COVID: US Public Health Emergency Extended

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The US will extend its Covid public health emergency through the spring of 2023 in anticipation of another winter surge.

The emergency, first issued in January 2020, broadens eligibility for both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the government estimates that ~15 million people will lose their benefits from those programs once it ends.

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PODCAST: Healthcare Machine Learning Can Self Create / Improve Algorithms?

Machine Learning is a Subset of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Where Computer Software Can Create and Improve on Algorithms on Its Own.

Machine Learning for Population Health

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By Eric Bricker MD

Healthcare Machine Learning Company ClosedLoop.ai is One of the Best at Applying Machine Learning to Population Health Data.

ClosedLoop.ai is So Good, They Won the CMS AI Challenge … Beating Out 300 Other Organizations Including IBM, the Mayo Clinic and Deloitte.

The Promise of Machine Learning in Population Health is to Better Predict Which People Will Benefit From an Intervention Because They Are at Greater Risk of a Complication of a Disease or an ER Visit or a Hospitalization.

ClosedLoop.ai Beautifully Applied Their Machine Learning Abilities to Create a Pandemic Risk Model That Helped a New York City Health Insurance Plan Identify Which Members Would Be Most Likely to Have Severe Complications of COVID-19.

As a Result, the Insurance Company Helped These Individuals Have Groceries and Prescription Medication Delivered to Them So They Could Stay at Home and Avoid Exposure to COVID.

There You Have It!  A Practical, Real-World Example of Machine Learning in Population Health That Literally Saved Some People’s Lives.

Disclaimer: Dr. Bricker is the Chief Medical Officer of Virtual Care Company First Stop Health.

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COVID-19: US Extends Public Health Emergency Declaration

By Kanishka Singh

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday extended the COVID-19 pandemic’s status as a public health emergency for another 90 days, thereby preserving measures like high payments to hospitals and expanded Medicaid.

READ: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/17/hhs-covid-health-emergency-00052509

The extension was announced by U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra on Thursday. Last month, President Joe Biden said in an interview that “the pandemic is over,” which prompted criticism from health experts.

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PODCAST: Start-Ups & Healthcare Venture Capital in the COVID-19 Recession

By Eric Bricker MD

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Bid to Reinstate OSHA COVID-19 Protection Standard

By Robert King

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia just ruled that it did not have the power to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) decision to scrap a temporary protection standard that outlined requirements for hospitals to keep front-line health workers safe from contracting COVID-19. The union National Nurses United decried the decision.

OSHA issued a temporary protection standard for COVID-19 back in June 2021. However, OSHA did not move to make a permanent standard before the temporary one expired last year, as the agency shifted resources toward a vaccine mandate, the appellate opinion said. OSHA had called for health systems to still impose the standard’s requirements voluntarily.

Source: Robert King, Fierce Healthcare [8/30/22]

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Paxlovid and Pharmacists

FOR COVID-19 TREATMENT

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  • The FDA recently authorized pharmacists to prescribe Paxlovid to eligible patients who test positive for COVID-19. 
  • To get a Paxlovid prescription from a pharmacist, patients must be able to connect the pharmacist to a physician to discuss their medical history, or present recent kidney and liver function tests to be sure the drug is safe for them. 
  • Patients will also have to list and review all medications, including over-the-counter products they take, to be sure no dangerous interactions could occur.

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SURVEY: 39% of Medical Providers Conduct Covid-19 Screens Via Tele-Health

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39% of Providers Conduct Covid-19 Screens Via Telehealth

In a recent survey providers were asked what types of patient care they deliver via telehealth. The survey found:

 •  Conduct primary care visits (75%)
 •  Conduct chronic care visits (72%)
 •  Order prescription refills (64%)
 •  Conduct COVID-19 screenings (39%)
 •  Conduct urgent care visits (38%)
 •  Address mental health concerns (36%)
 •  Conduct follow-up after a procedure or surgery care (28%)

Source: UnitedHealth Group, “Telehealth Use Will Outlive the Pandemic for Health Care Providers, Survey Shows,” March 15, 2022

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Update on COVID-19 Booster Shots

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Update on COVID-19 booster shots
In case you missed it: If you or a loved one are 50 or older, or are moderately or severely immunocompromised, you can get an additional Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster shot at no cost to you.

