Opinion: Healthcare costs for businesses must be beaten

For almost every small business in Missouri that offers health care benefits to their employees, the worst time of year is when you find out how much premiums will increase over the next 12 months. To be frank, small businesses have very few tools to reduce health care costs. And …

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The end of the public health emergency could have consequences for people with disabilities

Government officials and disability advocates are preparing for a possible end to the public health emergency. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS) As attention on COVID-19 fades and the federal government considers ending the pandemic-triggered state of emergency, officials are warning big changes are coming for some disability programs. Currently, the nation is …

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Military recruiting could suffer as suicide crisis lingers – Our Time Press

By Pinkston News ServiceWASHINGTON, DC—(Pinkston News Service)—As the U.S. military continues to grapple with rising suicide rates among its members, the head of a veterans services organization warns that failure to take care of active duty personnel and veterans could lead to a drop in military recruitment. And if that …

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Rising healthcare costs weigh on CT small businesses and nonprofits

Around this time every year, the all-volunteer staff committee of Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester sits down with a broker to select a health insurance plan for employees for the coming financial year. Only three of the church’s six employees participate in the plan, but it costs about 10% …

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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka raises drug prices

Dove: As the economic crisis continues in Sri Lanka, the island nation has raised drug prices. This is the second such increase in six weeks. According to reports, the country has raised prices by 40%, which includes even the most common drugs. With supply and prices hit, citizens are now …

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Lawmakers Push Health Department to Expand Medicaid Coverage for Transgender Health Care

Unsplash.com photo by Hush Naidoo Jade Photography. In light of recent federal policy changes, Sen. Mary L. Washington (D-Baltimore City) and Congresswoman Anne R. Kaiser (D-Montgomery) are urging the Department of Health to rethink its Medicaid health care policy for transgender people in Maryland. Washington and Kaiser wrote to Maryland …

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May Message from Chief Parry

Posted on May 01, 2022 May brings us a month of many special recognitions and celebrations. We recognize mothers, teachers, nurses, healthcare workers, fallen military heroes and honor the service of men and women in law enforcement. These are all critical and important professions to be recognised, honored …

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Medicare Advantage plans often deny needed care, says federal report

Each year, tens of thousands of people enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans are denied necessary care that should be covered by the program, federal investigators concluded in a report released Thursday. Investigators urged Medicare officials to step up oversight of these private insurance plans, which provide benefits to 28 …

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Mental health care centers call for early interaction on mental health of military children

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Whether it’s moving every few years or having parents deployed out of the country, adaptability is a common skill for military kids. “The reality of resilience in our military children is so paramount,” said MaryBeth Goodman. However, just because military children are used to change doesn’t …

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Thanks to COVID-19, drug shortages take center stage

When a patient’s cardiac arrest triggers a Code Blue, clinicians respond with rapid precision, until they need to take a brief break. Instead of a pre-filled syringe or a 1 mL premixed vial of epinephrine in the code trolley there is a bottle of concentrate epinephrinea solution of sodium chloride …

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LI doctor charged in COVID-19 healthcare fraud scheme: DOJ (ICYMI)

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Thursday, April 21, 2022. GREAT NECK, NY — A Long Island cardiologist was indicted Tuesday on federal charges, accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $1.3 million during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal prosecutors say Perry Frankel — owner and operator …

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Ukraine-Russia War Breaking News: Live Updates

KYIV, Ukraine – Russian tanks were crossing the border and Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, was gripped by fear and panic. Street fighting broke out and a Russian armored column, entering the city, advanced within three kilometers of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office. During those tense early days of the war, almost …

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Vaccinations can protect you at every stage of life

[4 MIN READ] In this article: World Immunization Week runs from April 25 to May 2. Have you and your family caught up on your vaccines? Vaccines help protect people of all ages against life-threatening diseases, such as measles, polio and COVID-19. Your primary care provider can …

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Two-thirds of pharmacies suffering from daily drug shortages

Last month The Telegraph revealed a growing black market in HRT, with women resorting to ‘barter and swap’ bottles amid widespread shortages of some of the most popular forms of therapy. Oestrogel, one of the most popular brands, is one of the latest to be hit by shortages, with manufacturers …

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Home care stakeholders break down ‘uncertain’ legislative and regulatory landscapes

With more attention than ever on home care, there are a number of legislative and regulatory developments that will be essential for providers to stay informed. For providers like Help at Home, which works in the Medicaid space on private pay, the short-term gains are obvious. “If you take what’s …

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At least 4 Navy sailors assigned to the USS George Washington have died by suicide, officials say

