Study: Child Anxiety, Depression Rose Before and During Pandemic
Congress Extends Telemedicine Flexibilities in Medicare
Between 2016 and 2020, diagnoses of both anxiety and depression in children went up significantly, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Child behavioral problems continued to increase once the COVID-19 pandemic began, see the results. here.
San Antonio Approves Tax Rebate for Proton Therapy Center to Treat Cancer
San Antonio City Council authorized more than $800,000 in tax rebates for a new facility that will treat cancer through proton therapy, a newer type of radiation that may cause fewer side effects. The facility will have one treatment room and serve about 450 patients a year, according to city documents. UT Health plans to partner in the research. Learn more.
Death Rates For Heart Disease And Strokes Increased During First Year Of Pandemic, Study Finds
The Hill (3/23, Vakil) reports, “During the first year of the pandemic, death rates for heart disease and strokes increased, with researchers noting racial disparities between mortality rates, a new study...found.” The study, published in JAMA Network Open, “found that the overall mortality rate increased close to 16 percent between 2019 and 2020, which the researchers attributed mostly to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
COVID Vaccines Staved Off Severe Outcomes During Omicron
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines continue to protect people from severe COVID-19 through the worst of the Omicron surge. The Omicron wave spanned Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 24, 2022, vaccine effectiveness against these outcomes was 79% after two doses and 94% after three doses. Continue reading.
The COVID-19-era flexibilities for telemedicine in Medicare will last at least another five months following recent action by Congress. During that time, physicians will still be able to receive payment for audio-only visits. More on the extension.
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