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1/15/2021

A bill that repeals the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurance companies became law on Jan. 13, according to ADA News. The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act is the "culmination of a multi-year effort by several organizations, including the American Dental Association, to persuade Congress that health care insurance, including dental plans, should no longer be protected from some of the federal antitrust laws," according to an ADA news release. The ADA said it hopes this will lead the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to investigate alleged anticompetitive practices and activities of health care insurers, the release said. "If dental plan companies are compelled to compete fairly and transparently, we should begin to see increased innovation and choice for consumers and providers as the dental plan market place changes over time," ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., said.

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1/15/2021

The US logged more than 200,000 new COVID-19 infections for the 10th day in a row on Thursday, and the total number of US COVID-19 deaths surpassed 388,000, according to CNN. The CDC predicts the COVID-19 death toll could reach 403,000 by the third week of January, as hospitals and health systems struggle to keep up with the surge in illnesses. There are currently more than 128,000 patients with COVID-19 in hospitals nationwide.

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1/15/2021

Labor law compliance is crucial. But who has time to keep up with confusing legal changes? The ADA's new labor law poster subscription makes compliance hassle-free, so you can focus on your business. The subscription includes one federal and one state poster, and you'll automatically receive revised posters whenever a mandatory state or federal change occurs. Sign up for one year or three years of automatic updates delivered right to your door.

To order these essential posters, visit ADAcatalog.org and take advantage of low introductory pricing.

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1/15/2021

Labor law compliance is crucial. But who has time to keep up with confusing legal changes? The ADA's new labor law poster subscription makes compliance hassle-free, so you can focus on your business. The subscription includes one federal and one state poster, and you'll automatically receive revised posters whenever a mandatory state or federal change occurs. Sign up for one year or three years of automatic updates delivered right to your door.

To order these essential posters, visit ADAcatalog.org and take advantage of low introductory pricing.

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1/15/2021

The average Medicare reimbursement for interventional radiology procedures dropped nearly 7% between 2012 and 2020, and the decline rose to about 19% after accounting for inflation, researchers reported in the Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology. The findings also showed greater mean-adjusted percentage change reductions in reimbursement for procedures with CPT code alterations, with the biggest inflation-adjusted decline found with percutaneous nephrostomy tube replacement.

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Radiology Business
1/15/2021

Researchers found that a machine learning algorithm analysis of CT radiomics features and patient demographic information yielded significantly better accuracy in categorizing very small lung nodules on low-dose CT, compared with the PLCOm2012 malignancy risk score calculator. When used with clinician experience and expertise, the algorithm "has the potential to enable earlier intervention and reduce the need for follow-up CT," researcher Rohan Abraham said.

1/15/2021

Former FDA Commissioner and current Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb said data from Johnson & Johnson's early-stage trials for its single-dose coronavirus vaccine published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine showed a good profile and could indicate "we are probably going to have a third entrant here." Results showed that neutralizing antibodies were found in all participants who received the vaccine when they were tested after 57 days, and the company plans to launch the vaccine by March, with a goal of delivering 1 billion doses this year, said J&J Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels.

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1/15/2021

Corinna Dewar's health conditions have kept her at home over the past year, but that hasn't stopped her from connecting with people in the community and giving back to others. Dewar, a former social worker, mailed holiday-themed care packages with sanitizing products this past holiday season and enlisted her husband to distribute some locally, and in previous seasons she would drop off homemade cookies to neighbors.

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The Associated Press
1/15/2021

A recent report from a COVID-19 field hospital in Madrid, Spain, shows multiple dermatologic findings not previously reported to be associated with COVID-19. The study seeks to examine the prevalence of oral and palmoplantar findings in patients with COVID-19. Sign in or sign up for PracticeUpdate to see more.

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1/15/2021

7 p.m. CT on Thurs., Jan. 21
1 CE credit (pending approval)

When it comes to money, women -- and dentists -- are different. In this webinar from the ADA Accelerator Series, financial expert Jean Chatzky will take you through the steps you need to take to regain control, master financial resilience and put you on a course for future success. She'll focus on advice specifically catered to dentists when it comes to your savings, investments, student loans, financial relationships and understanding why you are the way you are with money.

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