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Measles vaccinations given in ’70s and ’80s may have worn off by now, doctor warns

March 1, 2024

Via: Fox News

If you were vaccinated for measles in the 1970s or ’80s, there’s a chance the protection has worn off by now, some doctors are warning. Amid the current measles outbreak in Florida, USF College of Public Health associate professor Jill […]


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Medicaid disenrollments pass 10M as states continue eligibility checks

November 6, 2023

Via: Healthcare Dive

Disenrollment rates have been rising steadily since this summer, as more states start rechecking their Medicaid members’ eligibility for the program. The Biden administration enticed states to put those checks on hold during the COVID-19 public health emergency in exchange […]


EHR & EMR

4 Keys to Modernizing Public Health Data Collection and Analysis

May 9, 2023

Via: HitConsultant

The COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on the urgent need to modernize the nation’s public health system. Despite success in rapidly developing vaccines, the unprecedented public health emergency also exposed significant gaps in U.S. public health infectious disease data collection […]


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3 Public Health Messaging Failures: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It

March 13, 2023

Via: HitConsultant

Public health crisis communications plans have the power to improve outcomes, reduce long-term healthcare costs, and save lives. These plans should convey crucial health information to impacted groups with recommendations on how and when to seek care and reduce spread. […]


Regulatory

HHS readies for PHE wind down, end of pandemic flexibilities

February 10, 2023

Via: Healthcare Dive

A number of pandemic-era policies tied to the federal public health emergency will soon expire on May 11, affecting providers, payers and others in the industry that have relied on some of those flexibilities over the past few years. Waivers […]


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Public Health Agencies Turn to Locals to Extend Reach Into Immigrant Communities

February 10, 2023

Via: Kaiser Health News

When covid-19 vaccines became available, Colorado public health officials initially relied on mass vaccination events publicized through Facebook, email, and texts, and required Coloradans to book appointments online. But when that go-big strategy drove large disparities in who was getting […]


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Public Health Agencies Try to Restore Trust as They Fight Misinformation

January 4, 2023

Via: Kaiser Health News

By the summer of 2021, Phil Maytubby, deputy CEO of the health department here, was concerned to see the numbers of people getting vaccinated against covid-19 slipping after an initially robust response. With doubt, fear, and misinformation running rampant nationwide […]


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When Monkeypox Reaches Rural Communities, It Collides With Strained Public Health Systems

October 28, 2022

Via: Kaiser Health News

When a case of monkeypox was reported in Nevada’s Humboldt County in August, it was the state’s first detected occurrence of the virus in a rural area. Soon, cases were found in other rural counties — Nye, Lyon, and Elko […]


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American Diabetes Association Launches Amputation Prevention Alliance

September 23, 2022

Via: HitConsultant

The American Diabetes Association announced a new initiative designed to address the urgent public health challenge of preventable amputation called the Amputation Prevention Alliance. Over 135,000 amputations occur every year in the United States, with the majority of those procedures […]


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Rural hospitals face ‘precarious’ outlook as expenses climb, AHA says

September 12, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

The AHA is concerned that worsening economic conditions will put more rural facilities out of business and leave patients with fewer options for quality care close to home. Already, nearly 46 million people living in rural areas, or 14% of […]


Regulatory

CDC, amid criticism for COVID-19 response, plans reorganization as public health threats grow

August 18, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is planning to reorganize the agency amid rising criticism of the its response to the coronavirus pandemic, rising monkeypox cases and other public health crises. The shakeup includes the […]


Editorial

Is the Monkeypox Outbreak a Public Health Emergency?

August 15, 2022

Via: Natalie Dunn

COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed the way people around the world think about diseases, and it also changed the way policymakers, scientists, and health authorities respond to new outbreaks. After more than two years of fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a recent […]


EHR & EMR

Telehealth visits rose in May, mirroring COVID-19 diagnoses

August 9, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

Telehealth usage surged early in the pandemic, embraced by both consumers and providers as an alternative to in-person care and supported by expanded reimbursement and other policy changes intended to boost adoption during the public health emergency. Fair Health has […]


News

States mixed on how to improve Medicaid unwinding with PHE end date unknown

July 28, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

States are mixed on how to address Medicaid uncertainty once the COVID-19 public health emergency expires, according to a panel that advises Congress on the program. During the PHE, states that received a 6.2 percentage point increase in federal funding […]


Innovation, Research

Tracking daily movement patterns may one day help predict dementia

July 19, 2022

Via: ScienceDaily

Wearable movement-tracking devices may someday be useful in providing early warnings of cognitive decline among older adults, suggest new findings from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers analyzed data from ActiGraph activity monitors, which […]


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California’s Public Health Tax Is Dead for the Year

July 15, 2022

Via: Kaiser Health News

A ballot initiative that would have raised taxes on California millionaires and billionaires to fund public health programs and pandemic prevention is dead — at least for this year. The Silicon Valley tech executives who bankrolled the measure, which had […]


Regulatory

As Congress, Biden administration squabble over COVID-19 funds, an ongoing pandemic response posture strains public health

July 14, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

Just over two years since the coronavirus pandemic began, society presses forward, seeking normalcy. Restrictions have lifted, severe cases and deaths from COVID-19 have plummeted thanks to rapidly developed vaccines and therapeutics. The United States government has played an important […]


Editorial

All You Need to Know About the Recent Monkeypox Outbreak

June 13, 2022

Via: Natalie Dunn

A multi-country monkeypox outbreak is causing concern around the world, as more and more people get infected with the virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 23 United Nations (UN) member states, across four different regions that are not […]


News

Anti-Vaccine Ideology Gains Ground as Lawmakers Seek to Erode Rules for Kids’ Shots

April 21, 2022

Via: Kaiser Health News

Not long ago, Kansas showed strong bipartisan support for vaccines as a tool to support a robust public health system. But bills with language expanding religious exemptions for childhood vaccine requirements were passed by the state Senate in March and […]


Regulatory

Justice Department will appeal ruling striking down travel mask mandate

April 21, 2022

Via: Fox News

Officials said that the Department of Justice is filing an appeal aiming to overturn a federal judge’s ruling that struck down the federal mask mandate on public transportation. A notice of appeal was filed Wednesday in federal court in Tampa, […]