AHIP calls for transparency for private healthcare companies

Photo: John Fidell/Getty Images In letters sent to Congress and the White House this week, health insurance group AHIP called for transparency of what it called the “monopolistic power” of private equity firms in air ambulance and emergency services and some of the specialized services provided on a fee-for-service basis. Citing mounting evidence that these … Read more

Missouri health leaders announce plan to eliminate hepatitis C

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Missouri’s health leaders have released their first ever edition Hepatitis C elimination planShow me the treatment. Leaders hope to improve access to fair testing and patient-centered treatment services to combat hepatitis C virus (HCV). The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the Office of HIV, STIs, and Hepatitis are … Read more

How Independence uses data analytics to support better healthcare

The term “data analytics” is used a lot these days, but unless you work in the field, you may not know what the term means or fully understand its purpose. So what exactly is data analytics, and how do health insurers like Independence Blue Cross use it to make informed and innovative decisions to support … Read more

Top Health Insurance Providers for Self-Employed Americans

Read more: Chief Executive Officer on health insurance and employee benefits decision support How does health insurance work for the self-employed? According to healthcare information and advisory website Verywell Health, US companies pay about 83% of the total cost of health insurance for their employees, which is estimated at $7,470 annually. But since self-employed individuals … Read more

Can states explicitly ban the abortion pill? not clear.

Placeholder while loading article actions Good morning, and happy Friday The top of today’s newsletter was written with our colleague Laurie McGinley. Send news, tips, or more to rachel.roubein@washpost.com. Today’s version: Oklahoma lawmakers have passed the nation’s strictest abortion ban. Dive into what the growing number of positive cases from administration officials have to say … Read more

What we know so far – POLITICO

Just when the world thought it was done with the worst of COVID did another virus outbreak alarm scientists. Cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, the United States, Canada and Australia. What worries experts is the unusual spread of the disease. Monkeypox is most common … Read more

Care coordination, policy changes can improve mental health services for older adults

(Image source: FG Trade/Getty Images) Integrating aging, mental health, and physical health services is key to improving quality of life outcomes for older adults, according to a mental health expert. “It is particularly important to improve the identification and treatment of mental, substance use and behavioral disorders in long-term care settings – such as home … Read more

Microplastics can have serious effects on our health and healthcare

Microplastics can cause a variety of health problems and pose serious health care challenges. picture: Pixabay/Darkostojanovic Recently, a team of Dutch researchers discovered microplastics in human blood, Revealing a stark warning about the dangers of these tiny particles, which can make their way into our organs and brain. Microplastics are pieces of plastic small enough … Read more