0 Have your say Care chiefs today released the findings of a report on health care given to inmates at HMP Frankland, after allegations were raised by a whistleblower. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a warning notice about good governance after inspecting the prison in Brasside, Durham, in May.The inspection team identified several failings:* the service was not learning from incidents and opportunities.* staff members were not supported through clinical or managerial supervision.* prisoners were not appropriately risk-assessed when holding their own medication.* the healthcare team lacked leadership, and had not implemented effective governance systems to protect people against avoidable harm.The prison is run by G4S Health Services (UK) Limited, and CQC inspectors will revisit it to check whether improvements have been made.Frankland is a high security prison holding category A, category A high risk and category B prisoners serving sentences of … [Read more...] about HMP Frankland warned over failings in prisoners’ safe health care and treatment
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HEALTH 09/20/2018 05:45 am ET Updated 2 days ago A year after the storm hit Puerto Rico, IV saline bags -- a bedrock of medical care -- are still hard to find. By Lauren Weber It’s been a year since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, and Paul Seamann, a paramedic in West Virginia, still doesn’t have enough IV saline bags. Seamann is director of operations for Jan-Care Ambulance Service, which serves 100 ambulances over 8,000 square miles of mostly rural communities. He’s incredulous that bags of IV fluid are still so difficult to procure a year after Maria wiped out power and capabilities at the Puerto Rico-based manufacturing plants of Baxter International, a top producer of the bags. He’s had to hire another person in his supply chain to look across the country for IV bags. His department has had to pay up to 10 times what it normally would for certain medication-infused saline bags because of the short … [Read more...] about Hurricane Maria’s Effect On The Health Care Industry Is Threatening Lives Across The U.S.
(Getty Images) Nevada Medicaid will reverse its decision to require prior authorization for mental health services after providers and patients raised concerns that the policy change could delay treatment. The Division of Health Care Financing and Policy will hold a public hearing in October at an undetermined date to rescind prior authorization requirements for psychotherapy and neurotherapy services, including “talk therapy” and biofeedback. Medicaid behavioral health supervisor Alexis Tucey announced the change Tuesday at a public workshop in Las Vegas. The policy approved in August will still take effect Oct. 1, giving providers five sessions with a patient before they are required to submit additional documentation to the state Medicaid office. But Tucey said Tuesday that she didn’t anticipate providers would hit the five-session limit between the policy’s effective date and the public hearing rescinding it. The rollback was recommended by a focus group of … [Read more...] about Nevada drops plan for extra Medicaid paperwork for mental health care
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Thursday, May 31 2018 10:10 AM full issue More than 300 patient and consumer groups have expressed concerns over the proposed rulemaking, warning the planned changes could destabilize insurance markets, raise premiums for sick Americans and make insurance fraud easier. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is also eyeing changes to accountable care organizations. Los Angeles Times: Trump's New Insurance Rules Are Panned By Nearly Every Healthcare Group That Submitted Formal Comments Politico Pro: Trump Administration Eyes ACO Changes As Providers Push Back On the state level - Politico: New Jersey Becomes Second State To Adopt Individual Health Insurance Mandate Politico: New Mexico Governor Candidate Profited From High-Risk Insurance Plans In other news related to health insurance - The Wall Street Journal: Clean Bill Of Health For Insurance Deals This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy … [Read more...] about Health Care Groups Offer Negative Takes On Trump Insurance Marketplace Rules