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10/22/2020

The CMS has put off implementation of its Radiation Oncology Model, which would provide bundled payments for 90-day episodes of care to radiotherapy providers for 16 types of cancer, for six months, moving the launch date to July 1, 2021. The ACR has expressed concern over the initiative's rushed launch and inclusion of numerous small practices. "The [CMS] team and I have listened to the feedback from [the American Society for Radiation Oncology] and the radiation oncology community regarding the start date of the new Radiation Oncology Model and understand that more time is needed to prepare," CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a tweet.

10/22/2020

Researchers examined thoracic X-rays from individuals with COVID-19 and found that those with thoracic vertebral fractures had a twofold higher mortality risk, compared with those without spinal issues, and those with severe fractures had an even higher death risk. "We suggest that morphometric thoracic vertebral evaluation should be performed in all suspected COVID-19 patients undergoing a chest X-ray," researchers wrote in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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10/22/2020

The University of Texas at Austin and MD Anderson Cancer Center, along with the UT Austin Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences and UT Austin Texas Advanced Computing Center, are collaborating on five projects using MRI, advanced computing and mathematical modeling aimed at developing breakthrough approaches for treating various cancers. "Our experts are advancing cancer research and care, and we are committed to working with our colleagues at the Oden Institute and TACC to bring together their computational expertise with our data and insights," said David Jaffray, chief technology and digital officer at MD Anderson.

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10/22/2020

Halloween-related activities such as watching scary movies and going to haunted houses can trigger anxiety and fight-or-flight responses. Acknowledging the feelings and recognizing that they're biological responses can help with coping, mental health professionals say, and if all else fails seek other ways to celebrate the holiday.

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Healthline
10/22/2020

This year has too many people searching for a fairy tale ending instead of realizing that hope emerges from confronting the ugly realities of life, LaRae Quy writes. "Hope boils down to this: We have reason to believe we can grow to become a better person in the future and that there are ways we can move toward that growth," she writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
10/22/2020

Senate lawmakers on Wednesday voted 51-44 to block a $500 billion COVID-19 relief package. The vote comes as the White House and Congressional Democrats continue negotiations on a significantly larger pandemic relief bill that could range from $1.8 trillion to $2.2 trillion.

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10/22/2020

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who initiated treatment with sarilumab experienced higher reductions in A1C level, regardless of their diabetes status, compared with those received placebo or adalimumab. The findings in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy were based on data from a post-hoc analysis of three phase III studies.

10/22/2020

Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae says data and technology innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic will shape the health care landscape going forward, creating a system that puts more focus on patients and offers more services to them. McCrae said the emphasis will be on giving patients digital access to their medical records, with more complete information, and artificial intelligence and machine learning will drive insights that could be used to provide alerts or suggestions for patients, families and physicians.

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SiliconAngle
10/22/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated health care since March but it has not stopped progress or regulation in pricing transparency, home-based health care, and digital health companies' interest in IPOs, analysts said. One issue that has stalled during the pandemic is the effort to reduce the surprise medical bills.

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Healthcare Dive
10/22/2020

A study in the American Journal of Perinatology found that maternal hypothyroidism diagnosed before or during pregnancy was linked to an increased risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, with the association strongest when diagnosed in the first trimester. The findings also showed a significantly increased risk of ADHD for children born preterm if their mothers were diagnosed with hypothyroidism before, but not during, pregnancy.