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AAHPM Seeks Implementation of Palliative Care Quality Measures

MA Palliative Care Benefits See Little 2023 Growth, But Payer Interest Remains High

Only 10 new Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will offer home-based palliative care as a primarily health-related benefit for 2023, but payers may be offering those services through other programs. Among Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits, in-home support services and caregiver support saw the most year-over-year growth for 2023. The number of plans offering home-based palliative care …

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APIC urges healthcare workers to continue masking despite CDC pullback

APIC urges healthcare workers to continue masking despite CDC pullback

A major association for infection prevention professionals is strongly urging its members to continue masking in patient care areas even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sept. loosened its masking recommendations for healthcare workers a little over a week ago. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology on Monday cited indicators …

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A physician's take on wearables – what role do they play in healthcare?

A physician’s take on wearables – what role do they play in healthcare?

Wearables have become increasingly popular among consumers, with about one in five Australians sporting one on their wrists. The skyrocketing success of these gadgets suggests more people are taking an interest in managing their health and wellbeing, monitoring activity levels and other health metrics. These days, wearables can collect a multitude of measurements, from the …

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Unlocking the potential of biosimilars for more sustainable care – POLITICO

Unlocking the potential of biosimilars for more sustainable care – POLITICO

Biopharmaceutical drugs hold transformative potential. Since they first emerged in the 1980s, biopharmaceutical drugs, or biologics, have made a significant impact on treatment for patients suffering from debilitating conditions in immunology, ophthalmology and oncology, among many other disease areas. While pain, progressive disability and the loss of ability to work are par for the course …

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Practical Environmental Considerations for DOJ's Updated Crime Policies

Practical Environmental Considerations for DOJ’s Updated Crime Policies

Go-To Guide: Companies that timely and voluntarily self-report misconduct, including in the environmental arena, are likely to benefit from the DOJ’s new policy changes Companies should have a process in place to internally report and promptly then investigate and evaluate potential environmental enforcement issues when they arise, in order to consider whether self-reporting is appropriate …

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Friends, lawyers, family remember Peter Antonacci at Tallahassee memorial service

Many of Florida’s top elected officials, along with prominent lawyers, lobbyists and judges, gathered Monday to remember Peter Antonacci, the high-profile state government official and go-to-guy for several governors. Antonacci died suddenly late last month. Both Gov. Ron DeSantis and US Sen. Rick Scott joined the crowd at the Florida State University alumni center to …

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Despite progress, health care challenges remain in rural North Carolina

Despite progress, health care challenges remain in rural North Carolina

PICTURE | GETTY PICTURES North Carolina’s rural communities still face health care gaps despite community-launched programs that have created some solutions. As state lawmakers continue negotiations over Medicaid expansion, advocates say decades of funding community-based initiatives have helped create solutions and chipped away …

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Federal employee health-care premiums to rise 8.7 percent on average

Federal employee health-care premiums to rise 8.7 percent on average

Premiums in the health-care program for federal employees and retirees will increase by 8.7 percent on average for 2023 — the largest increase in more than a decade, the government announced Friday. That change in Federal Employees Health Benefits Program premiums is significantly larger than the 3.8 percent average increase for 2022, although closer to …

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Mind Springs CEO reassures Garfield County commissioners about organization as local detox agreement discussed

Mind Springs CEO reassures Garfield County commissioners about organization as local detox agreement discussed

With a draft agreement on the table to join forces with Mind Springs Health for new addiction treatment services in Garfield County, commissioners on Monday sought reassurances from the organization’s new CEO regarding Mind Springs’ mental health services in the region. Last week, the Behavioral Health Administration issued a cease and desist letter to Mind …

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Report: 43% of working-age adults are inadequately insured

Report: 43% of working-age adults are inadequately insured

Despite record-high numbers of insured Americans, about 43% don’t have adequate coverage, a new report found. The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, published Thursday, included telephone and online interviews with a sample size of 8,022 adults. It was conducted from March 28 through July 4. Of people who were found inadequately insured, 9% were …

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