Newsom signs bill protecting transgender youth fleeing red state laws

Sacramento – Once again declared a haven from discriminatory policies in conservative states, Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed off on a bill aimed at protecting transgender youth and their families from the ban on gender affirming sponsorship. Senate Bill 107 by State Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) provides a set of safeguards intended to … Read more

Mass healthcare costs. Heading into unbearable

health Health care spending is down for the first time in years in 2020, thanks to people putting off care during the pandemic. But now costs are expected to rise again. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Josh Reynolds/The Washington Post For the first time in years, health care spending in Massachusetts has fallen in 2020. … Read more

Mind Springs faces more scrutiny that CEO says baseless Western Colorado

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Spotlight on Antitrust Experts: Gautam Gowrisankaran

Gautam Gowrisankaran researches critical antitrust and competition issues, with applications in healthcare, energy, and high-tech goods, among other sectors. Professor Gorisankaran has particular expertise in analyzing highly regulated industries that exhibit rapid technological change, as well as markets where prices are negotiated. His research has been influential because he has pioneered ways to help answer … Read more

Clean Up Others’ Mess: A Roundup

Einglish Tuesday San Francisco Police Department On the reform partnership with US Department of Justice It was the first of three sessions on Tuesday. SFPD chief Bill Scott Staff reported only incremental progress on achieving reform goals since last spring, including revised analysis, policies, and training to remove implicit bias from policing. This led to … Read more

How to repair trust in health care

The epidemic may not be to blame Because Americans don’t believe in medicine. Trust in the medical health system has fallen sharply this year: In 2022, only 38 percent of Americans said they trusted the system, down from 44 percent in 2021, According to a Gallup poll. This appears to confirm the conventional wisdom that … Read more

The power of politics to change the migraine care landscape – EURACTIV.com

At the recent Migraine Trust International Symposium, the world’s oldest medical conference on headache, advocates came together to call for improved policies for migraine sufferers.[1] Migraine continues to be a major public health problem across Europe. Despite recent therapeutic advances, people with migraines are left to navigate a fragmented care pathway.[2] As a result, this … Read more

University of Michigan Health-West CFO Chris Kurtz discusses the final rule for the IPPS

Kurtz says the inflation has been “devastating, to say the least” for the hospital. On August 1, CMS announced its Prospective Inpatient Payment System (IPPS) rule for 2023, which increased the hospital’s reimbursement rate by 4.3%, for a total of $2.6 billion for the following fiscal year. To get a better understanding of what this … Read more

Prior permission fix can come

Health groups say requests for permission are delaying patient care and putting more pressure on overworked staff. Advocates say a bill to renew the Medicare Advantage plans process would help millions. Doctors and other health care advocates have criticized the pre-licensing process for years, but some see an opportunity for reform. Congressional lawmakers are pushing … Read more

6 Worker Comp Issues Shaping the Regulatory Landscape Across the United States: Risk and Insurance

The ongoing effects of COVID-19, cannabis legalization and medical cost containment are among the major regulatory and legislative issues that states across the country are grappling with, according to the NCCI. The ongoing effects of COVID-19 in the workplace, legalization of cannabis and medical cost containment are a few of the major issues states across … Read more