Placeholder while loading article actions A spate of recent suicides among sailors assigned to the same US aircraft carrier has raised concerns, prompting questions about mental health issues in the military and potential barriers to seeking treatment. Navy officials have confirmed that at least four sailors assigned to the USS …

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Retire quickly? It’s time to consult your financial GPS

It’s rare these days to see someone pull out a paper map to figure out how to get where they’re going. Instead, most of us log our current location and destination to our car or phone, and the GPS plots a route, telling us about every turn and alerting us …

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The art of defending against contractor audits

To punch holes in Medicare audits, you need to know the rules. I’d like to write today about the sheer absurdity of how these Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC), Area Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) and other types audits are held against health care providers. When an auditor …

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U.S. drug spending increased 12% in 2021 due to COVID-19 vaccines and therapies, says IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science

Utilization of health services returned to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021, but has not yet made up for the pandemic-induced backlog in missed patient visits, screenings and diagnoses, elective procedures and the new beginnings of prescription RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, April 21, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. drug spending, at …

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More and more seniors are using legal marijuana. What you need to know about the benefits and risks.

Growing numbers of American seniors are adding a touch of green to their golden years as more states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use and cannabis companies conduct outreach to communities of people elderly to educate potential patients and caregivers about the potential benefits. Newsletter Sign-Up Retirement Barron’s brings …

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GE employees say their kids got kicked off health insurance and only found out at the doctor’s office

In early January, Dalton Bocknick’s wife was pregnant and in her second trimester when her baby’s health began to deteriorate. The couple made an appointment for an ultrasound and as they were leaving the hospital staff called and said their insurance was not active. He soon learned that his employer, …

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Investing $600m in water and toilets in health care facilities could help stave off the next pandemic and save millions of lives – WaterAid – World

Providing clean water and toilets in all health facilities in the world’s poorest countries would cost the equivalent of just under an hour and a half of this weekend’s Easter spending in the United States and in the UK.[1]according to a new WaterAid analysis published today. Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting …

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Feds reverse course on Alzheimer’s drug after outcry from Down syndrome advocates

Marilyn Long, left, helps her brother, Jeff Malanoski, who has Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, at their home in Elk Grove Village, Illinois in 2014. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune/TNS) After complaints of discrimination, federal authorities are scrapping a plan that would have prevented people with Down syndrome from accessing a new …

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Government calls for tobacco tax hike to close budget gap – Journal

ISLAMABAD: The Society for the Protection of Children’s Rights (Sparc) has called on the new government to generate revenue by increasing tobacco taxes. He recommended increasing the Federal Excise Duty (FED) on tobacco products by 30% to generate additional revenue that can be used for the welfare of people, as …

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Fresno, Calif. law restricting access to homeless camps is wrong

OPINION AND COMMENT Editorials and other opinion content provide insights into issues important to our community and are independent of the work of our newsroom reporters. Beneath Highway 41 in downtown Fresno, homeless advocate Dez Martinez speaks Thursday, August 20, 2020 about the camp she set up, named Dream Camp …

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What Drives Racial and Ethnic Gaps in the Medicare Quality Agenda?

Over the past 10 years, the Medicare system has attempted to improve the quality of health care received by millions of older Americans, while slowing rising costs to the federal budget, by encouraging health care providers to join Responsible Care Organizations (ACOs). Today, ACOs coordinate care for 11 million people, …

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It’s 2 p.m. in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

In this February 13 file photo, Ukrainian soldiers fire a Javelin missile supplied by the US military during an exercise in Ukraine. (EyePress News/Shutterstock) According to a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States has sent so many Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine that their …

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Three Northern Light hospital projects will cost 40% more due to rising labor and material costs

By Kathleen O’Brien, Bangor Daily News Team Three major hospital construction projects will cost 40% more than originally thought as Northern Light Health faces steep increases in labor costs labor and building materials. This means replacing hospitals in Greenville and Blue Hill and building a new 50-bed unit at Acadia …

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Intrinsic Drug Stock: Leveraging Identical Human Milk Oligosaccharides (INRX)

Prykhodov/iStock via Getty Images Intrinsic Medicine, Inc. (INRX) is a developer of preclinical-stage synthetic biology therapeutics. The companyThe product candidates of are based on human milk oligosaccharides (‘HMO) which can modulate the intestinal microbiota as well as human cells and the immune system. Comprising over 200 oligosaccharides, the third most …

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Providence agrees to pay $22 million in medical fraud case | Washington News

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Providence Health & Services Washington has agreed to pay $22.6 million to resolve allegations that its Walla Walla hospital fraudulently billed Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs for medically unnecessary neurosurgical procedures, prosecutors said Tuesday. Vanessa R. Waldref, …

