COVID19 - RACmonitor

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Now more than ever it’s no time to cut corners. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is an expansion of the original piece, “CoP Compliance in the Face of COVID-19: No Time to Cut Corners,” originally published April 1, 2020. Recent articles by Marie Stinebuck, Edward Hu, MD, and Stefani Daniels touch…
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President-Elect Joe Biden forms covid10 task force. President-Elect Joe Biden says getting COVID-19 under control is his administration’s first priority. This past week, Biden named a COVID-19 task force and a broader COVID transition team. The board’s three co-chairs are Marcella Nunez-Smith, a physician and researcher at Yale; Vivek Murthy,…
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Expect to see legislation on bipartisan issues, such as drug pricing and balance billing. The Associated Press and broadcast networks announced on Saturday that former Vice President Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election. The Trump campaign and Republican groups have initiated a number of election-related lawsuits across the…
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America’s new normal.  Unemployed, uninsured, unbelievable! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 12.6 million Americans are on unemployment rosters around the country; 32.5 percent of the adult population has been jobless for over five months. Of those who are jobless, many remain uninsured. What happens when these individuals…
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Sometimes, in an audit, it comes down to the definition of “medical necessity.” While the coronavirus pandemic is horrible already, it seems to be getting worse. But COVID has forced slight, positive changes in the telehealth arena – and, perhaps, in the widening of the ambiguous definition of “medical necessity”…
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Time to bring back post-acute waiversThe average American’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) in the spring of 2020 was swift and rapid, with personal mobility quickly reduced by over 50 percent and millions of people newly working from home. The actions of America’s hospitals were similarly rapid,…
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The first end-to-end, universally applied, culturally tailored, and fully integrated SDoH program in the country. COVID-19 has widened the gaps between the have’s and have-nots, increased health and behavioral disparities, and driven up costs for healthcare organizations. Each day brings no fewer than five reports, white papers, or issue briefs.…
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Newly released data reveals that positivity rate for Idaho is now at 23.22, putting the Gem state in the top three of the nation. The impact of the coronavirus on rural hospitals and regional medical centers in Idaho reached critical levels Friday, resulting in the diverting of patients. All Idaho…
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There is hope for a resolution before the Nov. 3 election. Watching negotiations for the next federal COVID-19 relief package for the past two weeks has been a bit like watching a tennis match from front-row seats. President Trump tweeted a week and a half ago that negotiations were over,…
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The pandemic continues to impact Medicare reimbursement. COVID-19 continues to make news on the regulatory front with two new directives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), centering on testing for the deadly coronavirus and formal coding edits for the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) on payments with the…