Walgreens helped fuel San Francisco’s opioid crisis, judge finds

Walgreens helped fuel San Francisco’s opioid crisis, judge finds

Walgreens helped fuel the opioid epidemic in San Francisco by dispensing hundreds of thousands of prescriptions without performing adequate due diligence, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. US District Judge Charles Breyer found that over the course of a 15-year period, Walgreens pharmacists did not stop or flag suspicious orders, including tens of thousands from doctors … Read more

GoHealth insurance marketplace lays off hundreds

GoHealth insurance marketplace lays off hundreds

Health insurance brokerage GoHealth has laid off 20% of its workforce, the company notified employees in a public letter Tuesday. Approximately 800 agents and support workers lost their jobs, the company said. GoHealth employed roughly 4,000 people as of June 6, according to a news release. The layoffs come as digital health funding shrinks from … Read more

Long COVID’s Grip Will Likely Tighten as Infections Continue

Long COVID’s Grip Will Likely Tighten as Infections Continue

Aug. 10, 2022 – COVID-19 is far from done in the United States, with more than 111,000 new cases being recorded a day in the second week of August, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 625 deaths being reported every day. And as that toll grows, experts are worried about a second wave of illnesses … Read more

Teladoc Brings At-Home Diabetes Testing for Members

Teladoc Brings At-Home Diabetes Testing for Members

What You Should Know: – Teladoc Health recently added an at-home A1C testing program to its chronic care solution, making it easier for members to manage their diabetes while also bridging health equity gaps in chronic condition care. – Livongo by Teladoc Health members will have the option to receive at-home A1C tests provided by … Read more

How one company is trying to make hearing care a mainstream benefit

How one company is trying to make hearing care a mainstream benefit

Danny Aronson, co-founder and CEO of hearing health company Tuned, began to take action on his hearing about 10 years ago. He served in the Israeli army and like many veterans, has moderate hearing loss. And even though it is not severe, the effect of the loss can be huge, he said. “It means that … Read more

Warren launches investigation into state abortion bans

Warren launches investigation into state abortion bans

Late. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has launched an investigation into how state abortion bans have affected women’s access to health care for pregnancies, reproductive and non-reproductive care. In her announcement, Warren said her investigation was spurred by reports of “shocking stories from women in states that have enacted radical abortion bans and criminalized health care.” Warren, … Read more

Review: Ransomware Investigation Platform Fortifies Defenses in Depth

Review: Ransomware Investigation Platform Fortifies Defenses in Depth

Ransomware is one of the most dangerous cyberthreats operating today. Many organizations are specifically targeted, either because criminals assume they can ask for a lot of money or because of a higher possibility for payment. Among those targeted groups, healthcare organizations are near the top of the list. Companies such as Rubrik are pioneering defenses … Read more

Scan Health Plan makes push into Texas

Scan Health Plan makes push into Texas

Scan Health Plan said it will begin selling Medicare Advantage plans in the state of Texas in 2023, expanding the senior insurer’s coverage to four states. The nonprofit payer also plans to expand its existing footprint in Nevada by moving into Nye County, a region northwest of Las Vegas. “The expansions would bring Scan’s total … Read more

Regular Fasting Linked to Less Severe COVID: Study

Regular Fasting Linked to Less Severe COVID: Study

Aug. 10, 2022 – Intermittent fasting was not linked with a smaller chance of getting COVID-19, but it was linked with getting a less severe infection, according to the findings of a new study. The study was done on men and women in Utah who were, on average, in their 60s and got COVID before … Read more