COVID19 - RACmonitor

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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…
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MSPB could be the “new normal” for length of stay. We have all gotten to hear that phrase – a “new normal” – over the past 6-9 months, as we have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, and as tough as it is to admit, it is probably real. But maybe…
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Expect more reporting on the coronavirus. We here at the Monitors – RACmonitor, ICD10monitor, Monitor Mondays, and Talk Ten Tuesdays – continue to report on COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than 210,000 and has infected more than 7.5 million here in…
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Flurry of activity confronts legislators amid the pandemic. It’s been quite a week in D.C. First, I’m going to touch on just four events that happened in Washington that impact the healthcare industry:   Good news first: the president signed a continuing resolution last Wednesday that will keep the federal…
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New studies address health disparities and severity of COVID. Several major studies continue to advance the impact of health disparities and challenge the industry in how best to mitigate the ever-growing chasm. Research from Epic Health Research Network and the Kaiser Family Foundation validate that patients of color experience COVID-19 at concerningly…
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Congress appears to be closer on a COVID-19 relief package. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday. Ginsburg was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, serving there for 27 years. We mourn her loss, and as a country, we are grateful for her…
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Food insecurity is on the rise. Amid the perils of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic are now growing concerns about food shortages around the country. Since COVID began, the U.S. Census has been tracking the impact of the associated economic crisis on the public. The numbers are important for healthcare organizations…
September 17, 2020

COVID and the SDoH

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New study reinforces SDoH impact Focus on the social determinants of health (SDoH) continues to intensify nationwide, and that means potentially higher costs of care for healthcare organizations. The recent study by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health has the…
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Hospital medical records are under scrutiny by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Via two unrelated changes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is targeting the hospital medical record for added scrutiny. It is clear that caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic costs more than during…