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Texas | August 2, 2021

Texas Hospitals Lack Compliance with Federal Price Transparency Rule According to Survey

Texas | August 2, 2021

Half a year after losing an appeals court battle, many hospitals across the country are still not fully compliant with the federal government’s price transparency rule — including 23 of Texas’ largest hospitals.

 

An analysis by PatientsRightsAdvocate.org surveyed 500 hospitals across the nation from May to July estimates that 5.6 percent of the nation’s hospitals are fully compliant. The group took a random sample of America’s over 6,000 hospitals.

Issued during the Trump administration, the price transparency rule is a regulatory measure requiring hospitals to make available to customers their actual prices rather than mere ranges or estimates. It also requires hospitals to post those prices on a shoppable page on their website.

The regulatory price transparency rule took effect on January 1 after the American Hospital Association (AHA) lost its challenge in front of the D.C. circuit court in December…. (Excerpts from The Texan)

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California | July 23, 2021

Kids’ suicide, mental health hospitalizations spiked amid COVID lockdowns

California | July 23, 2021

COVID-19 policies had disastrous results on children, especially in California, according to medical researchers at the University of California San Francisco. Suicides in the Golden State last year jumped by 24% for Californians under 18 but fell by 11% for adults, showing how children were uniquely affected by “profound social isolation and loss of essential social supports traditionally provided by in-person school.” Children requiring emergency mental health services jumped last year in Children’s Hospital of Oakland, and children’s hospitalizations for eating disorders more than doubled at UCSF Children’s Hospital. In January, the latter’s emergency department (ED) at Mission Bay hit a record for “highest proportion of suicidal children in ER” at 21%. The researchers previewed their findings and conclusions in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month. They accused the CDC of burying the harms to teen mental health from lockdown while cherry-picking data to cast teen COVID hospitalizations “in the worst possible light… (Excerpts from Just the News)

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International | July 18, 2021

WHO Demands ‘Audits’ Of Chinese Labs, Admits First Cases Didn’t Come From Huanan Wet Market

International | July 18, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) is demanding that “audits” be conducted of Chinese labs in the vicinity of where the first cases of SARS-CoV-2 were identified — a development that comes at approximately the same time that the organization admitted that the first cluster of cases did not come from a nearby wet market in Wuhan.

WHO chief  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a closed-door meeting on Friday that one of the top priorities for the next phase of the investigation includes “audits of relevant laboratories and research institutions operating in the area of the initial human cases identified in December 2019.”….

(Excerpt from the Daily Wire)

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Illinois | July 7, 2021

In Illinois, Biden to push money for families and child care

Illinois | July 7, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Biden is turning his focus to pitching his proposed investments in families and education, using a visit to a community college in a key Illinois swing district to highlight how his spending on so-called human infrastructure would boost the economy.

The president on Wednesday will visit McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, a community college with a workforce development program and a child care center. He’ll promote his vision to invest in child care, health care, education and other important aspects of everyday life for Americans. His plans were shared by a White House official who insisted on anonymity to preview remarks that have not been made public.

The visit marks a fresh focus on the portions of Biden‘s economic agenda that didn’t make it into the bipartisan infrastructure deal that the president signed onto in June. That package includes hundreds of billions of dollars of investments in roads and bridges, transit systems and broadband, but it constitutes only a fraction of the $4 trillion in spending Biden has proposed as part of a broader plan to reinvigorate the economy and boost the middle class….

(Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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District of Columbia | June 11, 2021

Nearly 800 Reports of Heart Inflammation After COVID-19 Vaccination in US

District of Columbia | June 11, 2021

Federal authorities have received over 800 reports of heart inflammation in people who received a COVID-19 vaccine, a health official said Thursday.

The reports of myocarditis or pericarditis were submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a passive reporting system run jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration, through May 31.

Most of the reports, 475, described myocarditis or pericarditis appearing in people ages 30 or younger.

The bulk of the reports described heart inflammation appearing after the second of two doses of either the Pfizer of Moderna vaccines, both of which utilize messenger RNA technology…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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International | June 1, 2021

The World Medical Association’s Plan to Gut Medical Conscience

International | June 1, 2021

With the effective destruction of the Hippocratic Oath, doctors who wish to follow the Oath’s maxims of not participating in abortion or assisted suicide are in danger of being kicked out of the lifeboat by the World Medical Association.

Specifically, the WMA has a draft proposal to amend the organization’s ethical rules to require that physicians with a conscientious objection to an intervention refer patients to other physicians without the moral reticence. Specifically, the draft ethical revision reads (with the proposed change in bold):

Physicians have an ethical obligation to minimise disruption to patient care. Conscientious objection must only be considered if the individual patient is not discriminated against or disadvantaged, the patient’s health is not endangered, and undelayed continuity of care is ensured through effective and timely referral to another qualified physician.

If adopted, it would mean that physicians would have the ethical duty to be complicit in actions to which they are opposed for religious or moral reasons, including abortion, euthanasia (where legal) — i.e., homicide, assisted suicide (where legal), blocking puberty of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, transition surgeries , infant circumcision, etc. This would not only violate the human rights of physicians by forcing them to do things they believe immoral or harmful to the patient, but require them in abortion/euthanasia/assisted-suicide cases to be complicit in the taking of innocent human life…

(Excerpts from the National Review)

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