Today’s edition: Parliament will pass a comprehensive government funding bill today that includes a set of health provisions. Emergency room doctors are trying to ban private equity ownership of medical practices. But first…
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“Most people will be covid.” — Janet Woodcocka top Food and Drug Administration The official who acts as the acting head of the agency.
Flashback: This quote was truly forward-thinking. At the time, however, it was seen as a solid confession by a federal health official and was handed over in the middle of a Senate hearing in which lawmakers from both parties offered withering criticism of the Biden administration’s pandemic response.
“Public health is kind of a carrier of bad news. It’s basically a case of killing a messenger.” — Gregg Gonsalvesan epidemiologist at Yale University who is a vocal advocate of continued measures to protect the most vulnerable communities.
Flashback: A group of Democratic governors began removing mask-wearing mandates, and this has sparked a scuffle between politicians who have adopted mitigation measures and some public health experts who continue to recommend such measures.
“I’m quite surprised that we have the power to change time itself.” — representative Jan Schakowski (D-Ill.) led a House subcommittee hearing on whether to change the country’s daylight saving policy.
Flashback: Lawmakers can agree on the need to stop ticking the clock twice a year, citing the health effects of this. But this year, they’ve run out of time to fix that.
“It’s kind of crazy to think how long we felt like we were bouncers like masked cops.” — Heather HoldingsA flight attendant based in Chicago.
Flashback: A federal judge overturned the administration’s plans to extend the mask requirement for air travel and public transportation, and within hours, face masks were dropped across the country.
The leaked document “could activate its base in a way that hasn’t been activated before because I think it’s very hard for people to imagine being knocked down.” Against Roe Wade” — Alina Salganicoffsenior vice president Kaiser Family Foundation.
Flashback: This was the shot Salganicoff took just hours later. Policy Issued a leaked opinion draft showing that the majority of the Supreme Court was ready to overturn it Roe. With the abortion rights won at the ballot box in November, this quote remains valid.
“We say to him, ‘You know, ‘You have a few friends who are still alive.’ And he tells us, ‘I don’t have friends anymore. All my friends are dead.’” — Miguel Cerrillodaughter Miah, who saw her friends killed during a shooting at school in Uvalde, Texas.
Flashback: This is the instinctive punch of a quote. A series of massacres during the summer, and in particular the shootings in Uvalde, prompted lawmakers to act in a way they had not done in nearly three decades: passing bipartisan legislation to address armed violence. But the law didn’t contain everything that advocates wanted, and the prospect of further action in a divided Congress is uncertain.
“I think this issue has the potential to divide right because it’s a matter of where you draw the line,” he said, referring to abortion restrictions. It’s clean, tidy and not easy.” — Louisiana State Representative Alan Seabaugha Republican.
Flashback: This quote is just right. Since Roe Some Republicans have withdrawn some of the strict abortion measures they once advocated, as fights broke out in state legislatures over what exceptions to include and criminal sanctions for doctors. There is no consensus in Congress on a federal proposal to ban abortion after 15 weeks.
Health 202 was taking advantage of summer Fridays this month. No Friday edition = no excerpt of the week.
“I truly believe that’s why God gave us two arms, one for the flu shot and the other for the covid vaccine.” — Ashish JahaWhite House coronavirus coordinator.
Flashback: Jha was announcing a change of strategy, believing that the country had reached a point where a single annual coronavirus vaccine would provide a high degree of protection against serious diseases all year round. And this vaccine can be given at the same time as the flu shot.
“As the saying goes, you get politics if you mix science with politics.” — Michael Worobeya professor University of Arizona He is the co-author of two peer-reviewed studies published in the journal Science that presents the Huanan Seafood Market case as the epicenter of the covid-19 outbreak.
Flashback: Senate Republican staffers have released a report outlining their claims that the lab leak theory is the most likely source of the coronavirus. There are deep divergences on this question, and it will be brought back into the political limelight amid the House GOP investigations promised next year.
