COVID19 - RACmonitor

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The testimony came as the Trump administration continues to purge inspectors general across sectors of the federal government.   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) unveiled a four-pronged strategic plan to oversee the nation’s continuing fight against the COVID-19 virus this week,…
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Easing back into the new “Normal.” Everyone is anxious for life to return to normal, but none more than those patients who had planned to have surgery in March or April, but had their surgery cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These patients have conditions that warrant surgery, but were…
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With regulatory guidance changing faster than ever, it’s important to keep up with what various organizations mean when they use often interchangeable terms. In the middle of the May 11 broadcast of Monitor Mondays, as I was discussing the difference between possible and presumed cases of COVID-19, Talk Ten Tuesdays…
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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…