Week in Review: November 11

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

Here's why private Medicare plans are set to pass traditional Medicare enrollment

From mid-October through Dec. 15, adults 65 and older can select 2023 Medicare Advantage plans or traditional, government-run Medicare. Experts say it's an important decision older adults should assess for care and coverage options and expenses. Source: USA Today

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Health and science are on the ballot this election. Here’s what we’re watching

The midterm elections this year are centered on weighty topics: the economy looms large, as does the existential future of democracy. But there are plenty of health and science priorities on the ballot, too, as Tuesday’s votes will chart the course for the future of health care access, affordability, and public health writ large. Source: STAT News

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CDC updates opioid prescribing guidelines with new recommendations on tapering or continuing prescriptions

For the first time since 2016, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidelines for clinicians and patients on the use of prescription opioids to treat short-term and long-term pain. Source: CNN

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Mayo Clinic News

Health care officials prepare as RSV, influenza cases increase in Minnesota

Hospitalizations due to RSV cases are continuing to climb in the Twin Cities, mainly among children younger than one. The most recent state report reflects what doctors are seeing across the country, and raising concerns about how health care systems will manage this spike in infections amid flu season, and a potential COVID surge. Source: MPR News

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Wisconsin hospitals survived the worst of the pandemic. But a new report shows challenges ahead

The Wisconsin Hospital Association surveyed over 100 hospitals, finding concerns about staffing shortages and worker burnout Source: Wisconsin Public Radio

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Proposition 209: Arizona voters back lowering maximum interest rates on medical debt

Arizona voters on Tuesday passed Proposition 209, the Predatory Debt Collection Act. The measure has been touted as a way to protect Arizonans with medical debt from bankruptcy and poverty. Opponents from the business community say it's too broad and will have the unintended consequence of making it more difficult for working Arizonans to get loans. Source: Arizona Republic

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Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi is a Digital Marketing Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Samantha has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2019.