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1 in 4 Americans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP – a program that insures low-income kids

More than 91% of the country has health insurance now. The Good Brigade/DigitalVision via Getty Images ~~~~~~ CC BY-ND ~~~~~~~ As of July 2021, a total of 83.6 million Americans were insured through either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. That’s almost 1 in 4 Americans, with 76.7 million insured through Medicaid and 6.9 million through CHIP. Both public health insurance...

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Senior driving safety: when is it time to put down the keys?

Older individuals often find themselves dealing with more health issues, including physical and mental ones, which may prevent them from driving to the best of their ability. Health issues may range from stiff joints and aching muscles to slower reflexes and symptoms of dementia. These ailments might be a natural part of aging and somewhat expected, but they can also make driving more of a...

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DOJ recovers $5.6B in FCA Settlements/Judgments

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced it had taken in more than $5.6 billion in False Claims Act (FCA) settlements and judgments in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2021. That’s the second largest annual total in the history of the FCA and the largest in seven years. In FY 2020, DOJ’s recoveries only totaled $2.2 billion. Healthcare fraud once again was the number one source...

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Bascom Palmer Celebrates 60th Anniversary

On January 21, 1962, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, officially opened its doors as the first center in the southeastern United States devoted exclusively to the study and treatment of the eye. From its humble beginning with two faculty members, Bascom Palmer has grown steadily for six decades, becoming a global leader...

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EVV for Behavior Analysis to be Suspended

The Florida Medicaid program has announced that Electronic Visit Verification for Behavior Analysis Services (EVV) will be suspended effective February 5. This announcement comes following a Nov. 10, 2021 provider alert announcing that the Agency for Healthcare Administration will transition to the American Medical Association (AMA) Behavior Analysis Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code...

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During a COVID-19 surge, ‘crisis standards of care’ involve excruciating choices and impossible ethical decisions for hospital staff

Amid the latest surge of COVID-19 cases, health care workers yet again are having to make difficult triage decisions in caring for patients. Morsa Images/E+ via Getty Images ~~~~~~~~~ The Conversation is running a series of dispatches from clinicians and researchers operating on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find all of the stories here. As the omicron variant brings a new...

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