Nonprofit news publisher named AHCJ’s executive director

Kelsey Ryan, founder of The Beacon, will head AHCJ.

AHCJ has named Kelsey Ryan, the founder and publisher of a nonprofit online news network and a former health care reporter, as the organization’s executive director.

Chosen after a national search, Ryan replaces Andrew Smiley, who resigned in January. She will start on Sept. 6.

“Kelsey brings the exact mix of skills that we were looking for,” said Felice J. Freyer, AHCJ board president and chair of the search committee. “She has proven ability in running a nonprofit and raising money — and she also has worked as a journalist and shares our commitment to journalistic ethics.”

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History shows Inflation Reduction Act subsidies help Americans save on health insurance

In states where health insurance premiums are highest, consumers losing marketplace subsidies would have seen the steepest increases if Congress did not pass the Inflation Reduction Act’s continuation of the enhanced subsidies. Source: “Five Things to Know about the Renewal of Extra Affordable Care Act Subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act,” Kaiser Family Foundation, Aug. 11, 2022. Accessed Aug. 18, 2022.

By signing the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on Tuesday, August 16, President Biden made history by continuing a 12-year trend to reduce the number of nonelderly Americans without health insurance.

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Government’s Project US@ working to standardize patient addresses across electronic health records

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Your mailing address could soon be used as a valuable tool to help health systems properly identify you and link disparate medical records held by different entities.

Since early 2021, the federal government has been working on Project US@ (pronounced “USA”), an initiative to establish a standard approach for representing patient addresses across all health IT systems. The effort, led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), is believed to improve what is known as patient matching — the processes involved in correctly identifying patients and linking their medical records within and across systems.

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Inflation Reduction Act will benefit millions of older adults

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Millions of older adults will soon benefit from lower prescription drug prices and a cap on out-of-pocket costs thanks to landmark legislation signed into law by President Biden today. Continue reading

New tip sheet: How to cover health inequities in U.S. monkeypox data trends

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Non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic people account for more than half of reported monkeypox cases in the United States as of last week, according to a recent report from the CDC. This has been an underreported angle for journalists as federal public health authorities haven’t had much race and ethnicity data to work with since the outset of the outbreak in May.

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