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FDA to Allow States to Import Drugs from Canada

September 28, 2020

Last week, the Trump administration finally released it’s final rule for lowering drug prices after teasing the rule for months. Under this rule, states are allowed to import drugs from Canada as long as it would save consumers money and won’t impose safety risks to the public. What Country Pays the Most for Prescription Drugs? …

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How Common Are Medical Billing Errors?

September 25, 2020

Medical bills in the U.S. can run 5, 6, and even 7-figures in certain instances. With that much money on the line, medical bills generated by providers and hospitals should be fairly accurate, right? Think again. Upwards of 80% of Medical Bills Contain Errors According to Pat Palmer, CEO and founder of Medical Billing Advocates …

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Pros and Cons of Self-Funded Health Insurance

September 25, 2020

With a majority of U.S workers receiving their medical benefits from self-funded healthcare plans and a significant portion of U.S. employers self-funding, groups may be wondering if self-funding is right for them. There’s no solid yes or no answer to this question, as the answer depends on each company’s unique situation and characteristics. Let’s look …

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What Does It Mean For a Group To Be Self-Insured?

September 24, 2020

A majority of U.S. employees are covered by self-funded healthcare plans. What does that mean for those companies who self-fund their medical benefits? Self-Funding vs. Fully Insured Traditional health insurance, known as fully-insured, is purchased from a health insurance carrier, who sets a certain premium for the plans made available to employees. The carrier administers …

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A Med School Student Created a Guide for Diagnosing Conditions on Dark Skin

September 16, 2020

(Image: Cover of “Mind the Gap: A Handbook of Clinical Signs in Black and Brown Skin”)   Medical students should be trained to correctly diagnose the symptoms of common conditions and diseases, then deliver the appropriate care. Sounds straightforward, right? Not for Malone Mukwende, who didn’t find examples of dark skin in his textbooks and …

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Bill Heads to Newsom

September 8, 2020

The California legislature sent a bill to Gavin Newsom’s desk last week that would grant nurse practitioners the ability to practice without doctor supervision, albeit with some concessions to the doctor’s lobby in the state. Currently, nurse practitioners can practice and see patients in California only if they have a written agreement with an overseeing …

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