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Latest Mass Vaccination Site Opens at Eastridge Mall in East San Jose

Stanford Health Care and the County of Santa Clara are partnering to further expand access to vaccination for people in areas disproportionately affected by COVID-19 through a new mass vaccination clinic at Eastridge Mall in East San José. The clinic at the Aloha Roller Rink, which opened today, is located in an area of the County that has seen some of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. This latest expansion is part of the County’s multi-pronged strategy to ensure equitable and robust access to vaccination in East ...

AMA report shows physician Medicare revenue down 19% over first half of 2020

The economic impact of COVID-19 on health care continues to reveal itself through reductions in patient volume and revenue and in higher practice costs. As the pandemic stretches on, physician practice viability remains under threat. Financial impacts were assessed with a claims-based analysis of changes in Medicare physician spending for the first six months of 2020 and a nationwide survey of physicians in July and August of 2020. Medicare physician spending The report “Changes in Medicare Physician Spending During the COVID-19 Pandemic” provides an in-depth look at impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

New Data Reports on ACEs Aware Training and Screening

New data reports are now available that detail the number of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screenings conducted in California between January 1 and June 30, 2020, and the number of providers who have completed the “Becoming ACEs Aware in California” core online training. Since launching the ACEs Aware initiative in December 2019, more than 15,500 providers have taken the training. About 9,100 Medi-Cal providers in California have attested to completing the training and are receiving Medi-Cal payment for conducting qualified ACE screenings. Medi-Cal providers – primarily pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine physicians – have conducted over 155,000 ...

Vaccines expanded to workers in education, childcare, emergency services, food and agriculture

COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County Dear Neighbors, Great news! Santa Clara County has now vaccinated more than half of its residents age 65 and older. Getting vaccinated is not only the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 but also helps the County more quickly move to less restrictive tiers. Starting February 28th, COVID-19 vaccines will be available to residents who work in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture. This is in addition to those who are already eligible, which include healthcare workers, long-term care residents, as well as those ...

Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft research plan on screening for autism spectrum disorder in young children. The draft research plan is available for review and public comment from February 25, 2021 through March 24, 2021. To review the draft research plan and submit comments, go here. Any visitor to the Task Force Web site can comment on any of the listed USPSTF draft documents. However, readers should note that the USPSTF writes these documents for researchers, primary care doctors, and other health care providers, using medical ...