Should more flexible health care professional licensing continue after COVID-19?

Shirley Svorny and Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute have a long history (see here) of criticizing government licensing of physicians and other health care providers (e.g., nurse practitioners [NPs], nurses). Their proposed alternative has been to allow private entities to certify the competence of practitioners. They claim that private entities would increase competition by…

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Sole-Source, Off-Patent Drugs: Are prices rising out of control?

In the news, we often hear of pharma companies dramatically raising the price of off-patent but sole-sourced drugs. For instance, Martin Shkreli–formerly of Turing pharmaceuticals–raised the price of Daraprim, an antiparasitic drug, from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Is this a common occurrence or is the news media blowing it out of proportion? A recent…

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Australia: A “day” by any other name: High Court delivers a landmark judgment clarifying paid personal leave entitlements under the NES

Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v AMWU [2020] HCA 29 In an eagerly anticipated decision, the High Court has decided that the entitlement to ’10 days’ of personal leave under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) is a reference to the average of an employee’s ordinary hours of work over a two-week period, or 1/26th of …

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Next-Gen Care Delivery: Activating Providers, Patients and Payers to Thrive Post-Pandemic

A few months back, when we envisioned the future, the thought of COVID-19, or anything like it, was not in our discussions. But today, the impact this pandemic has had on health, wealth, and well-being is enormous. The American healthcare system was already working to decrease the escalating costs of healthcare when the pandemic struck. … Read More

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Maintain effective password policies

IT departments should implement and maintain effective password policies containing robust user identification and password practices. Millions of users worldwide continue to use 123456 and other easily guessed passwords (see here for 100,000 passwords to avoid). In a 2019 Ponemon study, 69% of respondents shared passwords with work colleagues, and 51% reused an average of five passwords across their business or personal accounts—contrary to best practices.

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Department of Labor Continues to Loosen Restrictions on Calculating Overtime (US)

In what Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia called a step in the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) goal of lessening “unnecessary regulatory burdens” on businesses, on May 20, 2020 the DOL released a final rule regarding the calculation of overtime for salaried non-exempt workers with fluctuating workweeks. The rule change may encourage payment of additional incentive…… Continue Reading

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