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Long COVID and the Healthcare System

By Staff
Monday, December 5, 2022 9:03 AM Long COVID can be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but getting approved for disability insurance is challenging.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Nov. 21–27, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Friday, December 2, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Due to the Thanksgiving long weekend, the national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased significantly last week, Nov. 21–27,  when compared with the previous week at a rate of -42 index points. Despite the decrease, that places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 48) when compared with last year, 2 points above the same period in 2020, and 5 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Telehealth Earns its Spot in Health Care Delivery

By Staff
Thursday, December 1, 2022 11:16 AM Telehealth usage stabilizing around 10 percent indicates that providers have found real value in the modality and are actively choosing to utilize it more than before the pandemic.

Voting, Helping Reduce Climate Change Top Survey List of Good Citizenship

By Staff
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 12:28 PM Most people believe that in order to be a good member of society, you must vote. This according to a Pew Research Center survey of 19 advanced economies that also ranked taking steps to improve the environment and promote public health as imperative.

Across the nations polled, a median of 91 percent said voting is important, and fully 73 percent considered it very important. The share of the public saying it is very important ranged from 52 percent in Poland to 90 percent in Sweden.

Staying informed on current events and getting a COVID-19 vaccine were also deemed important to being a good member of society, while fewer indicated that attending religious services was imperative to good citizenship. In the U.S., just 22 percent of those surveyed believe attending religious services is very important to good citizenship.

On the other items tested, Americans were somewhat less likely than other publics to consider these actions crucial for good citizenship. For instance, only 22 percent of Americans indicated that it was very important to follow current events in other countries—the second lowest percentage among the countries surveyed.

Age was also a major factor in some countries. Overall, older survey respondents were more likely to believe a good member of society should vote, get a COVID-19 vaccine and follow domestic and international news. However, young adults were more likely to say protesting is a very important part of good citizenship.  

Download the survey here.

Treating Long COVID Is Rife With Guesswork

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2022 8:02 AM Medical equipment is still strewn around the house of Rick Lucas, 62, nearly two years after he came home from the hospital. He picks up a spirometer, a device that measures lung capacity, and takes a deep breath—though not as deep as he’d like. Still, Lucas has come a long way for someone who spent more than three months on a ventilator because of COVID-19.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Nov. 14–20, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Nov. 14–20,  when compared with the previous week at a rate of -1 index point. Despite the decrease, that places gross revenue at a level 11 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 47) when compared with last year, 5 points above the same period in 2020, and 10 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

E-Commerce Sales Continue to Grow, New Report Says

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2022 2:19 PM Americans’ online shopping behavior is shifting, according to a new report from Finances Online. New numbers show that Americans are spending less time shopping than 15 years ago. The report also found that consumers are using online shopping at an increasing rate, driven by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, online sales rose 25 percent as consumers faced long periods of lockdown and short supply of goods. 

Millennials account for 37.4 percent of all American digital buyers in 2020, followed by Generation X (30.1 percent), Gen Zers (18.2 percent), and Baby Boomers (14.6 percent).

Americans clearly prefer to do their online shopping on their digital devices, with 63 percent using their mobile device, 13 percent using their computer, 2 percent using a public computer and 2 percent using a work computer.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Nov. 7–13, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Thursday, November 17, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Nov. 7–13, when compared with the previous week at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 10 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 46) when compared with last year, 6 points above the same period in 2020, and 13 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Feds Continue Public Health Emergency Status for COVID-19

By Staff
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:26 PM The federal government took no action to lift the COVID-19 pandemic’s status as a public health emergency on Friday [November 11, 2022], meaning free vaccines and health services designed to combat COVID will be available beyond mid-January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has promised states a 60-day notice before lifting the public health emergency designation, which was last renewed through Jan. 11. Friday would have been the deadline if HHS planned to lift it.

Why You Should Maintain a Relationship With Your Primary Care Doctor

By Staff
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:17 AM Most primary care practices are incredibly busy, in part due to pent-up demand due to COVID. Even though continuity of care is important, if the patient hasn’t been in and we don’t know if they’re going to come in, it’s hard to leave space for them.

Travel Numbers Are Slow to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Staff
Thursday, November 10, 2022 2:56 PM Americans are slow to return to pre-pandemic travel levels, according to a recently released report from the U.S. Travel Association. The Recovery and Growth Insights Dashboard captures the latest data and trends impacting travel recovery. 

The report evaluates how the broader economy is affecting travel and offers insights to help travelers make a more informed decision. This month, the report shows travel spending improved in September reaching its highest level since the pandemic began, reaching 6 percent over 2019 numbers.

Prior to the pandemic, business travel spending accounted for 26 percent of total travel spending, however, by the end of 2021, it represented just 14 percent of travel spending. Direct business travel spending totaled $306 billion in 2019 with 42 percent of business spending in the form of meetings and events.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Oct. 31–Nov. 6, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Thursday, November 10, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased by 2 index points last week, Oct. 31– Nov. 6, when compared with the previous week. That places gross revenue at a level 10 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 45) when compared with last year, 3 points above the same period in 2020, and 10 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Women In Optometry: Four Enduring Lessons Learned in the U.S. Navy

By Staff
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 2:50 PM Today, Jill Saxon, OD, FAAO, is executive director, professional strategy at Bausch + Lomb. But she started her career in the U.S. Navy, leaving after eight years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves. In honor of Veteran's Day, WO asked Dr. Saxon to reflect on the enduring lessons and experiences she gained from being an OD in the military. WO thanks all ODs who served and serve as a member of the Armed Forces for their service.

What Are the New BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 Coronavirus Variants?

By Staff
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 7:59 AM New offshoots of the dominant BA.5 subvariant of Omicron known as BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 are gaining ground in the United States as the SARS-Cov-2 virus that triggered the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

Alcohol-Related Deaths Jumped During COVID Pandemic, CDC Says

By Staff
Monday, November 7, 2022 7:56 AM Alcohol deaths spiked during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the age-adjusted rate of alcohol-induced deaths increasing 26% from 2019 to 2020, the CDC reported Friday.