Hurricane Florence is poised to make landfall on the Carolina coast tonight, marking the first landfall on the U.S. mainland this hurricane season. Secretary of HHS Alex Azar declared a public health emergency for North Carolina and South Carolina to provide Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and health care providers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs, as well as readying personnel from the National Disaster Medical System. As we all watch Florence and her impact on millions of Americans, we thought it would be a good to take a quick look at the inexorable connection between emergency preparedness, weather, and medical care. [No discussion of hurricanes and health would be complete without addressing Hurricane Maria and the devastation it wrought on Puerto Rico, but that is a longer post for another day.]Continue reading “Health Care and Hurricanes: Lessons Learned from Past Storms”
Bundled Payments. Dual Eligibles. Managed Care. These terms–along with other insurance jargon–are responsible for describing everything from how providers are paid for services rendered to who is eligible for certain insurance benefits.
The incredible folks over at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) compiled a 48 page glossary to help facilitate conversations about Medicaid between medical professionals and public health practitioners. We think this resource can be used to learn about a dozens of important, everyday terms that medical students should know should keep in mind! Here’s just a snippet of what ASTHO has put together:Continue reading “Every Health Policy Term You Need to Know”