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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu credits physical fitness and ‘desi’ food for his speedy recovery



Venkaiah Naidu wearing a suit and tie: He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.


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He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has credited his speedy recovery from Coronavirus to his physical fitness, mental tenacity and desi food. In a long blog posted from his facebook account, the Vice President said that he firmly believed that it was his physical fitness and strict adherence to traditional food which ensured his recovery from the disease despite his old age and him being a diabetes patient.

“I could overcome COVID-19 infection because of my physical fitness, mental tenacity, regular physical exercise like walking and yoga, apart from eating only desi (traditional) food,” the Vice President wrote in his blog. He also said that he always preferred to eat traditional food and continued the practice during the quarantine period as well.

Naidu also urged his followers to include some form of physical exercise in their daily regimen like walking or Yoga in addition to advising against the consumption of junk food. Being a workaholic, Naidu, who had been under home quarantine for about a fortnight, kept busy with reading loads of books on India’s freedom struggle. A regular writer for a number of India’s dailies, Naidu also posted two articles every week on the same issue on facebook to apprise his followers of the role of many unsung heroes of the independence movement.

VP Naidu had contracted the disease on September 29 after which he went under home quarantine. After conducting the RT-PCR test, the team of doctors attending the Vice President declared him recovered after his report came negative on October 12. Naidu in his blog thanked the team of doctors and other staff members for taking care of him. He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.

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Vice presidential debate: Kamala Harris claims she won’t take vaccine if Trump recommends

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she would not take a vaccine recommended by President Trump during a heated debate clash over the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris accused Vice President Mike Pence, head of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, of failing to disclose critical information to Americans in the early days of the pandemic. When asked about a poll showing half of Americans would not take a vaccine as soon as it is available, Harris indicated that she was skeptical of Trump’s involvement in the rollout of a potential vaccine.

“If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

Harris, citing a recent report from Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, accused the Trump administration of downplaying the severity of the pandemic and bungling its initial response to the novel coronavirus. The California senator said Americans “have had to sacrifice far too much because of the incompetence of this administration.”

Pence fired back at Harris, asserting the Trump administration would have a vaccine “in record time” and potentially by as soon this year. He noted that five U.S. companies were conducting phase three clinical trials of potential vaccines.

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“The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if a vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable, and Senator, I just ask you to stop playing politics with peoples’ lives,” Pence said. “The reality is that we will have a vaccine, we believe, before the end of this year, and it will have capacity to save countless American lives and your continuous undermining of confidence in a vaccine is just unacceptable.”

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Nicole Chappelle Joins Ametros as Vice President of Settlement Solutions

Ametros welcomes Nicole Chappelle as Vice President of Settlement Solutions, leading the professional administrator’s strategy for comprehensive and innovative settlement initiatives.

“Nicole’s strong background in workers’ compensation, working with insurers, third-party administrators and other stakeholders in the settlement process, makes her well qualified to support our clients and partners and guide injured individuals through the settlement process,” said Mark Doherty, Executive Vice President of Sales.

Chappelle brings 28 years of experience to this newly created position, most recently as Claims Auditor Claims Central Audit for AmTrust Financial Services. She is a former Assistant Vice President for Gallagher Bassett and has served in litigation management, hearing representation, and claims supervision for several insurance companies. She started her career with Travelers Insurance.

Chappelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara and her expertise spans workers’ compensation statutes, regulations, and case law.

“Nicole brings a lot of value, especially right now as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is sharing its concerns with self-administered Medicare Set Asides and as various stakeholders, including payers and attorneys representing injured workers leverage professional administration more in the settlement process,” Doherty added.

In addition to administering MSAs, Ametros helps members navigate the healthcare system and reduce their medical and pharmaceutical costs. Members can receive discounts on office visits, durable medical equipment, home health services, and pharmacy and other healthcare services related to their injuries.

ABOUT AMETROS

Ametros is the industry leader in post-settlement medical administration and a trusted partner for thousands of members receiving funds from workers’ compensation and liability settlements. Founded in 2010, Ametros provides post-settlement medical management services with significant medical and pharmacy discounts along with automated payment technology and Medicare reporting tools. Headquartered just north of Boston in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Ametros may be reached at 877.275.7415 or via www.ametros.com.

