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Pennsylvania House Rejects Animal Health Funding Plan | Livestock News

Pennsylvania Democrats defeated a plan Tuesday to shift money from food assistance to animal health.

The 100-101 vote on a budget amendment signaled the relative importance of Democratic and GOP priorities, but it isn’t the final word on the funding.

Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams, proposed moving $6 million — Ag Department spending increases proposed by Gov. Josh Shapiro — to fund the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission.

The commission was created in 1988 in response to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the state five years earlier.

The commission advises the department on animal health matters and supports the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System, which links the veterinary labs at Penn State, the University of Pennsylvania and the state Department of Agriculture.

The lab system’s rapid testing of samples from sick birds has been crucial to the state’s response to avian influenza, which returned to the state last

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Conduent Broadens Healthcare Payer Portfolio with New Innovative AI-Driven Provider Data Management Solution for Health Plans

Conduent Business Services, LLC

Conduent Business Services, LLC

New solution offers a single data source to keep network directories accurate and up to date in real time.

AI, automation and advanced analytics eliminate manual processes to authenticate and validate doctors’ information, reduce costs, improve compliance and provider and member satisfaction

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conduent Incorporated (Nasdaq: CNDT), a global technology-led business solutions and services company, today announced a new Provider Data Management (PDM) solution that brings health insurance companies a single, real-time data source to ensure the accuracy of their doctors’ directories. The PDM uses innovative AI and advanced analytics to collect, validate and communicate a doctor’s participation within a network, demographic revisions and other key data points. The company’s newest solution enables health insurance companies to improve claims auto-adjudication rates by reducing common data errors—such as incorrect addresses and speciality information—and enhances doctor and member satisfaction with

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US top health official sounds alarm on social media use by kids and adolescents

WASHINGTON – Social media can profoundly harm the mental health of young people, particularly adolescent girls, the United States Surgeon-General warned in an advisory on Tuesday, as he called for safeguards against tech companies for children who are at critical stages of brain development.

US Surgeon-General Vivek Murthy said that while social media offers some benefits, there are “ample indicators that social media could also harm children’s well-being”.

“We are in the middle of a national youth mental health crisis, and I am concerned that social media is an important driver of that crisis – one that we must urgently address,” Dr Murthy said.

Social media use may cause and perpetuate body image issues, affect eating behaviours and sleep quality, and lead to social comparison and low self-esteem, especially among adolescent girls, the advisory said, citing responses from a survey conducted among adolescents.

Adolescents who spend more than three

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Labour’s plans will help sink health service, not save it

Keir Starmer’s talk of ‘reform’ rather than resources is a coded call for a further expansion of the private sector in the NHS, writes Yuri Prasad

Tuesday 23 May 2023

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Labour leader Keir Starmer doesn’t really want to save the NHS (Picture: Chatham House)

Labour leader Keir Starmer took to the back of an Essex ambulance this week to launch his new policies for the NHS. He said that a government under his leadership would get the health service “off its knees” with a series of “reforms”—and just a modest increase in funding.

Labour says it will get cancer and A&E waiting times down, and the massive backlog of people waiting for treatment will be tackled. But a close ­examination of Starmer’s plans makes it clear that the cancer of privatisation is going to spread, and so is the draining effect of understaffing.

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Northwell Health planning $45M expansion into Yaphank retail, office, residential complex

Northwell Health will become the second-largest anchor among the business tenants at The Boulevard, the $450 million retail, office and residential complex under development along William Floyd Parkway in Yaphank.

The largest health care provider in New York state, Northwell is investing about $45 million for interior construction and equipment to open three facilities — a multispecialty medical office building, an ambulatory surgery center and an urgent care center — in the development in 2024, said Alex Costello, spokesman for the New Hyde Park-based health system.

“Northwell chose the Yaphank location for a few reasons. It’s a good location with incoming real estate development in the area; it works well with our multispecialty campuses in Manorville and Shirley; and it allows us to offer more outpatient services from Peconic Bay Medical Center,” he said.

Northwell’s planned Yaphank facilities also will help it expand services on the East End, Costello said.

