Weekend Update

The U.S. House of Representatives started its August recess last week. The Washington Examiner reports on the Senate’s plans for the coming week as it remains at work on Capitol Hill.  The FEHBlog noticed that the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee will be holding a full Committee hearing on healthcare spending on Tuesday beginning at 10 am.

The Office of Personnel Management announced last week that the agency has upgraded its unlocktalent.gov website which provides a lot of useful demographic and satisfaction with employment information on federal employees.  A lot of information is made available to the general public; other information is restricted to federal employees who can log into the site.

Healthcare Dive discusses an interesting Walgreen’s initiative called Find Care Now.

The [initiative’s] goal is to help consumers find convenient and lower-cost care such as urgent care centers co-located at Walgreens drugstores and telemedicine. The platform lists prices for services ranging from lab tests to an optometrist or hearing specialist to physician house calls and telehealth consultations.

Currently, 17 providers are taking part, including Advocate Health Care, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, MedExpress Urgent Care and MDLive.

Good luck.