|What We're Reading|
We are very excited
to (virtually) see all of you this Sunday at NAHU’s Annual Convention! Make
sure to sign up for the Annual NAHU Virtual 5k Run & Walk, the proceeds of which go to the HUPAC Administrative
Fund. Here is what we’re reading this week:
- Federal agencies
have issued a request for information regarding the pharmacy benefit and
prescription drug cost reporting requirements added by the Consolidated
Appropriations Act of 2021. CAA required that group health plans and insurers
under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program annually report certain
information about pharmacy benefits and prescription-drug costs.
- A new University of
Minnesota study finds that U.S. hospitals have been slow to fully comply with a new
federal rule that was designed to bring more price transparency to healthcare.
The analysis found that only one in four of hospitals surveyed reported all
required data in a machine-readable format that makes it easy for researchers
and policymakers to analyze the information.
- The Government Accountability Office released a report
this week suggesting that the Federal Air Marshal Service document its response
to COVID-19 cases and facilitate access to testing. Three hundred and forty
five employees were infected and one air marshal died due to complications of
- More and more Americans are getting vaccinated to protect
themselves against coronavirus. But if you’re vaccinated, do you need to worry
about new COVID-19 variants? NPR Health released an FAQ
this week answering questions like this.
- A California jury
has cleared CVS in a years-long lawsuit alleging the pharmacy giant overcharged
them by more than $121 million for generic drugs. The program at the center of
the suit has been a source of controversy, and a number of insurers have also
filed suit against CVS of late in relation to the program.
- As a result of
millions of professionals working from home full-time, online sales grew by 44 percent in 2020 as more and more
consumers had to get comfortable making nearly all purchases online. Many
analysts agree that these trends are not short-term, but the shift to online
purchasing behavior is here for the long haul.
- Emergency rooms are
not typically places you check in for the night. If you break an arm, it gets
set and you leave. If you have a heart attack, you won’t wait long for a
hospital bed. But sometimes if your brain is not well and you end up in an ER,
there’s a good chance you will get stuck there. Parents and advocates for kids’ mental
health say that the ER can’t provide appropriate care and that the warehousing
of kids in crisis can become an emergency itself.
- COVID-19 survivors
who lost their sense of taste and smell may have to wait up to a year to fully
recover, a new study found. Out of 97 patients, 51 of them also were asked to
undergo objective testing to corroborate the self-reported surveys. At eight
months, 49 out of the 51 patients had fully recovered their sense of taste and
- A new study from the Pew Research Center found that Latino children are more than
two times as likely to be without health insurance as non-Latino children. Between
2016 and 2019, the percentage of Latino children with health insurance fell in
the United States by 1.6 percentage points and by much more in some states.
- Lawmakers used to
laugh when asked about UFOs. Now they have real questions — and they’re eager
for the rare answers. The Pentagon is expected to release an unclassified report on crafts that allegedly defy the laws of
physics and enter our airspace at will.
- In this week’s bit
of feel-good news: Florida A&M University student Jabari Richardson was in
the process of moving when he saw a homeless man on the side of the road. Richardson
decided to give away many of his belongings to the man instead of selling them.
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