Data from Johns Hopkins University showed the US recorded 21,188 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, slightly higher than the 20,007 cases reported a day before, though Monday's tally is slightly lower than the national average of 21,294 cases per day for the past week. COVID-19 has infected over 1.8 million and killed at least 105,192 Americans to date.
AHIP and several health insurance providers are expressing concern that changes made to reduce administrative burdens on health care providers might negatively affect Medicare Advantage star ratings and payment for the 2021 and 2022 plan years. "We believe it would be unfair and inappropriate to allow the weighting for these measures to increase as scheduled, given that plans are unable to demonstrate they have improved performance on the measures," AHIP noted.
A study published in JAMA Network Open found levels of anxiety, fear and depression were greater among medical residents working during the COVID-19 pandemic in Shanghai, compared with levels among the previous year's first-year students. "Even before this pandemic, the levels of depression and anxiety symptoms among our health care workers were high and our findings indicate that they are getting worse," Dr. Srijan Sen said, noting that the study underlines the need to prioritize the well-being of health care workers not just for themselves, but also for their patients.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said use of telehealth has grown dramatically during the pandemic, and some provisions that temporarily expanded access to telehealth during the pandemic will be made permanent. She said the agency is working on rulemaking now.
The FDA granted emergency use authorization to allow health care personnel to use alternative gowns and other supplies when personal protective equipment is not available. Under the rule, health care workers can use operating room shoes and shoe covers, nonsurgical isolation gowns, surgical apparel accessories, conductive shoes and shoe covers, and surgical helmets and caps as PPE in minimal or low-risk situations.
Senior company leaders may set the tone and control funding, but front-line managers are the lynchpin for employee well-being efforts, said Motion Infusion CEO Laura Putnam. "Senior leaders need to help managers understand why well-being is good for people, good for the organization and essential for building high-performing teams and explain how studies show that companies that invest in comprehensive well-being perform better on the stock market," Putnam said.
A draft recommendation by US Preventive Services Task Force calls for using behavioral interventions and pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation efforts in adults, and behavioral therapy for pregnant women. The task force said there is not enough evidence to assess benefits and harms of pharmacotherapy use in pregnant women or the use of electronic cigarettes for tobacco cessation.
Research presented at the virtual Nutrition 2020 conference showed that people who followed a reduced-calorie diet and exercised for about 1.5 hours per week for a year lost about the same amount of weight as people on the same diet who exercised almost four hours weekly. "While exercise is absolutely an important piece of the puzzle, we saw that managing the diet was the driving force for weight reduction in our sample," said registered dietitian nutritionist Carli Liguori, one of the study authors.
Low-dose aspirin use among people who did not have cardiovascular disease was linked to a 17% lower rate of cardiovascular events but a 47% higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and a 34% increased likelihood of bleeding in the skull, according to an analysis of 67 studies published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. "The take home message of our paper is that low dose aspirin is (only) good when you already have a cardiovascular condition," study authors said.
Children have been consuming fewer empty calories in recent years, compared with a decade before, but in 2016 those food sources still accounted for 25% of their total calories, researchers reported at the American Society for Nutrition's online meeting. The study found sugary drinks have been a top source of empty calories for children, and registered dietitian Connie Diekman commented that parents should focus on offering children a healthful whole-food diet that limits added sugars.
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