Electronic skin could add feeling to prostheses | Study links coagulation dysfunction to COVID-19 severity | Study examines efficacy, safety of ertugliflozin in T2D
August 6, 2020
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Science and Technology
An electronic skin developed by researchers from the National University of Singapore could be used to help prosthetic wearers feel senses. The skin, inspired by a scene from the film "The Empire Strikes Back," contains 100 embedded sensors and is one of three studies of electronic skin.
Full Story: BBC (8/6) 
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Medical News
Recent studies suggest that the immune system's complement system combined with coagulation dysfunction could influence disease severity in COVID-19 patients, as reported in the journal Nature Medicine. Key findings indicated that patients with age-related macular degeneration and those with coagulation disorders were at a higher risk of developing serious SARS-CoV-2 infection complications and even death.
Full Story: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (8/4) 
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Patients with type 2 diabetes, regardless of their age, could improve their glycemic control, body weight and systolic blood pressure by taking ertugliflozin, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism. The findings also showed that diabetes patients aged 65 years or older who used ertugliflozin had higher incidences of volume depletion adverse events and genital mycotic infection, compared with those who didn't use ertugliflozin.
Full Story: Medical Dialogues (8/6) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
The CMS has said it will allow health insurance providers to offer temporary premium reductions for individuals with coverage in the individual and small group markets to ensure continued coverage amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy will be in effect until the end of this year.
Full Story: Healthcare Finance (8/4) 
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The CMS has unveiled its draft Medicare physician fee schedule and quality payment program rule for 2021, and it includes proposals to broaden the list of telehealth services Medicare can cover, simplify billing and coding requirements for office-based and outpatient evaluation and management visits, and boost payment cuts for certain specialty care providers. The agency also recommends changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program's quality reporting requirements and quality performance standards, raising the Merit-based Incentive Payment System's performance threshold and postponing implementation of the MIPS value pathways program until 2022.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital CFO Report (8/4),  FierceHealthcare (8/4),  Healthcare Finance (8/4) 
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Trend Watch
Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Woodke, who lost his legs during a 2011 explosion in Afghanistan, received a new home from the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops. The organization has donated more than 295 specially-built homes since 2004.
Full Story: Williamson Herald (Franklin, Tenn.) (8/5) 
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A service member who died over the weekend is only the fourth US service member to die of COVID-19, according to the DOD, and the average positive case rate among active-duty personnel is 5.3%, compared with 8.7% in the general population. The DOD's reported case rate among 18- to 24-year-olds is higher than average, which may be attributed to testing at the entry and exit of basic training and at other points in active-duty service members' careers, says Jonathan Hoffman, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.
Full Story: Military online (8/4) 
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Business and Finance
If your staff is facing a second round of unemployment, columnist Greg Iacurci explains what to expect in this instance. Discussing the workings of the benefit system with real examples, the good news is the CARES Act and other new rules mean people can receive their benefits for a much longer period of time than usual.
Full Story: CNBC (8/5) 
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