TrueCare Expands in San Marcos to Increase Access to Same-Day Medical Service

SAN MARCOS, Calif., Sept. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — North San Diego County people now have higher obtain to similar-working day wellbeing care services with the opening of a new TrueCare West San Marcos QuickCare on Grand Avenue. Prompt good quality health care care is crucial, in particular with flu time approaching, and TrueCare is completely ready to provide the neighborhood with expanded entry to non-crisis health and fitness care providers that call for quick interest.

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Governor Baker Signs Legislation Further Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services

BOSTONGovernor Charlie Baker today signed legislation to further protect access to reproductive health care services in Massachusetts following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. The legislation codifies several measures that were first included in an Executive Order issued by Governor Baker in the hours following the Supreme Court’s decision last month. The law also adopts several new or expanded measures to protect access to reproductive health services in the Commonwealth.  All the protections in the bill apply equally to reproductive and gender-affirming health care services provided or accessed in the Commonwealth. 

“Massachusetts remains steadfast in

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Not as advertised: Lawmakers, patients place responsibility for diminished retiree health care access ‘at the feet of the state’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — For the first time in a decade, and the second time ever, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is in the bidding process to select a handful of health insurance plans for retired state workers enrolled in Illinois’ Medicare Advantage program. The new contracts — CMS expects to finalize by October open enrollment — are under consideration at a time when seniors enrolled in an existing plan through Aetna lost access to their doctors, and are delaying critical care and seeing unexpected medical bills.

That snowballed when Carle Health and Aetna Medicare terminated a

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FACT SHEET: President Biden to Sign Executive Order Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated a woman’s Constitutional right to choose.  This decision expressly took away a right from the American people that it had recognized for nearly 50 years – a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health care decisions, free from government interference.  Fundamental rights – to privacy, autonomy, freedom, and equality – have been denied to millions of women across the country, with grave implications for their health, lives, and wellbeing. This ruling will disproportionately affect women of color, low-income women, and rural women.

President

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HHS Issues Guidance to the Nation’s Retail Pharmacies Clarifying Their Obligations to Ensure Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care Services

Today, following President Biden’s Executive Order on ensuring access to reproductive health care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing guidance to roughly 60,000 U.S. retail pharmacies, reminding them of their obligations under federal civil rights laws. The guidance makes clear that as recipients of federal financial assistance, including Medicare and Medicaid payments, pharmacies are prohibited under law from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in their programs and activities. This includes supplying prescribed medications; making determinations regarding the suitability of prescribed medications for a patient; and advising a patient about

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HHS Announces National Competition to Spark Innovation that Will Improve Patient Access to Primary Care

Open to broad public participation with a total of $1 million in cash prizes for up to 30 winners

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the launch of the Building Bridges to Better Health: A Primary Health Care Challenge, a national competition with a total of $1 million in cash prizes to encourage innovation through technical assistance to health centers.

Competition participants will accelerate the development of low-cost, scalable solutions to help HRSA-supported community health centers improve patient access to primary care and strengthen the link

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How strategy and technology can prevent patient leakage, bolster access to care

Healthcare provider organizations today strive to operate as one system of care, which can be a challenge. The pandemic has brought this issue into stark focus by magnifying the challenge and accentuating its impact on patient access, care and leakage.

The pandemic also has placed new strains on hospital intake and capacity, strains that can result in patients being transferred to hospitals far from home, even out of their state. Increased staff shortages due to illness and burnout have further compounded these issues.

Angie Franks is CEO of About Healthcare, which develops patient access technologies for hospitals and health systems.

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Bipartisan Policy Center Makes Recommendations to CMS Aimed at Increasing Home Health Access

Despite the growing demand for home health services, fraud and abuse guardrails often limit access to the Medicare benefit, a recent Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) report suggests.

The report highlights BPC’s recommendations for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on how to improve home health services for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.

“Given the clear changing trends in our health care delivery system today, and the increasing demand for home-based care, there are opportunities to address the current Medicare home health program, which we think does create some inequities and barriers to those who need care in their home,”

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