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Hospitals Aim To Bolster Communities’ Overall Health To Help Address Socio-Economic, Racial Inequities

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Health systems are trying innovative ways–like building a warehouse distribution facility and committing to hiring marginalized workers–to improve overall health outcomes. The push is part of a larger trend for health systems to tackle problems beyond just treating patients. In other hospital news: price transparency, co-ops, mental health care, a $1.8 billion settlement, and more.

Frustrated With Cumbersome, Clunky Diabetes Devices, Patients Are Turning To DIY Technology

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Many feel like the tools available on the market weren’t built by people actually living with the disease, and so those with technology experience are taking matters into their own hands. In other health and technology news: virtual reality, the data Catch-22, prosthetics, cyberattacks, and Apple’s push into the health industry.

Democratic Voters In Iowa Worry About ‘The Little Guys’ Whose Jobs Might Be Affected By ‘Medicare For All’

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Although much of the rhetoric around “Medicare for All” focuses on taking aim at industry giants like hospitals, drugmakers and insurers, some voters in states like Iowa worry about how such a major change would affect their neighbors and friends who simply work in the field. In other news from the election trail: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) goes after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s health plan; Andrew Yang reveals proposals on prescription drug prices and care for adults with disabilities and prescription; and more.

Despite Likely Dip In Enrollment Numbers, Health Law Marketplaces Showing Resiliency Amid Political Bickering

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The normal open enrollment season wrapped up on Sunday, and experts are expecting the numbers to fall short of last year’s total. But fears of a marketplace collapse are nowhere to be found. “There’s definitely been some erosion, but perhaps not the cratering that some predicted back when the Trump administration announced some of their policy changes affect the ACA,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor. In other health law news: advocates call for an extension because of website glitches; a federal appeals court decision is poised to drop any day now; what would happen if the ACA went away; and more.

Whistleblower Investigation Finds Veterans Are Being Sent To Collection Agencies Because Of Deeply Flawed System

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The errors highlight persistent issues at the VA, including failures to update antiquated computer systems and the confusion and lack of accountability that has come from an increase in the use of private health care among veterans. News from the administration also focuses on public housing, medical care for immigrants and deferred deportations.

Former NFL Players Charged In $3.4M Scheme Defrauding League Health Care Program

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The players allegedly submitted false claims to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan for reimbursement for medical equipment costing between $40,000 and $50,000. Players who filed the fraudulent claims on behalf of others received “payment of kickbacks and bribes” of up to $10,000 for each false claim.

Inspector General’s Report Raises Red Flags Over Billions In Medicare Advantage Payments To Private Insurers

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An Inspector General report suggests that private insurers are combing through patients’ files and adding on conditions like diabetes to make the patient looks sicker than they were to get more money from the government. A spokeswoman for America’s Health Insurance Plans said the report is based on a type of data with well-documented challenges, and noted that the watchdog didn’t review medical records for the analysis.