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VA leaders fail to report problematic doctors to state authorities

Veterans Affairs officials do not routinely notify state medical boards when department doctors are fired for malpractice or incompetence, a situation that could put the public at risk, according to a new investigation by the VA Inspector General. . In a report released last week, the Oversight Office found that …

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Attention Seniors – Medicare Isn’t Free – InsideSources

About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. Many may soon leave the workforce and claim the Medicare benefits they think they are entitled to after paying Medicare taxes for decades in the labor market. But they risk having a rude awakening. Even after paying tens or hundreds of thousands of …

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Study shows benefits of Medicaid expansion for patients diagnosed with de novo stage 4 breast cancer

A new study led by Susan G. Komen® The researchers indicate that patients diagnosed with de novo stage 4 breast cancer – also called metastatic breast cancer – had improved survival rates and decreased death rates when these patients had access to care. de novo means the breast cancer was …

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Military family members and retirees excluded from mental health care

While the military and veteran community continues important work to break the stigma around mental health treatment, a major hurdle for many who seek such treatment has been largely overlooked. Military retirees and their family members – as well as family members of those still in uniform – may need …

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How to help the Ukrainian people – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As we watch events unfold in Ukraine, many of us want to know what we can do to help. Here is a list of organizations helping the people of Ukraine during this crisis. As always, when deciding where to donate, be sure to research the organization and …

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Matheny Motors Receives Health Plan Hero Award | News, Sports, Jobs

PARKERSBURG — A local car and truck dealership received a 2022 Health Plan Hero award at a March 29 ceremony in Washington. Matheny Motors’ leadership has been recognized for its outstanding employer-sponsored healthcare program by national healthcare industry professionals through a program developed by the national non-profit organization …

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Trips to Medicare-funded doctors failing the elderly

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Your tax dollars pay to get Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to critical medical appointments, but, for some, those trips never happen. Missing these doctor visits can have disastrous consequences. We’re not just talking about health checks. A Tampa Bay-area woman says the problem is now delaying …

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Study finds US vaccinations against COVID-19 averted 2.2 million deaths

Vials of Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines pictured in Jerusalem on January 3, 2022. Israel was the first in the world to administer the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to people over 60 and health workers. A US study released on Friday found that vaccines prevented 2.2 million US deaths. Photo …

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Conflicting views on when or if NM is headed for a medical cannabis shortage

Cannabis growers in New Mexico are collectively looking at daily sales numbers to determine what kind of demand there will be a week after recreational sales begin. The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division reported more than $5.2 million in combined medical and recreational cannabis sales and more than 87,000 transactions …

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Free “Understanding Medicare” virtual presentations offered in April

Three presentations offered on Thursdays in April – The Health Insurance Advisory and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will sponsor free virtual presentations for those interested in better understanding Medicare benefits. Understanding Medicare presentations will take place: • Thursday 14 April, at 12 noon• Thursday 21 April, at 2 p.m.• Thursday 28 …

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How Russia Could Get Away With Attacks On Ukrainian Hospitals | In depth | DW

A large wall riddled with shrapnel stands where a renowned otolaryngology department once operated at full capacity, offering specialist operations for serious conditions affecting the head and neck. On February 27, just three days after Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, the Volnovakha Central District Hospital was bombed for the first …

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Medline to be exclusive distributor of Mount Sinai in $725 million partnership

Mount Sinai Health System has once again appointed Medline to be its exclusive distributor of medical supplies and solutions in a multi-year, $725 million partnership with a primary supplier. The two organizations will work together to determine strategies that will improve supply chain operations, control expenses and improve patient outcomes. …

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Arkansas Medicaid worked as planned in pandemic, faces challenges in emergency

I’ve read a lot of columns recently that begin with the phrase, “If there’s one hard lesson we’ve learned from the pandemic…”. Well, this is not one of those columns, because I’m sure we’ve learned a lot of hard lessons that we should all reflect on and not repeat. Instead, …

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McMorris Rodgers and Murray lead bicameral effort to recognize Month of the Military Child

Washington D.C.- Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today introduced bipartisan and bicameral resolutions to celebrate April as the Month of the Military Child . “I’ve always said that when someone joins the military, it’s not just a job, it’s a family commitment to …

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Maine Democrats mark three years of Medicaid expansion under Governor Janet Mills

With the state’s first hospital, Maine Medical Center, in the backdrop, the Maine house speaker, along with two other Democratic lawmakers who are doctors, touted the benefits of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, ordained by Governor Janet Mills on her first day in office, in 2019. Monday marks …

