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Health & Insurance, Social Services

Veteran Health Care ‘Whenever, Wherever They Need It’: Use Of Telemedicine Spikes 17%

November 27, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Veterans Affairs has rolled out a telemedicine app, offers services online and in rural areas is opening telehealth clinics at VFWs. State restrictions were dropped for the VA, allowing VA physicians and nurses to administer care to veterans via telemedicine […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Trump set to meet with tobacco executives, vaping advocates and public health groups

November 22, 2019

Via: CNBC Healthcare

Tobacco executives, vaping industry representatives and public health leaders are scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Friday at the White House. Juul, the market leading e-cigarette manufacturer, will send CEO K.C. Crosthwaite. Altria CEO Howard Willard and Reynolds […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Trump releases rule forcing hospitals and insurers to disclose negotiated rates or face fines

November 15, 2019

Via: CNBC

The Trump administration released a plan Friday that would force hospitals and insurers to disclose their negotiate rates or risk being fined. The administration already requires hospitals to publish list prices, sometimes referred to as “sticker prices.” That doesn’t always […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Nursing Home Safety Violations Put Residents At Risk, Report Finds

November 14, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

As huge swaths of California burned last fall, federal health officials descended on 20 California nursing homes to determine whether they were prepared to protect their vulnerable residents from fires, earthquakes and other disasters. The results of their surprise inspections, […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Pediatricians More Likely To Ask About Smoke Alarm Safety Than Safe Storage Of Guns, Study Reports

October 29, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Suicide rates among young people are rising and about 4.6 million of U.S. children live in households with at least one gun that is loaded and unlocked, according to the study. Yet discussing gun safety is avoided by many pediatricians. […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Several Low Scores Show Even U.S. Lacks Preparedness To Face Pandemic That Could Wipe Out Humanity, Report States

October 25, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Factors driving down America’s score include the risks of social unrest and terrorism, as well as low-public confidence in government. The report grades the efforts of 195 countries. Public health news is on the declining number of children in foster […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Will This Year’s Flu Vaccine Mix Protect People From The Coming Season?

October 1, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Evidence emerges that lead some to worry that two of the four selections made last winter for this upcoming season’s flu vaccine could be off the mark, Stat reports. In other public health news: social media’s impact on kids; good […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospitals Fight CMS Rule That Would Cut Disproportionate-Share Hospital Funds

September 25, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

DSH funds are intended to support hospitals’ uncompensated-care costs, helping facilities that serve large numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients. A final rule released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services mandates cuts to that money beginning in […]


Health & Insurance, Public Utilities, Social Services, Waste Management

BCCA Unveils New Tool to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

September 25, 2019

Via: Waste360

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, including prescription and illicit drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alabama’s Baldwin County Community Alliance (BCCA) has unveiled its newest tool to fight prescription drug […]


Basic Services, Civil Service, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Maine Wants To Take The Reins For Its Health Law Exchange From Federal Government

August 30, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Maine Gov. Janet Mills notified the Trump administration that the state wants to run its own marketplace instead of relying on the federal government. States with their own exchanges, such as California and Massachusetts, have used the added flexibility that […]