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CDC: Implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies in child care settings

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that implementing and monitoring adherence to recommended COVID-19 mitigation strategies can reduce the risk for transmission in child care settings. In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 8, 2020
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CMS releases final 2021 Medicare payment rule for ASCs, HOPDs

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 2 released its 2021 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). CMS has finalized the addition of 11 procedures to the ASC covered procedures list, including total hip arthroplasty, autochondrocyte knee implant, and open complex…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2020
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CDC shortens quarantine days for COVID-19

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on December 2 changed its recommended quarantine period for people who have come in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals. Instead of the standard 14 days, the CDC now allows individuals who have come in contact with someone infected with the…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2020
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CDC recommends healthcare workers, nursing homes receive COVID-19 vaccines first

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, on December 1, recommended prioritizing healthcare workers and residents and workers in long-term-care facilities to be the first recipients of the upcoming COVID-19 vaccines. If CDC director Robert Redfield, MD, approves the recommendations, and the…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2020
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CMS releases final PFS for 2021, surgeons say rule jeopardizes care

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 1 released its 2021 final rule for the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS), which expands telehealth services and increases payments for primary care and chronic disease management. The rule also reduces payments for surgeons, emergency physicians, and other…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2020
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First COVID-19 vaccinations expected latter part of December

Editor's Note On November 30, Moderna applied for an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine was developed in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where Anthony Fauci, MD, is the director. Moderna is…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2020
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ACS, ASA, AORN call for centralized, coordinated governmental action for COVID-19

Editor's Note In a November 23 letter to federal government leaders, the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) asked officials “to act collectively and quickly in support of hospitals and healthcare providers as they continue to struggle in response…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2020
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FDA authorizes first home test for COVID-19

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 17 issued an emergency use authorization for the first rapid COVID-19 self-test that a person can administer at home. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit has to be prescribed by a healthcare provider, and the healthcare provider has to report…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 19, 2020
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Marine study shows COVID-19 transmission despite public health measures, strict quarantine

Editor's Note This study of 1,848 US Marine Corps recruits finds that despite social distancing, wearing masks, regular handwashing, and other public health measures including strict quarantine, recruits contracted COVID-19 and spread it to others, even though hardly any of them had symptoms. Study participants were told to isolate themselves…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 18, 2020
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Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective in final analysis, will seek EUA within days

Editor's Note Just a week after Pfizer revealed an interim analysis showing its COVID-19 vaccine to be more than 90% effective, the company on November 18 released its final efficacy analysis showing the vaccine is 95% effective, and that it protects older people who are most at risk of dying…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 18, 2020
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