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Report claims Health app coming to iPadOS 17, Apple planning AI-powered coaching service

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Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman apple-aapl-developing-ai-health-coaching-service-ipados-17-health-app?sref=9hGJlFio&leadSource=uverify%20wall” data-ylk=”slk:reports;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “reports on a few features Apple is planning for its Health initiative with this year’s iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating system updates. According to the journalist, the Cupertino firm is working on an AI-powered health coaching service and a new technology for tracking emotions.

The coaching service, codenamed Quartz, is designed to “keep users motivated to exercise, improve eating habits, and help them sleep better.” Using AI and data from the Apple Watch, Apple could create “coaching programs tailored to specific users.”

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Gurman says this service is planned for next year, although it could be canceled or postponed. Unlike an initiative Apple offered alongside the Singapore government in 2020, this one would be another

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Sarnia’s Bluewater Health planning cancer clinic renovations in 2024

A cancer clinic at Bluewater Health in Sarnia is expected to remain open during a $3.7-million renovation project planned for 2024, officials say.

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A cancer clinic at Bluewater Health in Sarnia is expected to remain open during a $3.7-million renovation project planned for 2024, officials say.

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Work is expected to begin in early next year and be completed in early 2025, the hospital said.

The clinic occupies about 557 square metres (6,000 square feet) of second-floor space in the Norman Street addition that opened nearly 15 years ago.

“The expansion of Bluewater Health’s Cancer Clinic will greatly benefit our patients, providing additional space and improved ease of

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Mercy Health seeks more reimbursement or plans to end Medicaid contract with Anthem

Mercy Health Jewish Hospital located in Kenwood.

Mercy Health Jewish Hospital located in Kenwood.

Bon Secours Mercy Health plans to terminate a Medicaid insurance contract with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield that covers 10,000 Ohioans unless the parties renegotiate a new contract by June 30.

The two companies currently have a contract that runs through 2024 to provide Medicaid insurance to patients at Mercy’s 21 hospitals in Ohio. But the health system has notified its patients if a new “fair” agreement isn’t made before June 30, Mercy’s Ohio hospitals will no longer be in-network for patients who receive Anthem’s Managed Medicaid the next day.

A representative for Mercy Health declined an interview request but in a statement, the company cited a 6.8% increase of operating expenses from 2021 to 2022 as reason for the need to renegotiate some of its contracts.

“Mercy Health contracts with health insurance companies (private payers), such as Elevance Health (otherwise known as

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18 Anti-Inflammatory Dinners That Support Gut Health

Caitlin Bensel

Caitlin Bensel

Reviewed by Dietitian Maria Laura Haddad-Garcia

These dinners are packed with gut-healthy and anti-inflammatory foods, helping you meet your nutritional needs. Combining anti-inflammatory ingredients like whole-wheat pasta and fish with gut-healthy ingredients like legumes, garlic and onions can help support healthy digestion. Plus, these meals can help combat pesky symptoms of chronic inflammation like joint stiffness and mental fog. Recipes like our Pan-Seared Cod with Radish & Lentil Salad and Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili are healthy and delicious choices for dinner tonight.

Pan-Seared Cod with Radish & Lentil Salad

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Jason Donnelly

Jason Donnelly

This pan-seared cod pairs with a whole-grain mustard vinaigrette for a pop of tangy flavor that elevates this simply cooked piece of fish.

Lemon-Garlic Dump Dinner with Chicken, Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts

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Caitlin Bensel

Caitlin Bensel

Tender chicken breast is bathed in a lemony marinade that brings a bright pop of flavor

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Accused seller of ‘sham’ insurance paid for consumer refunds

A Tampa-based health insurance distributor accused by the Federal Trade Commission of misleading consumers into buying “sham” health insurance plans has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Benefytt Technologies, which has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise, last year settled a Federal Trade Commission complaint that it participated in “deceptive, unfair and abusive acts” in connection with the sale and marketing of its memberships and related health products, including short-term medical plans, limited benefit plans and medical discount plans.

According to the FTC, the company targeted customers searching for insurance that complied with the Affordable Care Act. In agreeing to the settlement, Benefytt agreed to pay $100 million to refund consumers but neither admitted nor denied the allegations.

That $100 million payment, combined with $27.5 million the company paid to settle a class-action lawsuit over related allegations and $11 million paid to settle claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission,

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