Receding of the Pandemic: Will the Third Time Be the Charm?

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.

AMA Announces CPT Update to COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

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.

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.