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Fact-checking the 2020 vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic his Democratic challenger, California Sen. Kamala Harris, face off in Salt Lake City Wednesday night for the lone 2020 vice presidential debate.

The live, 90-minute debate, moderated by USA Today Washington Bureau chief Susan Page, touched on the coronavirus, the economy, climate change, the Supreme Court and more.

Below, ABC News will fact check what both candidates say. Refresh for the latest updates.

PHOTO: Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris arrive for the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris arrive for the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris arrive for the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

Pence misleads when comparing COVID-19 pandemic to H1N1, Obama administration response

PENCE’S CLAIM: “We actually do know what failure looks like in a pandemic: It was 2009, the swine flu arrived in the United States. … When Joe Biden was vice president of the United States, not 7.5 million people contracted the swine flu, 60 million Americans contracted the swine flu.”

FACT CHECK: While Pence is correct that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the 2009 swine flu pandemic infected an estimated 60.8 million Americans in its first year, it is misleading to compare the two outbreaks given H1N1’s far lower fatality rate, and similarly misleading to call the Obama administration’s response a “failure.”

The CDC estimates up to 575,000 lives were lost to the swine flu worldwide. Of those, fewer than 13,000 were American, due in part to the Obama administration’s “complex, multi-faceted and long-term response,” the CDC later wrote. Thus far, COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 210,000 Americans, a little over eight months since the first known case of the virus was discovered in the United States.

“The team, in my opinion, in 2009, really demonstrated that the planning was worth it. Nothing is ever perfect. But I felt just so impressed and so proud of the job CDC did in 2009,” Dr. Julie Gerberding, a CDC director during the George W. Bush administration, told ABC News.

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Pence overstates China travel restrictions

PHOTO: Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

FACT CHECK: At the end of January, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation to restrict travelers who had visited China in the previous 14 days from entering

Biden, Harris Split on Coronavirus Vaccine at Vice Presidential Debate | America 2020

Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday kicked off the first and only vice presidential debate by highlighting their divide over the coronavirus pandemic.

Surveys have shown a significant number of people would not be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine. Harris indicated she would be eager to get a vaccine if it were recommended by experts.

“If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

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Pence accused Harris of sowing doubt over the vaccine.

“The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable,” Pence said.

Harris, like her running mate Joe Biden during the previous presidential debate, painted the Trump administration as not having a plan for the pandemic, which has infected over 7.5 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 211,000.

“The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country,” Harris said.

The seven-day average for new coronavirus infections is over 43,000 cases, according to government statistics compiled by USAFacts. That average for fatalities is about 680 deaths. While cases and deaths are below what they were during their previous peaks, they are still elevated.

(Courtesy of USAFacts)

(Courtesy of USAFacts)

Pence said that it is a “great disservice to the sacrifices the American people have made” to say efforts over the last eight months haven’t worked.

Pence, in response to a question from moderator Susan Page, also defended the event in the Rose Garden 11 days ago where social distancing was not observed and very few were seen in masks. President Donald Trump and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus following the event.

“Many of the people who were at that event, Susan, actually were tested for coronavirus, and it was an outdoor event, which all of our scientists regularly and routinely advise,” Pence said.

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Watch live: Kamala Harris, Mike Pence go head-to-head in vice presidential debate

Oct. 7 (UPI) — Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are preparing to square off in their first and only debate Wednesday night, which will be staged with expanded COVID-19 safety precautions just days after President Donald Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. MDT at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and will be broadcast live nationally.

As of early Wednesday, though, the Commission on Presidential Debates was working to iron out details for the safety measures. Trump announced he’d tested positive for the virus a little more than two days after he participated in a debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The commission has said that Harris and Pence will be spaced 12 feet apart for their debate, instead of the 7 feet originally planned.

Since the spring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged Americans to keep at least 6 feet away from anyone not in their household. The agency updated its guidance Monday to indicate that, under certain conditions, the coronavirus can spread more than 6 feet away in poorly ventilated spaces.

