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Participation in a CCM program by primary care physicians remains low. Now that we appreciate the numerous benefits of starting a chronic care management (CCM) program, both from the standpoint of patient care and reimbursement, while acknowledging some of the reasons behind the hesitation among some providers to initiate one,…
There are some remaining contamination issues and human errors that produce false positives. In previous articles, I discussed the frequency of false positives in COVID-19 PCR tests (False Positives in PCR Tests for COVID-19) and the resulting impacts (Impacts of False Positive Results in COVID-19 Tests). Ever since PCR tests…
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it seems additionally appropriate to review diabetes when there is a focus on chronic diseases.     According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin…
EDITOR’S NOTE: In light of the fact that this Thursday Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving, we are republishing this article that appeared here on Sept. 29, as a guide to help families navigate potential social landmines while discussing current events around the dinner table. H. Steven Moffic, MD is a…
New COVID cases reported daily have more than doubled during recent weeks, since a more modest July surge. As the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic continues to spiral out of control, federal authorities are racing to find ways to mitigate the spread. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last…
False positives distort various epidemiological statistics. In a previous article ("False Positives in PCR Tests for COVID-19"), I discussed the evidence regarding false-positive rates of COVID-19 PCR tests, and walked the reader through an example explaining the mathematics of how these rates lead to a large fraction of positive results…
The mood of the country impacts claims. There are a few words that can be associated with the pandemic and the election. These words are the following: Stress – a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances Anxiety – a feeling of…
Federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine, believed to be better than 90 percent effective, could occur before the end of the month. When the long-awaited and much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in the U.S., a development that could take place before the end of the year, a set of new…