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10/19/2020

It may be difficult to avoid political discussions as the election nears, and certain techniques can keep debates civil when people have opposing views. Licensed clinical social worker Andrew Roffman advises adopting a mindset of listening and understanding, but in some cases it may be best to end the conversation to preserve mental health.

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Healthline
10/19/2020

The US logged more than 69,100 new COVID-19 cases Friday, the highest single-day spike since July 29, with more than 30 states reporting a higher number of cases in the past seven days compared with the previous week. As of Monday, more than 40 million people worldwide have been infected and 1.1 million have died, with South, North and Central America accounting for almost half the cases.

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CNN, Reuters
10/19/2020

Children and adolescents newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes who had a single episode of moderate or severe diabetic ketoacidosis experienced subtle memory declines, according to a study in Diabetes Care. The findings, based on data from 758 participants, also revealed that repeated DKA episodes among children with known type 1 diabetes were tied to sizable declines in intelligence quotient, indicating that DKA effects may be heightened in children with chronic exposure to hyperglycemia.

10/19/2020

A study in Diabetes Care found that adults with prediabetes who took a daily vitamin D supplement and maintained blood levels of vitamin D higher than normally recommended for bone health had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared with those who maintained lower levels of vitamin D. However, lead researcher Dr. Anastassios Pittas noted that "intermittent, high doses of vitamin D supplementation may not achieve the same protection."

10/19/2020

A study of EHR data from 688,878 adults found that those who were formally diagnosed with obesity on the same date as having their initial weight recorded had a greater likelihood of losing at least 5% of their weight 9 to 15 months later, independent of other factors. The results from the study, which was published in Obesity, could indicate that medical professionals discussed the effects of excess weight with their patients following a formal diagnosis, the researchers said.

10/19/2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden agree that health care costs need to be reduced, but Trump wants less of a federal government role in health care while Biden wants to expand it. Biden supports expanding the Affordable Care Act and Trump wants the law abolished, and whoever is elected will have to deal with the prospect of funding shortfalls in Medicare.

10/19/2020

A Kaufman Hall survey found almost 75% of hospital executives were extremely or moderately worried about their organization's financial viability without a COVID-19 vaccine. One-third said year-over-year operating margins dropped more than 100% in the second quarter.

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HealthLeaders Media
10/19/2020

The CPT code 99072, which became effective immediately Sept. 8, can be used by radiologists in imaging centers and other nonhospital facilities to recoup additional expenses from services and supplies provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners. Aetna, Humana, Cigna and some Blue Cross Blue Shield plans are providing CPT code 99072 reimbursements, but code payment remains unavailable under Medicare, Farrington writes.

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Rebecca Farrington
10/19/2020

Quality improvement project failures are most often caused by a lack of management support, inadequate resources, absence of a proper framework, unskilled project management and a culture averse to change, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. "Well-intentioned individuals rush headlong into making change, without respecting the difficulty of the endeavor or developing the skills needed to solve problems in complex environments," researchers wrote.

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Radiology Business
10/19/2020

Researchers found that radiology residents who received the new foundational artificial intelligence algorithm-based AI-RADS curriculum that includes secondary lessons on pixel mathematics rated the curriculum 9.8 out of 10 and reported significantly improved comprehension in reading post-lecture AI articles. "From our metrics of quality, trainees overwhelmingly feel that the content depth of the AI-RADS lecture series is ideal, and the examples used are helpful vehicles to understand key concepts in artificial intelligence," researchers wrote in Academic Radiology.

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Radiology Business