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Using Technology to Improve Rural Health Care

“These initiatives and others have helped Sanford Health improve and become a model system for rural health” reports hbr.org. Sanford Health, one of the largest rural health care delivery systems, has leveraged an array of technologies to provide high-value care to a population of around 2 million, dispersed across over 300,000 square miles in the Dakotas.Providing rural health care presents unique challenges.Providing health care in rural regions presents unique challenges. Source: hbr.org Share This:

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President Trump gives more mixed signals in bipartisan health deal

“The accord has been hailed by Democrats and some Republicans who say the payments must be continued to avoid roiling health insurance marketplaces” writes Alan Fram for sun-sentinel.com. President Donald Trump sent more perplexing signals Wednesday about whether he backs a bipartisan Senate deal for steadying health insurance markets, saying he backs lawmakers’ efforts to strike that compromise but “can never support” federal bailouts for insurers.”I’m going to review it,” Alexander said in a brief interview with The Associated Press, describing what Trump said about the deal.Patty Murray, D-Wash., reached…

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Are the Health Plans Trump Promoted Any Good?

“It encouraged federal agencies to make new rules regarding some relatively obscure types of insurance plans: short-term plans and association plans” writes Olga Khazan for theatlantic.com. In essence, people could start to use these short-term plans as their actual health insurance.Then I went to agilehealthinsurance.com, which sells short-term health plans. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Why a bipartisan deal to prop up Obamacare may be over before it has begun

“A bipartisan deal in Congress to prop up Obamacare may be over before it has even begun” reports washingtonpost.com. Basically, until Trump and Republicans see a political benefit to propping up Obamacare, this bipartisan deal will likely have very little that’s bipartisan about it.Republicans in Congress want to repeal Obamacare, not prop up the individual insurance markets created by the law. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Trump appears to back further away from bipartisan health-care push

“The compromise would authorize payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage in exchange for granting states greater flexibility to regulate health coverage under the Affordable Care Act” reports washingtonpost.com. President Trump appeared to distance himself further from a bipartisan Senate health-care effort Wednesday, warning against “bailing out” insurance companies. “I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also of the process, but I can never support bailing out ins co’s who have made a fortune w/ O’Care,” Trump wrote on Twitter.The framework would also…

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Senate health care deal in doubt as Trump says he’s opposed

“A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception” reports foxbusiness.com. Under the lawmakers’ agreement, the payments would continue for two years while states were given more leeway to let insurers sidestep some coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama’s health care law. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Trump just made a huge move that could blow up Obamacare

“Some health-policy experts have said that without the payments, the individual insurance exchanges could be devastated as insurers leave and premiums skyrocket” writes Bob Bryan for businessinsider.sg. After multiple failures by Republicans to pass legislation to overhaul the US healthcare system, Trump has pursued measures to undermine the stability of the ACA, the landmark healthcare law also known as Obamacare.The Trump administration has kicked the can down the road on the appeal and appropriated the payments on a monthly basis, attempting to use them as leverage in multiple negotiations with…

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Apple’s interest in healthcare could bear fruit

“Crossover Health operates on-site health and wellness centers for self-insured employers (Apple is a Crossover Health customer), while One Medical operates primary care facilities” writes Evan Niu for businessinsider.com. It seems that Apple’s main goal in such a possible move would be in bolstering its health data collection capabilities.It’s pretty clear that Apple’s ambitions around improving people’s health are only growing.Investors haven’t seen the end of Apple’s health-related ambitions, not by a long shot. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Flight of EU workers leaves care sector with more vacancies

“Like social care, health and medicine has been affected by the flight of EU nationals, it said” writes Rhiannon Bury for telegraph.co.uk. The firm suggested that this was due to both the sector, which already employs 1.5 million workers, expanding, and a number of EU workers leaving the country.Adverts for jobs in the social care sector have leapt by 64pc since last year, according to recruitment site Reed, as the industry expands and the number of workers from the European Union decreases. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Insurance rates could rise 9 to 27 percent for some ACA customers, Washington state officials say

“Tens of thousands of Washingtonians buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will pay higher rates unless Congress acts, the Washington state insurance commissioner said Tuesday” writes Ryan Blethen for seattletimes.com. Under the ACA, insurance companies have to provide the subsides to consumers regardless of whether Congress funds the cost-sharing reimbursements.Not allowing the higher rates would cause further instability in our market,” Kreidler said in a statement.Washington state’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner is allowing insurers to charge higher rates to some plans in the Washington Health Benefit Exchange…

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