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Sep 9, 2022
The Department of Health and Human Services today reported a 45% increase in call volume and improved answer rates and wait times for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline this August compared to a year ago. The 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in July transitioned to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, meaning individuals experiencing a suicide, mental health or substance use crisis can simply call, chat or text 988 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Sep 9, 2022
Clinical data from patients treated under an investigational protocol for TPOXX (tecovirimat) support continuing to make the smallpox antiviral drug available to treat U.S. patients with monkeypox during the current outbreak, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC protocol includes patient treatment and adverse event reporting forms to monitor safety and ensure intended clinical use.
Sep 9, 2022
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday alerted health care providers and the public to reports of squamous cell carcinoma in scar tissue around breast implants, as well as lymphomas different than those previously associated with breast implants. The agency recommends that health care providers continue to report cancers around breast implants to help it identify and better understand this emerging issue.
Sep 9, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today alerted health care providers to an increase in pediatric hospitalizations for severe respiratory illness in patients who tested positive for rhinovirus and/or enterovirus, including enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). EV-D68 has been associated with acute flaccid myelitis, a rare but serious neurologic complication involving limb weakness.
Sep 9, 2022 by Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA
This week’s observance of Labor Day reminds us of the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity and well-being.
Sep 8, 2022
The AHA has elected Marc L. Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist, to a three-year term on its Board of Trustees beginning Jan. 1. Dr. Boom will fill an interim vacancy on the board. He currently serves on the AHA Health Systems Committee and was an AHA Regional Policy Board 7 delegate from 2010-2012 and 2013-2015.
Sep 8, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today approved state plan amendments allowing Indiana and West Virginia to extend postpartum coverage from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees under the American Rescue Plan Act. They join 21 other states and Washington, D.C., in opting to extend the coverage under either the ARPA state plan option or section 1115 demonstration authority.
Sep 8, 2022
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued the first emergency use authorization for a monkeypox diagnostic test, whic
Sep 8, 2022
The Department of Homeland Security today released a final rule excluding noncash benefits, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and most Medicaid benefits, when making a public charge inadmissibility determination for noncitizens requesting admission to the United States or permanent residency. AHA voiced support for the proposed rule in April, saying its clarifications would address confusion and uncertainty for legal immigrants and their families wrought by earlier policies.
Sep 8, 2022
The Biden Administration will make over 170 million doses of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster available to Americans for free at pharmacies, doctor’s offices, health centers, and state and local health departments, the White House announced today.