine hygiene products to Medicaid expansion, to abortion access, and legalizing the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. Based on the preliminary vote results, here's what some voters went for and what they rejected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Idaho, Nebraska and Utah Vote to Expand Medicaid
The three deep-red states join 33 others that have already expanded the program under Obamacare to give free health coverage to most low income residents. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ABBY GOODNOUGH Tags: States (US) Politics and Government Medicaid Referendums Sales and Excise Taxes Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Health Insurance and Managed Care Nebraska Utah Idaho Source Type: news

Three Deep Red States Vote to Expand Medicaid
Idaho, Nebraska and Utah are set to join 33 others that have already expanded the program under Obamacare to give free health coverage to most low income residents. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ABBY GOODNOUGH Tags: States (US) Politics and Government Medicaid Referendums Sales and Excise Taxes Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Health Insurance and Managed Care Nebraska Utah Idaho Source Type: news

Your health is on the ballot in the midterm election
Voters in 37 states will have more than candidates to choose in Tuesday's election. There are 158 statewide measures on ballots this midterm election, and several involve health-related issues such as Medicaid expansion, marijuana, abortion, grocery taxes and charges related to drug use and possession. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ambitious Agenda, Ambitious Financing? UNGA Shows a Long Way Still to Go for SDGs
Discussions around the strategy’s launch revealed plenty of evidence recognising the urgency of transforming economic and financial systems to advance sustainable development. Research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), launched on the morning of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Meeting, points to alarming trends in several of the SDGs.Four hundred million people are likely to be living in extreme poverty in 2030; there is slow progress in reducing inequalities in wealth, income or gender; world hunger is on the rise; and access to safe water and sanitation is actually in decline in some countries.T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: John Garett and Kathryn Tobin Tags: Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Nov. 5, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Soda Makers Using Ballot Measures to Fight Soda Taxes Campaigns supporting ballot measures in Washington and Oregon that would prevent... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

What Amazon Did This Week
Your weekly Planet Amazon round-up is here...this week was all about new UK taxes, Q4 guidance and being worth $250 billion less than a month ago. Strap in... (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul Armstrong, Contributor Source Type: news

Where ‘ Yes! To Affordable Groceries ’ Really Means No to a Soda Tax
Coke, PepsiCo and other big beverage companies are the unseen forces (and funders) behind ballot initiatives that would ban taxes on food sales. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANDREW JACOBS Tags: Soft Drinks Taxation Sales and Excise Taxes Sugar Referendums States (US) Oregon Washington (State) Source Type: news

Epic new film depicts the events leading to the infamous Peterloo Massacre
Next year is the bicentenary of one of the most shameful episodes in English history – the Peterloo Massacre, in which 15 people were killed and hundreds seriously injured when sabre-wielding cavalry charged into a peaceful rally in Manchester, where working people were demanding the right to vote. Before that, and serving as a rousing prelude to the anniversary, there’s Peterloo. The new film by celebrated director Mike Leigh recounts the events leading to the massacre as well as the terrible day itself, from both sides. On one, there are the poverty-stricken working people of Manchester and the surroundi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: matheoud Tags: Article Magazine News manchester Source Type: news

It ’ s Not Just Pre-Existing Conditions. Voters Weigh Many Health Issues on State Ballots
Referendums include issues from Medicaid expansion to abortion, dialysis costs to indoor vaping, and much more. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ABBY GOODNOUGH and JAN HOFFMAN Tags: States (US) Referendums Medicaid Sales and Excise Taxes Abortion Smoking and Tobacco Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions Drug Abuse and Traffic Medical Marijuana Kidneys Offshore Drilling and Exploration Health Insurance and Manag Source Type: news

South Africa:Mboweni, Take a Chance and Take Back the Tax - It's Time to Hike Tobacco Taxes
[Bhekisisa] In his speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reprioritised millions for new health workers and hospital upgrades. Here's what he needs to do next. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 30, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

