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Michael Goldberg | Jul 6, 2020 | Federal

FAIR Health releases study of revenue and utilization during COVID-19

Emily Boerger | Jun 11, 2020 | Federal

National nonprofit FAIR Health released its latest COVID-19 study, evaluating changes in utilization and revenue during the pandemic. The study uses FAIR Health’s database of over 31 billion private health care claims to analyze changes in utilization and estimated in-network reimbursement amounts in January – April of 2020 compared to...[ Read More ]

States most at risk for poor mental health conditions during COVID-19 

Michael Goldberg | Jun 2, 2020 | Federal

A new PSYDPrograms study shows that Oregon, Utah, and Washington are among the top five states with the highest risk of deleterious mental health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The study is based on 2020 data from Mental Health America measuring anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts via surveys...[ Read More ]

The lessons of Robert Kennedy’s moral leadership on race relations

| Jun 2, 2020 | Federal

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who...[ Read More ]

Robert Kennedy speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King

| Jun 2, 2020 | Federal

This is one of the most important speeches on US race relations in the modern era. I would encourage you to listen to the audio here. I put the speech in context of its time here. Featured image courtesy of the Indianapolis Star. ------------------------- I have bad news for you,...[ Read More ]

Post-pandemic federal debt may threaten health programs

| Jun 1, 2020 | Federal

When times are tough, as they surely are now, enthusiasm for good news sometimes gets tempered by concerns of what might follow. And so it is with the federal government’s legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic. House and Senate leaders set aside their political differences and passed a series of...[ Read More ]

Combined testing costs for nursing homes & assisted living communities: $672 million nationwide

Michael Goldberg | May 29, 2020 | Federal

According to a recent estimate by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the combined cost for COVID-19 testing of every resident and staff of assisted living communities and nursing homes would be approximately $672 million nationwide.     Broken down separately, testing all residents...[ Read More ]

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