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Home health agencies make legal case against CMS’ proposed cuts

Home health providers have set the stage for a legal fight if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalizes a proposal to cut home health Medicare reimbursement by 4.2% next year.  In comment letters to CMS, home health association leaders included findings from law firms hired to analyze the draft policy—though the leaders say …

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A patient at St. John's Well Child & Family Center in Los Angeles receives a monkeypox vaccine, August 10, 2022.

Analysis: Why we shouldn’t tiptoe around who is at highest risk for monkeypox infection

The Biden administration this month declared the outbreak of monkeypox, a virus spreading disproportionately among men who have sex with men and their sexual networks, a public health emergency. Not wanting to reproduce the kind of anti-gay stigma seen during the early AIDS crisis, some argue that articulating which group is at highest risk for …

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VPNs for iOS Are Broken and Apple Knows It, Says Security Researcher

Third-party VPNs made for iPhones and iPads routinely fail to route all network traffic through a secure tunnel after they have been turned on, something Apple has known about for years, a longtime security researcher has claimed (via ArsTechnica). Writing on a continually updated blog post, Michael Horowitz says that after testing multiple types of …

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Man’s mental health questioned in Vegas airport panic case

By KEN RITTERAugust 17, 2022 GMT 1 of 2 This undated Clark County Detention Center photo shows Stefan Mathias Hutchison, 33, of Oakland, Calif., following his arrest on charges that he breached security on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at Harry Reid International Airport, sparking panic among travelers, flight delays and cancellations. Las Vegas police say …

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Judge rules CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart owe $650M in opioids suit

CLEVELAND — A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in damages Wednesday to two Ohio counties that won a landmark lawsuit against national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, claiming the way they distributed opioids to customers caused severe harm to communities and created a public nuisance. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster said in …

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U.S. to provide 50,000 monkeypox vaccines for Pride and other events with high attendance by gay men

The U.S. will provide 50,000 monkeypox vaccine doses specifically for large events with high attendance by gay and bisexual men in an effort to better reach the community most at risk right now, health officials said Thursday. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said communities hosting Pride and other …

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Elden Ring Sells 16.6 Million Copies in Just Four Months

Bandai Namco has confirmed in its latest sales report that Elden Ring has sold 16.6 million copies as of June 2022. Its huge success means “the segment profit of the digital business” has “increased significantly”. Elden Ring had already outsold Demon’s Souls, every single Dark Souls entry, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice just a …

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Covid Increases Risk Of Mental Illness And Brain Disease Up To Two Years After Infection, Study Suggests

Topline People who have had Covid-19 are at an increased risk of mental health and neurological conditions—including seizures, dementia, psychotic disorders and brain fog—two years after infection, according to a large study published Wednesday in the Lancet Psychiatry medical journal, shedding further light on the long-term health consequences of the virus as countries around the …

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Diagnosis for 8.16.22: Checking the pulse of Florida health care news and policy

Welcome back to Diagnosis, a vertical that focuses on the crossroads of health care policy and politics. Here’s something to put on your radar. Medicaid expansion, which has long been a no-go in Florida and as well as other states controlled by Republicans, is starting to get a renewed look in other states that have …

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A 29-year-old woman with a lump in her breast said she was refused a mammogram because she was too young. She now has stage 4 cancer.

‘ La’Bounty said she was “just living life in Southern California — a really fun life” before her diagnosis.Courtesy of Philecia La’Bounty A 29-year-old with a lump in her breast said she was denied mammograms due to age, family history. The TikToker said her lump grew to be 8 centimeters and was later diagnosed as …

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