The CDC recommends an additional booster shot for certain individuals to increase protection from severe disease from COVID-19. People over the age of 50, or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, can get an additional booster of Pfizer or Moderna 4 months after their last dose.

This is especially important for those 65 and older who are at higher risk from severe disease and most likely to benefit from getting an additional booster.

Learn More: Remember: Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, including booster shots, at no cost to you. Find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you.

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Types of Care Medical Providers Deliver Via Tele-Health

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Conduct chronic care visits (72%)
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4.   Conduct COVID-19 screenings (39%)
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Address mental health concerns (36%)
7.   Conduct follow-up after a procedure or surgery care (28%)

Source: Optum Via UnitedHealth Group, March 15, 2022

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HEALTHCARE: 2021 M&A in Review

Indications for 2022

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2021 M&A in Review: Indications for 2022

After an understandable slowdown in 2020, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, merger & acquisition (M&A) activity in the healthcare industry accelerated in 2021, and the industry is expected to continue the high number of deals and high deal volume in 2022.

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Face Masks and Human Sneezes

Now – Do You Get It?

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Vaccine Booster Shots

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Important update on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots
If you previously got 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, you can get a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if you fall into one of these groups:

You’re 65 and older,You’re 18+ and have certain underlying medical conditions, or
You’re 18+ and work or live in a high-risk setting.

You can get your booster shot at least 6 months after you complete your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The booster shot can help strengthen and prolong your protection against COVID-19.

Learn More: Visit CDC.gov for more information on other groups already vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine that may be eligible for a booster shot.

Remember: Medicare covers a Pfizer vaccine booster shot at no cost to you.

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COMMUNITY MASKING: The Impact on COVID-19

A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Bangladesh

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On “FACE MASKS”

FACE MASKS

By Anonymous

I love freedom and personal liberty. But I also don’t want to contract or share COVID-19.

I wear a seat belt – I will comply with any mask  requirement.

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PODCAST: Have You Received Your COVID-19 Vaccine, Yet?


Have you gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet?

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet? Now’s your chance! Find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you quickly and easily with the redesigned Vaccines.gov website. Vaccines.gov COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 — and an important tool to help us get back to normal.

And remember, the vaccine is available at no cost to you at doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals and retail pharmacies across the country.

Already vaccinated? That’s great! Visit CDC.gov to see the activities you can do safely when you’ve been fully vaccinated.
"I got mine. Be next." with smiling woman image. Linked to video.

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Note: Bring your red, white, and blue Medicare card (or Medicare Number) when you go to get your vaccine.

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A New Corona Virus Variant?

A Rapid Rise in COVID-19 Cases?

By CDC.gov

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The Pre-Vaccine Era

ESTIMATED ANNUAL MORBIDITY IN THE USA

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The Pandemic and Long Term Care Facilities

COVID-19 and Long Term Care Facilities

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Mask-Up Tramsmission Facts and Risks?

Corona Virus Transmission Risks

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The Economic Impact of Lung Disease

Among U.S. Workers

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Vagus Nerve Stimulation To Inhibit Covid -19 “Cytokine Storm“

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“Medical Management and Health Economics Education for Financial Advisors”

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Take the “FACE MASK PLEDGE”

Pledge to Protect – One Another

By Dr. David E .Marcinko MBA

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Covid-19 Testing via NASAL SWAB

Just for Fun!

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Corona Virus Human Isolation Bubbles

BACK TO THE FUTURE

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WILL THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC DECIMATE THE L.T.C.I. INDUSTRY?

