Tag: Care

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Oscar Health bets on virtual primary care

The coronavirus pandemic has driven interest in telehealth among patients and physicians like never before. Oscar Health is betting that the appetite for virtual care is here to stay.

The New York-based health insurance startup said Thursday that it will offer individual and family plan members in certain states a new option to receive all primary care services virtually, beginning in 2021.

Just like at a brick-and-mortar primary care practice, members who choose the option will see the same care team during each virtual visit. Each primary care visit, as well as generic and low-cost brand name prescription drugs, labs, and diagnostic imaging orders and the first specialist visits will cost the member nothing out of pocket. The option will be offered on all of Oscar’s health plans in areas of California, Florida, New York and Texas.

“The idea is that members will develop long-term relationships with clinicians that get

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Health care price transparency bill can reduce costs and boost national economic recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic fallout have exposed America’s broken health care system once again. Countless patients are returning home from the hospital with no knowledge of the devastating medical bills awaiting them. And employers face new, COVID-induced health care costs at the same time their revenues have come under pressure.

To bring long-overdue financial certainty to health care consumers, we introduced the Healthcare PRICE Transparency Act in the Senate. This bill will finally bring real prices to health care by requiring hospitals and health insurers to publish their discounted cash prices and secret negotiated rates. No American should ever again face the anxiety of being blindfolded from prices, only to receive medical bills laden with confusing codes and outrageous charges in the mail weeks or months after treatment.

Under the status quo, where real prices are hidden, hospitals and insurers have carte blanche to raise prices on

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Posted in Personal

Here’s What Shoppers Will Care About Most

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After a difficult year, the holiday season will be a critical period for brands and retailers looking to recoup lost revenue. In order to see success, the 2020 Holiday Retail Report from Klarna says that companies should be focusing on tailoring the in-store and online experiences to consumers’ specific preferences.

“The holiday 2020 season will look very different this year, and brands that start planning for it now will be best prepared to meet their customer needs and make up for losses from the pandemic,” said David Sykes, head of U.S. at Klarna. “Data from our survey reveals that 68% of consumers plan to start shopping by Cyber Monday.”

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Don’t forget to take care of yourself. You can’t help others if you don’t.

Editor’s Note: This is a preview of USA TODAY’s newsletter Staying Apart, Together, a guide to help us all cope with a world changed by coronavirus. If you would like it in your inbox on Tuesdays and Saturdays, subscribe here

2020 is relentless, isn’t it?

I am not writing this newsletter to you from my makeshift home office (read, a desk in our kitchen), but from my couch with my left ankle propped up by multiple pillows and topped with a bag of ice. 

Walking my dog Thursday I fell and sprained my ankle, an injury my weak joints have suffered before. But it’s just slightly more annoying to suffer this pain and inconvenience amid a pandemic, when running out to the store to get some comfort ice cream on a weeknight is no longer a particularly easy or safe choice. I can’t cook, I can’t clean or help

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Hoboken Gets $1.9M For Small Business, $8M For Coronavirus Care

HOBOKEN, NJ — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and other officials announced on Wednesday that Hoboken small businesses can get $1.9 million in CARES Act funding, and that the city will also get $8 million for the city’s coronavirus expenses including testing, food for seniors, costs of disinfecting public buildings, and more. (Find out how to get a coronavirus test in Hoboken at the end of the story.)

Businesses affected by the crisis can apply for grants of up to $20,000 through a program administered by Hoboken and Hudson County.

Some small businesses and schools in Hoboken have already received federal PPP loans, which can be forgiven (see the list here). Others set up GoFundMe accounts for their staff at the beginning of the pandemic. But even those who’ve gotten PPP loans say they still have struggles. READ MORE: Here Are The Hoboken Businesses That Got PPP Loans.

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Walgreens to open 500 to 700 in-store clinics with primary care doctors in deal with VillageMD

The doctor will see you now … at Walgreens.

Walgreens plans to staff 500 to 700 of its stores with primary care doctors in the next five years in a partnership with medical services provider VillageMD.

The company, which has nearly 9,300 locations in the U.S., announced the plan Wednesday morning, saying it would also invest in VillageMD.

It will open the primary care clinics under the brand Village Medical at Walgreens. The clinics will be spread out among more than 30 markets, with more than half located in locations that are underserved by medical professionals.

The move marks the latest evolution in the drug store sector’s pivot away from retail floor space toward more healthcare services.

Walgreens’ archrival, CVS, has invested in its own in-store clinical services brand called MinuteClinic, which is offered at about 1,100 locations. CVS is also opening up to 1,500 HealthHUB locations that will include

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California nursing homes got insider access to Newsom’s health care regulators. Here’s how

On April 9, California nursing homes were already in a state of crisis. Employees were staying home, fearing for their safety without proper protection. Facilities reported deaths daily.

At 12:30 p.m. that day, the chief advocate for California’s nursing home industry dispatched an email to officials at the California Department of Public Health. The email listed seven urgent concerns facing nursing homes, including child care and housing for workers.

The most detailed priority on the list: “The continuing bleed of $$$ to respond to COVID.”

“We’ve been working … on getting rate increases but making that happen sooner than later will help,” the industry advocate wrote.

Increased protective equipment for staff members and testing were the final items on the list.

Those priorities came from Craig Cornett, the CEO of the California Association of Health Facilities, an industry group representing 80 percent of the nursing homes in the state.

Cornett’s

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