COVID19 - RACmonitor

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Drug overdose deaths were another influencer. Amid last week’s hottest reports was new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. While it was expected that COVID-19 would dramatically impact life expectancy across populations, the data for those persons most vulnerable was alarming. The first six months of 2020 revealed…
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Older adults continue to be at risk during the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccine distribution has prompted headaches across the country. However, older adults have been especially challenged with access; those who “have less” and are dealing with economic and/or health limitations, as well as family and peer support, are struggling. For…
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The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022.  This time of the year, we often focus on predictions. I won’t here, for two reasons. First, predicting is perilous. At the start of last year, I wasn’t even stocking up on peanut butter and graham crackers in anticipation of the pandemic. I didn’t start…
December 28, 2020

The Year That Was 2020

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A former college classmate turned-NBC-TV national news correspondent once told me that he made a career choice—to report the news rather than read the news. Here at RACmonitor we’ve been reporting a considerable amount of news this year with our weekly news and information service plus nearly 60 special news…
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Comments are being sought now. With two COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed nationwide and more on the way, in addition to what are sure to be forthcoming enhancements in treatment of the virus, federal officials have issued an interim final rule with comment period establishing add-on payments for such measures.…
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Physicians in general are not trained to think this way, but may be forced to do so in the very near future. During the early part of this month, the U.S. has been averaging nearly 200,000 new cases each day, a 15-percent increase from the average two weeks prior. Whether…
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Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be shipped to providers nationwide, on the heels of Pfizer’s. A reeling nation couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older last week…
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As the nation readies itself for the vaccine, distribution remains a challenge. COVID-19 has been with us for almost a year. There is light at the end of the tunnel, through vaccinations anticipated to start over the next month. But how to accomplish this, and more vitally, to whom the…
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Now more than ever it’s no time to cut corners. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is an expansion of the original piece, “CoP Compliance in the Face of COVID-19: No Time to Cut Corners,” originally published April 1, 2020. Recent articles by Marie Stinebuck, Edward Hu, MD, and Stefani Daniels touch…
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President-Elect Joe Biden forms covid10 task force. President-Elect Joe Biden says getting COVID-19 under control is his administration’s first priority. This past week, Biden named a COVID-19 task force and a broader COVID transition team. The board’s three co-chairs are Marcella Nunez-Smith, a physician and researcher at Yale; Vivek Murthy,…