Woman cured of HIV; COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy; Struggle to continue direct contracting model
Woman cured of HIV;  COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy;  Struggle to continue direct contracting model

Woman cured of HIV; COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy; Struggle to continue direct contracting model

A woman is now the third person in the world cured of HIV; CDC data suggest that vaccination of women against COVID-19 during pregnancy may protect infants after birth; provider groups are pushing to keep the direct contract payment model.

American woman is now third person being cured of HIV

A woman in the United States is now the third person in the world to be cured of HIV, according to New York Times. She was cured using a new transplant method involving umbilical cord blood, which is more widely available than adult stem cells – used to cure the previous 2 patients – and does not require as close a match to the recipient. The woman is middle-aged, had leukemia and is of mixed race, which scientists said extends the possibility of curing HIV among people with different racial backgrounds.

COVID-19 vaccination among expectant mothers can protect infants after birth

CDC data showed that vaccination of women against COVID-19 during pregnancy can also temporarily protect their children after birth, It reported Reuters. Data were collected from 379 hospitalized infants, of whom 176 were hospitalized due to COVID-19. Overall, vaccines among mothers were 61% effective in preventing infant hospitalization. The researchers suggested that the timing of the vaccine also played a role, as the vaccine’s effectiveness increased to 80% when it was received between 21 and 14 weeks before birth, and dropped to 32% when it was received earlier.

Provider groups struggle to continue the model of direct contracting

Several provider groups are pushing for legislators and regulators to keep CMS ‘Direct Contracting model and warn that ending the payment model in its second year could shatter confidence in value-based care participation. As reported by Fierce Healthcare, these efforts are in response to lawmakers in Congress wanting to end the model, believing it would boost the privatization of traditional Medicare, but providers argue the model is necessary for the shift from fee-for service for value-based healthcare. The direct contracting model started its first year of performance in April 2021 and allows providers to receive capital-based or partially capital-based payments.

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