President hails ‘ inspirational ’ disabled members
“How on earth can I come to your and be inspirational? Because that’s what you do every day … What you do every single day makes people’s lives better.” That was the message from UNISON president Gordon McKay this morning, when he addressed the union’s national disabled members’ conference in Brighton. “I really want to thank you, on behalf of the union, for everything you do.” Mr McKay went on to speak of how the claims of the Conservative government that austerity is over are “a pile of nonsense”. Everyone can see this, he told them – apart the gove...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article disabled members Gordon McKay national disabled members' conference 2018 Source Type: news

Pension tax relief cut would be ‘damaging’ for senior NHS staff
Any reduction in relief on pension contributions for higher rate taxpayers would be “significant and damaging for senior NHS staff”, the chief executive of Managers in Partnership has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Vulnerable people suffering because care workers are pushed to the limit, says UNISON
Care staff are often too overworked to have time to take elderly people to the toilet, give them a wash or console those in distress, according to a report published today (Friday) by UNISON. The report, Care in Need, highlights that the crisis in England’s care system is escalating, with more than a quarter (28%) of care workers not having time to bathe, shower or wash the people they care for. The findings based on a survey of nearly 3,000 care staff across England looking after people in need show there is even more urgency for reforms, says UNISON. The union says the long-awaited green paper on social care must i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release care crisis care staff care workers Christina McAnea elderly people social care social care spending Source Type: news

Could Reimbursement for AI Solutions Really Be That Tricky?
It would be almost impossible to ignore the recent artificial intelligence explosion in healthcare. There have been numerous approvals, clearances, and companies that are developing various solutions with AI capabilities. Some firms have taken the forefront with solutions that could really impact the healthcare landscape. While AI is being readily accepted – there are still some questions surrounding its reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. During Cleveland Clinic’s 2018 Medical Innovation Summit, which was held earlier this week, Eric Hargan, Deputy Secreta...
Source: MDDI - October 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

$289M Monsanto Weedkiller Verdict Cut To $78M, Taxes Still High
The $289M Roundup verdict against Monsanto was cut to $78M, but the plaintiff still faces tough tax rules that make him pay tax on his legal fees. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert W. Wood, Contributor Tags: NYSE:MON NYSE:HRB NASDAQ:INTU Source Type: news

Leading advocacy, watchdog organizations join ambulance transparency coalition
ATLANTA, GEORGIA (October 23, 2018)—A bipartisan coalition of leading advocacy and taxpayer watchdog groups announced today they had joined the Georgia Ambulance Transparency Project, a new grassroots initiative to restore transparency and ethics to the provision and delivery of emergency services across the state. The new coalition, which collectively represents the interests of hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters, includes Common Cause, Georgia Conservatives in Action, Georgia Ethics Watchdog, Main Street Patriots, Athens 4 Everyone, Athens Area Citizens for Better EMS Response Times, and Barrow County Board...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AmbulanceTransparency.org (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Leading advocacy, watchdog organizations join ambulance transparency coalition
ATLANTA, GEORGIA (October 23, 2018)—A bipartisan coalition of leading advocacy and taxpayer watchdog groups announced today they had joined the Georgia Ambulance Transparency Project, a new grassroots initiative to restore transparency and ethics to the provision and delivery of emergency services across the state. The new coalition, which collectively represents the interests of hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters, includes Common Cause, Georgia Conservatives in Action, Georgia Ethics Watchdog, Main Street Patriots, Athens 4 Everyone, Athens Area Citizens for Better EMS Response Times, and Barrow County Board...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AmbulanceTransparency.org (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Cost-effectiveness of raising alcohol excise taxes to reduce the injury burden of road traffic crashes - Cobiac LJ, Mizdrak A, Wilson N.
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is an important risk factor for road transport injuries. We aimed to determine if raising alcohol taxes would be a cost-effective intervention strategy for reducing this burden. METHODS: We modelled the effect of a one-off incre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Medtech issues again take center stage in Minn. Congressional races
The medical device industry is yet again positioned to play a major role in Minnesota congressional races. Incumbent Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), who has been a longtime supporter of the medtech industry and led numerous attempts to repeal the medical device tax, is facing a tough re-election campaign. Paulsen is facing off against 48-year-old liquor heir Dean Philips (D), and is considered unlikely to keep his seat, which would be the first time since 1961 that Minnesota’s 3rd District was represented by a Democrat. In his last race, against former state Sen. Terri Bonoff (D), Paulsen won with a nearly 14-point lead...
Source: Mass Device - October 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Source Type: news

