Unnecessary use in CO leads to $134 million in healthcare spending

Medicaid expansion has improved access to palliative care for cancer patients

By Kelsey Waddill July 18, 2023 – In 2021, according to an analysis by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), approximately 2 million unnecessary health care services were provided, leading to $134 million in unnecessary health care spending. ‚ÄúThis most recent analysis puts crucial information in the hands of the people who … Read more

Biden’s HIPAA expansion on abortion draws criticism, threats of lawsuits

Lynn Fitch speaks into microphones at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Miss.

There is absolutely potential for lawsuits, said Roger Severino, who served as head of the HHS Office of Civil Rights under former President Donald Trump and is now the vice chairman of domestic policy at the Heritage Foundation. I imagine, at the very least, that a challenge would come from the state attorneys general, because … Read more

Understanding the Intersection: SDoH and CMS Star Rating Quality Measures – MedLearn Publishing

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We begin by defining the two key elements of this topic. Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), as established by the World Health Organization, are the conditions under which people are born, grow up, live, work and age. These conditions can greatly affect a person’s health, quality of life, and even lifespan. They include factors such … Read more

Judge rules against Florida in fight to place children in nursing homes

TALLAHASSEE After a decades-long legal battle, a federal judge on Friday ordered Florida to make changes to keep children with complex medical conditions out of nursing homes and help them receive care in their homes or family communities. US District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, siding with the US Department of Justice, ruled that Florida violated the … Read more

Carroll County School Board approves policy changes and revamps employee health care

Carroll County School Board approves policy changes and revamps employee health care

The Board of Education unanimously approved a health care provider for Carroll County public school employees and policy revisions related to violent incidents and student health. At its monthly Wednesday evening meeting, the board approved the renewal of employee health care through Aetna. As a provider of Medicaid, prescription drugs, stop loss insurance, and Medicare … Read more

How healthcare may be affected by the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling

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By Michelle Andrews KFF health news Doctors fear that a Supreme Court ruling handed down on June 29 will have far-reaching effects not only on the diversity of doctors and other health professionals in training, but ultimately on patient care as well. The decision found it unconstitutional for colleges and universities to use race as … Read more

CMS Introduces 2024 Medicare PFS, Rules Proposed by OPPS – MedLearn Publishing

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The OPPS proposal did not contain references to several high-profile issues on which industry leaders awaited reform. Federal officials yesterday unveiled a pair of proposed rules, with potential adjustments to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for calendar year 2024. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement … Read more

House just passed a controversial defense policy bill that limits access to abortion and transgender health care for military personnel. Here’s how the Colorado delegates voted.

House just passed a controversial defense policy bill that limits access to abortion and transgender health care for military personnel.  Here's how the Colorado delegates voted.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the annual defense policy bill on Friday, 219 to 210. The Colorado delegation like the House as a whole split largely, but not quite, along the lines of the party after Republicans added several controversial amendments to the culture war. The bill would authorize an $866 billion defense bill … Read more

Why do Americans pay more for health care?

Why do Americans pay more for health care?

The United States spends significantly more on health care than other nations, but it doesn’t have better health outcomes. Additionally, rising health care spending is a key driver of America’s unsustainable national debt, and high health care costs also make it more difficult to respond to public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Below … Read more

House Vote Approves Defense Bill After Clashes Over ‘Wokeism’

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters as he walks to his office in the United States Capitol July 13, 2023 in Washington, DC.

House Republicans in WASHINGTON passed the National Defense Authorization Act after the GOP leadership made several concessions to the party’s right flank in a big gamble. The legislation passed 219-210. Members of the House Freedom Caucus, some of the most conservative lawmakers in the house, lobbied McCarthy to hold last-minute votes on several controversial amendments, … Read more