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Doctors outline a roadmap for living with Covid-19 long-term

Doctors outline a roadmap for living with Covid-19 long-term

As of Friday, it’s officially been two years since the World Health Organization first declared Covid-19 a pandemic. Numerous US states are relaxing Covid mandates, amid a nationwide drop in daily new cases. But a major new report warns: Don’t let your guard down, because there’s a lot more work to do before the pandemic …

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The Build Back Better Act and the Challenge of Insulin Prices

The Build Back Better Act and the Challenge of Insulin Prices

White House officials are once again circling Senator Joe Manchin in hopes of reviving a pared back version of the Build Back Better Act (BBBA)—this time centered on tax increases and cutting prescription drug prices, with the revenue split between deficit reduction and climate change. It seems unlikely, however, that House progressives are ready to …

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Keys to Maximizing Your Share of the Local Radiology Market

Keys to Maximizing Your Share of the Local Radiology Market

The pandemic was a significant challenge for many radiology practice groups. However, it also provided an opportunity for them to take an honest assessment of their operations and find ways to improve, innovate and maximize efficiencies to remain competitive and thrive in a post-pandemic climate. Radiology practice groups are seeing increased imaging demand as patients …

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Anthem announces plans to rebrand as Elevance Health

Anthem announces plans to rebrand as Elevance Health

Photo: AJ Mast/Getty Images Anthem plans to rebrand with a new name, Elevance Health, provided the change is approved by shareholders, the insurer said this week. The new name is meant to underscore the company’s focus on “elevating” whole health, according to the announcement. The change was spurred in part by Anthem’s evolution when it …

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Florida House passes 'Don't Say Gay' bill

Large companies call on Texas to end ‘anti-LGBTQ+ efforts’ in new ad

More than 60 major corporations have signed an open letter calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to recant comments made late last month which equate gender-affirming care for transgender or nonbinary youth to “child abuse,” along with an order for state agencies to investigate reports of gender-affirming care as such. Companies including Apple and …

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Inequitable Access to Oral Health Care Continues to Harm Children of Color

Inequitable Access to Oral Health Care Continues to Harm Children of Color

Racial and ethnic inequities in children’s oral health persist from coast to coast, according to data published by 22 states and analyzed by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The prevalence of treated and untreated tooth decay among American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Hispanic, and Black third-graders is considerably higher—and the use of dental sealants to …

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Memorial Hermann services no longer covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance

Coverage continues: Memorial Hermann Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas reach agreement after contract expired

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Nearly 200,000 Memorial Hermann Hospital patients can take a deep breath after the hospital system announced on Friday that it has reached a deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Memorial Hermann’s contract with the state’s largest insurer expired at the start of the month after a disagreement over contracting …

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Collaborative practice agreement and AHCCCS eligibility renewal bills pass Senate Health and Human Services Committee - State of Reform

Collaborative practice agreement and AHCCCS eligibility renewal bills pass Senate Health and Human Services Committee – State of Reform

Two key bills moved from the House Committee of the Whole and into the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday. These bills are House Bill 2490pertaining to collaborative practice agreements between pharmacists and providers, and House Bill 2622, pertaining to Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) eligibility renewals. Both bills passed unanimously. …

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Jury sides with Sutter Health in federal antitrust case

Jury sides with Sutter Health in federal antitrust case

A jury sided with Sutter Health on Friday in the long-running federal lawsuit accusing the health system of anticompetitive business practices that drove up healthcare costs by more than $400 million. The unanimous verdict means Sacramento, California-based Sutter has successfully defended against claims that it illegally forced insurers to include all 24 of its hospitals …

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