Smart End-of-Year Tax Tips: 2018 Smart End-of-Year Tax Tips: 2018
Most people put off thinking about taxes for as long as possible. But by following a few simple strategies before the end of the year, you can save a bundle come next April.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Assessing the impact of alcohol taxation on rates of violent victimization in a large urban area: an agent-based modeling approach - Keyes KM, Shev A, Tracy M, Cerd á M.
AIMS: To use simulation to estimate the impact of alcohol taxation on drinking, non-fatal violent victimization, and homicide in New York City (NYC). We simulate the heterogeneous effects of alcohol price elasticities by income, level of consumption, and b... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Nowcasting of population alcohol-related harms using novel Bayesian timeseries methods and synthetic controls
Conclusions This ‘proof-of-principle’ study showed that this novel modelling framework can provide accurate forecasts of temporal trends in local alcohol-related hospital admissions in England for all lower tier local authorities and may well be useful for future policy making at the local, regional and national level. Future work will include detailed assessment of the precision of these estimates, optimization of model specifications including the possibility of including additional modifiable factors, and will also explore applications to other scenarios, including non-alcohol related outcomes. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 12, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Viewpoint: Politicians must address skewed economics of health care
In this politically polarizing climate, one of the most destructive problems we face as a nation isn ’t even a blip on the federal government’s radar. The elephant in the room? The cost of employer-funded health care premiums. Bottom line: Most of us in the U.S. are insured through our employers, and we prefer private group insurance. Forget the anemic argument about looking at a Scandinavi an system, where health care is paid through taxes levied by county councils — in essence, national… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

Viewpoint: Politicians must address skewed economics of health care
In this politically polarizing climate, one of the most destructive problems we face as a nation isn ’t even a blip on the federal government’s radar. The elephant in the room? The cost of employer-funded health care premiums. Bottom line: Most of us in the U.S. are insured through our employers, and we prefer private group insurance. Forget the anemic argument about looking at a Scandinavi an system, where health care is paid through taxes levied by county councils — in essence, national… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

5 Fundamental Flaws of the Medical Device Tax
The medical device tax hurts doctors, patients, and manufacturers, according to a new study released today by the San Francisco, CA-based think tank, the Pacific Research Institute. "As the congressional session winds down, Congress has some unfinished business – taking action to repeal the medical device tax," said Wayne Winegarden, author of the report. "The medical device tax is bad tax policy that has increased patient costs, reduced access to life-saving technology, and reduced profits and jobs. Repealing the tax would bring many benefits...
Source: MDDI - October 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

With $1 Million, Exxon Mobil Corp Helps Fund Carbon Tax Campaign
Exxon Mobil pledges to support passage of a carbon tax. Analysts say the company would rather face a single, overarching tax than a patchwork of taxes and regulation to address climate change. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ydstie Source Type: news