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Minimum nursing home staffing law goes into effect in New York

New York state nursing homes must now comply with a new law that requires nursing homes to meet minimum staffing levels after Governor Kathy Hochul lifted a three-month recess on Friday. Hochul initially delayed implementing the mandates, citing industry staffing issues compounded by the omicron variant. The state’s more than …

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SC House committee prepares for medical marijuana hearing

COLOMBIA, South Carolina A South Carolina House committee is holding a rare meeting Monday to hear people’s thoughts on a bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana in South Carolina. The House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee of the Whole meets at 10 a.m. to discuss …

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Budget: no commitment to essential reform

ALTHOUGH a healthy population and a healthy economy go hand in hand, the 2022 federal budget makes no commitment to much-needed health sector reform. Healthy workers will be the backbone of our economic rebound from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And Australia’s health workforce must be healthy to achieve economic productivity. …

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‘Please evacuate, go’: Maple Grove woman shares fears for family still in Kyiv

The villages around kyiv are now battlefields marked with destroyed houses and burnt-out vehicles everywhere. “For me, I feel like if my city is bombed, it’s like a part of my childhood is being destroyed,” Olga Frayman said. “The first few days we were just sitting here in shock and …

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Thousands more people with Medicaid and CHIP coverage now eligible to access critical postpartum coverage thanks to US bailout – InsuranceNewsNet

Baltimore, Maryland, April 2 — The US Department of Health and Social Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the following press release on April 1, 2022: The Biden-Harris administration announces that as of today, no less than 720,000 pregnant and postpartum women across United States could be guaranteed …

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Pentagon announces $300 million worth of military air systems and weapons for Ukraine

The Department of Defense announced Friday that the United States will provide Ukraine with $300 million in additional Ukraine security assistance. In a press release, the department said it had notified Congress of “additional assistance activities under the authority of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).” The money is intended …

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Top 9 Healthcare Technologies That Improved Wellbeing

Well-being is an essential aspect of life. Everything else is unimportant in the absence of good health. Technological advancements in healthcare are a win for everyone as they provide a chance for a longer and healthier life. In recent years, there has been an influx of health technologies, creating better …

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The end of COVID could lead to major turbulence for health care in the United States

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic arrives, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. healthcare system made more generous, flexible and technologically up-to-date through a series of temporary emergency measures. The end of these policies could begin as early as the summer. It could …

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How rural hospitals benefit from remote patient monitoring

Patients who live in rural areas incur various costs attributed to physically traveling to the office to meet with their doctor when needed. When these patients require more frequent visits for chronic disease management, the cost of transportation, missed work, out-of-pocket costs, and a number of other costs can become …

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Marriage Penalty of a Disabled Adult Child (DAC)

What is the DAC? The Disabled Adult Child or DAC benefit is a Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit. It is a “secondary” benefit, ie it is based on the work record of another person (in this case, the recipient’s parent). A DAC beneficiary must be a dependent “adult child” …

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States prepare abortion restrictions in case SCOTUS reconsiders Roe

Dozens of abortion bills seep into state legislatures State lawmakers are furiously preparing for the possibility of a significant rollback of abortion rights, tabling dozens of bills in legislative sessions this year. They are fully aware that this year is different. This summer, the Supreme Court could review Roe vs. …

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AI/ML Innovations’ Health Gauge licenses its patented technology to MedWatch Technologies, Inc.

– MedWatch™ to meet the needs of the $327 billion US diabetes market – – License Includes Annual Payment to Health Gauge of $120,000, 2% Gross Sales Royalty, $2 Million Termination Fee, and Other Royalties and Fees – TORONTO, ON /ACCESSWIRE/March 28, 2022/ AI/ML Innovations Inc. (CSE: AIML) (OTCQB: AIMLF) …

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US-backed group provides lifesaving medicine to Ukrainians – NBC Boston

Thousands of patients in Ukraine are receiving lifesaving drugs to treat HIV and opioid addiction through a US-funded group still operating despite the Russian invasion. Supplies are running out and making deliveries is a complicated calculation with unpredictable risks. Officials say the Alliance’s quiet work on public health shows how …

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How Medicare may make it harder to use palliative care for end-stage dementia patients

Streamlined access to doctors, nurses, social workers and Medicare-covered medication quickly became essential for Jean and her husband, and allowed them to continue living together on their 40-acre farm in the ‘Rural Iowa. But as can be the case with dementia, Jean’s decline was less precipitous than expected. When she …

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Mariupol authorities estimate that 300 people were killed in a Russian strike on the theater

