Best Practices

500K American men get vasectomies every year – a specialist explains the easy and reversible procedure

This year, many vasectomy patients are young or single men concerned about unwanted pregnancy at a time when abortion care may not be as available as before. Thomas Barwick/Stone via Getty Images ~~~~~~~~~ About half a million men undergo a vasectomy in the United States in any given year. The percentage of men getting them had been dropping for the past two decades, but it looks like those...

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Inside the brains of aging dogs

In a citizen science project, thousands of pet dogs are helping scientists to understand what happens to memory and cognition in old age Hana aced her memory test. After viewing the contents of three identical boxes arrayed in an arc on the back deck of her home, the 3-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel had to remember which box held a treat — a task she quickly learned after just a few...

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Principal Care Management

Although chronic care management has been a CMS-covered care model for managing patients with multiple chronic conditions, this year, codes for a similar program were created. Principal care management (PCM) is a “sister” model – if you will – geared to patients with only one chronic medical condition. The goal of this program is two-fold: improving the patient’s quality of life & medical...

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Florida Man Gets 14 Years in Genetic Testing Fraud Scheme

The owner and operator of telemarketing and telemedicine companies faces 14 years behind bars after pleading guilty to healthcare and wire fraud and evading taxes. Through information filed Feb. 3, Marc Sporn of Delray Beach was accused of creating an elaborate scheme that cost Medicare more than $20 million dollars. According to court documents, Sporn owned and operated CPL Media Group Inc.,...

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The 2022 Florida Hurricane Season Is Here

Hurricane Season started June 1st. Our first tropical weather system crossed South Florida on June 4th and 5th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an average of 14 named storms and seven hurricanes for the Atlantic hurricane season. The average for major hurricanes is three. NOAA is calling this year’s season “above-normal” with 14-21 named storms expected.” Although...

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Sepsis still kills 1 in 5 people worldwide – two ICU physicians offer a new approach to stopping it

Sepsis begins with infection by bacteria or a virus. This panoramic ilustration inside a blood vessel shows rod-shaped bacteria, red blood cells and immune cells called leukocytes. Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library via Getty Images ~~~~~~~ Emily Brant, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences and Kristina E. Rudd, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Can an otherwise healthy young woman die...

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