Medicare has online tool to compare nursing homes, doctors

Suppose you or a loved one needed to get cardiac bypass surgery. Wouldn’t it be useful to be able to consult one online tool to find and evaluate a surgeon and hospital as well as a nursing home and home health services for rehabilitation after this surgery?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is betting the answer is yes.

Last month, CMS unveiled Care Compare, a streamlined redesign of eight existing CMS healthcare compare tools available on Medicare.gov.

Care Compare aims to give Medicare patients and family caregivers a user-friendly online tool to make informed decisions about healthcare based on location, cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data, and the site is compatible for use on smartphone and tablets.

Patients can find information in eight areas: doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, home health, dialysis centers, long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation and hospice groups.

“By aggregating all eight

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‘Truth Over Flies Fly Swatter’ now for sale at Biden’s online store

(NEXSTAR) — The Biden campaign’s merchandise team was even faster to respond than either of the candidates at the vice presidential debate, capitalizing on the night’s viral moment within hours of the event.

For more than two minutes Wednesday night, a fly clung to the hairline of Vice President Pence, becoming a distraction from a conversation on systemic racism.

Team Biden quickly tweeted out an image of the former vice president armed with a fly swatter.

It appears the Democrats weren’t content to let the joke land there, so they also quickly updated the merchandise side with a new offering: the “Truth Over Flies Fly Swatter.” “Truth over lies” is one of several slogans adopted by the 2020 Biden campaign.

The “made-in-USA” plastic swatter was originally listed for $10, but it was sold out by Thursday morning.

Other additions to the site’s

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‘Truth Over Flies Fly Swatter’ now for sale at Biden’s online store | WGN Radio 720

(NEXSTAR) — The Biden campaign’s merchandise team was even faster to respond than either of the candidates at the vice presidential debate, capitalizing on the night’s viral moment within hours of the event.

For more than two minutes Wednesday night, a fly clung to the hairline of Vice President Pence, becoming a distraction from a conversation on systemic racism.

Team Biden quickly tweeted out an image of the former vice president armed with a fly swatter.

It appears the Democrats weren’t content to let the joke land there, so they also quickly updated the merchandise side with a new offering: the “Truth Over Flies Fly Swatter.” “Truth over lies” is one of several slogans adopted by the 2020 Biden campaign.

The “made-in-USA” plastic swatter was originally listed for $10, but it was sold out by Thursday morning.

Other additions to the site’s

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Half of elementary students at Peel public board opted for online learning

Nearly half of students at public elementary schools in a COVID-19 hot spot west of Toronto are learning online, according to data provided by the school board.

Upwards of 54,600 elementary students have opted for remote learning this year at the Peel District School Board, while roughly 57,300 have returned to the classroom — a split far higher than the roughly one-third of elementary students learning from home at neighbouring boards.

The Peel board saw a sharp increase in students opting for remote learning over the course of the last month, according to numbers it shared. In late August, just 35,800 students had registered for online learning, compared to 78,300 who indicated a preference for in-class lessons.

The Catholic school board in the region — the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board — said about 14,150 elementary students are learning online, compared to 32,400 who have returned to the classroom, meaning

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UPDATE 2-ProSieben puts online drugstore Windstar Medical up for sale – sources

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FRANKFURT, Sept 30 (Reuters) – German TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has put its online drugstore Windstar Medical up for sale as it streamlines its technology investments, people close to the matter said.

The profitable retailer of over-the-counter drugs could be valued at around 250 million euros ($293 million), including debt, in a potential deal, the people said.

Non-binding offers for the unit are due shortly, with mostly private equity groups expected to show interest in the start-up with some 100 employees, they said.

ProSieben said it announced in March 2020 it would examine all existing investments to see whether there are clear synergies with its core business, adding that it would assess in each case whether it is the best owner for individual companies.

ProSieben, under new management, is looking to raise money from asset sales after the reign of former CEO

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ProSieben puts online drugstore Windstar Medical up for sale – sources

By Arno Schuetze and Klaus Lauer

FRANKFURT, Sept 30 (Reuters)German TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1PSMGn.DE has put its online drugstore Windstar Medical up for sale as it streamlines its technology investments, people close to the matter said.

The profitable retailer of over-the-counter drugs could be valued at around 250 million euros ($293 million), including debt, in a potential deal, the people said.

Non-binding offers for the unit are due shortly with mostly private equity groups expected to show interest in the start-up with some 100 employees, they said.

ProSieben said it announced in March 2020 that it would examine all existing investments to see whether there are clear synergies with its core business, adding that it would assess in each case whether it is the best owner for individual companies.

ProSieben, under new management, is looking to raise money from asset sales after the reign of former CEO

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Online shoppers await festive season sales for buying appliances, mobiles: Report



a hand holding a cellphone: Online shoppers await festive season sales for buying appliances, mobiles: Report


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Online shoppers await festive season sales for buying appliances, mobiles: Report

This festival season may turn out to be a money-spinner for e-commerce platforms selling appliances and mobiles.

According to Nielsen India, shoppers are waiting for the festive season sale for buying expensive appliances and mobiles from online platforms.

“The shoppers today are anticipating and holding back their purchases for sale periods. While some categories such as home appliances are seeing a pent-up demand in lieu of safety and personal home convenience,” said Kunal Gupta, Lead, Consumer Intelligence, South Asia, Nielsen Global Connect.

“We believe the festive season will see a big release of this pent-up demand with e-commerce players gearing up for the upcoming sale season,” he added.

During the COVID-induced lockdown, most customers preferred buying essentials on an online platform.

In the e-commerce space, major categories such as fashion witnessed a restrained recovery and there

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Children whose homes burned down in wildfires struggle to return to online schooling

The Pearl Hill fires burned down several homes in Bridgeport, seen Sept. 10. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
The Pearl Hill fires burned down several homes in Bridgeport, seen Sept. 10. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)

Monserrat Gildo and her 11-year-old sister Citally were already grappling with a rocky start to the school year: Bridgeport, like most other districts in Washington, began the school year online.

Then came the Pearl Hill wildfire.

Police slipped warning letters under doors and told people to leave. On Labor Day, 15-year-old Monserrat and her family evacuated as fire tore through the Douglas County town, turning homes, barns and cars to ash. But for a few items, “everything my parents worked for was lost,” said Monserrat, who goes by Monse. “Everything just got burned down.”

Suddenly children here are reeling from two crises: a world upended by a global pandemic and housing insecurity in the wake of environmental disaster. After the fire cleared, most Bridgeport residents were without water, electricity or internet

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