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The waning days of summer Health Wonk Review

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

 

Through vacations, heat waves, and days on the beach, our health policy wonks are still on the job. As we eke out the remaining days of summer and slouch toward the interim election, they continue their relentless focus on opining about the issues of the day. Check our August edition entries.

  • First up, Joe Paduda unpacks the generic term to uncover the varied approaches to universal coverage currently operating at far lower cost and far better outcomes than our “multi-payer” “system” in his post What exactly is single payer at Managed Care Matters.
  • Louise Norris tells us that the Trump administration has finalized rules that will make it easier for many Americans to buy short-term health insurance plans that may be less expensive – but aren’t as comprehensive as ACA-compliant plans. She explains the rules and how they’ll affect consumers in her post at healthInsurance.org Blog: ‘So long’ to limits on short-term plans.
  • At InsureBlog, Patrick Paule puts paid to the notion that Medicare4All is any great deal or panacea. he makes his case in his post On BernieCare.
  • What’s worse than needing help with gait, mobility and balance? Being told you need a walker. No wonder, when the typical walker basically screams “frail elderly,” and is difficult to use as well. At Health Business Blog, David Williams talks with neurologist Patricia Kavanagh about how she teamed up with a design and production team to a modern device that is more functional and stylish in an effort to get her patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders to use a walker.
  • Vincent Grippi pf the CareCentrix’s Homefront Blog submits this month’s episode of #CareTalk, in which David Williams (Health Business Group) and John Driscoll (CareCentrix) discuss Trump’s fight with Pfizer over drug pricing, and more.

 

Next issue: September 20 – Andrew Sprung – xpostfactoid

 

Summertime reading: Fresh Health Wonk Review & news on our radar

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Catch up with he latest news and thinking on health care policy issues – Peggy Salvatore has a fresh Health Wonk Review July 2018: Summer’s Coming Around Again edition posted at Health System Ed blog. Topics range from opioids and Purdue Pharma to high deductible plans and the cost of end-of-life care – grab a coffee and check it out!

A few other recent news items on our radar:

NCCI has issued a new a new Insights report on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Workers Compensation. Several states are currently exploring the issue of PTSD injury compensation – it comes up frequently for police, firefighters and other first responders.
Speaking of trauma, if PTSD is on your radar, the New York Times reviews various books on how people recover from trauma, including one by Elizabeth Smart. See Adversity Needn’t Thwart or Define You. Here’s How to Cope.

Work comp drug costs have dropped by over a billion dollars over the last eight years, largely driven by sharply lower opioid utilization. Learn more about this in the 15th annual Survey of Prescription Drug Management in Workers’ Comp via Joe Paduda, CompPharma.

A new Lockton study says that nearly 70% of denied workers’ comp claims are converted and those claims can cost up to 50% more.

Top causes of high-dollar workers’ comp claims. Safety National recently completed a review of its largest workers’ comp claims and uncovered certain trends employers should be aware of.

WCRI Study Compares Hospital Outpatient Payments Across 35 States

Florida’ Supreme Court in Workers’ Compensation – David Langham

12 fast-rising technologies to get ready for

Trump’s trade war has started. Who’s been helped and who’s been hurt?

The U.S. labor shortage is reaching a critical point

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle For Workplace Safety: Short Stuff – Jordan Barab

Cyber-Risk Costs Resist Overall Trend – Businesses’ total cost of risk declined in 2017, but cyber insurance rose 33%.

Cancer prevalence among flight attendants compared to the general population

Who Will Be Sued When A Robot Causes Harm?

Bezos, Buffett, Dimon Name Dr. Atul Gawande CEO of New Healthcare Company

One Man and a Hand Truck

Fentanyls and the Safety of First Responders: Science and Recommendations

Your monthly dose of health wonkery

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Despite vacations, graduations, weddings and all the usual seasonal distractions, the Health Wonks are on the job. The June compendium of health policy news is freshly posted by long-time wonk Hank Stern at InsureBlog — and speaking of weddings, he’s posted A Midsummer Night’s Health Wonk Review. There are many great entries from the usual suspects so grab a coffee and check it out.

