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Certificate of Need (CON) laws in Healthcare do not make sense

This is the logic behind CON laws: Hospitals incur fixed costs, and if they have too much capacity which they cannot fill they will charger higher costs for used beds in order to cover those high costs, therefore driving up costs. CON laws are there to prevent such rise in costs.Research has however shown however that CON laws do not lead to low costs. Findings show that controlling for other factors "CON laws seem to limit access to healthcare, fail to increase the quality of care, and contribute to higher costs."...

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Minnesota restaurants seeking to do to-go sales of alcohol amid shutdown

Restaurants have been among the hardest hit businesses due to lockdowns which many states have put in place. Some states have however  taken steps to create more favorable conditions for restaurants to operate. The states of california, Illinois, New Hampshire, Maryland, Texas as well as the cities of washington D.C and Atlanta have allowed to-go alcohol sales.  The state of New York announced it would allow restaurants to deliver alcohol, but only with food. Similarly in Washington, customers must have food along with their order, and alcohol also be picked up curbside. Restaurants in Minnesota are however missing this option. Alcoholic...

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Missouri eases child care regulation to improve access

Lack of childcare is one of the issues parents are facing in this pandemic. Daycares across the nation are closing mostly for safety reasons. The state of Missouri has decided to make things easier for centers that choose to continue to operate during the pandemic. The state has allowed licensed centers to use emergency school closing rules. This means they can take in enrolled-school age children. The state is furthermore (1) letting providers exceed the license capacity of their location by 1/3 during this time (2) making available short-term 45-day licenses that can be renewed (3) Loosening some regulations for record...

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Telemedicine to the rescue

With the current COVID-19 epidemic, health service providers are utilizing services that connect doctors and patients remotely, called telemedicine. Telemedicine allows patients to receive health care without physically meeting a doctor. Through telemedicine patients can discuss symptoms, learn treatment options and even get prescriptions. Doctors can go as far as monitoring readings from medical devices. Why telemedicine is not commonly practiced For some people, telemedicine is something you may be hearing about for the first time. This is because apart from the usual technological impediments and people's reluctance to use it, telemedicine faces a lot of regulatory burden. Due to the nature...

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