“This win shows us that we can win anywhere on this issue,” he said. — rachel sweetCampaign manager for abortion rights in Kentucky and Kansas.
Flashback: Abortion rights advocates have won major victories in the midterm elections. And they are already monitoring potential voting measures to protect abortion rights in 2024.
“There’s no law that says if you’re unlucky enough to be exposed to three different viruses at the same time, you can’t get all three.” — John P. MooreWeill Cornell Professor of Medicine and immunologist.
Flashback: We guess there is nothing to respond yet. With the holidays approaching, the country is still in the midst of a triple virus threat.
On the agenda today: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit National Children’s Hospital In Washington, DC to meet with pediatric patients and their families. The trip continues the annual tradition of First Ladies visiting the hospital during the holiday season to thank the doctors, nurses and staff for their work.
Omni update: Senate cleaned up the spread roughly yesterday $1.7 trillion A package to fund the government by September is a critical step towards passing legislation covering a range of new health policies.
bipartisan 68-29 The vote increased the measure for debate in the House, which plans to vote on the law today. Both Democrats and Republicans have had major health policy gains in the package, such as big-ticket Medicaid and pandemic-related measures.
For example: The legislation provides more certainty of funding to districts’ Medicaid programs, includes much of a comprehensive nonpartisan plan to prepare for future epidemics, partially eliminates Medicare’s pay cuts for providers, and allows states to permanently extend Medicaid to new mothers for 12 months. The bill also includes a number of covert measures, such as more stable financing. Indian Health Service and a cash boost for the new 988 mental health crisis hotline.
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NEW: Senate approves $1.7 trillion multi-purpose package, a comprehensive package that increases domestic and defense spending with policymakers from Medicaid expansion to TikTok ban.
— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) 22 December 2022
Emergency room doctors push for a crackdown on private equity staffing practices
Some emergency doctors and consumer advocacy groups are calling for tighter enforcement of laws that prevent unlicensed doctors from holding medical practices amid a surge in private equity-backed companies. Kaiser Health News reports.
Opponents of the so-called corporate medicine practice claim that companies successfully circumvented bans imposed by 33 states and the District of Columbia by purchasing or establishing local staff groups supposedly owned by doctors but controlled by private equity investors.
What are we watching: This American Academy of Emergency Medicine Physician Group Tennessee-based lawsuit Imagine Healthcareowned by the investment giant KKR & Co.., claims that Envision uses front operating structures to retain de facto ownership of California emergency personnel groups. In the lawsuit, which is scheduled to appear in federal court in January 2024, the plaintiffs are asking the court to declare them illegal.
Other side: Envision claims it complies with state law and that its operating structure is pervasive in the nation’s healthcare system, and that challenges to that structure are “worthless.”
bigger picture: Physician and consumer advocates hope that a victory will lead to a ban on the practice in California and encourage regulators and prosecutors in other states to take bans on the practice more seriously. But the effort to reinvigorate the law has many skeptics pointing out that profit motive permeates every corner of health care. Bernard J Wolfson author.
- Florida Supreme Court upholds Governor Ron DeSantis (R)’s request convene a grand jury to investigate any abuse allegedly linked to coronavirus vaccines, Associated press reports.
- FDA, Gilead Sciences sunlenca therapy for HIV patients whose disease has become resistant to other drugs. The agency announced that a new class of drugs called capsid inhibitors is the first drug to receive the green light from federal regulators for the treatment of HIV.
- A double bill that provides workplace protections pregnant and lactating women our colleague was added to the government funding package yesterday after bipartisan support Tony Rom reports.
‘Caged… not your fault’: Detainees fear covid as they await immigration hearings (Written by Renuka Rayasam | Kaiser Health News)
Under the new rules, methadone clinics can offer more doses at home. Will they? (by Andrew Joseph | Stadium)
“Board of Trustees, Please Prioritize”: How NYU’s Emergency Service Supports the Rich (Sarah Kliff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg | The New York Times)
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