November 24, 2022 | Volume XIII | Issue 47

WHO, CDC: A Record 40 Million Kids Miss Measles Vaccine Dose

AP writes in U.S. News & World Report:

The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say measles immunization has dropped significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began, resulting in a record high of nearly 40 million children missing a vaccine dose last year.

In a report issued Wednesday, the WHO and the CDC said millions of children were now susceptible to measles, among the world’s most contagious diseases. In 2021, officials said there were about 9 million measles infections and...

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Moratorium on Behavioral Analysis Providers Lifted

The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale

A moratorium on behavioral analysis services in Miami-Dade and Broward counties imposed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration expired as of Nov. 13, 2022. And it appears that AHCA has decided not to extend it for another six months as it has in the past since it was first imposed in 2018.

AHCA said the moratorium’s goal was to fight fraud and safeguard taxpayer dollars, while ensuring patient access to care. Authority to impose a moratorium was included in the Affordable Care Act, and AHCA, with the approval of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, decided to exercise its authority.

In 2018, AHCA announced that the cost of applied behavior analysis therapy to Florida more than doubled from 2016 to 2018. The agency blamed unqualified providers delivering unnecessary services.

In implementing the moratorium AHCA stated it had found widespread problems with providers attempting to bill “unbelievable hours,” such as more than 24 hours in a day.

As a result of an investigation, AHCA also found some Medicaid recipients also were enrolled as BA providers and some providers had falsified their credentials.

The moratorium was designed to give AHCA time to complete a comprehensive assessment of the BA provider population and remove from the provider network those individuals and entities who are not qualified to participate or whose participation was believed to have been based solely to commit fraud.

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Exercising between 8–11 am may be best for cardiovascular health

Robby Berman reports for Medical News Today:

Although exercise is always generally good for health, a large new prospective study finds that one particular time of day may offer the greatest benefit when it comes to lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke.

The study found that physical activity in the morning, between 8 and 11 a.m., had the greatest positive effect on a person’s risk of CVD and stroke compared to activity at other times of day.

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Here are ways to protect vulnerable family members during Thanksgiving celebration

 Local 4 | WDIV

As we prepare to gather with our family and friends for Thanksgiving, many are understandably nervous about all the viruses that are circulating. Experts say RSV, flu, and COVID can all be dangerous for the most vulnerable guests. With uncertainty rising, some Metro Detroit doctors have given out ways to protect yourselves and the ones you love.

Watch the video HERE.

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