New Data Shows Health Care Policy and Costs Top of Mind for Consumers Leading Up to 2020 Presidential Election

Sapphire Digital Survey Reveals Consumers’ View of Health Care Price Transparency and How Health Care Policy Will Influence Their Vote

Sapphire Digital, a leader in empowering consumers to make better choices that deliver health care savings, today announced survey results assessing consumer views on the health care system and health care policy leading up to the 2020 presidential election. The findings reveal health care policy will influence 79% of U.S. adults’ votes in the election, with 50% of those consumers reporting health policy will most influence or heavily influence their votes compared to other policy issues. Additionally, more than one-third (34%) of adults surveyed report they would like to see both presidential candidates prioritize lowering care costs leading up to the election.

For years, health care costs have been on the rise and the recent financial impact of COVID-19 has made cost concerns even more prominent. With consumers looking to

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NFL power rankings: Buccaneers, Chiefs in top 3 despite losses

When esteemed colleague Mitch Goldich told me it was my turn to assemble The MMQB’s “Power Rankings,” I was excited! I’d finally have an opportunity to write about my true passion, inventor/engineer/futurist Nikola Tesla, whose innovations made the modern electricity supply system possible and who was superior to Thomas Edison in every conceivable way.

But then Mitch explained to me that I’d actually just be ranking football teams, which seems much less interesting and also largely pointless since there’s an entire system already in place to determine who the best team is (they keep score of games, track standings, hold elimination playoff competitions based on those standings, etc.).

But apparently there’s an insatiable appetite for these things—and certainly those nerds who put out their Power Rankings before Week 5 was even complete (respect Tuesday Night Football!) didn’t quench that thirst.

So if you came to get all worked up over

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Amazon Prime Day fitness deals: top deals on Fitbit, Garmin, running watches, Nike shoes and home gym equipment

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The best Prime Day fitness deals are GOOD this year, even better than expected. It’s true, we expected the best Amazon Prime Day deals to include plenty of the best Garmin watch deals as well as the best Fitbit deals but what we are seeing now is even better.

As well as the above brands, the best Polar watches and best Suunto watches have received a discount plus a few Withings hybrid smartwatch are now also cheaper for a couple of days. Amazon Prime Day is shaping up to be a Black Friday beating shopping event!

Should you want to do some further research, take a look at the best running watch and best triathlon watch guides so you can make an educated decision which multisport watch to buy next. There is also the best hybrid smartwatch and the best

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The College of Health Care Professions Named as San Antonio Express-News 2020 Top Workplace Winner

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), a trailblazer in the delivery of allied health education that offers accredited stackable degree and certificate programs aligned to the region’s fastest-growing healthcare fields, has been named The San Antonio Express-News Top Workplace winner. This is the third year in a row CHCP’s San Antonio and South San Antonio campuses were recognized on the Top Workplace list.

“This award highlights the hard work of the entire San Antonio team whose leadership inspires and motivates students to achieve their career goals,” said Eric Bing, chief executive officer of CHCP. “Our faculty and staff are the bedrock of our work to help aspiring professionals find success in careers throughout their lives.”

CHCP was recently featured on the podcast, A Model to Watch, where Bing discusses student wellbeing during the pandemic, how CHCP has designed its

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5 Top Mental Health Apps During Covid-19

Even long before Covid-19 sent millions of Americans home to work in isolation, companies had begun to consider how to support employees’ mental health. Inc.’s 2019 Best Workplaces list reveals many top employers had been doing things like subsidizing therapy bills and granting stipends for wellness services.

The pandemic, of course, has put employees under a kind of mental strain few have likely experienced before, so it’s no wonder more businesses are looking for ways to help workers who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. In recent years, apps aiming to address all of those issues have proliferated. So which ones are worth offering to your team? Inc. checked in with app analytics firm Sensor Tower to identify those that have gotten high user ratings and surged in downloads over the last several months. Here are five to consider, in no particular order.

1. Calm
Primarily a relaxation app,

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Thomas Jefferson to eliminate 500 positions and trim top executives’ pay as losses mount from COVID

Thomas Jefferson University plans to cut 500 positions through attrition, freeze pay of top executives and stop retirement plan contributions for a year as the medical system, one of Philadelphia’s largest employers, struggles to stem losses.


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Jefferson Health, which expanded from three to 14 hospitals from 2015 to 2018, has been hit extra hard by COVID-19 shutdowns that have delayed elective surgery.

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“The reality is, unless addressed, the pandemic will dramatically affect our ability to fulfill our mission,” wrote Stephen K. Klasko, president of the university and chief executive at Jefferson Health, in an internal email to staff. Jefferson logged an operating loss of $298.71 million in the year ended June 30 even after it received $320 million in government grants to help it withstand the financial devastation of COVID-19.

Still, Klasko adds that he is determined to keep upgrading

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Fair Haven Community Health Care ranked as a top 10 quality leader by federal agency

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In this pandemic, it has never been more important for low-income neighborhoods to have access to good health care.

At the same time, Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) is earning national recognition for the work it is doing.

It is one of nearly 1,400 federally-qualified health centers. To get their funding, those centers are all required to send in a copious amount of information every year.

“The government crunches those numbers, and then in the summer, they come out and say these are the health centers that, out of the 1,400 nationwide, have done the best,” explained FHCHC CEO Dr. Suzanne Lagarde.

This summer, the center was recognized as being in the top 10 percentile for being a quality leader, and the top two percent in handling of behavioral health by the Health Resources & Services Administration.

The organization began in 1971, seeing just

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Top Certified Emergency Nurse Shares Insights on Pandemic, Professional Development

BCEN’s 2020 Distinguished CEN Award winner Jude Lark discusses how certified nurses have innovated during the pandemic and how hospital and nurse leaders can help them succeed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged healthcare workers these past months like no other time in recent history but certified emergency nurses (CENs) rose to the occasion, according to Jude Lark, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, emergency services clinical nurse educator at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey.

“I believe our certified nurses came through strong. They utilized their knowledge of best practices and skills to help us facilitate and drive new, innovative ways to care for our COVID patients and each other,” says Lark, who was recently named the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing’s (BCEN) 2020 Distinguished CEN Award winner.

Due to their nature, CENs have a higher level of competency and knowledge, Lark says, and they have

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Healthcare IT Market Growth Trends 2020, Technology Advancement, Top Companies, Merger, Industry Size, Share, New Developments, Regional Outlook

Healthcare IT Market Insight

Global healthcare IT market 2020 shares rose to innovative heights after the stock splits affected the Coronavirus pandemic, extending stocks this year. Market Research Future puts in its report that the Global healthcare IT market, in the period from 2018 to 2023, would generate high revenue than before if the rate of growth was kept at 15%. At this pace of augmentation will not only flow the market’s valuation in the future but also take at an elevated level of business at a global level.

Healthcare IT Market—Boomers & Trends

The ascend in demand for paperless technology, the appearance of social media, and its blow on the healthcare IT industry are the foremost factors dependable for the current growth of the market studied. Along with these, surged funding from governments, various initiatives to improve healthcare services and infrastructure, and a better return on investments are the

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