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Ballad Health is working to reduce the social determinants that drive the cost of healthcare

“Twenty-five to 30% of healthcare is considered wasteful, and personal health is driven largely by social determinants and social needs,” said Tony Keck, chief population health officer for Ballad Health. “The best way to reduce the long-term costs of healthcare and improve the health of our communities is to diminish the disparities that continue to undermine these communities.

“Reducing unnecessary and costly waste and redirecting those resources toward closing the disparity gaps is the most sustainable way to reduce the cost of our expensive national healthcare system.”

Ballad Health has taken several steps to address inequity and social determinants:

Ballad Health has established an Accountable Health Community program in Southwest Virginia, earning a five-year, multi-million grant from CMS. Ballad Health has offered almost 178,000 screenings for social risk in Medicare and Medicaid patients and identified

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Lack of diversity among cardiovascular health-care professionals continues

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Despite working for more than two decades to address underrepresentation of women in cardiology, disparities among cardiovascular professionals continue to exist. Profound inequities also exist for individuals underrepresented in medicine, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans, who constitute 32 percent of the U.S. population but only eight percent of practicing cardiologists.

“The disparities amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic present disturbing evidence that we are far from cardiovascular healthcare equity in the work place,” says Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and corresponding author of a Comment in the journal Nature Reviews Cardiology. “Individuals, leaders and institutions must prioritize research, policies, and structures to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging that is essential to advancing workforce excellence and cardiovascular health.”

Diversity and equity in the health-care workforce have been shown to benefit patients and

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Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare

New Book Presents Non-Partisan, Solutions-Based Approach to Healthcare For All

Washington, D.C., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global COVID-19 pandemic made apparent that the existing public policy and current healthcare systems are ill-prepared to deal with the global challenges of providing quality and affordable healthcare; still, a non-partisan solution to healthcare reform has yet to land on the table.

Until now.

In their book, Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare, authors Ambassador Pradeep K. Kapur and Dr. Joseph M. Chalil present SafetyNet, a healthcare-for-all policy, based on decades of experience in public policy and healthcare management, that challenges the world to have the political consensus to create meaningful change for all—both in the United States and worldwide.

Endorsed by policymakers, thought leaders, Ambassadors worldwide, leading healthcare professionals, and best-selling authors, Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic asks the questions: what if

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Ambra Health Expands Work with RAD-AID to End Global Healthcare Disparities Through Teleradiology

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ambra Health, maker of the leading cloud-based, medical image management suite, today announced its expanding global footprint with RAD-AID, a nonprofit global health charity organization. RAD-AID has over 12,000 radiology volunteers and supporters, serving 80 hospitals in 35 countries, to support radiology health services in resource-poor communities via remote and on-site educational training, equipment implementation, and technology development.

In collaboration with Ambra and other partners, RAD-AID created the RAD-AID Friendship Cloud and integrated on-site radiology data management system with PACS for resource-poor hospitals to more easily and cost-effectively adopt life-saving medical imaging technologies. Ambra contributes expertise, software, and technical support to the RAD-AID Friendship Cloud, which provides low-resource hospitals on-site servers and storage plus cloud-based backup. The RAD-AID Friendship platform enables real-time PACS-based teleteaching and teleconsultations for education and global collaboration. This collaborative effort includes RAD-AID’s use of Ambra Health’s

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Ray Dalio Donates $50 Million to Fight Health-Care Injustice

(Bloomberg) — Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio is giving $50 million to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to fund a center dedicated to health equity and justice, at a time when the Covid pandemic has underlined the stark racial disparities in the U.S.

The Dalio Center for Health Justice, a research and advocacy organization, will focus on reducing differences in access to quality health care that overwhelmingly affect communities of color, New York-Presbyterian and Dalio Philanthropies said in a statement.



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The hospitalization rate from Covid among Black and Hispanic individuals has outnumbered that of Whites and non-Hispanics by a factor of at least 4.6, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate of Blacks has been more than twice that of Whites.

