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Nonprofit makes statement in Tyler about healthcare prices

In August, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, supported by many local chambers including the one in Tyler, filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of two provisions contained in the Transparency in Coverage federal regulations. The lawsuit aimed to block enforcement of the HHS insurance price transparency rule that would...
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Tennessee recommends monoclonal antibodies for those most likely to be hospitalized

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Tennessee is now recommending treatment for those most likely to be hospitalized. Typically, the infusion is authorized for mild-to-moderate COVID-19 cases in non-hospitalized patients regardless of vaccination status. The Tennessee Department of Health says due to a national shortage of the treatment, it's updating its recommendations.
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Minority-serving institutions to help create pipeline for more diverse public health workforce

Ten minority-serving higher-ed institutions will be awarded about $75 million to recruit and teach Black, Latino, Native American, AAPI and other students of color in public health professions to foster better representation in tackling future public health emergencies, the Biden administration will announce Wednesday. Why it matters: Outdated technology infrastructure...

Two HHS seniors named National Merit semifinalists

Hopkinsville High School seniors Grasen Givens and William Knight have been named 2022 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Knight and Givens are alumni of the 2021 Kentucky Governor’s Scholarship Program and are among the less than 1 percent of high school students who earned the National Merit semi-finalist distinction. A news...

Why the definition of 'electronic health information' is a barrier to compliance with HHS' interoperability rules

The definition of "electronic health information" will need to be standardized to ensure compliance with HHS' Cures Act Final Rule, according to a recent report by The American Health Information Management Association, the American Medical Informatics Association and the Electronic Health Record Association. Five things to know:. The rule is...

OIG flags potential $5B overpaid to Medicare Advantage plans

A federal watchdog is again raising concerns about risk-adjusted payments in the Medicare Advantage program and whether insurers are gaming the system to make more money. The sicker a Medicare Advantage beneficiary, the more money an insurer will receive to take care of that member. The report highlights how some beneficiaries may appear sicker as a result of insurers conducting certain assessments, outside of a physician's office, to add a diagnosis to accrue the higher risk-adjusted payment.

Hosptials see increase in patients

Like all hospitals in northeast Arkansas, the Mississippi County Hospital System has been adjusting for overflow patients due to Covid-19. Monday afternoon, CEO Chris Raymer told the hospital board that beds fill up, and they’ve been holding overflow patients in the women’s center. “We’ve had the highest ER volume here...

No, Tennessee Isn't Hoarding Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for the Unvaccinated

A widely reported rumor suggests that Tennessee will only offer promising monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated. The idea is spawning outrage, since it implies that people who took personal precautions (and public health officials' advice) are being deliberately disadvantaged if sick, while those who chose not to receive a life-saving vaccine are getting special privileges. There's just one problem: It's not true.
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In The Mailbox: 09.21.21

Silicon Valley delenda est. Impact of Recent Events On Ammunition Sales. 357 Magnum: The Gun-hating Left Will Swear They Need more Gun Laws. Twitchy: “The Most Embarrassing Thing Anyone Has Ever Written For The New York Times“, also, CBS News Reporter Says WH Aides Shouted Down Reporters’ Attempts To Ask Biden Questions.
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Democrats Seek to Spend Billions on Welfare, Medical Costs for Afghans

House Democrats are looking to spend billions in American taxpayer money on ensuring newly arrived Afghans, brought to the United States by President Joe Biden’s administration, have access to welfare, housing assistance, and medical services. On Tuesday, House Democrats published their plan to fund a number of federal agencies. The...
Healthcare IT News

ONC awards $73M toward public health IT workforce efforts

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT this week awarded $73 million as part of its Public Health Informatics and Technology Workforce Development Program. Funded by the American Rescue Plan, the PHIT Workforce Program aims to build up the U.S. public health IT workforce, especially among members of currently underrepresented groups.

Administration Tackles Access to Care, FTC Expands Breach Rule

Meanwhile in the private sector, the growing number of mobile health tech companies have prompted an expansion of the FTC’s Healthcare Breach Rule that now includes mobile apps and devices. And, major medical groups across the country have presented an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the Dobbs vs....