COVID19 - RACmonitor

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A poliovirus and SARS-CoV-2 are at a bar, looking over potential victims.  Polio starts bragging. “Hey, new guy. Ever hear the expression, ‘mess you up like polio?’” New guy: “Hold my beer.” What? Too soon? In the late 1980s, we began seeing a rare form of a skin lesion and…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Deb Grider is a longtime RACmonitor and ICD10monitor contributing editor and a popular guest panelist on Talk Ten Tuesdays. We welcome here back to the ICD10monitor family. Yes, I did have the COVID-19 virus. But I have been so fortunate that my symptoms were moderate and not severe.…
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The word “better” is one of those unusual words that can function as an adjective, a noun, an adverb, and a verb. During my recent reincarnation from the administrative afterworld into clinical life as an ICU physician, I learned a fifth function of better – as an incantation. The reason…
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GOP senators are not likely to support another bipartisan coronavirus recovery bill.  The U.S. House of Representatives flew into town last Friday and passed a $3 trillion stimulus package, called the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, on mostly partisan lines. You might say that the bill…
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COVID-19 exposes chronic failure in dealing with the inevitability of death. Reform is desperately needed. A physician and I were recently discussing an ICU patient, the subject of an ethics committee meeting that afternoon about ending medically ineffective (a.k.a. “futile”) care. She said, “In India, death is seen as inevitable;…
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Telehealth and Medicaid eligibility nuances are expected to be future hot topics of RAC and MAC audits. Someday, around a campfire, we will tell our grandchildren that we survived COVID-19. Without question, the two biggest healthcare exceptions in the time of COVID are expansion of telehealth and mandatory expansion of…
May 21, 2020

SDoH and COVID-19

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The new face of the SDoH: The healthcare workforce The end of 2019 saw healthcare jobs become the hottest career around, with over 1.9 million jobs added and eager anticipation about job opportunities to come. However, the healthcare industry is incredibly fluid, with its own workforce now the latest face…
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The ripples of moist sand suggested the undulating waves momentarily had retreated deeper into the Adriatic. Straight west was Croatia. Smugglers from the entrenched late-medieval fortress of Grottammare had landed beneath my feet a century ago, bringing wood taken from the ancient Kingdom of Raška and returning with wine, olive…
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Since COVID-19, courts across the country have been closed. Judges have been relaxing at home. As an attorney, I have not been able to relax. No sunbathing for me. Work has increased since COVID-19 (me being a healthcare attorney). I never thought of myself as an essential worker. I still…
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From DC to the nation’s heartland, officials are weighing economic and public health concerns against one another. As states ponder the financial benefits and the public health risks of reopening workplaces, the White House itself has become something of a COVID-19 hot spot. In addition to the President’s valet and…