What health plans need to know about QHPs now that the ACA is here to stay

Providing qualified health plans, or QHPs, that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act has become an integral part of many health plan offerings. Now that numerous repeal calls and legal challenges brought against the ACA over the years have failed, health plans can finally invest confidently in this business. As health care costs … Read more

Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

Point32Health taps Inclusive Health for LGBTQ+ care

Traditionally offering virtual care and navigation services to employers, Included Health is now moving into the health plan space. It is teaming up with Point32Health to serve its commercial members in the LGBTQ+ community, companies announced Wednesday. Based in San Francisco Health included gives patients access to virtual and in-person urgent care, primary care, behavioral … Read more

CDC identifies possible safety issue with Pfizer’s updated Covid-19 vaccine, but says people should still be boosted

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that there is a possible safety issue with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech, but that it is unlikely to pose a real risk. The agency said it continues to recommend people stay up to date with their Covid-19 … Read more

From JPM Week: Trends life science experts are watching in 2023

A panel composed primarily of biopharmaceutical experts discusses the trends sure to shape the life sciences industry this year and beyond. The panel was hosted by management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group on Tuesday in San Francisco. Here are some key takeaways: The slow pace of rapid changeOne theme that has emerged — and perhaps … Read more

The importance of quality assurance for customer-centric medical technology

Customers are at the center of business, and in the field of medical technology, quality assurance reigns supreme. Quality assurance looks at a company’s services or products to make sure everything is working efficiently and meets what is desired and mandated by the industry. When this process is streamlined, quality assurance provides significant benefit to … Read more

Health access and equity: Women’s health and technology hold the keys

Although the quality of US health care and patient outcomes has generally improved over time, access to care—and therefore positive patient outcomes—is not equitable for all people. Overall, one in 10 Americans lacks health insurance, the result of a system that is breaking under the weight of high costs and increasing complexity. Diabetes rates are … Read more

A travel health record can improve patient outcomes and alleviate health problems during travel

New data reveals that 28% of Americans have gotten sick or injured while on vacation. Getting sick and injured are among the worst travel scenarios because, in addition to ruining our plans, we’re away from our medical team and possibly from the comfort of family, friends, or colleagues who might be able to help. If … Read more

Health equity and the push for value-based care

Social, economic and geographic disadvantages create significant health disparities, such as lower quality of care and poorer health outcomes. To help improve these issues, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model under the new name Accountable Care Organization Model for Equity, Access, and Community Health (or … Read more