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CBO Report: Trump Administration Undermining ACA Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 18 September 2017 17:18
Sam Petulla reports in a September 15, 2017 CNN post

Having failed to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump has said his strategy would be to let the health law "implode."
According the author:
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report Thursday <9/14/17> that predicts Trump administration policies on Obamacare could help it on its way by leading to rising premiums and decreased enrollment in individual insurance markets over the next year.  

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 September 2017 17:16
At least 5 dead in Florida nursing home left with no A/C after Irma Print E-mail
Written by Michael Nedelman | CNN   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00
At least five people have died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed Wednesday morning.
The deaths may be due to the loss of the home's air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck Sunday, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday. The causes of death are still being investigated.
"We are conducting a criminal investigation (and) not ruling anything out at this time," Sanchez said.
Three died at the nursing home, and two others died after being transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, Sharief said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:26
'Nuclear' hurricane strikes FL Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Hurricane Irma devastated the entire Florida peninsula. After flirting with the Cuban coast, the powerful Category 4 storm struck the Florida Keys Sunday morning. It made a second landfall at Marco Island (as a category 3) and tore up the west side of the peninsula. As bad as it was, it could have been a lot worse. The lengthy tango with Cuba combined with some unanticipated wind shear weakened the storm. Despite the westward track, South Florida and the entire east cost of the state suffered extensive wind damage and storm surge. The storm passed east of Tampa sparing that city a catastrophic hit. The worst hit areas in the Keys and SW Florida will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
As the storm approached Thursday, the bullseye was squarely on S. Florida. After a spirited debate, the FHIcommunications team decided to re-locate to Sarasota. After two nervous days there listening to revised forecasts predicting a west coat hit, the FHI team evacuated again to Daytona. In the end, there was no way to outrun the storm!
Today in Daytona there is no power, no gasoline and as I complete this post Monday afternoon, the power on my iPhone is critically low. We are ok though. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Floridians as we start the recovery. 
Last Updated on Monday, 18 September 2017 17:09
The New Measurement of Value in Medicine: Understanding Outcomes & Competition in a Changing Industry Print E-mail
Written by David Friend & Patrick Pilch | BDO   
Friday, 01 September 2017 14:36

Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & through the Looking-Glass, "If you don't know where you are going, any road can take you there." That has been an apt description of the alignment of healthcare payment and outcomes for some time. The roads are getting clearer and the destinations and goals measured and paid for are becoming more distinct. But new entrants and competition are disintermediating legacy providers and therapies, changing the determination of value for companies, therapies and episodes of care. This is disrupting traditional methods of value validation in the process.

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Powerful Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall in Texas Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 28 August 2017 16:15

Nicole Chavez, Eric Levenson and Steve Almasy report, in an August 25, 2017 CNN post:

Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, Texas, as a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
According to CNN:
The storm is pounding the Texas coast and its millions of residents with hurricane-force winds knocking down trees, power poles and signs, and with torrential rain deluging streets...Harvey is the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004...President Donald Trump, who will visit the area next week, has signed a disaster declaration for the state.
"Texas is about to have a very significant disaster," said Brock Long, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 September 2017 08:15
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