Nursing Facility Staffing Shortages – from bad to worst!

The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing facility residents and staff has brought increased attention to long-standing workforce issues that can affect care quality and safety, such as staffing shortages and high turnover rates. These issues have existed for decades and have been associated with adverse outcomes, including increased mortality rates, hospitalization rates, and emergency…

ICNM: A new report calls for global action plan to address nursing workforce crisis and prevent an avoidable healthcare disaster

A new report titled Sustain and Retain in 2022 and Beyond: The Global Nursing Workforce and the COVID-19 Pandemic, has revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic has made the fragile state of the global nursing workforce much worse, putting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) aim of Universal Health Coverage at serious risk. It suggests up to…

Average family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance top $22,000 in 2021

The annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, offer rates, wellness programs, and employer practices. The 2021 survey included 1,686 interviews with non-federal public and private firms. Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $22,221 this year, up 4% from last…

Medicare is evolving into a program that looks more like a marketplace of private plans with a public plan as a backup option!

A fundamental change in the architecture of Medicare is rapidly happening into something different to what people think the Medicare program is. Medicare Advantage (MA) continued to grow during the pandemic, and most Medicare enrollees will be in private plans in a couple of years despite MA’s deep-rooted problems. Spending on MA is rising precipitously…