Weekend Reading: The Word on the Street, Go Deep, All the Lonely People and Sweet Finds

Weekend Reading: The Word on the Street, Go Deep, All the Lonely People and Sweet Finds

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There was no shortage of healthcare news in the headlines this week. Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that includes healthcare provisions that will lower prescription drug costs for people with Medicare, reduce Medicare drug spending and extend enhanced subsidies for Affordable Care Act marketplace coverage. The IRA also contains programs to promote clean energy, such as business and consumer tax credits and is widely viewed as the federal government’s largest investment in fighting climate change. Included in the IRA are tax increases for some large companies and establishment of a new tax on corporate stock buybacks. The IRA heads to President Biden’s desk next week for signature.

In other major healthcare news this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated COVID-19 guidance on Thursday reflecting increased population immunity due to vaccines/boosters and prior infection as well as treatments and tools to help protect against severe illness and death. The new guidance shifts the focus of mitigation efforts to individuals rather than the prior emphasis on using businesses, schools, and other entities to control spread of the virus. Individuals are encouraged to stay current with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters and follow testing protocols. The CDC dropped the recommendations for quarantine for people who come in contact with an infected person as well the 6-foot social distancing in most situations. The CDC continues to recommend indoor masking in areas designated as high on its COVID community scale.

This Weekend Reading Series begins with The Word on the Street, with the latest on the new FDA testing guidelines; Blue Cross Blue Shield settlement; Pfizer drug warranty program and other key stories.  Next, check out Go Deep, offering an in-depth look at private equity in healthcare; online privacy post-Roe; social media disinformation about the 988 hotline and more! Do not miss All the Lonely People, with articles about loneliness and its impact on worker productivity, health and relationships.  Last, but not least, check out Sweet Finds and my personal favorite in honor of National Creamsicle Day on August 14th – An Ode To The Humble Orange Creamsicle!

I hope you enjoy the following:

1. The Word On The Street

2. Go Deep

3. All the Lonely People

4. Sweet Finds

Enjoy the weekend!

Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
AEPC President
P.O. Box 1416
Birmingham, MI 48012
Office: (248) 792-2187
Email: [email protected]

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