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NIH Sees Budget Increase by $2 Billion

On March 15, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 into law, an omnibus bill that sets the budgets for all federal agencies for the rest of FY2022. The bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH),...

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After Steady Decline, Telehealth Use Surges during Omicron

When the pandemic and lockouts first began, telehealth utilization soared to unprecedented levels. But while telehealth use remains well above pre-pandemic levels, thanks in part to relaxed Medicare coverage rules, the initial wave steadily ebbed starting in May...

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Physicians Get a Break on 2021 MIPS Payment Adjustments

Just as it seemed like physician practice patterns were getting back to normal, the late-year Omicron surge skewed the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) quality data for 2021. With that in mind, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has...

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Potential New Test Could Diagnose Lyme Disease Sooner

For scientists and clinicians alike, one of the Holy Grails for successfully treating and curing Lyme disease is developing tests that identify the disease sooner, show when people are cured of infection, and can diagnose reinfection. Now, researchers at Tufts...

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