COVID19 - RACmonitor

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By now the healthcare industry and every stakeholder knows that the pandemic’s impact will be felt indefinitely. However, with escalating numbers of unemployed, and uninsured, I’ve received countless emails from colleagues and our Monitor Mondays listeners asking about how the payers are stepping up? What’s the status of Medicaid expansion?…
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The CEO of a health center in central Nebraska needed all hands on deck when the global pandemic hit close to home.   The city of Lexington, Nebraska sits just north of a pair of mighty east-west thoroughfares, U.S. Route 30 and Interstate 80, more or less equidistant from the…
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The new coronavirus is linked to 1,502 deaths among residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Florida, a new state report shows. It’s an increase of 145 deaths in one week. This is particularly sad when we remember the patients that died in the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills following Hurricane Irma.  While there was…
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I’m a longtime fan of “wholistic” healthcare and case management processes, with a “W” as opposed to an “H” for holistic. This approach addresses whole-person care of physical health, behavioral health, and psychosocial circumstances, taking care not to leave any holes in care; it’s an approach that’s even more vital…
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A federal court last week rejected arguments put forward by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other hospital groups alleging that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transparency Rule goes beyond the government’s authority. Specifically, the AHA thought the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was…
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As of now, the public health emergency (PHE) for the COVID-19 pandemic will expire July 24, 2020, unless it is renewed. Fellow contributor David Glaser and I have both reported on the potential end date of the PHE. Recent intel from Dr. Ronald Hirsh is that the Centers for Medicare…
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Covid-19 Opens up Vast Opportunities for Today’s Snake Oil Salesmen The COVID-19 crisis in the United States has opened vast opportunities for fraud of every type. The scale and scope of COVID-related criminal activity is so vast, we need to take an Aristotelian approach and separate it into categories.           …
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The project will focus closely on those struggling with issues associated with the social determinants of health (SDoH). The Atlanta-based Morehouse School of Medicine has been selected as the recipient of $40 million in federal funding to help ramp up the fight against COVID-19 in racially and ethnically diverse, rural,…
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During a recent Monitor Mondays broadcast, a listener, Rebecca, sent a question asking about the anticipated July 24 expiration of the federal public health emergency (PHE); specifically, she wanted to know about how much to worry about it. My first reaction was that she was wrong, and that the public…
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society has more layers than the largest onion! A new national survey led by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Northwestern, and Rutgers universities sheds glaring light on the current impact to communities and concerns over health disparities, and validates concern for the general and mental health…