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Public perspectives on who should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note In this study from the University of Denver and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, respondents to two surveys agreed with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s prioritization framework for COVID-19 vaccination. Of 4,735 respondents (2,730 to a Gallup survey and 2,005 to a COVID Collaborative survey):…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 14, 2021
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Effects of mask mandates, opening restaurants on COVID-19 cases, mortality

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 5 released a study showing mask mandates were responsible for a decrease in COVID-19 case growth rates by 0.5% after 20 days and by 1.8% after 100 days. Mask mandates also were associated with a 0.7% decrease in…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2021
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Parsing COVID-19 transmission routes informs levels of protection needed

Information about COVID-19 transmission and treatment has evolved between the time this infectious disease first emerged and now. As evidence-based knowledge grows and protocols change, and as populations are vaccinated to develop herd immunity, there is increasing optimism about the ability to combat the virus. Meanwhile, it is important to…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 19, 2021
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CDC expands requirement for negative COVID-19 test to all airline passengers entering US

Editor's Note Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, on January 12, signed an order to expand the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all airline passengers entering the US. The order, which will become effective January 26, requires that: Airline passengers get a…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2021
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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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CMS threatens to withhold payments from hospitals not reporting COVID-19, flu data

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 6 released guidance on how it will implement an interim final rule that requires hospitals and critical access hospitals to report data on COVID-19 and flu patients. CMS says failure to report specified data may lead to termination…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2020
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Joint Commission seeks comments on new requirements for office-based surgery

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 23 announced that it is seeking comments on newly developed medication order requirements for the Office-Based Surgery (OBS) Accreditation Program. The proposed requirements align with clinical guidelines to prevent medication errors. Comments will be accepted through October 26, 2020.

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By: Judy Mathias
September 24, 2020
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Joint Commission to provide lab accreditation for VA

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced September 16 that it has been selected to provide Laboratory Accreditation Program services for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These services will be provided at VA Medical Centers and community-based outpatient clinics. Laboratories are accredited every 2 years by the Joint Commission.

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By: Judy Mathias
September 17, 2020
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CMS issues final inpatient payment rule for FY 2021

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 2 issued its final inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule, which will: increase IPPS rates by 2.9% in FY 2021 for hospitals that report quality data and are meaningful users of electronic health records, resulting in an increase…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 8, 2020
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CDC asks states to be ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines on Nov 1

Editor's Note In an August 27 letter, Robert Redfield, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asked the nation’s governors to have COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites fully operational by November 1, the September 2 McClatchy DC reports. Delivery firms received guidance to prepare freezer farms in…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 3, 2020
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