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The Post-COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program is for patients recovering from COVID-19 and is offered at all Essentia locations.
The national studies have found that patients with COVID-19 were much more likely to die of a heart attack in the hospital compared to pre-pandemic averages. The studies also discovered that patients who are vaccinated against COVID had better outcomes.
The programming includes a four-hour session each month for a year, where recent nursing school graduates can build additional skills as they transition into professional careers.
Essentia Health in Fargo is among the first to use a robotic endoscopy apparatus that allows low-risk access to hard-to-reach lung nodules in early development.

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The clinic will be three times larger than the one it will replace, and will be built at the same downtown location.
Prior to the pandemic, virtual doctor's visits were limited to a small set of services. That was until former President Donald Trump directed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to add more than 80 new telehealth services to the list of services covered by Medicare -- and to reimburse them at the same rate as in-person services. That change allowed for the expansion of telehealth, but raised new problems for providers.
Oxygen treatments have been shown to effectively treat 14 diseases or conditions, and there is growing interest in its effectiveness in treating persistent concussion symptoms.
The clinic becomes part of Essentia's family medicine department starting April 1 and will be named Essentia Health Fargo Family Clinic
Sanford Health and Essentia Health offer assistance and are seeking new methods to support their employees, who have taken a heavy toll during the pandemic.
Regulations posed obstacles before the pandemic. For some, the question is will it continue even after the pandemic passes. Options for virtual visits, video check-ins, are now more numerous than ever before. For medical providers it has been a way for all types of care and particularly a way to connect with those who deal with anxiety, depression and substance use.

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At Sanford, 18.8% of positions are vacant, while Essentia has a job vacancy rate of 16%, as the pandemic strains health-care work forces.
Minnesota hospitals that ranked in the bottom 25% nationally for preventing infections and other illness gained while under care included regional facilities owned by Mayo Clinic, Essentia, Fairview and CentraCare. The facilities will lose 1% on Medicare payments for the coming year.
All three drugs in the study are already approved, with a known safety record, and are very affordable. One of the drugs, ivermectin, has been controversial.

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