If there’s one nation that understands Ukraine’s turmoil, it’s Poland, which hosts President Joe Biden on Friday as part of his emergency mission to shore up NATO defenses after the invasion. brutality of Russia. In the United States, Biden’s warnings that democracy is under siege by menacing autocrats may seem …

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Vagus nerve stimulation reduces care costs for children with uncontrolled epilepsy

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), sometimes called a “brain pacemaker,” involves a stimulator device implanted under the skin in the chest, with a wire wrapped around the vagus nerve in the neck. It helps prevent seizures by sending gentle, steady electrical impulses to the brain. Generally, the patient does not know …

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UVM medical students launch effort for Ukraine

Two first-year medical students at UVM Larner College of Medicine launch a campaign to collect medical supplies for the Ukrainian people. On Saturday, Caitlin Marassi and Ellen Mats kick off a three-week medical donation drive, called Vermont for Ukraine, with a drop-off event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on …

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Federal contractor call center workers go on strike | Louisiana News

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Call center workers who handle health insurance issues for Americans have gone on strike at facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana. Call center workers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Bogalusa, Louisiana are employed by Maximus Inc., one of the nation’s largest federal call center contractors, The Sun Herald …

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On ACA anniversary, Democrats fight to cut health care costs despite Republican opposition

On ACA anniversary, Democrats fight to cut health care costs despite Republican opposition The Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced health care costs and increased accessibility for millions of Americans TRENTON, NJ — Twelve years ago today, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, reducing health care costs …

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Kennett-area seniors join Penn Medicine in donation effort for Ukrainian refugees – Daily Local

KENNETT SQUARE—When Terry Engeman, resident and volunteer at The Encore Shop, a quality resale store in Kennett Square to benefit Chester County Hospital, shared with the community Penn Medicine’s efforts for a donations for refugees in the Ukraine region, the community quickly mobilized to participate. “Many of us are watching …

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Judge suspends prison sentence in Medicaid fraud case

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A Las Vegas man has been ordered to pay $42,510 in restitution and placed on probation for a year in a Medicaid fraud case involving billing for services that were never provided from April 2015 to April 2019. Kelly Addam Gersting, 51, was also sentenced to …

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Half a million Ukrainian refugees need mental health support, WHO says

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia February 18. (Sergei Guneyev/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images) The United States and NATO believe that Belarus could “soon” join Russia in its war against Ukraine, U.S. and NATO officials told …

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Retirement Health Care | UBS Global

#1) Adopt tax efficiency: Saving and investing in tax-advantaged accounts can help pay for healthcare costs in retirement. This is especially true for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Not only do HSAs provide tax-free pre-tax contributions and investment income, but your distributions for qualifying medical expenses will also be made tax-free. …

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Opinion: Science proves that women are wise. Here’s how women in medicine have shone during the pandemic.

Treichler is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine and lives in Hillcrest. Jeste is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at UC San Diego School of Medicine and author, with Scott LaFee, of “Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and …

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It’s 6 a.m. in kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

A new satellite image shows the bombed-out Mariupol theater completely destroyed, as the city council says trapped residents were being taken to Russia against their will. Meanwhile, dozens of Ukrainian soldiers are believed to have died in a strike against a military barracks in Mykolaiv. Here are the latest developments: …

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Mayor of kyiv informs that the Ukrainian capital has enough food and medical supplies

Amid the escalating Russian-Ukrainian war, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has now said the Ukrainian capital has enough supplies like food, medicine and other basic necessities. Klitschko informed the Ukrainian people on Friday that the humanitarian headquarters in the city of Kyiv continues to operate. Amid reports of Russian troops closing …

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Ensuring children have access to doctors beyond COVID

As summer winds down and the start of a new school year draws near, pediatric practices in Nevada and the United States are bracing for a flood of incoming appointments. Anxious parents call to “seize” this necessary appointment so that their child(ren) can go to daycare, play a sport or …

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VA Health System Report for Massachusetts

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A report that provides recommendations for modernizing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities and ways to expand and improve health care delivery for veterans in the VA. national scale was published. Read the full report of the VA’s recommendations to the AIR Commission. The …

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Mental health patients face increasing ER wait times amid COVID and statewide psychiatric bed shortages

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The pandemic has exacerbated the already critical emergency room wait times faced by patients in mental health crisis. It’s an issue that weighs heavily on the hearts of countless patients and families, and it’s also an issue that impacts healthcare costs for all of us. According …

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Survive the digital war

The shocking images of innocent civilians leaving Ukraine are a stark reminder of the brutality of war, but also of the need to be prepared in a world where events can change rapidly. Several years ago I wrote a Brookings Press book called Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social …

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