Fresh Health Wonk Review; plus, a RIMS wrap-up

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

It’s Health Wonk Review week for April.

Louis Norris has posted the Spring Is Here! Health Wonk Review edition at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Not sure how the weather is in Colorado, but Spring has decidedly not yet sprung in Massachusetts, where snow is falling outside the window at this very moment. But wherever you are, don’t let the weather interfere with your perusal of this month’s edition, which has some great posts. Please do not overlook Louise’s submission, which she tucks in at the tail end of her post. She’s compiled a post that is well worth a bookmark for future reference: a guide to Medicaid in each state, including a summary of states to watch this year in terms of Medicaid expansion, work requirements, and other changes.

In other news…recapping RIMS

We weren’t at the 2018 RIMS in San Antonio this past week and sorely missed meeting the San Antonio therapy animals, which were apparently a big hit.

We’ve been following along with some great reports. Here are a few things that caught our eye:

Right from the source, you can follow the day-by-day action from the RIMS Daily:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Safety National’s Conference Chronicles also has many helpful session and event write-ups – there are about 20 entries, so you can get a sampling of some of the latest issues.

RIMS Bestows Top Industry Honors and Awards

Risk Manager of the Year: Q&A with Rebecca Cady

A.M. BestTV at RIMS: Data and Analytics Leaders Reveal Their Biggest Challenge: Show Me the ROI

Technology Is Outpacing Risk Management: Marsh-RIMS Report

5 Trends to Watch in Construction Technology

Crucial Cyber Peril Defense and Coverage Considerations

Ideas of March Health Wonk Review

Friday, March 16th, 2018

The March edition of Health Wonk Review is out, and it’s a good one — David Williams has posted the Ideas of March edition of Health Wonk Review.

Health Wonk Review: Ideas of March Edition

We encourage policy wonk fans to take the time to watch the #CareTalk podcast co-hosted by this week’s David Williams (Health Business Group) and John Driscoll (CareCentrix) – among the topics, what the partnership between Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway will mean for healthcare.

Going for the gold: An Olympic edition of Health Wonk Review

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Steve Anderson has posted the Health Wonk Review for February 15, 2018: Going for the Gold Edition at HealthInsurance.org blog. It’s an entertaining and wide-ranging smorgasbord of health policy topics of the day.

Here are a few of the topics d’jour:

  • Amazon/Bershire Hathaway/PMorgan’s foray into healthcare
  • Unexpected ER bills
  • CMS attack on freedom of the press
  • Predictions about Alex Azar, newly appointed HHS Secretary
  • The ACA
  • Peruvian healthcare
  • A different kind of hospital coverage
  • A recap of Health Action 2018, Families USA’s annual meet for healthcare activists.

If you aren’t familiar with healthinsurance.org, you should be. Check out the impressive roster of contributing authors and the excellent state health guides.

And just a heads up: In 2018, Health Wonks are on a once-per month schedule so catch this issue – you won’t have a chance for more wonkery until March.

Check out 2018’s first Health Wonk Review at Paduda’s place

Friday, January 19th, 2018

The wonks are back with posts on the ACA, prescription drug costs, workers comp – all the topics and themes you missed over the holiday. Click on over to Joe Paduda’s Managed Care Matters to catch up at his post Ring in the New year with the latest and greatest …

Stop by for the health wonkery and stay for the informed commentary and analysis on Joe’s other blog posts. If you are extraterrestrial and therefore unfamiliar with Joe’s blog, remedy that today!

A look back, a look ahead

Friday, January 12th, 2018

2017 work comp recap, 2018 ook ahead

We thought we’d get a drone’s eye view of the work comp landscape and related matters with a retrospective of the 2017 goings on and a look ahead at predictions and trends for 2018.

