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Physical Drivers of Health

Long COVID Found to Increase Risk for Heart and Lung Conditions

While most people who develop COVID recover after several weeks, there has been considerable attention paid to the subset of individuals who have symptoms that last longer than four weeks. This is known as post-COVID-19 condition (PCC) or long COVID. 

No Economic Disparities Found in Telehealth Usage Among Insured People

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States brought a rapid increase in telehealth availability and usage. Understanding who used these services can inform future policies that aim for equitable access in telehealth.

What Consumers Want from Virtual Primary Care

As digital health technology continues to advance and the healthcare industry evolves, many consumers want the ability to use more digital methods when it comes to managing their health.

Acupuncture Found to Reduce Opioid Use and Emergency Department Visits

In response to the need for pain relief therapies that don’t involve opioid medications, acupuncture is one recommended alternative in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) announced in January 2020 that it would cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain in Medicare beneficiaries, citing the potential for acupuncture to reduce overuse of and addiction to opioids.

Low Back Pain Treatment Moving From Low Value Services to Holistic Solutions

As one of the most common and disabling conditions among adults, low back pain can be treated in numerous ways. However, many treatments have proven ineffective and potentially harmful. Published guidelines have been updated to avoid low-value services like overuse of diagnostic imaging, opioids, spinal injections, and surgery. Researchers examined trends over nine years to see how quickly providers were moving away from these low-value services. Understanding treatment trends is helpful when designing holistic programs for low back pain.