WASHINGTON – Military service. Bathroom use. Job bias. And now, health care. The Trump administration is coming under fire for rewriting a federal rule that bars discrimination in health care based on "gender identity." Critics say it's another attempt to undercut acceptance for transgender people. The Health and Human Services Department rule dates to the Obama administration, a time when LGBT people gained political and social recognition. But a federal judge in Texas said the rule went too far by concluding that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is a form of sex discrimination, which is forbidden by civil rights laws. Instead of appealing the judge's injunction, the Trump administration has opted to rewrite the rule, which applies to health care providers and insurers receiving federal funds. Roger Severino, head of the department's Office for Civil Rights, said the rewrite will address the "reasonableness, necessity and efficacy" of the Obama-era requirement. He … [Read more...] about Health care is new front for transgender rights under Trump
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Palo Alto, California, hopes to become the first U.S. city to use unmanned aircraft to deliver blood from a blood bank to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing the city's proposal, along with about 150 others. The agency will approve 10 projects to move forward next month. Drones delivering blood in emergencies could be the future of health care. At the Stanford Blood Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, Dr. Tho Pham's team collects about 200 pints of blood each day. Most of that supply is stored at the hospital, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal. But sometimes, there's a need for more. "You can't plan for emergencies and that's where time becomes even more crucial," Pham said. Right now they use a courier service, but the process can be slow. "It depends on the time of day, courier availability, traffic conditions, anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes," Pham said. With a drone, he said, "Ten minutes or less." "It's a huge … [Read more...] about Drones delivering blood in emergencies: The future of health care?
Proposed new laws related to government’s social and health care reform will render part of a newly-developed patient data system unusable for primary health care, according to an expert from the Helsinki and Uusimaa HUS hospital district.According to HUS liaison manager Janne Aaltonen, the system, which has been in the works for several years, will be impossible to use fully once government’s expansive health and social care reform programme – also known as sote – comes into force.When Apotti was originally planned, developers envisioned it would be used in primary health care, specialist health care and social work. However Aaltonen pointed out that current social and health care reform legislation would omit primary health services from the system’s user base.That’s because the government’s vision is to include the private sector in the delivery of primary health care. The Apotti system on the other hand, has been designed exclusively for … [Read more...] about Expert: Health care reform law makes hundred-million-euro patient data system partly unusable
Newspapers in Finland start the week with news that a key witness in the trial of Turku knife attacker Abderrahman Bouanane has left the country. District prosecutor Hannu Koistinen confirmed that the witness was no longer in Finland, but said he still was hopeful that the man would be returned to Turku to testify. The person in question was a childhood friend of Bouanane and had also lived with him as his roommate for a time in Finland. The 21-year-old Moroccan was expected to offer key testimony about the suspect's radicalization last summer, among other things.The tabloid reports that the key witness could have voluntarily left Finland or he could have been deported. Prosecutors in the case were reportedly prepared for the fact that he might leave.The trial of Abderrahman Bouanane continues today in Turku with more testimony from the victims of the August 2017 stabbing spree that killed two people and wounded several more. Tomorrow the defendant is expected to take the … [Read more...] about Monday’s papers: Key witness in Turku stabbing trial leaves country, private health care woos small towns, and kids online
The American health-care system has a unique problem with paperwork. The sheer number of participants -- doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, patients -- makes settling payments complicated, time-consuming and really expensive. The share of U.S. health-care spending devoted to administrative costs, including billing, is roughly three times what it is in other affluent countries, and it's a major reason the U.S. spends twice as much on health care.Some health clinics employ more clerks than care providers -- not just to generate invoices but to send along the patient information insurers need to approve treatments, to dispute insurer decisions denying payment, to fix mistakes, to handle patients' questions, and on and on. For every $1 billion in revenue, the health-care system employs the equivalent of 770 full-time people to settle the bills. That's almost eight times more than other industries. And doctors have to spend inordinate time dealing with red tape.Of course, if … [Read more...] about U.S. Health Care Is Tied Up in Red Tape