Work Comp Wire: Leaders Speak: 2017 Year in Review, Part One and Part Two

Business Insurance: Most read workers comp stories in 2017

Business Insurance: Court rulings challenge workers comp sector in 2017

Risk Management: Year in Risk 2017

Insurance Information Institute: Global insured catastrophe losses could reach record in 2017

Insurance Journal: Top Insurance Journal National Stories of 2017

Insurance Insights: 2017 Recap – A Look Back at the Insurance Market

Joe Paduda: How’d I do on my 2017 workers’ comp predictions?

Evil HR Lady: The 2017 Employment Law Year in Review

Fistful of Talent: Events From 2017 That Will Make a Lasting Impact in the Workplace

MedRisk: 2017 Industry Trends Report

Business Insurance: Most read Off Beat stories in 2017

Insurance Thought Leadership: Insurtech: The Year in Review

Insurance Journal: 2017 ‘One of Worst’ for U.S. Weather with 15 Events Costing $1 Billion or More

PropertyCasualty360: 6 ways cybersecurity changed in 2017

Gizmodo: The Great Data Breach Disasters of 2017

Gallup News: The Best Workplace Articles of 2017

Fortune: 34 Business Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

USA Today: Year in review: The 50 stories from 50 states that moved us in 2017

The Atlantic: 2017 in Photos: How the First Months Unfolded, Part 2 and Part 3

Google: Year in Search – 2017

A look ahead at what’s in the cards for 2018

Joe Paduda: Predictions for work comp 2018 part 1 and 2018 part 2

Willis Towers Watson: Marketplace Realities 2018: Workers compensation

Marsh: Webcast: Workers’ Compensation: Looking Ahead to 2018

Sedgwick identifies risk and benefits industry trends to watch in 2018 (PDF)

Sedgwick: Navigating 2018 (PDF)

Think Advisor: 5 Big Questions About Health Insurance for 2018

Bloomberg: Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2018

Claims Journal: Tips on Setting Claims Goals for 2018

Gallup News: Are You Ready to Respond to 2018’s Biggest Healthcare Trends?

Littler: Ready or Not, Here It Comes! 2018 Brings New Labor & Employment Laws, Primarily at the State Level

Forbes: 10 Workplace Trends You’ll See In 2018

CNN: Here’s where the minimum wage is going up in 2018

HR Daily Advisor: 2018 Trends to Watch: 6 Trends That Will Impact Employers

Forbes: 3 pitfalls to enterprise risk management in 2018

Insurance Though Leadership: 2018 Predictions on Cybersecurity

Health Wonk Review and a tribute to our veterans

Friday, November 10th, 2017

At Healthcare Economist, Jason Shafrin has posted the latest compendium of posts from the health policy bloggers: Health Wonk Review: Quote-of-the-day Edition. He frames each submission with a pithy quote. While the overall shape and politics of the healthcare debate are still a primary theme of posts, there are other entries, including two videos. Grab a coffee and catch up on the latest thinking from the wonks.

This weekend, we pay tribute to our veterans and thank them for their service and sacrifice. We end with this advice: How to honor veterans: Hire one!

Fresh Health Wonk Review, Disaster Edition

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Check out the latest Health Wonk Review: Disaster edition freshly posted by David Williams at Health Business Blog. David is a long-time HWR host and his business blog is a strong and authoritative voice in the health business sector – if he isn’t on your regular reading list, you should change that!

Just a few other quick updates:

A quick shout-out to esteemed colleague Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters who is running for office in his home area of Onondoga County, New York. November 7 is pretty quick upon us. You can find out more at Paduda for Progress – if you are on Facebook, you can show him some love there ;-)

Because we’ve written about him quite a bit in the past, we didn’t want to miss this update on Don Blankenship of the Massey Coal Mining disaster infamy:  Supreme Court lets criminal conviction stand against coal executive Blankenship

Another issue we’ve posted about previously is the death of cell tower workers. We were interested to see that Washington state recently adopted tower safety worker rules – the third state in the nation to do so.

“North Carolina and Michigan also have telecommunication safety rules, but federal OSHA does not have comparable, specific regulations relating to communication tower work, according to L&I. “We hope our rules can serve as a model for other states to quickly stop these fully preventable worker fatalities,” Soiza said.”