The two parties were at odds on Tuesday night, however, about whether there should be plexiglass dividers between Harris and Pence to protect them. Biden’s campaign requested the dividers, but Pence asked that divider be placed on his side of the stage.

“If she wants it, she’s more than welcome to surround herself with plexiglass if that makes her feel more comfortable,” Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, told The Washington Post. “It’s not needed.”

Pence’s position on the issue is representative of the vast divide between the two camps on the seriousness of the pandemic. Pence and Trump have repeatedly downplayed the threat while Biden and Harris have warned of its dangers and routinely advocated for protective measures. More than a million people worldwide and 210,000 patients in the United States have died of the disease so far.

Both candidates also have been tested daily since at least Friday, when Trump announced he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive. A number of Trump aides and associates have also tested positive, including aide Hope Hicks, adviser Stephen Miller, former adviser Kellyanne Conway, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel, campaign manager Bill Stepien and campaign adviser Chris Christie.

Biden and Harris have tested negative multiple times since the debate in Cleveland a week ago.

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President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R), with Chris Wallace moderating, face off in the first of three scheduled 90-minute presidential debates in Cleveland on Tuesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Over 50 Salt Lake City officers under quarantine ahead of vice presidential debate

The city has seen a rise in new cases over the last month.

Salt Lake City’s latest rise in novel coronavirus cases has affected dozens of the city’s police officers, with at least 9% under quarantine ahead of Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate.

As of Tuesday evening, 17 officers tested positive for COVID-19, and 52 were in quarantine, Detective Michael Ruff told ABC News. On Monday, the department said 15 officers tested positive and 25 others were under quarantine.

A 2019 report by the Salt Lake City police department said the force had 542 uniformed officers, and Ruff could not say how much that number has changed over the year.

Ruff the department’s duties during the debate at the University of Utah shouldn’t be hindered because other agencies, including the university police, state police and federal authorities will be assisting.

“There are a lot of people who are working on this,” he said.

PHOTO: Salt Lake City police officers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they patrol in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 21, 2020.

Salt Lake City police officers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they patrol in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 21, 2020.

Salt Lake City police officers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they patrol in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 21, 2020.

As for the city’s day-to day police matters, Ruff said that the department has been shifting schedules and personnel to fill the gaps. The spokesman added that some of those quarantined officers were still working but only taking cases by phone for which in-person police work may not be required.

“You may have an incident where someone calls about fraud and doesn’t have a suspect ID. They’d be taking the call,” Ruff added.

The coronavirus situation that’s ensnared police is part of a larger trend of rising COVID-19 cases in Salt Lake City, according to data from the county’s Health Department. As of Tuesday evening, there were 34,087 total cases and 16 total deaths, with 136 people hospitalized due to the virus and 254 hospitalized since the pandemic began.

PHOTO: A car pulls into one of the first drive through testing facilities for Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus in a parking lot outside the University of Utah's Sugar House Health Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 16,  2020.

A car pulls into one of the first drive through testing facilities for Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus in a parking lot outside the University of Utah’s Sugar House Health Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 16, 2020.

A car pulls into one of the first drive through testing facilities for Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus in a parking lot outside the University of Utah’s Sugar House Health Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 16, 2020.

Since Sept. 8, 8,904 people contracted the virus, more than a quarter of the city’s total cases, according to health department data. The seven-day average of new daily cases went from 142 on Sept. 8 to 424 on Oct. 4.

Nicholas Rupp, a spokesman for the Salt Lake County Health Department, told ABC News in a statement that the greatest increase in numbers come from “younger people, high school and

Laurie Delgado Named Vice President of Appeals and Grievances for Beacon Healthcare Systems

Delgado Brings Two Decades of Leadership Experience in Medicare A&G to Oversee Beacon’s Industry-Leading Virtual Appeals Manager Tool

Laurie Delgado, who over the past two decades has overseen Medicare appeals and grievances for two of the nation’s largest and most highly respected health plans, has been named vice president of appeals and grievances for Beacon Healthcare Systems, effective immediately. Beacon is home to the health care industry’s leading compliance and risk management technologies.

