Dr. Tunde Sotunde is the new CEO at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and says he brings the perspectives of a physician, patient and health plan leader to the job of making health care better, simpler and more affordable. Sotunde says his short-term goal is to navigate the pandemic and his longer term goal is to accelerate the insurer's innovation agenda.
A study that included 31 COVID-19-positive pregnant women who gave birth at one of three Italian hospitals found that two gave birth to infected infants, demonstrating the possibility of vertical transmission of COVID-19, though the researchers say more study is needed. The findings, presented at the International AIDS Conference, showed that placenta specimens were positive for the virus in both cases.
People with ulcerative colitis who followed a high-fiber, low-fat diet saw less inflammation and had improvement in the bacterial imbalance of the gastrointestinal tract, compared with those whose diet was high in fiber but also higher in fat, researchers reported in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The diet also is being tested in people who have Crohn's disease.
A survey of more than 3,800 people in New York City found almost twice as many who lived within a five-minute walk of a park sometimes or often used it for exercise, compared with those who were more than 30 minutes away. The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that compared with
people who rarely exercised in a park or never did, frequent users had one fewer day with mental health issues each month, but only if they were not concerned about park-related crime.
ABISA CEO Nick Hernandez writes that one myth about physician succession planning is that there is plenty of time to begin, when in reality physicians should start early and select a successor. Other common succession myths include the idea that it is easier to sell a practice, that a successor will be ready when a physician wants to retire, and that a plan to transfer ownership can lead to less control and income.
HHS is distributing over 11,000 courses of remdesivir to four states hit hardest by COVID-19 surges -- Arizona, Texas, California and Florida. The department said it expects to have over 94,000 courses for distribution this month.
French researchers found that the antiretroviral drug combo lopinavir and ritonavir was associated with drastically slower heart rates in older, critically ill patients with COVID-19. Details of the research were reported online in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.
The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) is pleased to introduce Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD, as the new executive director of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® (HPI). Dr. Rula will oversee HPI's entire extensive research portfolio and manage relationships with contracted research sites. "I look forward to advancing the Neiman Institute's important work to provide credible, objective and reproducible health care economics research to lawmakers, regulators and payers to help them make informed policy decisions," Dr. Rula said. "We will continue working to improve patient care and bolster efficient, effective use of health care resources." Read more.
Radiology providers can come back stronger after the COVID-19 pandemic by considering post-pandemic changes to patient decision-making, insurance coverage and payment models, according to an opinion article by Dr. Joshua Liao of the University of Washington's Department of Medicine that was published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. "Ultimately, the process of COVID-19 recovery creates both operational challenges and strategic opportunities for radiology practices and other health care providers," Liao wrote.
A study in the American Journal of Roentgenology found that CT scans, even with artificial intelligence assistance, weren't able to differentiate COVID-19 pneumonia from influenza-related pneumonia. Researchers recommended that CT be used in determining lesions in patients with COVID-19 and assessing COVID-19 treatment effects. The ACR and the World Health Organization recommend that diagnostic CT only be used for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 who have unexplained hospital deterioration, said Dr. Ella Kazerooni of the University of Michigan, who wasn't involved in the study.