Election Day Study Reveals Impact of Informed Patients on Health Policy Change

AUGUSTA, Maine – The power of informed patients and healthcare professionals in influencing policy changes on Election Day is the focus of a recent study released by the American College of Physicians. Primary care offices in Maine, like those at Martin’s Point Health Care in Portland, see a high volume of patients daily. Dr. Patrick Connolly, who sees over 20 patients a day, engages in discussions with his patients about the importance of voting and …

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Pension Funds Make Progress in Fossil Fuel Exclusions, but Lag Behind U.S. and European Peers in Climate Change Action

Toronto, Canada – In a recent report, Canadian pension funds are increasingly implementing exclusions on oil and gas investments as part of their sustainable finance efforts. SHIFT Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health (SHIFT) revealed that nearly half of the 11 Canadian pension funds reviewed included partial exclusions on fossil fuels in 2023. However, while there has been progress, the report indicates that Canadian pension managers still lag behind their U.S. and European counterparts …

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Cyberattack Paralyzes U.S. Pharmacies Linked to UnitedHealth’s Change Healthcare Incident

Atlanta, Georgia – U.S. pharmacies are facing significant challenges after a cyberattack hit UnitedHealth’s Change Healthcare. This attack has exposed vulnerabilities in the healthcare industry’s digital infrastructure, highlighting the urgent need for enhanced cybersecurity measures. The incident has caused major disruptions to pharmacy operations, affecting the delivery of crucial medications and healthcare services to patients across the country. The cyberattack at UnitedHealth’s Change Healthcare has raised concerns about the security of sensitive patient information stored …

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Cybersecurity Threat Causes Change Healthcare Systems to Stay Offline for Fourth Day

MINNETONKA, Minnesota – Change Healthcare is currently facing disruptions in its systems for the fourth consecutive day following a cybersecurity breach disclosed by parent company UnitedHealth Group earlier this week. UnitedHealth Group, the largest healthcare company in the U.S. by market capitalization, owns Optum, a healthcare provider that merged with Change Healthcare in 2022. Optum serves over 100 million patients in the U.S., while Change Healthcare specializes in payment and revenue cycle management solutions. According …

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IBM’s Groundbreaking Pension Program Unveils Change in Retirement Benefits for Employees as part of the New Retirement Structure

While pensions have become increasingly rare in the private sector, IBM has made headlines with its new pension program, offering a defined-benefit plan for its employees. This move has sparked discussions about the evolving landscape of retirement benefits and the obligations of companies to their workers. The reintroduction of pension plans has raised questions about the effectiveness of existing retirement structures and the potential impact on employees. In the past, defined-benefit pension plans were widespread, …

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Machine Gun Kelly Debuts Shocking New Black-Out Tattoo Amid Accusations of Wanting to Change Skin Color

Cleveland, Ohio – Machine Gun Kelly, the Grammy-nominated rapper, debuted a massive blackout tattoo that covered his entire upper chest, including his nipples, and a significant portion of his arms. The new ink, created by tattoo artists Roxx and Cats, elicited a variety of reactions from his fans, with some mourning the loss of his Cleveland-inspired chest tattoos, while others accused him of trying to change his skin color. The 33-year-old rapper, whose real name …

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Payroll Reporting Revolution: SSA Proposes Major Change to Reduce Incorrect Payments to Beneficiaries

The Social Security Administration is taking steps to reduce incorrect payments made to beneficiaries by proposing a major change in the way income is reported. The proposed change, known as Payroll Information Exchange (PIE), aims to reduce manual reporting errors and identify unreported wages. This move is in response to the significant backlash faced by the SSA for attempting to recover overpayments made to beneficiaries, totaling an estimated $13.6 billion during the 2022 financial year. …

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Medi-Cal Change Allows More Access to Healthcare

SACRAMENTO, CA – Changes to the eligibility requirements for Medi-Cal, California’s health insurance program for low-income residents, have provided much-needed relief for millions of beneficiaries. The adjustment, which has been phased in over the past year and a half, now allows beneficiaries to save for the future, maintain inheritances, and hold onto a modest nest egg without fear of losing coverage. Previously, approximately 3 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries faced restrictions on the value of financial accounts …

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Transparency: Hospitals Falling Short in Price Disclosure as Congress Pushes for Change in Health Care Pricing

Miami, Florida – Hospitals in the United States are required by law to make their prices publicly available online, yet only about 36% of hospitals have fully complied with this requirement. The fight for transparent healthcare prices continues as both Congress and large employers push for changes in the healthcare pricing system. Erica Jay, a cancer survivor, shared her experience of encountering drastic price variations for the same procedures at different healthcare facilities. This prompted …

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Transformational Change: New Mexico PERA Embracing Private Assets to Strengthen Pensions

Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is undergoing a significant transformation, shifting its focus towards private assets to enhance its financial performance and secure the retirement benefits of its members. In a move to diversify its investment portfolio, PERA aims to allocate a larger portion of its assets to private markets such as real estate, private equity, and infrastructure. This strategic shift comes at a time when traditional …

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