Dentistry sits at ninth place on U.S. News & World Report's recently released list of the best occupations in the US for 2021, according to ADA News. The profession is projected to add 3,700 jobs in the decade ending in 2029, and its median salary of $155,600 puts it in the 11th spot on the publication's list of best-paying jobs. Three dental specialties ranked in the top 10 of the highest-paying jobs: oral and maxillofacial surgeon, orthodontist and prosthodontist, which came in at third, fifth and sixth places, respectively.
In an effort to help employer and employee dentists better understand the new COVID-19 vaccines and what they mean for their workplace, the ADA developed answers to common questions. Check out the new FAQs to learn more.
Patients with type 2 diabetes who received bimagrumab every 4 weeks for 48 weeks had a 21% reduction in body fat and gained 3.6% of lean mass, while patients who received placebo only had a 0.5% body fat reduction and lost 0.8% lean mass, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. The findings showed that bimagrumab was associated with a net 6.5% decrease in body weight, compared with 0.8% in placebo.
A study in The BMJ found that patients with type 2 diabetes who followed a low-carbohydrate diet for six months had increased diabetes remission rates without experiencing adverse consequences, compared with those on control diets. The findings were based on data from 23 trials encompassing 1,357 participants.
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had greater disease activity and increased levels of chemokines or cytokines had a higher risk of developing diabetes, according to a study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Researcher Joshua Baker said that the findings provide "evidence of the importance of inflammation as a mechanism for the development of diabetes and might suggest that inflammation in other contexts -- such as other autoimmune diseases -- might also increase the risk of diabetes, though studies in those populations are needed."
Sante Health System CEO Scott Wells in Fresno, Calif., made expanding COVID-19 vaccinations a priority after he was hospitalized with COVID-19. Wells said being pushed through the hospital amid gurneys with people in them "as far as the eye can see" was unforgettable.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota CEO Dr. Craig Samitt says one of his biggest worries for 2021 is that health care will go back to how things were before COVID-19, and he hopes value-based partnerships between payers and providers are here to stay. Alternative delivery models, such as telehealth and home-based care, should remain in place, Samitt said.
Patient engagement outside the clinic is the next step for health insurers on the value-based care continuum, and digital tools to support everyday health are now available, writes Vida Health's Veeneta Lakhani, who led implementation of Anthem's accountable care program. The best digital health platforms have both a human and a digital component for continuous coordinated care, and insurers have the ability to engage and guide patients to high-value digital health tools, Lakhani writes.
States transitioning or considering moving to a state-run health insurance exchange have opportunities to develop new strategies and technological approaches to expand and enhance health insurance coverage, and federal and state exchange managers should collaborate, according to a brief from Manatt Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Suggestions include investing in consumer decision aids, live chat features and data-sharing capabilities; aligning exchanges with other government benefit programs; broadening direct enrollment options; and explaining areas of regulatory flexibility.
President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan that includes $20 billion in funding for a national vaccine program, $350 billion for state and local governments, $50 billion for COVID-19 testing, and $170 billion for K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Dubbed the American Rescue Plan, the proposal would provide $1,400 in direct payments to most Americans, boost federal unemployment benefits to $400 per week, raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and extend the eviction and foreclosure bans until the end of September.