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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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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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Laurel will have mental health and wellbeing services at school | Local news

The Laurel School Board approved a three-year agreement with New Castle-based Angelus Therapeutic Services Inc. for school mental health and wellness services. The settlement runs from January 9 to June 30, 2024, and will be paid for using a $115,000 Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant. This service within the school will be in …

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Health officials: staffing was the main challenge of 2022; problems expected to continue in 2023 | WV News

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WV News) — Infectious diseases have driven hospital beds to fill and inflation has taken a toll on profits in the healthcare sector during 2022, but there has perhaps been no greater challenge facing the sector than the continued staff shortages that preceded but were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to …

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Wellness Checkup: Mental Health | 2 minute medicine

Loneliness is associated with new onset mental health problems 1. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, baseline loneliness was associated with new onset of depression. 2. Additionally, there was a positive association between loneliness and anxiety and self-harm. Level of evidence assessment: 1 (Excellent) Research suggests that people with long-standing mental disorders are at a …

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Iowa City Rehab and Health Care Center nurses say they weren’t paid and the facility is unsafe | Iowa city

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL)– The Iowa City Rehab and Health Care Center serves as a nursing home for 53 patients. However, according to site staff, not only were they not paid after working during the holidays, but the site itself is unsafe. Rachel Roos and Jessica Smith McDonald both began working as nurses at the …

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Concierge Medicine takes a new approach to precision healthcare

Once considered the health plan for the privileged people, concierge medicine is experiencing a renaissance, using technology and data to create “personalized, proactive, preventative” care for anyone who needs it. The evolution of personalized healthcare is giving new meaning to concierge services. What was once a platform for the rich and famous now offers precision …

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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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