New Data Shows Health Care Policy and Costs Top of Mind for Consumers Leading Up to 2020 Presidential Election

Sapphire Digital Survey Reveals Consumers’ View of Health Care Price Transparency and How Health Care Policy Will Influence Their Vote

Sapphire Digital, a leader in empowering consumers to make better choices that deliver health care savings, today announced survey results assessing consumer views on the health care system and health care policy leading up to the 2020 presidential election. The findings reveal health care policy will influence 79% of U.S. adults’ votes in the election, with 50% of those consumers reporting health policy will most influence or heavily influence their votes compared to other policy issues. Additionally, more than one-third (34%) of adults surveyed report they would like to see both presidential candidates prioritize lowering care costs leading up to the election.

For years, health care costs have been on the rise and the recent financial impact of COVID-19 has made cost concerns even more prominent. With consumers looking to

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The College of Health Care Professions Named as San Antonio Express-News 2020 Top Workplace Winner

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), a trailblazer in the delivery of allied health education that offers accredited stackable degree and certificate programs aligned to the region’s fastest-growing healthcare fields, has been named The San Antonio Express-News Top Workplace winner. This is the third year in a row CHCP’s San Antonio and South San Antonio campuses were recognized on the Top Workplace list.

“This award highlights the hard work of the entire San Antonio team whose leadership inspires and motivates students to achieve their career goals,” said Eric Bing, chief executive officer of CHCP. “Our faculty and staff are the bedrock of our work to help aspiring professionals find success in careers throughout their lives.”

CHCP was recently featured on the podcast, A Model to Watch, where Bing discusses student wellbeing during the pandemic, how CHCP has designed its

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Sandler Named a Top 20 Online Sales Training Company By Selling Power Magazine

OWINGS MILLS, Md., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sandler ( www.sandler.com ) is one of the largest training organizations in the world, providing innovative customer-focused content, tools and resources designed to increase performance and stature of those involved in revenue generation. In the face of the pandemic, Sandler was able to accommodate clients with a strategic move to online training, and the expansion of online tools and the Sandler Digital Library, which earned them a place on Selling Power Magazine’s first list of the Top 20 Online Sales Companies in 2020.

Selling Power is the leading digital magazine for sales managers and sales VPs. According to Selling Power founder Gerhard Gschwandtner, “Recent research from McKinsey & Company shows 90% of sales teams have transitioned to remote selling. Finding a sales training partner that can deliver effective learning virtually – the same way B2B sales teams are conducting business – will

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J&J Pauses Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Due to Unexplained Illness | Top News

(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson

has paused clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate due to an unexplained illness in a study participant, delaying one of the highest profile efforts to contain the global pandemic.

The move comes around a month after AstraZeneca

also suspended trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine – which uses a similar technology – due to a participant falling ill.

J&J said on Monday the illness was being reviewed by an independent data and safety monitoring board as well as the U.S. group’s clinical and safety physicians.

The company, which reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday morning, said such pauses are normal in big trials, which can include tens of thousands of people.

It added the voluntary “study pause” in giving doses of the vaccine candidate was different from a “regulatory hold” imposed by health authorities.

AstraZeneca last month paused late-stage trials of its experimental coronavirus

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5 Top Mental Health Apps During Covid-19

Even long before Covid-19 sent millions of Americans home to work in isolation, companies had begun to consider how to support employees’ mental health. Inc.’s 2019 Best Workplaces list reveals many top employers had been doing things like subsidizing therapy bills and granting stipends for wellness services.

The pandemic, of course, has put employees under a kind of mental strain few have likely experienced before, so it’s no wonder more businesses are looking for ways to help workers who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. In recent years, apps aiming to address all of those issues have proliferated. So which ones are worth offering to your team? Inc. checked in with app analytics firm Sensor Tower to identify those that have gotten high user ratings and surged in downloads over the last several months. Here are five to consider, in no particular order.

