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Nurses condemn California Assembly committee for failing to pass CalCare

PRESS RELEASE Nurses condemn California Assembly committee for failing to pass CalCare California Nurses Association May 16, 2024 Despite lawmakers blocking A.B. 2200, nurses will not give up until CalCare guarantees health care as a human right in California. Sacramento, CA – California Nurses Association members condemned the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee for capitulating […]

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A tribe in Maine is using opioid settlement funds on a sweat lodge to treat addiction [NPR]

A tribe in Maine is using opioid settlement funds on a sweat lodge to treat addiction By Aneri Pattani, Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez May 12, 2024   PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Outside the Mi’kmaq Nation’s health department sits a dome-shaped tent, built by hand from saplings and covered in black canvas. It’s one of several sweat

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Stranded in the ER, Seniors Await Hospital Care and Suffer Avoidable Harm [KFF]

Stranded in the ER, Seniors Await Hospital Care and Suffer Avoidable Harm By Judith Graham MAY 6, 2024   Every day, the scene plays out in hospitals across America: Older men and women lie on gurneys in emergency room corridors moaning or suffering silently as harried medical staff attend to crises.   Even when physicians

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A Doctor at Cigna Said Her Bosses Pressured Her to Review Patients’ Cases Too Quickly. Cigna Threatened to Fire Her. [ProPublica]

A Doctor at Cigna Said Her Bosses Pressured Her to Review Patients’ Cases Too Quickly. Cigna Threatened to Fire Her. by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum, and David Armstrong, ProPublica April 29, 2024   In late 2020, Dr. Debby Day said her bosses at Cigna gave her a stark warning. Work faster, or the company

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Doctors vs. hospitals: A bid to regulate hedge funds is dividing California medical groups [CalMatters]

Doctors vs. hospitals: A bid to regulate hedge funds is dividing California medical groups By Ryan Sabalow April 30, 2024; Updated May 1, 2024   The most influential players in the health industry are fighting over a controversial plan to let the attorney general block hedge funds and private equity firms from acquiring health care

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Dobbs Has Created a Health Care Apocalypse [Mother Jones]

Dobbs Has Created a Health Care Apocalypse By Abby Vesoulis May 10, 2024   Dr. Leilah Zahedi-Spung spent four years in medical school, four years in an OB-GYN residency, and three years in a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship learning how to care for high-risk pregnant patients. In her decade-plus of medical training, she learned that in

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Senator Scrutinizes Physician Staffing Firms and Their Private Equity Owners [MedPage Today]

Senator Scrutinizes Physician Staffing Firms and Their Private Equity Owners by Kristina Fiore, Director of Enterprise & Investigative Reporting, MedPage Today April 8, 2024   A Michigan senator has asked four emergency department staffing firms and the three private equity companies that own them for more information about their business practices following concerns raised by

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ACA Plans Are Being Switched Without Enrollees’ OK [KFF]

ACA Plans Are Being Switched Without Enrollees’ OK By Julie Appleby APRIL 2, 2024   Some consumers covered by Affordable Care Act insurance plans are being switched from one plan to another without their express permission, potentially leaving them unable to see their doctors or fill prescriptions. Some face large IRS bills for back taxes.

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Here’s Why Nurses Are Exiting Healthcare [MedPage Today]

Here’s Why Nurses Are Exiting Healthcare by Shannon Firth, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today April 9, 2024   While planned retirement topped the list of reasons for nurses leaving healthcare, failures by employers also played a role, according to a cross-sectional study that analyzed survey data.   Among nearly 7,900 nurses who left the healthcare field

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Yes, Congress Finally Funded Health Spending for 2024 [MedPage Today]

Yes, Congress Finally Funded Health Spending for 2024 by Joyce Frieden, Washington Editor, MedPage Today April 3, 2024   Something important for the world of healthcare happened very quietly a week and a half ago: President Biden signed the fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations bill for HHS into law.   Biden signed the $1.2 trillion

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