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Laurie Delgado, Vice President of Appeals and Grievances, Beacon Healthcare Systems (Photo: Business Wire)

For the past five years, Delgado has served as director of Medicare grievances and appeals for Anthem where she led and developed a team of over 120 staff, including clinicians, auditors, analysts and support personnel to achieve a level of excellence in handling customer appeals with strict compliance of regulatory processes and timeframes. Immediately prior she served in a similar role for UnitedHealth Group where over an 18-year career she was responsible for various aspects of appeals and grievances operations, project management and process improvement.

At Beacon, Delgado will oversee the company’s highly acclaimed Virtual Appeals Manager (VAM), the industry’s most intuitive and easy-to-use appeals and grievances tool. Designed by health plan compliance and operational experts, VAM is a highly configurable and automated solution that can be implemented in record time and provides unparalleled control and transparency of cases from intake to review, thus ensuring complete compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. VAM also helps reduce a massive amount of health plan letters into a manageable and efficient core of templates. As a result of its reliability, transparency and ease of use, VAM has been shown to improve star ratings, translating into additional dollars from CMS to the health plan that can be investing into better serving members.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Laurie’s leadership experience join our team and oversee the products and capabilities we offer our health plan clients in the area of appeals and grievances,” said Beacon CEO Ken Stockman. “Her deep experience with government regulations, compliance standards and process improvement will help us achieve an even greater footprint in the Medicare Advantage space as we continue to develop innovative solutions that our customers and their members find of enormous value.”

Beacon Healthcare Systems is home to the health care industry’s leading compliance and risk management technologies, providing health plans of all sizes and sponsorships with customizable and scalable SaaS (Service as a Software) solutions that ensure accountability, accuracy and operational efficiency. With a focus on appeals, grievances, compliance and analytics, Beacon HCS is the first place health plans turn to when they are looking for a trusted, experienced partner who can help them reduce costs, grow revenue and achieve their strategic goals. Founded in 2011, Beacon HCS is a privately held California-based company with a technology center located in Austin, Texas. beaconhcs.com

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The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Announces New Vice President of Health Economics and Patient Value

The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) announced today that Jo Carol Hiatt, MD, MBA, has joined the organization as Vice President of Health Economics and Patient Value (HEPV). In this role, Dr. Hiatt will facilitate efforts among the Consortium, CMS, private payers and patient advocacy groups to empower medical device companies to better understand the evidence they will need to support efficient CMS review, with the ultimate aim of increasing patient access to innovative medical devices and reducing the cost associated with commercializing these technologies. She joins MDIC following her most recent tenure leading teams to review new technologies to inform evidence-based clinical technology options for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. She is a general surgeon and partner emeritus with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG).

“We are looking forward to having Jo Carol join the MDIC team,” said Pamela Goldberg, President and CEO of MDIC. “Not only does she have expertise in how technology adoption decisions are made from the payor perspective, but she also has clinical experience helping patients navigate decision-making processes about their treatment options.”

Dr. Hiatt brings 30+ years of experience working both directly with patients and from the administrative perspective to improve their access to innovative medical care. She has worked closely with FDA, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and other stakeholders to review and assess health technologies for both public and private coverage. She was a member of the FDA Payor Communication Task Force, former chair of the EXCITE International Payor Advisory Committee, and held advisory roles on various other boards and committees. She served on the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) advising the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the adequacy of scientific evidence available to CMS for “reasonable and necessary” determinations under Medicare.

“I am very excited to accept this opportunity supporting MDIC’s efforts accelerating patient access to technologies shown to improve clinical outcomes. I look forward to joining the team,” said Hiatt.

About the Medical Device Innovation Consortium

Founded in 2012, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) is the first public-private partnership created with the sole objective of advancing medical device regulatory science throughout the total product life cycle. MDIC’s mission is to promote public health through science and technology and to enhance trust and confidence among stakeholders. MDIC works in the pre-competitive space to facilitate the development of methods, tools, and approaches that enhance understanding and improve evaluation of product safety, quality, and effectiveness. Its initiatives aim to improve product safety and patient access to cutting-edge medical technology while reducing cost and time to market. For more information, visit http://www.mdic.org.

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Taylor Jackson
tjackson@mdic.org
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