The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that the Educational and Operations Testing Period for the appropriate use criteria/clinical decision support mandate will be extended through Dec. 31, 2021. This decision provides additional time for practices to implement clinical decision support systems for all advanced diagnostic imaging services. CMS also updated the list of qualified clinical decision support mechanisms available for referring providers to use. Get more details.
Law enforcement officials' response to social justice protests may be having a detrimental effect on protesters' mental health, says social worker ZaDora Williams, whose research with colleagues links use of tear gas and munitions with anxiety and symptoms of trauma. Williams adds that her clients have increasingly reported hypervigilance and panic since protests began and that the mental health care profession needs more Black professionals.
A $1.6 million study from the National Institutes of Health and Duke University will focus on why some dogs are more apt for service than others. Goals include both more accurate evaluations of puppies' potential and improvements in breeding programs.
A 4-month-old porcupine that acts more like a puppy than a wild animal is the newest resident of Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Veterinarian Cathy Lindstrand, who volunteers with the state Department of Natural Resources, took in the orphaned porcupine and quickly determined it would not survive in the wild.
A new value-based payment model has been launched by the CMS to address health care disparities and provide support for rural providers through innovative payment structures, seed funding, regulatory and operational flexibilities, and learning and technical support. Providers can participate in the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model through the accountable care organization transformation track or the community transformation track.
The US government signed a contract worth around $1.5 billion with Moderna to acquire 100 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna's experimental vaccine, mRNA-1273, has already reached the final stage of testing and is expected to be completed next month.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said during a visit to Taiwan that any approved US treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 would first need to satisfy the needs of the US before being shared with other countries. "Our first priority of course is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States," Azar said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden's choice to be his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., struggled during her own bid for the presidential nomination to clarify her stance on universal health care. Generally considered a moderate, Harris released her own health care plan, which included Medicare for all Americans but allowed people to choose private plans modeled on Medicare Advantage.
A study in JAMA Network Open found that women with polycystic ovary syndrome undergoing IVF, intracytoplasmic sperm injection and embryo transfer had a lower risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome after taking metformin, compared with those who did not take the drug. The findings, based on data from 1,123 women with PCOS, also found that metformin treatment was linked to higher clinical pregnancy rates among those with a body mass index of at least 26 kg/m².
Patients with sleep-disordered breathing were more likely to have impaired metabolism of free fatty acids, according to a study published in Chest. The study also showed a higher apnea-hypopnea index was linked to higher fasting glucose and insulin levels.