Money Changes Everything Health Wonk Review & other noteworthy news

February 12th, 2016 by Julie Ferguson

It’s Health Wonk Review week and Steve Anderson brings us the latest edition at blog – if you are expecting a Valentine’s Day hearts and flowers edition, think again: Steve says this week, it’s all about the money: Money Changes Everything Edition of Health Wonk Review. It’s got everything from the rich getting richer to the Super Bowl of Drugs. And don’t miss a great analysis from Charles Gaba on how close can we get to zero percent uninsured.

Other noteworthy news

Hartwig to Leave I.I.I. for University of South Carolina Faculty Post
Many thanks to Bob for his thought leadership and tireless work in our industry over the years. We wish him well in his new endeavors!

A mass murderer brought to justice
At Managed Care Matters, Joe Paduda writes about the California doctor – Dr Lisa Tseng – convicted of second-degree murder was just sentenced to 30 years-to-life in prison for overprescribing opioids that resulted in the deaths of 3 “patients.”

A New Approach to Opioids From FDA?
At Evidence Based blog, Michael Gavin talks about how three physician leaders at the FDA recently published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggests a new approach to how FDA should deal with opioids as a medication class.

How Automation Will Whack Up to 25% of Insurance Jobs
Update that resume – a new report from McKinsey & Co. says that up to 25 percent of the insurance industry’s current full-time positions will be consolidated or replaced over the next decade: “… sales agents are among the most vulnerable to having at least 30 percent of their tasks automated. “

Continued Controversy: Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Comp
Kevin Glennon, WorkCompWire

Study Finds No Harm In Allowing Surgeons-In-Training To Work Longer Shifts
Jordan Rau, KHN News

Texas pharmacy regulators have new law to scrutinize financial ties to doctors
Kevin Kruase, Dallas News

The top 10 mistakes employers keep repeating
Jon Hyman, Ohio Employer’s Law Blog

Workers’ and Feces and Bombs, Oh My! What’s a Guy Got to do to Get Fired Around Here??
Bob Wilson, Bob’s Cluttered Desk

Knowing when and how to fire someone
HR Web Cafe

Achoo!! No paid sick leave for 91% of Arkansas poultry workers
Celeste Monforton, The Pump Handle

The Impact of Health Illiteracy On Patient Outcomes
Paradigm Outcomes

Techniques ED nurses employ to combat violence at work
Karen Schmidt,

Six Tips to Prevent Slips on the Loading Dock
Mary Blaser, EHS Today

Snow Shoveling 101: Best shovels, best techniques
Insure Info Blog