Month: January 2021

Dr. Michael Osterholm, Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, announced advances for COVID-19 testing in Minnesota, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in St. Paul, MN. Glen Stubbe | Star Tribune | Getty Images An epidemiologist who advised
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Hernias are among the most common conditions in the U.S. and for some patients, surgery is recommended to ease the pain and discomfort they typically cause.  But research shows hernia repair surgeries’nearly 1 million are performed every year’aren’t foolproof. Patients can have recurrent hernias or experience continued discomfort that sometimes require additional procedures.  Interested in
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Lentigo maligna (Photo source: National Library of Dermatologic Teaching Slides of the American Academy of Dermatology via Dr. Fayne Frey) Melanoma is known as malignant melanoma or cutaneous melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. It arises from the cells that give skin its color, the pigment-producing cells present in the epidermis called melanocytes. Melanomas
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Johnson & Johnson board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC Friday that there could be enough vaccinations for the entire U.S. adult population by the summer.  “Assuming all of the close review of the J&J data all pans out, we’re going to have the capacity between Moderna, Pfizer, J&J, to have enough vaccines available by
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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Friday voted to recommend that Congress automatically increase the federal share of Medicaid spending during recessions. Under the policy, the federal government would temporarily raise the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage based on increases in state unemployment and reductions in total wages and salaries, rather than requiring
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After a long day of doling out Covid-19 vaccines, workers in Utah County toil late into the night entering data on every single dose. What they don’t finish, they come in early the next morning to file before the state’s daily 7 a.m. reporting deadline. Even though the county’s appointment system is electronic, each vaccination
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HHS on Thursday made moves to rapidly grow the vaccination workforce and increase the public’s access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Under the amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), all licensed and certified healthcare professionals are now authorized to prescribe, dispense and administer COVID-19 vaccines in any state or U.S. territory after
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Marlboro cigarettes, a product of Philip Morris International Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images After years of accelerating declines in smoking, tobacco giant Altria said it saw a reversal in the trend as U.S. cigarette volumes were flat industry wide compared with the prior year. However, the company declined to provide a prediction about
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Grant Avenue Capital recently acquired Salt Lake City-based Valeo Home Health & Hospice from Eduro Healthcare, an operator of skilled nursing facilities. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. New York-based Grant Avenue Capital is a middle-market private equity firm focused on health care. Founded in 2011, Valeo Home Health & Hospice has
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The 30-year academic affiliation agreement between Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University calls for both entities to contribute millions of dollars toward the new health sciences center and joint operating company. Under the agreement signed Monday, Henry Ford would pay in annually about $11.25 million and Michigan State approximately $3.75 million, totaling $15
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All eyes have been on Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) since the company first announced it would be “exploring strategic alternatives” for its home health and hospice segment in December. At the time, Encompass Health said it was exploring a number of options for its home health and hospice business. Specific options cited by the
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Dive Brief: CMS expanded coverage of mitral valve transcatheter edge-to-edge repair procedures, previously known as transcatheter mitral valve repair, to include patients with symptomatic moderate-to-severe or severe mitral functional regurgitation, also called secondary MR. The move significantly grows the U.S. patient pool eligible for coverage. The finalized national coverage determination (NCD) was released Tuesday after delays
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Dive Brief: Cleveland-based KeyBank plans to launch a digital bank in March aimed at serving healthcare professionals, Chris Gorman, the bank’s chairman and CEO, told analysts during a fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday. Through Laurel Road, the digital student loan refinancing platform it acquired in 2019, KeyBank said the new digital bank will serve the healthcare
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Dive Brief: Hospitals and health systems dealing with pandemic-related financial struggles have also been hit with year-over-year declines in volumes and revenues to employed physician practices, according to Kaufman Hall’s quarterly Physician Flash Report. Fewer patient visits, hospital diagnostic and procedural volumes compared to pre-pandemic levels put physician productivity ’ measured as physician work relative value
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The race to provide safe and effective coronavirus vaccinations has been curtailed by logistical problems associated with last-mile delivery, according to executives at two companies helping to distribute inoculations. The mass rollout of vaccines is thought to be the biggest logistical challenge the world has ever seen, with everyone from policymakers to manufacturers grappling with
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A worker inspects cannabis plants inside the grow room at the Aphria Inc. Diamond facility in Leamington, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Tilray Inc. and Aphria Inc. agreed to combine their operations, forming a new giant in the fast-growing cannabis industry. Annie Sakkab | Bloomberg | Getty Images Canadian cannabis company Tilray’s stock
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Paramedics work inside an ambulance parked outside the Royal London Hospital in east London on January 21, 2021. – Britain’s coronavirus mortality rate has risen nearly 15 percent over the past week, as surging infection rates throughout December have now fed into increasing hospital admissions and deaths. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by
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3M Chairman and CEO Mike Roman said Tuesday the industrial giant anticipates demand for its N95 respirator masks to be robust throughout 2021, even as the administration of Covid vaccines drive hopes that the pandemic’s intensity will begin to wane. The medical-grade masks are considered the best option to protect against infection, and they have been
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