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What is a breakthrough infection? 6 questions answered about catching COVID-19 after vaccination

Vaccines don’t ward off every single infection but they do massively lower the risk. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images If you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, maybe you figured you no longer need to worry about contracting the coronavirus. But along with the rising number of new COVID-19 cases globally and growing concern about highly transmissible strains like...

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Why We May Never Know Whether the $56,000-a-Year Alzheimer’s Drug Actually Works

The Food and Drug Administration’s approval in June of a drug purporting to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease was widely celebrated, but it also touched off alarms. There were worries in the scientific community about the drug’s mixed results in studies — the FDA’s own expert advisory panel was nearly unanimous in opposing its approval. And the annual $56,000 price tag of the infusion...

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Covid’s Lingering Effects Can Put the Brakes on Elective Surgeries

The week before Brian Colvin was scheduled for shoulder surgery in November, he tested positive for covid-19. What he thought at first was a head cold had morphed into shortness of breath and chest congestion coupled with profound fatigue and loss of balance. Now, seven months have passed and Colvin, 44, is still waiting to feel well enough for surgery. His surgeon is concerned about risking...

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A fundamental disconnect of risk adjustment documentation

When CMS launched the risk adjustment model for Medicare Advantage payments beginning in 2003, the reason for the change – in many minds – was shortened to, essentially, being paid more for sicker members. While this is one part of the rationale, it can lead to a fundamental disconnect on the justification for the added payments. Some are under the impression that the key is identifying the...

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Medical Spa Industry Is Booming But is Regulation Keeping Up?

Medical Spas nationwide, but specifically in Florida, have been opening up at a staggering pace. For many reasons, including new services, technological advances, and lax regulations, the opportunities for medical spa businesses are endless. In 2010, there were about 1,600 medspas operating in the United States generating about $1.1 billion in revenue (about $700,000 per medspa on average). By...

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A Buyer’s Guide to AI: SFMGMA launches 2021 webinar series with compelling topic

The South Florida Medical Group Management Association (SFMGMA) kicked off its 2021 online continuing education program with an intriguing presentation entitled So I’m supposed to buy AI. Now what? This May 25th online Lunch-and-Learn event was presented by Matt Jones CEO of Science. With an extensive background in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Mr. Jones was uniquely qualified to...

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