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by Joyce Frieden, Washington Editor, MedPage Today
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Sports journalist Grant Wahl, who died while covering the World Cup, had an aortic aneurysm, his wife said. (Washington Post)
Medicare Advantage plans are repeatedly sidestepping documentation requirements for justifying their payments to providers, a Kaiser Health News investigation found.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) is asking the Florida Supreme Court to investigate “crimes and wrongdoing” related to COVID-19 vaccines. (Business Insider)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued draft recommendations for use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV; the draft re-affirms its 2019 recommendation that PrEP decreases HIV risk.
A team of psychiatrists and psychiatry residents at Atlanta’s Morehouse University School of Medicine in Atlanta is focusing on the mental health needs of teens of color. (New York Times)
Telehealth startups have been sending sensitive patient information to big tech companies, an investigation found. (STAT)
Public-sector workers in New Jersey are pushing back against hikes in their health insurance premiums that are set to take effect next year. (WHYY)
A town in Mexico has turned into a major distribution point for fentanyl and methamphetamine. (Washington Post)
The U.S. has let its public health system “atrophy,” according to Anthony Fauci, MD, who is soon to retire as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as President Biden’s chief medical adviser. (Nature)
The World Cup brought some much-needed joy to hospitals, Grace Farris, MD, says in a cartoon posted on the NPR website.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine wants the FDA to discipline Elon Musk’s Neuralink company over its treatment of animals in its brain implant research. (Washington Post)
Emergent BioSolutions is applying for FDA approval to sell an over-the-counter nasal spray version of naloxone. (NPR)
On a related note, HHS is proposing to extend pandemic flexibilities to allow more opioid use disorder patients to take home treatments such as methadone. (Axios)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) wrote to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla to express concern about the company’s plans to raise the price of its COVID vaccine. (The Hill)
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