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What health plans need to know about QHPs now that the ACA is here to stay

The provision of Qualified Health Plans, or QHPs, that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act has become an integral part of many health plan offerings. Now that numerous repeal requests and lawsuits filed against the ACA over the years have failed, health plans can finally invest with confidence in this line of business. …

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Women, the elderly, and people on lower incomes are more likely to use sleeping pills, survey finds, despite potential health harms

Cnn β€” Millions of Americans say they regularly take drugs to fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study has found that about 8 percent of U.S. adults reported taking sleep medication every or most days, with use more common among those who are …

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First cases of gonorrhea resistant to different classes of antibiotics identified in the USA

Cnn β€” Public health officials say they have found two cases of gonorrhea that appear to have reduced susceptibility to every type of antibiotic available to treat them. It is the first time such antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea have been identified in the United States. Increased sexual activity during the pandemic, coupled with fewer people …

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Point32Health Taps has included health for LGBTQ+ assistance

Traditionally offering virtual assistance and navigation services to employers, inclusive health is now moving into the health plan space. It is partnering with Point32Health to serve its commercial members in the LGBTQ+ community, companies announced Wednesday. Based in San Francisco Health included offers patients access to virtual and in-person urgent care, primary care, behavioral health, …

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CDC identifies possible safety issue with Pfizer’s updated Covid-19 vaccine, but says people should still be boosted

Cnn β€” The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that there is a possible safety concern with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech, but that it is unlikely to pose any real risk. The agency said it continues to recommend people stay up-to-date with Covid-19 vaccines. The CDC …

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A travel medical record can improve patient outcomes and alleviate health concerns while traveling

New data reveals that 28% of Americans have gotten sick or injured while on vacation. Illness and injury are among the worst-case scenarios when traveling, because in addition to ruining our plans, we are far from our medical team and perhaps even from the comfort of family, friends or colleagues who could help us. If …

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Health equity and the push for value-based care

Social, economic and geographical disadvantages create significant disparities in health care, such as lower quality of care and lower health outcomes. To help improve these issues, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) redesigned the global and professional direct contracting model under the new name, the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community …

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Technology-enabled transportation puts health plans in the driver’s seat to improve outcomes

A disabled elderly African American man is getting out of a car, in his wheelchair. His wife is helping him, holding the door open. Focus on the man. Healthcare needs better infrastructure. Millions of Americans, covered by the nation’s safety net programs that span Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care, rely on transportation to access …

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Bridging cultural gaps to improve health equity

Achieving health equity benefits both payers and members of health care. Culturally diverse publics experience disparities in access to health care and health outcomes. Patients with poor English proficiency (LEP) experience poor health outcomes across the board, including emergency room visits and above-average hospital stays. Most healthcare leaders agree that we need to work to …

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Statements are not enough. Health equity needs action, say health sector leaders

Ask any healthcare organization what their top priority is today and many will say healthcare equity. But when it comes to creating real change, lip service isn’t going to cut it, said one executive. “It’s a virtue signal,” said Sachin Jain, CEO of SCAN Health Plan, in a recent interview. β€œIt’s fashionable to say that …

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