“Access to equal health care and equal education are fundamental requirements of a

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‘Ohana Health Plan and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Hawaii | News

KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Centene and Samsung Electronics America are working together to expand access to telehealth for individuals and families living in rural and underserved communities. ‘Ohana Health Plan, as part of the Centene family, will be deploying this initiative in Hawaii by supplying local healthcare providers with Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to distribute to patients who would not otherwise have access to healthcare services virtually.

As of mid-July, a CDC survey found that 44.4% of respondents reported delaying or not receiving care for various reasons, including concerns and challenges around COVID-19. Meanwhile, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, rural residents already exhibited higher mortality rates and higher incidences of preventable inpatient and emergency room admissions than their counterparts in urban areas.

In response, ‘Ohana Health Plan delivered 150 Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones, with 90 days of free wireless service, to the following federally qualified health

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‘Ohana Health Plan and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Hawaii

‘Ohana Health Plan and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Hawaii

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KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Oct. 12, 2020

Donations make virtual care more accessible in rural and underserved communities

KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Centene and Samsung Electronics America are working together to expand access to telehealth for individuals and families living in rural and underserved communities. ‘Ohana Health Plan, as part of the Centene family, will be deploying this initiative in Hawaii by supplying local healthcare providers with Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to distribute to patients who would not otherwise have access to healthcare services virtually.

‘Ohana Health Plan delivered Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to providers at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services to support patients in need of telehealth and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.‘Ohana Health Plan delivered Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to providers at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services to support patients in need of telehealth and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Ohana Health Plan delivered Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to providers at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services to support patients in need of telehealth and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of mid-July, a CDC survey found that 44.4% of respondents reported delaying or not receiving care

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Opinion | A judge calls out ICE’s ‘deliberate indifference’ as health-care horror stories emerge

Through it all, officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that oversees the archipelago of detention centers, have issued routine pronouncements — that the detainees’ health care is among the agency’s highest priorities; that they are concerned about the latest reports; and that they are mounting investigations.

The government has an ethical and legal duty to provide care to migrant detainees. It has fallen short.

The pandemic’s toll in detention centers has been devastating; much of it was avoidable. At ICE’s Mesa Verde facility, in Bakersfield, Calif., officials initially decided it would be too difficult to quarantine detainees who tested positive for the virus — so they decided not to test them all. That was the policy until a federal judge in August ordered everyone there, migrants and staff alike, tested immediately. “There’s no question that this outbreak could have been avoided,” said U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, who

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US healthcare needs big policy changes

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has made a campaign pledge to make healthcare more affordable and less complicated. Affordability is easy to understand. This summer, I began to better appreciate the need to make things less complicated.



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In June, my teenage son’s knee started to balloon. A wonderful orthopedic surgeon confirmed a tear that needed to be repaired.

“If we don’t repair it?” I asked, dreading my child needing an operation.

“He’ll get arthritis,” the orthopedist replied.

“At 50?” I asked hopefully, feeling my own joints giving up in my 40s.

“At 20,” he deadpanned.

And so, my insurance company was contacted and the surgery was scheduled. It would require about an hour and take place at a local surgery center. On the day of surgery, a credit card was requested upon my arrival. I needed to come up with $1,700. This was the center’s estimated

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Opinion | The secret Republican health-care plan, revealed

Democrats counter that this “plan” is a phantom, a fantasy, something President Trump and other Republicans keep promising but never deliver. It’s as though the GOP says, “We have a plan to make car theft illegal!” while its members go around smashing people’s car windows.

On a purely factual basis, the Democrats are absolutely correct. But it’s also the case that Republicans do have a plan of a sort, to be explained below.

First, let’s note just how desperate Republicans are to deny that they’ve been trying to destroy the ACA from the moment it was passed in 2010. Here, for instance, is a new soft-focus ad from Texas Sen. John Cornyn:

If you’re wondering whether the Republican Party is confident in the appeal of its agenda, here’s one of the most senior Republicans in the Senate essentially claiming to be a protector of Obamacare, the repeal of which has

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