Could Publicly Funded Medtech Face Price Controls in NJ?
New Jersey Senate Bill 977 (S977), which seeks to prohibit “excessive charges for drugs developed by publicly funded research,” includes “other health care technology” and could therefore impact medtech. Dean J. Paranicas, president and CEO of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), tells MD+DI that “S977 would apply only to medical technology approved by the FDA that was developed in its entirety or partially, directly or indirectly, with federal or State funds. The bill would not apply to technology developed without public a...
Source: MDDI - October 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Ambulance Crew Configuration: Are Two Paramedics Better Than One?
Conclusion Understanding ideal crew configuration is vital to maintain EMS systems. There’s a lack of evidence demonstrating the need for a second ALS provider on a general ALS response. Implications of overstaffing may result in more patient care errors and draining of financial resources which could be spent on additional state-of-the-art medical equipment or number of units resulting in better system performance and patient care. References 1. Robbins V: History of ambulance services and medical transpoortation systems in the United States. In JT Lindsey (Ed.), Management of ambulance services. Pearson: Boston, pp...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - October 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Why We Keep Ignoring Even the Most Dire Climate Change Warnings
You’d think the end of the world would be enough to get us scared. Humans have always been an exceedingly risk-averse species—which is how we came to survive as a species at all. If there are lions on one part of the savannah, we go to another. If crocodiles keep coming out of the river, we fish somewhere else. So when it comes to the loss of the entire planet, well, we ought to take action. And yet we don’t; we never do. That odd contradiction is on display again, in the wake of an announcement by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that a catastrophe is nigh—that th...
Source: TIME: Science - October 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized climate change Environment onetime Source Type: news

Report: MiMedx held lower-cost grafts from federal hospitals
MiMedx (NSDQ:MDXG), already embroiled in an internal accounting snafu and several federal probes, reportedly held from government hospitals some of the lower-cost products it made available to private hospitals. In limiting its regenerative wound care offering to U.S. Veteran Affairs Dept. and other federal caregivers, Marietta, Ga.-based MiMedx ran up the tab on taxpayers, the Wall Street Journal reported. In September, MiMedx said a probe into its accounting practices turned up “conduct detrimental to the business or reputation of the company” on the part of four departed executives, following ...
Source: Mass Device - October 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Legal News Regenerative Medicine Wound Care defensedepartment MiMedx Group Inc. U.S. Veterans Affairs Dept. (VA) Source Type: news

Spain: Health System Review.
Authors: Bernal-Delgado E, Garcia-Armesto S, Oliva J, Sanchez Martinez FI, Repullo JR, Pena-Longobardo LM, Ridao-Lopez M, Hernandez-Quevedo C Abstract This analysis of the Spanish health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Overall health status continues to improve in Spain, and life expectancy is the highest in the European Union. Inequalities in self-reported health have also declined in the last decade, although long-standing disability and chronic conditions are increasing due to an ageing popul...
Source: Health systems in transition - October 3, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news

Local Communities in Mexico Show Ways to Fight Obesity
A farmer harvests amaranth in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. This grain, of which two of the varieties originated in Mexico, is part of the country's traditional diet and can help boost nutrition among Mexicans, who have been affected by skyrocketing consumption of junk food. Credit: Courtesy of Bridge to Community HealthBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Oct 2 2018 (IPS)Manuel Villegas is one of the peasant farmers who decided to start planting amaranth in Mexico, to complement their corn and bean crops and thus expand production for sale and self-consumption and, ultimately, contribute to improving the nutrition of their...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) Food and Agricu Source Type: news

UN touts anti-tobacco progress, decries industry meddling
The U.N. health agency says roughly 90 percent or more of countries behind a deal to reduce harmful tobacco consumption have slapped taxes on tobacco products, banned smoking in public places and required health warnings on tobacco packs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Opposition to Sweeping'Public Charge' Change
The AAFP and four other physician organizations warned that a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule would endanger patients and their communities, and increase costs to the health system and taxpayers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

U.N.: Excessive Drinking Killed Over 3 Million People Worldwide in 2016
(GENEVA) — Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said. The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years. In a new report Friday, the agency said that about 237 million men and 46 million women faced alcohol problems, with the highest prevalence in Europe and the Americas. Europe has the highest global per capita alcohol consumption, even though it has already dropped by 10 percent since 2010. Around a third of alcohol-related deaths...
Source: TIME: Health - September 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Alcohol onetime Source Type: news

