By Liz Szabo – The billions of dollars invested in covid vaccines and covid-19 research so far are expected to yield medical and scientific dividends for decades, helping doctors battle influenza, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and far more diseases.Read More
By William Hersh MD – Recently the Governor of Oregon lifted the state’s indoor mask mandate and ended the state’s public health COVID-19 emergency. Like most US states, Oregon had a large Omicron wave of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, although as through all of the pandemic still far below US national averages.
By David Burda – AHRQ’s snapshot of the U.S. healthcare system taken through the lens of 233 performance measures in three domains and six subareas under the quality-of-care domain. The 2021 report is a picture of the healthcare system as it was in 2019, a year before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Medical Association announced an editorial update to the Current Procedural Terminology code set that includes a new vaccine administration code for a third dose of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer.
By Arthur Allen – On March 31, 1977, as a measles epidemic swept through Los Angeles, the county health department issued an ultimatum to the parents of the county’s 1.6 million schoolchildren: Get your kids vaccinated within a month or keep them home.
By JoNel Aleccia – Within a few weeks, perhaps before many Americans finish decorating for the holidays, the U.S. could have access to a new antiviral pill from Merck expected to alter the deadly trajectory of the covid-19 pandemic — with a second option from Pfizer to follow shortly after.
The American Medical Association announced that the Current Procedural Terminology code set has been updated by the CPT Editorial Panel to include a new code for booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine created by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
The AMA announced that the CPT® code set has been updated by the CPT Editorial Panel. The provisional CPT codes will be effective for use on the condition that Pfizer’s two-dose regimen for the prevention of COVID-19 in children ages 5 to 11 receives approval or emergency use authorization from the FDA.
By Lauren Weber – Rural Americans are dying of covid at more than twice the rate of their urban counterparts — a divide that health experts say is likely to widen as access to medical care shrinks for a population that tends to be older, sicker, heavier, poorer and less vaccinated.