good morning. Welcome to the New York Health Care Newsletter on Monday. Here’s an update on this week’s health care news and a look back at last week’s important news.
More than 2,000 New Yorkers infected with monkeypox It’s been nearly three months since Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital reported the state’s first suspected case of the rare virus in late May. It leads the nation, accounting for 2,295 of the 11,177 cases reported nationwide to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Friday, of which 2,130 are in New York City.
However, the latest case data suggest that the outbreak in New York, Case rates doubled in just a few days last month, but may be slowing down. New York added fewer than 400 total cases last week, while nationally reported cases increased by nearly 3,700 over the same period. By Friday, the number of cases had risen to 1,945.
State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett told POLITICO Despite the apparent “slowing rate of rise” is encouraging, cases are still rising. “I’m still concerned about the rising numbers because I know there are other cases that we haven’t diagnosed,” she said in an interview. We have not gone past containment on this.”
Commissioner said public health officials are focused Efforts to link New Yorkers potentially exposed or susceptible to the virus with the monkeypox vaccine. The limited supply of these vaccines, provided in installments by the federal government, prevents them from being offered to everyone who wants them or who are identified as being at high risk. There is, she pointed out.
Bassett said state health officials are also working Make sure your message about monkeypox reaches every New Yorker. “We have launched an equity initiative to get the message out about vaccination through our trusted communities her partners, especially those of color in her LGBTQ community,” she said.
“This is always a complicated message. It’s never been easy in public health or life. However, there is no biological reason why skin-to-skin contact and transmission only affects men who have sex with men. ”
What else to watch this week:
— Cannabis Control Board Virtually meet today. The committee will consider: Emergency regulations related to marijuana laboratories. an appointed Policy Director; and more than a dozen Conditional Adult Cultivator and Conditional Adult Processor licenses each.
… the meeting will be over in a few days After the Cannabis Administration announced that New Yorkers with past marijuana-related convictions and business experience could begin applying for the first round of adult-use pharmacy licenses on August 26.
– Starting today, Pharmacies across New York must carry and dispense naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, to individuals without a prescription under a new standing order from Bassett.
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Polio in New York — Julian Shen-Barro of POLITICO: Weeks after the first polio case in the United States in nearly a decade occurred in a suburb of New York, public health officials warned on Friday that more cases were likely in New York City. That is while the city is still reeling from Covid-19 and a new monkeypox outbreak. “For every confirmed case of paralytic polio, hundreds more may go undetected,” state health commissioner Mary Bassett said in a statement. “The detection of poliovirus in New York City wastewater samples is surprising, but not surprising. We are continuing to investigate cases and actively assessing the spread of infection.”
There are no confirmed cases in New York City. Local detection followed a confirmed case in Rockland County and positive wastewater samples in Rockland and Orange counties. Although the city’s positive wastewater samples were collected in June and July, state officials said they were not genetically related to the Rockland County case.
“People are waiting to die” — Dan Goldberg of Politico: Without new state and federal funding, private agencies that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be unable to provide housing and staff support to the growing number of Americans in need of care. I have warned you for a long time. Over the past 12 months, the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and once-in-a-generation inflation have turned dire predictions into sobering truths. After years of limping on a shoestring budget, the agency director has accomplished something in 2022 that didn’t last long. It would have been inconceivable before: closed the door.
… 20 years after the Supreme Court Governing states must provide care for persons with disabilities in the least restrictive environment possible, but home- and community-based service providers are struggling. Money is plentiful thanks to stimulus packages, and action may need to be taken after years of inadequate financing that has brought an already fragile system to the brink of collapse.
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Now we know— Early menopause increases the chances of developing dementia later in life.
Tip of the day — Upset at work? The Wall Street Journal recommends recording your grievances on a phone voice memo before you voice them out to your co-workers (as part of their tips on “The Right Way to Vote at Work”). Play it yourself and remove it if you think it’s “silly”.
study this— “Less than one in three people infected with hepatitis C receives expensive treatments that can cure them,” reports the Associated Press.
new york times The Mount Sinai Health System reports that it has begun an effort to “build a vast database of patient genetic information that can be studied by researchers and large pharmaceutical companies.”
Times Union looks at “how reproductive care is eroding as Catholic and secular hospitals merge” in New York.
new data STAT reports that it is discovering racial disparities in monkeypox infections.
Kaiser Health News examines how “big pharma did everything in its power to stop drug price negotiations.”
“Johnson & Johnson Next year, we will be selling baby powder containing talc around the world … amid thousands of lawsuits alleging it caused cancer,” reports the Associated Press.
new york times You can see the “monkeypox unfiltered face”.
“The phenomenon behind the long Covid It’s nothing new,” reports The Atlantic. “We have always lived with post-infectious disease and underestimated the consequences.”
POLITICO’s Christa Ma, Megan Messery and Catherine Ellen Foley It may be too late to stop the monkeypox epidemic in the United States permanently.
Thousands of Covid Patients POLITICO’s Daniel Payne has called on governments around the world to provide more help as the number of people facing lingering symptoms after infection is rising.
Adam Canklin of POLITICO As the Biden administration scrambled to quell anger over its slow response to the monkeypox outbreak last month, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told people the state needed to do more. inform.
Florida Medicaid Regulators POLITICO’s Arek Sarkissian reports that the government has finalized a new rule banning health care providers from billing taxpayer-funded programs for gender-affirming treatment.
Lisa Love of POLITICO We look to the medical crisis that finally convinced North Carolina Republicans to expand Medicaid
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