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Cerner to lay off 150 workers next month

New Cerner CEO Dr. David Feinberg on Thursday told employees that a set of layoffs will take place in November, a company spokesperson confirmed to Modern Healthcare.

Feinberg, who took the helm as Cerner’s CEO on Oct. 1 following nearly three years leading Google Health, sent an email to employees Thursday evening after noticing a comment on Reddit, according to the Kansas City Star, which first reported the news. The Reddit commenter had said they were a company employee that recently learned they would be laid off.

“You will always get transparency from me,” Feinberg wrote in the email, according to the Kansas City Star. “Although I would have liked to be the first to inform you, I can confirm, in early November, approximately 150 positions will be eliminated from their roles at Cerner. These actions are never easy.”

Cerner did not respond to questions regarding what departments would

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mRNA vaccine more effective booster to ChAdOx1 nCoV-19

(HealthDay)—Use of heterologous ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and mRNA prime-boost vaccination is more effective than homologous ChAdOx1 nCoV-19/ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 prime-boost vaccination, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in The Lancet Regional Health: Europe.

Peter Nordström, M.D., Ph.D., from Umeå University in Sweden, and colleagues examined the effectiveness of heterologous prime-boost COVID-19 vaccination among individuals in Sweden who had received two doses of COVID-19 by July 5, 2021. The study cohort included 94,569 individuals who received heterologous ChAdOx1 nCoV-19/BNT162b2 prime-boost vaccination, 16,402 individuals who received ChAdOx1 nCoV-19/mRNA-1273 prime-boost vaccination, and 430,100 individuals who received homologous ChAdOx1 nCoV-19/ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 prime-boost vaccination. Furthermore, 180,716 individuals were selected who were unvaccinated at the vaccination date of the corresponding case.

The researchers confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 infection in 187 individuals with heterologous vaccine schedules (incidence rate, 2.0/100,000 person-days) and in 306 individuals from the unvaccinated control group (incidence rate, 7.1 per 100,000 person-days) during

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Expert panel takes up complicated COVID-19 booster questions

Influential government advisers are deciding Thursday how best to expand the nation’s COVID-19 booster campaign, including whether and when it’s OK to “mix and match” brands for the extra dose.

The advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are slated to discuss who should get extra doses of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines — and the bigger question of getting a different brand for the booster than people’s original vaccination.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized both steps Wednesday, as part of a federal push to broaden booster access for the U.S. public. But the CDC, guided by its advisory panel, provides the final blessing.

About two-thirds of Americans eligible for COVID-19 shots are fully vaccinated, and several million have gotten additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccine after the FDA and CDC gave that go-ahead last month. While health authorities hope boosters will shore up waning immunity

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Moving monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID from hospital to home

(HealthDay)—Antibody infusions help keep high-risk COVID-19 patients out of the hospital, but getting the therapy can be a challenge. One U.S. health system has found a creative way to address the problem: home infusions administered by paramedics. They delivered antibody infusions to 144 COVID-19 patients in their homes over three months earlier this year.

Most—about 95%—avoided hospitalization for worsening COVID-19 symptoms.

While COVID-19 hospitalizations have been declining recently, the United States is still averaging more than 6,600 new hospital admissions for the infection each day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When people at high risk of severe COVID-19 do contract the virus, there is a way to lower their odds of ending up in the hospital: an of monoclonal .

Monoclonal antibodies are lab-engineered proteins that are similar to the antibodies the immune system churns out to fight infection. Those used against COVID-19

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California’s mental health crisis: What went wrong? And can we fix It?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is steering a major transformation of California’s behavioral healthcare system, with much at stake in the years ahead. On Oct. 6, the Sacramento-based publication Capitol Weekly invited KHN’s Angela Hart to moderate an expert panel tackling the origins of the state’s broken system and potential solutions ahead.

The lively discussion featured healthcare leaders with deep experience in the political, provider and research aspects of mental health and addiction. The panelists were Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO of MLK Community Healthcare; former state Sen. Jim Beall, a Santa Clara County Democrat who spearheaded mental health legislation during his tenure in the legislature; Michelle Doty Cabrera, executive director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California; and Janet Coffman, a researcher and faculty member with Healthforce Center at the University of California-San Francisco.

The discussion illuminated challenges that arise when the state puts insurance companies in charge

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Most kids newly diagnosed with ADHD aren’t getting best care

(HealthDay)—Preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rarely receive the gold-standard treatment recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for their condition, a new study reports.

The AAP recommends a behavioral therapy technique called “parent training in behavior management,” or PTBM, as first-line treatment for ADHD kids ages 4 and 5.

But only 1 of every 10 children in that age group with an ADHD diagnosis or ADHD-like symptoms actually receive a referral for PTBM therapy, according to findings published online Oct. 18 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Instead, parents often are given general advice that wouldn’t be out of place in any well-child visit—cut back on sugar, establish good sleep habits and limit screen time.

In fact, more preschoolers were prescribed ADHD medications than were referred for PTBM therapy, even though AAP guidelines say drugs should be considered only if behavior therapy doesn’t provide significant improvement.

“The

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