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The future of State of Reform

DJ Wilson | Sep 22, 2021 | Federal

HHS releases AAPI cultural competency RFI

| Jul 19, 2021 | Federal, Hawaii

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) released a request for information (RFI) Friday to receive input from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and AAPI-serving organizations on the best practices regarding cultural competency, language access and sensitivity toward Asian Americans and...[ Read More ]

The complicated politics of a federal “coverage gap” workaround

| Jul 14, 2021 | Federal

The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are pursuing a two-track legislative agenda for the second half of 2021, although political considerations and a crowded calendar may force a merger. The first bill is supposed to consummate an agreement among a bipartisan group of ten senators for more infrastructure spending....[ Read More ]

Physician practice acquisitions accelerated during the pandemic, study finds

| Jun 30, 2021 | Federal

Physician acquisitions have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to information from the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI). The latest data shows by January 2021, hospitals and other corporate entities owned close to half of all physician practices in the United States and employed close to 70% of all physicians in...[ Read More ]

An overview of Nevada’s new insurance law (SB 420)

| Jun 28, 2021 | Federal

Earlier this month, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed into law SB 420, which sets the stage for the introduction of new state-directed insurance offerings in the individual and small group markets. State officials are placing this effort in the “public option” column, and what eventually emerges might validate the label....[ Read More ]

U.S. life expectancy nearly 5 years lower than other developed nations

| Jun 25, 2021 | Federal

A new study published in the BMJ sheds light on life expectancy in the U.S. and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Between 2018 and 2020 the average life expectancy for people in the United States dropped by nearly 2 years, the biggest drop since 1943 during the second world...[ Read More ]

Three lessons from Vox’s story on physician mental health

| Jun 25, 2021 | Federal

In a 4,700-word piece titled “The doctors are not all right,” Vox Senior Health Correspondent Julia Belluz explores the structural barriers in place that make it difficult for doctors to access mental health care. The article highlights stories of physicians who have died by suicide, COVID-19’s impacts on physician mental...[ Read More ]

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