AMA Announces CPT Update for Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

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.

Covid Is Killing Rural Americans at Twice the Rate of Urbanites

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.

Will ‘Dr. Disinformation’ Ever Face the Music?

By Victoria Knight – The steady stream of spurious claims surrounding the covid vaccines and treatments that swirl around the public consciousness. The physician voices are of particular concern because their medical credentials lend credence to their unproven, often dangerous pronouncements.

Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance.

By Elisabeth Rosenthal & Glenn Kramon – America’s covid-19 vaccination rate is around 60% for ages 12 and up. That’s not enough to reach so-called herd immunity, and in states like Missouri — where a number of counties have vaccination rates under 25% — hospitals are overwhelmed by serious outbreaks of the more contagious delta variant.