July 29, 2021
AOPA In Advance SmartBrief
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Prosthetic technicians are providing repairs and in some cases new limbs to athletes at the 2021 Paralympic Games in facilities provided by Ottobock, the official technical service partner for the games. Some of the requests are challenging as athletes from third world countries sometimes present orthoses and prostheses that require the technicians to widen their technical abilities, according to John Snethen, a certified prosthetic assistant and technician who is working his second Paralympic Games.
Full Story: O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (7/2021) 
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Medical News
A study in JACC: Heart Failure found that the risk for heart failure increases the longer a person has diabetes, and people who had prediabetes or diabetes had greater risk for heart failure, compared with those who didn't have the conditions. The findings also showed that the association between longer diabetes duration and higher heart failure risk was stronger among women, Black people, those younger than 65, those with A1C of 7% or higher and those with higher body mass index.
Full Story: Medscape (free registration) (7/27) 
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Mylan Pharmaceuticals' Semglee has gained FDA approval as the first interchangeable insulin, allowing the product to be substituted for glargine at pharmacies without a change in prescription. Semglee is classified as an "interchangeable biosimilar," and it is indicated for improved glycemic control in children and adults with type 1 diabetes and for adults with type 2 diabetes.
Full Story: Medscape (free registration) (7/28) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
More than 400 health care and technology groups signed a letter urging Congress to act now to make expanded telehealth coverage permanent and eliminate what they say are arbitrary location restrictions before the public health emergency ends. "Without action from Congress, Medicare beneficiaries will abruptly lose access to nearly all recently expanded coverage of telehealth when the COVID-19 PHE ends," the groups wrote.
Full Story: Healthcare IT News (7/27) 
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Trend Watch
A Toyota commercial featuring Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long has led to online questions about the 13-time gold medal winner. A rare condition led to the amputation of Long's legs below the knee as a young child and even with some "really tough moments," Long says, "I have always decided to make the best of it."
Full Story: KING-TV (Seattle) (7/28) 
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Business and Finance
The Small Business Administration has issued guidance intended to speed up and simplify the forgiveness process for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $150,000 or less, which represent 93% of outstanding loans in the $800 billion program.
Full Story: Journal of Accountancy online (7/28) 
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Google is aiming its new SEO feature at small businesses that want to compete with Amazon, offering product discovery tools that use machine learning and artificial intelligence to recommend products. The company explains that these services can reduce "search abandonment" due to results overload.
Full Story: TechRadar (7/28) 
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