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AHA presses FTC to investigate UnitedHealth lab coverage policy, price hikes for travel nurses

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is calling for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to probe a new policy from UnitedHealthcare on coverage for diagnostic tests and to explore rate hikes for temporary nurses.

The AHA’s letter to the FTC (PDF) Thursday comes nearly a month after the agency announced a study into the impact of physician group and healthcare facility consolidation and is seeking data from six major insurers including UnitedHealthcare.

The AHA called out UnitedHealthcare’s plan to implement starting July 1 a new Designated Diagnostic Provider (DDP) program. The insurer will eliminate all coverage for diagnostic tests at any freestanding and hospital labs—even those in the health plan’s network—unless the facilities are a DDP.

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Disruption, Acceleration & Innovation: Pharmacists on the Frontline

This year, pharmacists will play a critical role in the United States’ COVID-19 immunization efforts. Although this is welcomed news, this new duty and other

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Column: House Speaker Scott Saiki’s bill on state’s travel policy unsafe for Kauai, Hawaii

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How the UK’s current quarantine policy works and who calls the shots

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Airport measures
LOGO: Test4Travel
LOGO: Test4Travel

YesterdayThe Telegraph launched its Test4Travel campaign for accessible airport testing at all airports and ports in time for Christmas. The aim is to get business and leisure travel moving again safely by removing the 14-day quarantine. But it doesn’t come without its challenges. If testing was to be implemented on a national, or even bi-lateral scale, how would it work?

As with all things Covid-19 related, the response has been a cross-government effort

On March 17, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) advised against all non-essential international travel due to the pandemic and border restrictions put in place by other countries. This was lifted on June 8 but all travellers to the UK were required to self-isolate for 14 days and fill out a passenger locator form. Border Force carried out, and continue to carry out, spot checks at

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