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MA enrollees are less likely to receive care from high-quality home health providers

When it comes to Medicare Advantage (MA) versus traditional Medicare, members of the former use less home health care and post-acute care overall. This is according to a recent analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The analysis looked at 62 studies that looked at the experiences of MA and traditional Medicare beneficiaries, including utilization. …

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Nutrition education is health care—let’s make it official

With its ambitious plans to improve the nation’s health and food security, this month the White House will host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health—the first of its kind in more than 50 years. Although long overdue, health professionals like me are encouraged that the Biden administration has put this issue on its plate. …

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Study led by MUSC researchers finds long-term mental health problems after Flint water crisis | MUSC

A study led by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina five years after the water crisis began in Flint, Michigan, found a continuing “large unmet mental health need.” Dr. Dean Kilpatrick, the study’s principal investigator, said last year’s estimates of PTSD and depression in Flint were significantly higher than those in Michigan, the …

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Washington lawmakers discuss health care policy priorities for 2023 session – State of Reform

Washington lawmakers from both sides of the aisle discussed some key health care policy priorities and issues to watch during Conference on reformed health policy in the interior of the northwestern part of the country. Get the latest country-specific healthcare industry intelligence delivered to your inbox. The conference included 2 panels on policy leadership. Reps. …

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What are the 2-year health outcomes among patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in China?

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the rapid outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has claimed more than 6.52 million lives worldwide. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants due to genomic mutations prolonged the pandemic. Some variants of SARS-CoV-2, such as Omicron and Delta, are more transmissible and virulent than the …

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From Amazon to Zocdoc, the healthcare industry is pushing for the telemedicine bill to pass

Before the 117th Congress ends in January, health care advocates are pushing lawmakers to approve legislation that would allow hospitals and health systems to continue offering telehealth services. Now 375 companies, healthcare organizations and hospitals have signed a joint letter urging Senate leaders to act. The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) helped lead …

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Texas, struggling with teen pregnancy, overhauls sex education standards

Emari Huetman DALLAS – JR Chester became pregnant the summer before his senior year of high school. A bright student with good grades, she gave birth, graduated, and was pregnant again when she arrived at college that fall. She was a teenager – like her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her school did not teach sexual …

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Biden says the “pandemic is over,” but health experts disagree

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” the president said the pandemic is over, but much work remains. Doctors dismissed the estimate, noting that hundreds were dying every day. In a wide-ranging interview on the season premiere of “60 Minutes” Sunday night, President Biden surprised many health experts when he said, “The pandemic is over.” In …

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John Brumsted: Protecting patients’ rights and public health

This commentary was written by John R. Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of UVM Health Network. As a healthcare safety net provider to more than 1 million people in two states, UVM Health Network exists to serve the needs of our patients. So when patients’ basic right to make decisions about their healthcare is threatened, …

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Most LGBTQI+ cancer patients do not have access to personalized health education materials

September 19, 2022 2 minutes of reading Source/Disclosures Published by: source: Burnett C, et al. Overall satisfaction with cancer care among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex survivors. Presented at: American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved; September 16-19, 2022; Philadelphia. …

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