Health Advisory: Outbreak of Measles in Ohio
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is monitoring an outbreak of measles in Ohio that began in November 2022. At publication, the outbreak is composed of 82 confirmed cases, of which 74 (90%) are unvaccinated and 32 (39%) have been hospitalized. Continue reading
Flu, Covid-19 and RSV: Tracking Hospitalizations This Brutal Virus Season
A tough respiratory virus season is underway in the United States, as influenza and the respiratory syncytial virus came early and hit hard this year, straining the nation’s health care system and driving up hospitalizations to rates not seen in years, even as Covid-19 continues spreading across the country. Read more
OIG: Physicians Incorrectly Billing for End-of-Life Care Planning
Starting January 1, 2023, medical laboratories, including physician-owned labs, face a reporting requirement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will create a paperwork burden and could negatively affect payment rates. The measure is part of the 2014 Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA). Continue reading
Health Officials Wind Down Monkeypox PHE, Urge Prevention
Given the downturn in monkeypox cases, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently announced the agency does not expect to renew the public health emergency declaration regarding the infectious disease when it ends on January 31. Find out more information here.