Are FDA Inspections of Overseas Production Facilities a Thing or Not?
With the outbreak of potentially deadly transmittable infections from the bacterium P. aeruginosa apparently sparked by contaminated eye drops manufactured in India, we once again confront how dependent we are on health items (including ones that can kill or blind you) produced overseas in largely unregulated manufacturing facilities. And what did the FDA find when they…
Hospital Consolidation and Patient Benefit or Harm
Sandra Alvarez has a distinct perspective on this. Listen here: https://heal-ca.org/how-hospital-consolidation-inflates-prices-and-hurts-patients/?fbclid=IwAR2f64mHUi8Snpyk6DdztifavIR_aYZUo1UCfhadArXVoaL83yebOun42cI
Rising Nursing Home Bankruptcies
Nursing Home Bankruptcies are apparently leading the way on healthcare bankruptcies. Is this correlated with private equity ownership of nursing homes? Anybody know? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Rebecca Blank’s Alternative Measure of Poverty
Rebecca Blank died in February. Perhaps her greatest legacy is the supplemental poverty measure she crafted, most remarkable for measuring some different things, including government benefit programs, when measuring poverty.
Over nearly three decades … Lilly has raised the list price on its most widely used insulin product, Humalog, by more than 1,000 percent, which is why I greet Lilly’s announcement of the $35 a month out of pocket cap for the commercially insured with both joy and sorrow. Is it, Lilly had a great…
The Great Unwinding:Medicaid’s Continuous Enrollment Provision Expires March 31, 2023
But each state must choose whether to implement 30, 60, or 90 day enrollment renewal and unwind accordingly. The Great Unwinding is complicated, to say the least.
Let the Co-Pays Commence
Once the COVID Public Health Emergency Ends (anticipating May 11, 2023), Americans will be fully exposed — once again — to the vagaries of pricing in our health care system as it applies to COVID-19 testing. All of the problems with a lack of transparency on pricing encapsulated in one question: How will I pay…
California State of Mind
Good to know what is not causing vote tally delays in California. Good to know.
Fixing the Family Glitch
The final regulation is out from HHS attempting to fix what is know as “the family glitch” and giving a further 200,000 Americans opportunity access subsidized health insurance coverage through the exchanges. If you think about, it is amazing it took so long from the Affordable Care Act’s inception and implementation to address the fallout…
The Significance of the End of the COVID Emergency
The political maneuvering around declaring COVID over and done is absolutely fascinating. But, today, I am interested in the official end of the declaration of public health emergency by the federal government. So much hinges on the termination date: HIPAA requirement waivers; nursing home staffing standards waivers, are two that loom large. Today, I learned…
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