Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist Cassandra Calabrese says the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance helped her wade through a sea of clinical information about COVID-19 for a presentation on treating patients with COVID-19 who have immune-mediated diseases. It's unclear whether people with an immune-mediated disease are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, but it is clear that those who do are more likely to have poor outcomes, and guidance on treating these patients is "a little unclear," Calabrese says.
Apple is recruiting volunteers for a study of whether the Apple Watch 6's blood oxygen and heart rate sensors can detect early signs of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, including influenza.
Hospitals are not allowed to use coding on their websites that prevents search engines from finding and displaying pricing information, the CMS says. The Wall Street Journal reported in March that reporters assessed 3,100-plus hospital disclosure pages and found 164 webpages hosting disclosure files for 307 hospitals that contained versions of the blocking code, which potentially violates CMS regulations mandating that hospitals make pricing data digitally searchable, easily accessible and void of barriers.
The Mayo Clinic's new Remote Diagnostic and Management Platform connects remote patient monitoring and other mobile health devices to artificial intelligence that helps health care providers and patients use data generated by the devices in shared decision-making, Mayo Clinic Platform President John Halamka says. Mayo Clinic spinout Anumana will develop disease-detection algorithms, and Lucem Health will provide the platform for connecting devices with Anumana and Mayo algorithms and integrate AI-powered diagnostic insights into clinical workflows.
The Department of the Treasury has announced its creation of the Office of Recovery Programs, which will be responsible for overseeing all economic pandemic relief programs, according to Reuters. A Treasury Department official said one of the office's tasks will be to ensure equitable access to relief across the country. The new office will be led by Jacob Leibenluft, a counselor to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who said it would seek input from communities to be able to "swiftly implement relief for those who need it most."
The CDT 2021: Current Dental Terminology e-book and CDT 2021 App have the latest additions and changes to codes, including the eight new COVID-19-related procedure codes covering vaccinations and molecular testing. The 2021 edition includes 36 new codes, 7 revised codes and 4 deleted codes. Dentists are eligible to give vaccines in many states, so this is an additional service you can provide to your patients.
Dr. Ezequiel Silva III, FACR, former chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Economics, was appointed chair of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee, also known as the RUC. Silva is the first radiologist to be named to the position. "The RUC's foremost task is to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care possible and that physicians have the resources to provide that care," Silva wrote on the ACR Voice of Radiology Blog.
The American Board of Radiology should allow radiology residents to take a 12-week family medical leave, in addition to four weeks of annual vacation leave, while they are under training, physicians wrote in an editorial published in Radiology. The editorial was endorsed by several imaging groups, including the ACR Young and Early Career Professional Section. "The above recommended policy would represent an opportunity for the ABR to be a trailblazer among medical specialties with an approach that maintains high standards of clinical training and truly promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as physician well-being, all of which will ultimately positively impact patient care," the authors wrote.
The CDC reports that around 77 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and about 5,800 of them have been infected with the virus that causes the disease. Seventy-four people who were fully vaccinated died from the disease, 396 required hospitalization, and people age 60 and older accounted for more than 40% of the breakthrough infections.
Researchers found that although most health care providers who use picture archiving and communications systems to access radiology reports and images said PACS helped improve their workday, many also said average users find PACS difficult to navigate. The findings, published in the Journal of Digital Imaging, showed that the issues cited by the respondents, including speed, incorrect locations and complexity, may be attributed to a lack of formal training and education. "Research should focus on determining which learning tools are most effective and best suit the clinician's workflow," study authors wrote.
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