Why Black Women are Dying in Childbirth & How All Women’s Health Providers Can Help

Why Black Women are Dying in Childbirth & How All Women’s Health Providers Can Help

Many Black women believe that the U.S. healthcare system contains institutionalized race and gender biases, and that these necessarily linger in the delivery rooms. Black women experience discrimination far beyond the hospital walls. But all of a women’s healthcare providers can help reduce her likelihood of experiencing fatal childbirth complications – whether through cultural competency...

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Pets on planes, service dogs & emotional support animals: Erin Jackson unpacks the differences for URBO

Pets on planes, service dogs & emotional support animals: Erin Jackson unpacks the differences for URBO

Attorney Erin Jackson was recently interviewed by URBO about the distinctions between pets, service dogs, and emotional support animals. As airlines’ pet-related mishaps continue to make the news, some are considering alternative ways to get Fido to their destination. What are the differences between pets and support or service dogs, and what are the consequences of masquerading...

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Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

If the safety and quality of nursing home services decreases, elderly and disabled patients may seek an alternative means of care, such as that offered by in-home health.  Home health providers can provide the individualized care that patients and their families seek, and they can often significantly delay an individual’s transition into a full-time care...

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Is Obamacare here to stay?: 3 Things to Expect in 2018

Is Obamacare here to stay?: 3 Things to Expect in 2018

Despite their efforts and actions to repeal Obamacare, the GOP did not have the sweeping success they had anticipated for 2017. As the new year begins, let’s take a look at the current state of the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect patients and providers in 2018.

With the 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, change may be this year’s only...

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3 Things to Know about CMS’ Latest Attempt to Erode ACA Protections

3 Things to Know about CMS’ Latest Attempt to Erode ACA Protections

CMS issued a 365-page proposed rule that, if enacted, could reduce the most basic benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act.  This is the latest among Republicans' so-called "premium stabilization efforts," which aim to reduce Obama-era insurance premium hikes at the expense of Americans' access to healthcare.  CMS said the rule was intended to give states more flexibility and reduce the burden on insurers in order to stabilize the individual and small-group markets and drive down the cost of care.While I haven't fully digested the entire proposed rule yet, here are 3 of my earliest...

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What you need to know about preexisting conditions

What you need to know about preexisting conditions

As Republicans work to make good on their campaign promises to repeal the ACA, coverage for those with preexisting conditions hangs in the balance. If the GOP can successfully repeal the insurance protections extended by the ACA to those with preexisting conditions, about 130 million Americans may see their healthcare costs...

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HIPAA Changes for Opioid Overdoses?

HIPAA Changes for Opioid Overdoses?

HIPAA already contains such exceptions, so Christie’s suggestions are more political posturing than advocating for change.As needed to treat a patient, providers may disclose protected health information without the patient’s...

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How the travel ban would hurt our healthcare system

How the travel ban would hurt our healthcare system

The ban not only creates uncertainty for American immigrants and visitors, but also for the state of medicine and science in the United States, which rely upon immigrant students and researchers. The possibility of a permanent ban brings up questions about what that means for the healthcare industry, whose dependence an immigrant workforce is expected to increase in the coming...

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