COVID19 - RACmonitor

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Leading case management during COVID-19. Towards the end of the most recent COVID-19 surge, an employee working from home mentioned how isolated they felt, and how lucky I was to go into work every day. That sat with me for a minute before I responded, while also acknowledging how difficult…
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Expansion of telehealth services and vaccine news are included in this report. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) established a face-to-face encounter requirement for certification of eligibility for Medicare home health services, by requiring the certifying physician to document that he or she, or a non-physician practitioner working…
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Crime doesn’t pay, but it’s costing headaches for many. The COVID-19 vaccination program has stimulated one of the largest crime waves in history – and it also may turn out to be one of the most lucrative. For crooks, the COVID crisis is an opportunity that must not be missed.…
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Drug overdose deaths were another influencer. Amid last week’s hottest reports was new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. While it was expected that COVID-19 would dramatically impact life expectancy across populations, the data for those persons most vulnerable was alarming. The first six months of 2020 revealed…
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Older adults continue to be at risk during the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccine distribution has prompted headaches across the country. However, older adults have been especially challenged with access; those who “have less” and are dealing with economic and/or health limitations, as well as family and peer support, are struggling. For…
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The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022.  This time of the year, we often focus on predictions. I won’t here, for two reasons. First, predicting is perilous. At the start of last year, I wasn’t even stocking up on peanut butter and graham crackers in anticipation of the pandemic. I didn’t start…
December 28, 2020

The Year That Was 2020

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A former college classmate turned-NBC-TV national news correspondent once told me that he made a career choice—to report the news rather than read the news. Here at RACmonitor we’ve been reporting a considerable amount of news this year with our weekly news and information service plus nearly 60 special news…
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Comments are being sought now. With two COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed nationwide and more on the way, in addition to what are sure to be forthcoming enhancements in treatment of the virus, federal officials have issued an interim final rule with comment period establishing add-on payments for such measures.…
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Physicians in general are not trained to think this way, but may be forced to do so in the very near future. During the early part of this month, the U.S. has been averaging nearly 200,000 new cases each day, a 15-percent increase from the average two weeks prior. Whether…
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Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be shipped to providers nationwide, on the heels of Pfizer’s. A reeling nation couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older last week…