1. Calm
Primarily a relaxation app,

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Ottawa was told about potential problems at Public Health Agency, top doctors say

People are shown at a COVID-19 testing clinic Montreal, Oct. 11, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

The federal government was warned years ago that the Public Health Agency of Canada was destined for serious problems unless changes were made to its oversight, but those concerns were ignored, two of Canada’s top doctors say.

A steady erosion of scientific capacity and a chronic shortage of resources over the past decade have left the agency unable to do its job properly, public-health experts Perry Kendall and Paul Gully told The Globe and Mail.

Recent problems, including the mishandling of the country’s pandemic early warning system, emergency stockpile shortages and allegations that scientists were forced to “dumb down” reports for senior government officials, are all symptoms of a larger ailment afflicting the agency, the doctors said.

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Abbott Wins U.S. Emergency Use Authorization for New COVID-19 Antibody Test | Top News

(Reuters) – Abbott Laboratories said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for its lab-based COVID-19 antibody blood test.

The test, AdviseDx, can be used to identify a type of antibody called Immunoglobulin M (IgM) in blood samples to determine if someone has been exposure to the novel coronavirus, potentially indicating a recent or prior infection.

Abbott has already received emergency use authorization for seven tests, including molecular tests, a rapid antigen test and another test which can detect a type of antibody called IgG.

The FDA’s emergency use authorization allows the use of unapproved medical products in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases with no adequate or approved alternatives.

IgG is longer lasting in the body after an infection, but IgM is more useful for determining a recent exposure to the coronavirus as these antibodies become undetectable

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WellBe Voice Assistant And Wellbe Watch Now Available For Holiday Gift Giving On Top Three U.S. E-commerce Sites

“Families are spending more time than ever at home and are looking to incorporate health and wellness into their daily lives,” said Mike Cardillo, Co-Founder, HandsFree Health. “Our easy-to-use technology facilitates healthy living with simple voice commands. WellBe also speaks directly to family members with personalized health alerts, including flu shot and medication reminders, to help keep busy individuals on track for wellness.”

Combines Health and Entertainment into Modern, Compact Device

Voice technology is a part of consumer’s daily lives in the U.S. whether it is on a mobile phone, in the car, or at home. In early 2020, over one-third of U.S. adults had a smart speaker in their home and about 50% said they were using the devices daily.[i] WellBe utilizes voice technology to help individuals with everyday health and wellness in their home while also providing all the entertainment features that are expected with a

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Fair Haven Community Health Care ranked as a top 10 quality leader by federal agency

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In this pandemic, it has never been more important for low-income neighborhoods to have access to good health care.

At the same time, Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) is earning national recognition for the work it is doing.

It is one of nearly 1,400 federally-qualified health centers. To get their funding, those centers are all required to send in a copious amount of information every year.

“The government crunches those numbers, and then in the summer, they come out and say these are the health centers that, out of the 1,400 nationwide, have done the best,” explained FHCHC CEO Dr. Suzanne Lagarde.

This summer, the center was recognized as being in the top 10 percentile for being a quality leader, and the top two percent in handling of behavioral health by the Health Resources & Services Administration.

The organization began in 1971, seeing just

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As Globe Gallops Into Vaccine Trials, Insurers Remain Unfazed | Top News

By Noor Zainab Hussain, Carolyn Cohn and Ludwig Burger

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The world is racing towards a vaccine in record time, stirring public concerns about safety to the extent that nine leading developers have felt compelled to issue a pledge to uphold scientific standards and testing rigour.

Yet, while more than 40 experimental COVID-19 vaccines are being tested on humans, the insurance companies with decades of experience in assessing the risks of clinical trials don’t see anything to be unduly concerned about.

Executives at insurer Allianz and brokers Gallagher and Marsh, among the leading players in clinical trials insurance, told Reuters that premiums had only marginally increased so far in the current pandemic.

They argued there was little structural difference to trials carried out in the past, despite drugmakers around the world competing to shatter the fastest time in history for developing a vaccine, which stands at around four

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