October 18, 2021
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The family of former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Colin Powell, 84, confirmed that he died Oct. 18 of complications related to COVID-19. Family members said he was fully vaccinated.
Full Story: National Public Radio (10/18) 
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This hospital saved an estimated $1.8M
This Mayo Clinic facility avoided the un-reimbursable cost of treating hospital-acquired pressure injuries by using wearable sensors to cue patient turning, reducing HAPI incidence by 67% up to an estimated $1.8M annual savings in critical care. See the poster.
Health Care Leadership & Innovation
Breast cancer survivor and US Olympian Chaunte Lowe, who holds medals for the high jump, is the spokesperson for a Susan G. Komen and Eli Lilly and Co. campaign addressing inequity in breast cancer care. Black women with breast cancer are more likely than white women to die from the disease, and the campaign will include culturally competent patient navigators who can help Black women understand the health care system and reduce barriers to diagnosis and treatment.
Full Story: FiercePharma (10/14) 
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The National Health Service Corps will receive $100 million from the American Rescue Plan to address the shortage of health care workers, according to the Biden administration. The funding will help recruit primary care doctors in places challenged by recruitment and retention issues. "This investment will make a tremendous impact on access to primary care and addressing health disparities at a critical time," said Diana Espinosa, acting administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Full Story: NBC News (10/14) 
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Carrying a Heavy Load - The MCPDriver
Designed for persons with an amputation site through the proximal phalanx & enough residual length distal to the MCP joint to engage a ring. Naked Prosthetics MCPDriver allows users to regain fine dexterity & natural grip patterns. It's All About Function. Read more.
Legislation, Policy & Regulation
The Biden administration is shifting oversight of the government's pandemic data tracking system from HHS' Office of the Chief Information Officer back to the CDC amid scrutiny over the government's handling of public health data infrastructure, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg. The public health tracking system, called HHS Protect, collects information from over 6,000 hospitals on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates as well as use of ICU beds, personal protective equipment, COVID-19 tests and therapeutics.
Full Story: Bloomberg (10/14) 
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    The US seven-day average for newly reported COVID-19 cases fell 12.5% to 84,555 from the prior week, marking the fourth straight week of decline, while the weekly average for COVID-19 deaths fell 13.4% to 1,241 per day, according to the CDC. The seven-day average for COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped 8.8% to 6,659 for the period ending Oct. 12, while average daily vaccinations declined by 11.3% to 841,731 as of Oct. 14.
    Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (10/15) 
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    A Swedish study of 700,000 people showed that a "mix-and-match" COVID-19 vaccine strategy may protect individuals better than two doses of the same vaccine. Researchers said people who had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vector-based vaccine and a second dose of an mRNA vaccine experienced better protection against infection.
    Full Story: U.S. News & World Report (10/18),  HealthDay News (10/18) 
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    Ten cases of Legionnaires' disease, a rare bacterial pneumonia, have been identified by health officials on Long Island in New York. So far, one person has died from the disease and several have been hospitalized.
    Full Story: CBS News (10/16) 
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    Patients with type 2 diabetes reduced their blood glucose levels and adhered to medication regimens after pharmacists at St. Joseph's/Candler Health System began using audio-only telehealth and remote patient monitoring services, according to a report in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. A greater percentage of patients met the Merit-based Incentive Payment System standard of an A1C lower than 9% after the telehealth and RPM program was implemented, according to the report.
    Full Story: mHealth Intelligence (10/14) 
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