Tag Archives: risk

Who’s At Risk For ‘Long COVID?’

Oct. 22, 2020 — Being sick with COVID-19 for more than four weeks, so-called “long COVID,” affects older people, women and those with a wide range of symptoms in the first week of their illness most, British researchers report. About 5% of those with COVID-19 will have symptoms for eight weeks or more, according to… Read More »

Depression in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Childhood Asthma

A mother’s psychological distress during pregnancy may increase the risk for asthma in her child, a new study suggests. Researchers had the parents of 4,231 children fill out well-validated questionnaires on psychological stress in the second trimester of pregnancy, and again three years later. The mothers also completed questionnaires at two and six months after… Read More »

Popular Blood Pressure Medication Increases Risk Of Skin Cancer

Research shows an association between skin cancer and one of the most common hypertension medications. Researchers looked at the relation between hydrochlorothiazide containing antihypertensive medication and increased skin cancer risk. It has been previously demonstrated that this commonly used medication can increase lip cancer risk. This study established a clear association between hydrochlorothiazide containing hypertension… Read More »

OIG says $2.6B paid out under MA risk adjustment with scant encounter data

Dive Brief: Medicare Advantage health plans billed the federal government $ 2.6 billion in 2016 for more than 617,000 patients whose risk-adjusted medical conditions were diagnosed without their physician present, a new report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General concludes. Further, the OIG report showed that 80% of those health risk assessments were… Read More »