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January 2021
Mask up! Morristown nurse helps create video campaign for curbing COVID
Protect a nurse. Wear a mask.
That’s the video message from a hundred nurses supporting President Biden’s request that Americans mask up for the next 100 days, to curb the coronavirus.
OCR proposed rule on HIPAA privacy standards officially published
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights formally published in the Federal Register a proposed rule released Dec. 10 that would modify HIPAA privacy standards for individually identifiable health information. The 60-day comment period on the rule ends on March 22. AHA staff are reviewing the rule and plan to submit comments.
COVID Vaccine for Patient With Rare Disease? Best Guess Is Yes
— Clinicians favor vaccination in most groups, including people with pulmonary hypertension
Extrapolating from the limited data from the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trials, clinicians say the products’ benefits likely outweigh the risks for people with pulmonary hypertension and other rare diseases.
“The reality is folks with rare diseases will never have enough to do the trials out of the gate,” said Tom Maddox, MD, MSc, of BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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