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Did Dismissals of Safe Outpatient Drugs Cause Needless Covid Deaths? Dissenting Doctors Say Yes

For the first nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no officially approved outpatient treatments for combating the disease. From March 2020, when the virus first emerged in the United States, until that November, when the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of monoclonal antibodies, health authorities advised that the infected do little but quarantine themselves,...

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Five More Targeted by Right of Access Initiative

As the year comes to an end, we thought we would revisit the HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. It’s a subject we have covered during the past two years that can hit providers in their wallet. The Privacy Rule generally requires HIPAA covered entities (health plans and most healthcare providers) “to provide individuals, upon request, with access to the protected health information (PHI) about...

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Why addressing racism against Black women in health care is key to ending the U.S. HIV epidemic

When Black patients are treated by Black doctors, they have better health outcomes – but fewer than 6 in 100 American doctors are Black. The Good Brigade/Digital Vision via Getty Images ~~~~~~~~~~ Forty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Black women continue to bear the highest burden of HIV among women. Although Black women represent only 13% of the female population, they accounted for over...

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St. Jude Hoards Billions While Many of Its Families Drain Their Savings

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Series: St. Jude’s Unspent Billions Behind the Hospital’s Claims to Donors ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A series of sharp knocks on his driver’s side window startled Jason Burt awake. It was the middle of the night on a Saturday in 2016. Burt was...

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2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rules that will govern payments starting on January 1st. According to CMS, the final rule will promote greater use of telehealth and other telecommunications technologies for providing behavioral health care services, encourage growth in the diabetes prevention program, and boost...

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To understand airborne transmission of disease, follow the flow

Q&A — Fluid dynamicist Lydia Bourouiba Viruses and bacteria travel in fluids, such as the air we breathe. Studying exhalations, toilet flushes and rain drops, with math and modeling, can sharpen the big-picture view of how to prevent infections. When we think of the air we breathe, we usually don’t think fluids. But air is a fluid. And bacteria and viruses are carried by fluids. So...

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