COVID19 - RACmonitor

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The unintended mortality brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The exact number of deaths from COVID-19 is an area of uncertainty. In the midst of a pandemic, data reporting is likely far down on the list of crucial activities. It remains unclear how to count the death of a patient…
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Funds for the Paycheck Protection Program expected to dry up today. Congress appears to be at a stalemate in providing another COVID-19 stimulus package – on the same day that funding has run out from the previous stimulus passed just three weeks ago. Amid partisan polarization not seen in earlier…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: RACmonitor asked Dr. Ronald Hirsch to monitor the CMS townhall conference call on Tuesday. The following is his summary of that call. In a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) town hall call on April 14, CMS took questions from across the country on COVID-19 billing and…
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The federal agency has announced waivers on a rolling basis over the last month. Federal officials announced over the weekend that they would be waiving costs of COVID-19 diagnostic testing and related services for the privately insured.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), together with the U.S.…
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The former HHS Inspector General and AHA have rallied to the defense of the report’s architect.   A report issued this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) describes a dystopian scenario of American hospitals reeling badly from the COVID-19 viral…
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The insurer giant is also waiving the audio-visual component requirement.   The nation’s second-largest healthcare insurer announced this week that it is waiving telehealth site restrictions and audio-visual mandates amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. UnitedHealthcare (UHC) made the announcement via an update to its online resource library on Wednesday, saying that…
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The CARES Act is designed to help hospitals and physician practices. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a developing story subject to change. The President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Friday, March 27, formalizing a piece of legislation meant to support and stimulate the economy in…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: RACmonitor.com news asked Dr. Ronald Hirsch, vice president at R1 RCM, to summarize the latest from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on covering costs for COVID-19 care. In response, Dr. Hirsch provided RACmonitor the following summary. When the first guidance on COVID-19 testing was released…
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Providers and federal officials alike continue to adjust to the new normal, and an uncertain future. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Ronald Hirsch, vice president of R1 RCM, and healthcare attorney David Glaser, of Fredrikson and Bryon, reported these two stories during this week’s live edition of Monitor Mondays. What follows are…
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COVID-19 has populations at risk for all determinants, especially the “housing compromised.” Homelessness was 2019’s top social determinant of health (SDoH). 2019’s Annual Point in Time Count showed almost 570,000 people living on the street nationwide. With 2020’s results pending, ongoing increases are expected. COVID-19 has populations at risk for…