WILL THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC DECIMATE THE L.T.C.I. INDUSTRY?
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By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

I admit that I held a state insurance license.
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A 22 minute computer test was the barrier to entry. There aren’t many with both medical and insurance licenses; and even fewer who actually practiced inside a [skilled] nursing home, long term care facility or geriatric hospital; etc.

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Of course, agents sell policies but doctors treat patients. And, most Long Term Care Insurance policies are sold; not bought. I would not want to live in such a facility.

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QUERY: Has the recent pandemic exposed the structural weakness endemic to our LTC system and made institutional out breaks more deadly?

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Thank You Nurses

Our COVID-19 Heroes

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COVID-19 and Pre-Existing Conditions

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WHAT IS “CONTACT TRACING” IN PUBLIC HEALTH?

WHAT IS “CONTACT TRACING” IN PUBLIC HEALTH?

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When a patient tests positive, you make a list of everyone they came in close contact with. Then, you find those people and make sure they self-isolate before infecting others.

That sounds straightforward, but contact tracing a new patient typically takes three days, which is “an insurmountable hurdle in the U.S., with its low numbers of public health workers and tens of thousands of new cases every day.”

ELSEWHERE: South Korea used high-tech contact tracing to tame its outbreak. The government compiled GPS data, credit card swipes, and other info into a public log showing where COVID-19 patients had traveled.

Some countries (including the U.S.) are trying other methods, including looking at smart-phone location data and developing Bluetooth systems that provide warnings if you’ve crossed paths with an infected person.

PROBLEMS: Despite its widespread use in places like Singapore, contact tracing has raised concerns about privacy and governments following citizens’ whereabouts.

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ANATOMIC SITES TO TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE

THE 6 [Six] ANATOMIC SITES TO TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE

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Covid-19 Vital Sign Diagnostics

It is well known that a high temperature is one stigmata of the Corona Virus [88% of cases]; even higher than the seasonal flu.

But, what are the 6 gross anatomic landmarks to take a temperature and how do we adjust for standards of error?

NOTE: This information might save your life.

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Physician HEROES Entrance

Front Line First Medical Covid-19 Responders

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Early Covid-19 Testing Results

A Per-Capita Snapshot

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“Flattening the Curve” of COVID-19 Infections

WHAT IT IS – HOW IT WORKS?

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Our message on Corona Virus so far has been “don’t panic.” For the vast majority of individuals, Corona Virus is not an existential threat.

However, the rapid rate of the virus’s spread has the potential to overwhelm our health system and cause a lot of problems.

And so, colleague Aaron E. Carroll MD MS explains the infection curve, right here.

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Understanding the 2020 Corona Virus Economic Crisis

Understanding the 2020 Corona Virus Economic Crisis

By William Poole

Dear Dr. David E. Marcinko,

Thank you for your interest in the Merk Perspective.

Merk Senior Economic Adviser and former St. Louis Fed President William Poole shares his thoughts on how to assess the economic impact of the Corona virus, pointing out in what ways it is different from past crises.

There are several aspects of the crisis that deserve separate attention. Many will seem obvious but nonetheless need to be made explicit to yield a thorough analysis.

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The Impact of Coronavirus [Covid-19]

People, Economy and Your Portfolio

By Vitaliy Katsenelson CFA

The Coronavirus

I cannot tell you how much displeasure I have experienced from what I am about to say. I’ll be throwing around statistics of people dying as if I am talking not about people but widgets. My six-year-old daughter Mia Sarah had a garden-variety virus a few weeks ago. When my wife told me – a few minutes after I had been reading about coronavirus –for a second my heart sank, as virus to me meant coronavirus.

Even if Mia Sarah had coronavirus, the chances of survival were greatly in her favor. (Coronavirus, like the flu, is exponentially deadlier to older folks than younger ones). However, when it comes to your loved ones, statistics lose their meaning, and you start magnifying tiny probabilities into high-probability outcomes. The coronavirus statistics represent people’s loved ones, but I don’t know how else to write what I am about to write.

I am going to divide this letter into three sections: health and human impact (sometimes a tragic one), economic impact, and investment strategy.

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