Industry News: Volume 1, Issue 9

INDUSTRY NEWS

Self Insurance Institute of America Partners with Medical Travel & Digital Health News to Produce Medical Travel Webinar Series

Register: https://www.siia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=7479

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. & MAHWAH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) today announced a partnership with Medical Travel & Digital Health News to produce a series of virtual “Connect from Anywhere” medical travel seminars. In anticipation of travel patterns further normalizing in the coming months and years, SIIA will showcase leading medical centers – both domestic and international – that partner with self-insured group health plans to provide high quality health care often at significantly discounted cost as part of “medical travel” arrangements.

Seminar Schedule: all events 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

March 11, 2021 Health City Cayman Islands

March 24, 2021 Costa Rica

April 15, 2021 The Cleveland Clinic

May 5, 2021 Colombia

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about these options without having to leaving your home or office, with specific content to be of interest to employers, broker/advisors, TPAs, stop-loss carriers and other key service providers. While each seminar will have its own location focus, common content elements for all seminars are expected to include:

  • Stories from real members of self-insured health plans who received medical treatment in that location
  • Key Medical Staff Profiles and Experience in Providing Medical Travel Services
  • Actual Self-Insured Employer Experience Offering Medical Travel Options
  • Quality Metrics and Safety Information
  • Assistance Service with Travel Logistics/Other Member Support Services
  • Qualifying Criteria and Follow-Up Care Considerations for Participants
  • Financial Incentives and Benefits for Stakeholders
  • How to Incorporate Medical Travel Options into Self-insured Health Plans
  • Live Q&A to Answer Your Questions in Real Time

These will be free events for both members and non-members, but advance registration will be required. Additional details are forthcoming about each specific seminar, preliminary information is accessible now and individuals may reserve their spot at https://www.siia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=7479.

Laura Carabello, editor and publisher, Medical Travel & Digital Health News and principal, CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, says, “As a leading voice of the medical travel industry both US and worldwide, we are delighted to collaborate on this meaningful project with SIIA that will educate and inform the self-insured community about destinations and hospitals that deliver high quality, cost-effective care.”

About Medical Travel & Digital Health News (MTDHN)

A global B2B newsletter reaching B2B desktops worldwide, MTDHN is written and edited by experts in international healthcare. MTDHN keeps its readers abreast of trends, deals, new business, competition, medical advances, legal issues and the advancement of care, including interviews with experts in both this space and the growing, accessible digital health market. www.medicaltraveltoday.com

About SIIA

The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. is a member-based association dedicated to protecting and promoting the business interests of companies involved in the self-insurance and captive insurance industry. Members include self-insurance entities, TPAs, Captive Managers, Excess/Stop Loss Carriers and other industry service providers. www.siia.org

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By Robert King

FierceHealthcare.com—The House passed an enormous $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that boosts subsidies for Affordable Care Act plans and gives money for vaccine distribution.

The 219 to 212 vote early Saturday morning now sends the package to the Senate.

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By Beth Snyder Bulik

FiercePharma.com—With an FDA green light for emergency use, Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot now faces a communications hurdle. How will the company handle the comparison with its vaccine rivals?

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

College Healthcare Programs Meet Unprecedented Challenge

By Mark Morris

HealthcareNews.com—A pandemic has a way of forcing people to be flexible and creative.

That’s especially true for colleges that prepare students for futures in nursing, physical therapy, and other healthcare occupations.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

Why AstraZeneca and J&J’s Vaccines, In Use Elsewhere, Are Still on Hold in America

By Sarah Jane Tribble

KaiserHealthNews.com—The World Health Organization greenlighted emergency use of AstraZeneca and Oxford’s covid-19 vaccine this month, following in the steps of the United Kingdom, the European Union and others, who are already injecting it as quickly as possible into the masses.

But the United States is still waiting.

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When it comes to ED admission rates among Medicare patients, the doctor makes the difference

By Tina Reed

FierceHealthcare.com—Exactly which doctor a patient ends up seeing in an emergency department can have a big impact on whether or not they get admitted to the hospital, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs.

In a study that looked at admissions among Medicare patients, there were wide variations in admission rates between physicians, according to work by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as well as the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Harvard Medical School.

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Managing Stress is Key to Maintaining Cardiovascular Health

By Healthcare News Staff

HealthcareNews.com—Americans are stressed today more than ever before, and it’s affecting their heart health.

According to the American Institute of Stress, 77% of people experience stress that affects their physical health, while the Global Organization for Stress reports that 75% of Americans experienced moderate to high stress levels in the past month.

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