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Bay Area Health Officials Urge Vigilance as Measles Cases Rise in the US

While the risk of measles exposure remains low for most Bay Area residents, the increasing number of cases nationwide and in California underscores the importance of robust protection against this highly contagious and dangerous illness. SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. - With measles on the rise nationally, and recent cases locally, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department joins Bay Area health officials in urging everyone to be up to date on measles vaccinations and to watch for symptoms after travel or exposure. The best protection against measles is two doses ...

CMS Issues FAQs on Change Healthcare/Optum Payment Disruption Accelerated & Advance Payments

On March 13, CMS published FAQs related to the Change Healthcare/Optum payment disruption accelerated and advance payments. These go into detail about what services qualify for accelerated and advance payments, application criteria, terms of repayment, financial concerns, and other topics.  As a reminder, the AMA has a website on the Change Healthcare cybersecurity issue that outlines the latest developments, information for physician practices, and related AMA advocacy.

Kaiser looks to build a new California hospital, demolish current one

Becker's Hospital Review – Feb. 28 Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has proposed a project that would demolish its existing San Jose (Calif.) Medical Center and construct a new hospital. After demolishing the current 250,000-square-foot medical center, the health system would build a 685,000-square-foot hospital, a new central utility plant and a parking structure, according to Kaiser environmental review documents. The existing hospital would maintain function at full capacity as the new hospital is being built.  "We are prepared to make substantial investments in upgrading our facilities to support our South Bay members and the ...

SCCMA EHC Member Publishes on Climate Change and the Risks to Pregnant Persons and their Offspring

SCCMA Environmental Health Committee Member, Santosh Pandipati, MD, FACOG was recently asked to bring together a panel to author a lead article for a special issue of Seminars in Perinatology dedicated to climate change impacts on women and pregnancy. To download article, please click HERE.  Climate change: Overview of risks to pregnant persons and their offspring  Santosh Pandipati, Melanie Leong, Rupa Basu, David Abel, Sarena Hayer, Jeanne Conry Climate change is one of the greatest challenges confronting humanity. Pregnant persons, their unborn children, and offspring are particularly vulnerable, as evidenced by adverse perinatal ...