Claims and costs push health insurance up

The health insurance market is a complex matrix. With over 320 plans to choose from, it will test even the most patient of patients. No wonder most simply let their policies roll when it comes time to renew. However, premiums are starting to rise again along with goods and services in other parts of the … Read more

Advocates view the legal challenge to the abortion pill with caution

Reproductive rights advocates are on edge about a lawsuit to overturn the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decades-old approval of the drug mifepristone, which, if successful, would end legal access to the abortion pill nationwide. Lawyers and legal experts say the suit has no merit, but they fear conservative courts will think otherwise. The abortion … Read more

The bill prohibits gender reassignment for those under the age of 21

Ostensibly, Americans and their legislators accept and understand LGBT people more now more than a decade ago. The Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage is one of the most tangible and significant gains for LGBT rights — yet the 2015 decision directly protected only lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. No fewer than 19 … Read more

sick at school? CMS Attendance Policy Under Audit | WFAE 90.7

One morning last month, Ben Jacobs, a student at Myers Park High School, woke up feeling nauseous with a terrible headache. He ran to the bathroom and vomited. Then he collected himself and entered the school before the end of the first period. Jacobs, who has already missed some schools due to a medical issue, … Read more

The unspoken sick-day rules of health care haven’t been changed by the pandemic

Nearly 3 years into a global pandemic, doctors and nurses have seen their workplace sickness policies change with the ebbs and flows of COVID-19. They’ve had their temperatures taken, filled out screening forms, and adapted to shift PPE availability. But according to those who work at the bedside, attitudes toward entering work sick haven’t changed … Read more

State assisted living facilities are asking to slow down, and to work with stakeholders on new emergency rules

Assisted Living Florida (ALF) facilities are raising questions about new emergency management regulations proposed by state health care regulators. The Healthcare Administration Agency The AHCA held an hour-long workshop on Tuesday with ALF providers, local emergency management officials, and others who reported concerns with proposed regulations. The proposals relate to comprehensive emergency management and emergency … Read more

Healthcare organizations are looking for new uses for virtual health technology

The virtual health revolution has spread over the past few years, notably through generational shifting events such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, health care leaders, organizations, and policy makers see the value of virtual health, both in terms of patient convenience and experience, and the cost savings that virtual health can provide … Read more

Google Cloud Health Strategy, the NIH’s Covid data dilemma, and the rumored telehealth mergers

You’re reading the web edition of STAT Health Tech, our guide to how technology is changing the life sciences. Sign up for this newsletter Delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday.What to watch: Google’s attempts to monetize AI in health The search giant is trying to monetize its artificial intelligence for the healthcare markets … Read more

The caregiver’s lament: How to deal with the costs of care

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (Reuters) – You probably know PJ Byrne from movies, most likely as one of the fast-living psychics alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. But Byrne’s most important role these days is closer to home: that of son and caregiver. His 79-year-old father has been suffering from dementia for … Read more

New rules to allow nurse practitioners to work more independently

Supporters say the new rules approved this month will improve access to health care in many communities that lack it. Some doctors worry that the rules will expand the range of services nurse practitioners provide. The California Nursing Agency has approved rules that will allow nurse practitioners to treat patients without a doctor’s supervision. It’s … Read more