The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.
Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, the nation's dominant and most powerful hospital lobbying group, will retire from his roles at the end of 2015, the AHA confirmed last Friday.
As families gather around their tables to partake in turkey, stuffing and yams, the federal government is encouraging Americans to map out how health issues have defined their ancestry.
The lawsuit, filed against the secretaries of HHS and the U.S. Treasury, contests President Barack Obama's decision to waive the healthcare law's employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it without first receiving congressional approval for the change.
The estimated 11 million immigrants described by the Obama administration as “unauthorized” won't see much benefit from the Affordable Care Act—unless the president extends coverage to them when he issues an expected executive order to reform immigration policy.
President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order as soon as this week that would freeze deportations for up to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally, but they're likely to remain ineligible for Medicaid coverage and exchange subsidies.
A flood of calls and applications in the first days didn't crash the exchange websites like last year, but it will take a few days to check the accuracy of the information insurers are getting.
The advertising and marketing campaigns to persuade Americans to sign up for Obamacare coverage during the first open enrollment a year ago came under heavy criticism from marketing professionals, many of whom have ideas about how it could have been done better.
Healthcare lobbyists are hoping that Capitol Hill and the White House will find time to settle some long-standing problems like permanently fixing the physician pay schedule during Congress' four-week lame-duck session.
Lawmakers need to provide sustained resources that would allow academic health centers to effectively respond to Ebola, said leaders from the academic medical community Monday. They also advocated preparedness for future infectious-disease threats.
With a bright look to its rebuilt website, version 2.0 of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul represents another chance to win over a skeptical public. But more than possible computer woes lurk as HealthCare.gov's second open enrollment season begins Nov. 15.
After an election where opposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act once again served as a path to political power, it's important to remind politicians about how the law's two distinct sections interact.