26 Aug 2019

BACKLOG OF VA HEALTH RECORD DIGITIZATION WOULD STACK 5 MILES HIGH

Despite the Veterans Health Administration reporting in July that they have transferred 23.5 million health records, covering some 78 billion data points, from the VA EHR to a shared data center with the DOD, if every single one of the paper documents that still need to be digitized at VA

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26 Aug 2019

First vaping death from a serious lung disease sparks concern

  We don’t know much about it, but the Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Aug. 23 the death of a patient who developed a serious lung disease after vaping. No name, age, hometown or date of death was given, but it is believed to be the first fatality

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26 Aug 2019

COMING OUT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ON SOCIAL MEDIA

By Tarena Lofton Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam in grad school,” the doctoral qualifying exam.

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13 Aug 2019

CHARITY CARE SPENDING BY CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS PLUNGES SINCE OBAMACARE WENT INTO EFFECT

 By Harriet Blair Rowan California hospitals are providing significantly less free and discounted care to low-income patients since the Affordable Care Act took effect. As a proportion of their operating expenses, the state’s general acute-care hospitals spent less than half on these patients in 2017 than they did in 2013, according

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09 Aug 2019

MIND AND BODY: COORDINATING CARE MIGHT HELP MEDICAID SAVE MONEY AND LIVES

    By Blake Farmer Modern medicine often views the mind and body on separate tracks, both in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But patients with psychological disorders can have a hard time managing their physical health. So some Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low

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01 Aug 2019

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’ ON DRUG IMPORTS FROM CANADA  

 By Phil Galewitz A year after calling proposals allowing Americans to import cheaper drugs from Canada a “gimmick,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the federal government is “open for business” on such a strategy. Azar announced a preliminary plan July 31 to allow Americans to import certain

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17 Jul 2019

SENATE BILL TO CUT SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS AND DRUG PRICES WOULD SAVE U.S. $7 BILLION

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that Senate bill 1895 to tackle surprise medical bills and high drug prices would save the federal government about $7 billion over the next 10 years. The estimate released Tuesday could help the package’s chances for passage through the Senate by easing concerns over the impact

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16 Jul 2019

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE OVERBILLS TAXPAYERS BY BILLIONS A YEAR AS FEDS STRUGGLE TO STOP IT

          By Fred Schulte and Lauren Weber   Health insurers that treat millions of seniors have overcharged Medicare by nearly $30 billion the past three years alone, but federal officials say they are moving ahead with long-delayed plans to recoup at least part of the money. Officials have known for years

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12 Jul 2019

PAYER ANALYSIS: ‘CADILLAC TAX’ ON HIGH-COST HEALTH PLANS COULD AFFECT 1 IN 5 EMPLOYERS IN 2022

[/infobox]   A new KFF analysis estimates that the Affordable Care Act’s tax on high-cost health plans would affect one in five (21 percent) employers offering health benefits when it takes effect in 2022 unless employers change their health plans. An even larger share (31 percent) could be affected when workers’ voluntary

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25 Jun 2019

FUZZY MATH: Sanders’ Claim That Cost Barriers To HealthCare Kill 30,000 A Year IS only half true  

    TWEET “30,000 Americans a year die waiting for health care because of the cost.” –Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in a tweet June 20 By Shefali Luthra “Medicare for All” — or single-payer health care — is a flagship issue for Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. So

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