Perspectives: Insurance should not decide what an emergency is; Vaccines have never been political
The editorialists speak out on these different public health topics.
Stat: Who judges what is “necessary” in emergency care?
Last month, I rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency care after experiencing pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding. Because I had a history of complications from ovarian cysts, my doctor recommended that I go directly to the emergency room. While waiting to be seen, I read a news article that my insurer, UnitedHealthcare, was considering a new policy that would deny payment for emergency room visits that it retrospectively deemed “unnecessary.” (Laura Specker Sullivan, 8/5)
The Baltimore Sun: Almost 80 Years of Vaccines and All Was Non-partisan – Until Now. A personal story
In the late 1980s, on a school day in early March at Pikesville High School in Baltimore County, classes were suspended for a day. The whole student body was sent to the gymnasium and lined up. A student at the school had just returned from a trip abroad and had contracted measles. The health ministry acted quickly to stave off an epidemic by deciding on mass vaccination of the entire student body. I was a math teacher in Pikesville at the time and was stationed in the gym to help advance the lines and facilitate the process. Health professionals set up a series of immunization tables and, without incident, the approximately 1,000 students were immunized quickly and effectively. All of this was done with a minimum of political turmoil. (Iver Mindel, 8/4)
Los Angeles Times: State lawmakers attempt to improve patient safety
The state’s physician lobby group is making its way through the state legislature this year, overturning two bills aimed at improving patient safety. Unless lawmakers suddenly change course, they are willing to take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade the state council that disciplines bad doctors, and they will reject a proposal to force doctors to disclose conflicts. potential interests to the people they deal with. At issue, a Senate bill (SB 806) to re-authorize the Medical Board of California, the agency responsible for licensing physicians, and an Assembly bill (AB 1278) requiring that physicians directly disclose to patients what they are paid for per drug. and medical device companies. (8/4)
Modern healthcare: the transformative power of public-private partnerships
As we look back to 2020, without a doubt a definitive period in our history, perhaps one of our biggest lessons will be the near-miraculous power of partnerships and collaboration. When we mobilized the world’s greatest scientific minds from academia and business and linked them with the financial support and influence of the most powerful governments, we have advanced light years in vaccine research, viral treatments and diagnostics. (Dr Bill Frist, 8/2)
Bloomberg: vaccine giant Sanofi bets on mRNA with the purchase of Translate Bio
Sanofi is one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers, with billions in reliable annual sales coming from the company. With its takeover of Translate Bio Inc. for $ 3.2 billion, announced on Tuesday, the company is co-opting a possible disruptor. Translate focuses on messenger RNA, the promising new approach behind the highly successful Covid vaccines from Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc. Sanofi first partnered with Translate to explore mRNA vaccines in 2018, then extended the partnership last year to work on a Covid vaccine. Now he’s making a bigger bet on the biotech startup. This is further validation of the potential of mRNA vaccines, and while uncertainty remains, this agreement helps Sanofi prepare for the future at a reasonable price. (Max Nisen, 8/3)
The New York Times: Having a child with cancer is hard enough. It shouldn’t overwhelm families financially
My little girl was diagnosed with brain cancer almost a year ago. She suffered several surgeries and horrific side effects from her chemotherapy, which ultimately claimed her life on Christmas Eve. And yet, my family was one of the lucky ones. We had a lot of savings and excellent health insurance. Our employers mostly continued to pay us. Although the total bill for his four-month battle was $ 1.8 million, the insurance covered most of our hospital bills. (Andrew Kaczynski, 8/5)
Modern healthcare: keeping the healthcare industry connected
Over the past 45 years, Modern Healthcare has seen this dynamic industry transform. First, leaders have responded to the driving forces of consumerism and costs. Then last year the industry transformed again in response to a global crisis. In 1976, Modern Hospitals became Modern Healthcare: the go-to for up-to-date, comprehensive and unbiased information about the industry. Our newsroom reported on important milestones in healthcare. Our reporters analyzed how policies like the Affordable Care Act have changed your operations or how emerging trends like digital health have pushed care outside of the hospital. (Fawn Lopez, 8/2)
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