Mental health professionals say Medicare cut has had devastating consequence in regional Australia

Andara Puchino

Judith Pomeroy has regular panic attacks, nightmares, and sometimes feels like she just has to get through hour by hour. Key points: A Medicare loading helping psychiatrists bulk bill tele-health consults with rural and regional patients was cut in January Psychiatrists say it’s making care and treatment virtually inaccessible for many patients […]

Blue Shield of California to Invest $7 Million in New Health Equity Fellowship at UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Blue Shield of California

Andara Puchino

OAKLAND, Calif. (May 19, 2022) – Blue Shield of California today announced it will invest $7 million over five years for a new fellowship program at UC Berkeley School of Public Health to support graduate students from underrepresented communities. The program, which aims to increase diversity among health professionals, will […]

The Blind Spot in Medicare for All

Andara Puchino

Debra Smith holds her medical bills in her living room on Thursday, October 7, 2021, in Spring Hill, Tenn. Smith figures she has around $10,000 in unpaid medical bills from a string of hospital stays over the past year, even though she has coverage through Medicare. She hasn’t been able […]

Justice Department Announces Enforcement Action Charging 12 Medical Professionals with Opioid Distribution Offenses | OPA

Andara Puchino

The Department of Justice, together with federal and state law enforcement partners, today announced criminal charges against 14 defendants in eight federal districts across the United States for their alleged involvement in crimes related to the unlawful distribution of opioids. Twelve of the defendants were medical professionals at the time […]