Sloan Kettering ’ s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar
A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center ’ s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHARLES ORNSTEIN and KATIE THOMAS Tags: Artificial Intelligence Tissue (Human) Conflicts of Interest Hospitals Baselga, Jose Venture Capital Federal Taxes (US) Nonprofit Organizations Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Paige.AI David Klimstra Thomas Fuchs Norman Selb Source Type: news

Pope Francis says the devil is causing people to question the Catholic Church; has nothing to do with priests sexually molesting choir boys
(Natural News) Taking a very brief reprieve from his more typical lectures promoting limitless illegal immigration and global climate taxes, Roman Catholic head Pope Francis finally addressed the far more serious problem of homosexual Catholic priests molesting and raping underage boys – but not in the way you’re probably thinking. During a recent “sermon,” Pope... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicare's ACOs Saved Nearly $2 Billion Over Three Years, Group Says
Medicare ACOs saved U.S. taxpayers $1.84 billion from 2013 to 2015, a study commissioned by the National Association of ACOs says amid its policy battle with the Trump administration over value-based care. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:ANTM NYSE:CI NYSE:AET Source Type: news

UNISON demands that Labour in government ends privatisation from day one
Speaking today (Monday) in the public services debate at the 150th annual Trades Union Congress in Manchester, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We’re calling on a Labour government to act immediately and end privatisation from day one. There must be a commitment to abolish the divisive, destructive and damaging policy of privatisation. There must be no reviews, no endless reports, but an immediate end. “Privatisation is all about taking from the needy and giving to the greedy. It’s the pinnacle of vulture capitalism that leaves chaos, waste and human tragedy in its wake. “Companie...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

UNISON calls for new government inquiry into academy chain accused of misusing public funds
The government must launch a fresh inquiry into Bright Tribe following new allegations that the troubled multi-academy trust has misused public money, says UNISON today (Monday). It follows revelations set to be broadcast tonight by BBC’s Panorama programme that Bright Tribe – which runs ten schools in England – received funding for work on schools that was either not finished or simply never carried out. The union, whose findings contributed to Panorama’s investigation, says the government has failed to act properly. Three years ago UNISON made a complaint to the then regulator, the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article Source Type: news

The Medical Device Excise Tax: Three Potential Outcomes
The battle to repeal the medical device excise tax (MDET) has been a significant focus of the medical device community since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted on March 23, 2010. At that time, Congress included a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices to help cover the costs of the expanded health insurance coverage mandated under the ACA. Efforts to repeal the MDET began almost as soon as the ACA was enacted. The medical device industry largely criticized the MDET, insisting that the tax would harm R&D investment and performance, and thus argued it should be abolished. Although there has been significant agreement ...
Source: MDDI - September 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Justin E. Culbertson and Jeffrey D. Morton Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Medtronic can ’ t shake shareholder suit over Covidien merger
A Minnesota state court last week gave a group of Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) shareholders another chance at a lawsuit brought over its $50 billion acquisition of Covidien. In early 2015 Medtronic closed the Covidien deal, consummating in the biggest medical device acquisition ever. Shortly after the deal was announced during the summer of 2014, shareholder Lewis Merenstein sued in Minnesota’s Hennepin County District Court, arguing that the proposed merger’s conversion of Medtronic stock into the new stock of the combined company “will result in a substantial loss to Medtronic shareholders&r...
Source: Mass Device - September 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Mergers & Acquisitions Wall Street Beat Covidien Medtronic Medtronic buys Covidien Source Type: news

To Save Medicaid, Put People To Work
Medicaid rewards millions of healthy adults for choosing not to work -- at enormous cost to taxpayers. Asking these Americans to contribute to the economy in return for government largesse is perfectly reasonable. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sally Pipes, Contributor Source Type: news