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Over the last year and a half, physicians around the world have been focused on managing patients, their teams, and themselves through the COVID pandemic. This has not been an easy time for physicians.

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An analysis of individual enrollment and premium data from California’s marketplace and the American Rescue Plan premium tax credit subsidy schedule has concluded that a smart default policy avoids defaulting lower-income marketplace enrollees to objectively inferior health care insurance plans and leads to large reductions in lower-income enrollees’ deductibles, copayments, and maximum out-of-pocket amounts.

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In addition to welcoming a newborn, parents may be unexpectedly billed for some hospitalization services, according to a research letter in JAMA Health Forum.

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Scott Kober hosts this podcast in which he interviews Lisa Satterfield, senior director of health economics and practice management at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). They discuss the tools and resources available to practicing ob-gyns that are focused specifically on payer and reimbursement issues.

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Hear about tools and resources available to practicing ob/gyn to address payer and reimbursement issues.

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“Over the past several years, a growing number of companies have been providing contraception through online platforms, but there has been very little research on these businesses,” said principal investigator Brittni Frederiksen, MPH, PhD, a senior policy analyst at KFF in San Francisco.

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This podcast highlights the effectiveness of co-testing as it pertains to cervical cancer screening.

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“My research centers on examining the intersection of policy, health and economics. In no other area of medicine is policy as critical to health as ob/gyn. It is essential to understand how policy can promote health, or perpetuate reproductive health disparities,” said principal investigator Maria Rodriguez, MD, MPH, an associate professor of ob/gyn in the Section of Family Planning at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

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The Quest 2020 Health Trends Study® has revealed declining rates in gonorrhea and chlamydia screenings, while positive tests increased, an issue that needs urgent public health attention.

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Host Scott Kober discusses the impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on women’s fertility with experts Jenell Coleman Fennell, MD, MPH, and Molly Quinn, MD.

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