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Non-compete clauses in employment contracts are increasingly common in the medical sector, which can mean that patients lose contact with their providers when they switch practices, the New York Times reports.

By the numbers: One survey of nearly 2,000 primary care doctors in 5 states found that 45% had non-competes.

  • The non-compete clauses aim to prevent providers from taking patients with them if they move to a competing practice or start their own.
  • Even when patients track down their doctors, they sometimes won't be admitted into the doctors' new practices. That's because hospitals and clinics say they have to respect the terms of the providers' prior business agreements.

But doctors say that continuity of care is important for patients, especially those who have ongoing medical issues.

  • Some states don't enforce n0n-compete clauses against doctors, and others place limits on the contracts. Legal scholars disagree on whether they're binding in health care.

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CDC: Fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without masks

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People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can take fewer precautions in certain situations, including socializing indoors without masks when in the company of low-risk or other vaccinated individuals, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Monday.

Why it matters: The report cites early evidence that suggests vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection, and are potentially less likely to transmit the virus to other people. At the time of its publication, the CDC said the guidance would apply to about 10% of Americans.

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Ripple CEO calls for clearer crypto regulations following SEC lawsuit

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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse tells "Axios on HBO" that if his company loses a lawsuit brought by the SEC, it would put the U.S. cryptocurrency industry at a competitive disadvantage.

Why it matters: Garlinghouse's comments may seem self-serving, but his call for clearer crypto rules is consistent with longstanding entreaties from other industry players.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt will not seek re-election in 2022

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Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), widely seen as a member of the Republican establishment in Congress, will not run for re-election in 2022, he announced on Twitter Monday.

Why it matters: The 71-year-old senator is the No. 4-ranking Republican in the Senate, and the fifth GOP senator to announce he will not run for re-election in 2022 as the party faces questions about its post-Trump future.