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COVID Treatment Next Steps

Angie Szumlinski News

RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL), a specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced that preliminary top-line data from its U.S. Phase 2 study with orally-administered opaganib in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia, demonstrated positive safety and efficacy signals. Patients in the study were randomized at a 1:1 ratio to receive either opaganib or placebo on top of standard-of-care and were followed up for …

Psychiatric and Senior Populations

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As older residents die from the pandemic and as more families choose to keep elderly relatives at home, some facilities are accepting younger patients, including some with drug addictions and mental illness. Some patients have schizophrenia, some have psychosis. This change in clientele can have a dramatic impact on the daily functioning of nursing homes, a change that administrators and …

Vaccinate Dialysis Patients

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The Biden Administration is announcing a new partnership with dialysis clinics to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to people receiving dialysis and health care personnel in outpatient dialysis clinics. Kidney disease disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities as 34% of patients on dialysis are Black and 19% are Hispanic. People on dialysis who contract COVID-19 often have severe health outcomes and have …

OIG Part D – Part A – Hospice Audit

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, News

Why OIG Did This Review In 2012, the OIG issued a report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicating that during 2009, Medicare part D paid for prescription drugs that likely should have been paid for by hospice organizations under the Medicare Part A hospice benefit. They matched Part A and Part D data to identify occurrences …

Herd Immunity

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The key to herd immunity is that, even if a person becomes infected, there are too few susceptible hosts around to maintain transmission; those who have been vaccinated or have already had the infection cannot contract and spread the virus. A vaccine’s ability to block transmission doesn’t need to be 100% to make a difference. Even 70% effectiveness would be …

Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination

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Safety of COVID19 Vaccines Results from monitoring efforts are reassuring. Some people have no side effects. Many people have reported only mild side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. What you Need to Know COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in …

Expect More RAC Audits

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In 2021, Medicare is celebrating its 55th year of providing health insurance to Americans. The program was first signed into law in 1965 and began offering coverage in 1966. That first year, 19 million Americans enrolled in Medicare for their healthcare coverage. As of 2019, more than 61 million Americans were enrolled in the program. President Biden is broadening the …

Delirium and Heart Failure

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Delirium is an acute reversible change in mental status characterized by fluctuations in awareness and attention, which often result in complications such as rehospitalization and delayed discharge from SNFs. Although delirium is modifiable and potentially preventable, it is common in patients with heart failure and associated with poor outcomes. In a recent study, patients with heart failure discharged to SNFs …

Psoriatic Arthritis and Osteoporosis

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A recent study published in Arthritis Care and Research, investigators found a similar prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia in patients with psoriatic arthritis compared to the general population. Patients with psoriatic arthritis who are more likely to undergo osteoporosis screening are those with traditional risk factors including age and menopause, as well as those with features suggestive of higher disease …

Expect More RAC Audits

Angie Szumlinski News

In 2021, Medicare is celebrating its 55th year of providing health insurance to Americans. The program was first signed into law in 1965 and began offering coverage in 1966. That first year, 19 million Americans enrolled in Medicare for their healthcare coverage. As of 2019, more than 61 million Americans were enrolled in the program. President Biden is broadening the …