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While the introduction of new COVID-19 reimbursement rules and regulations have brought on their share of confusion, there is one certainty healthcare organizations can bank on: oversight of incentive dollars will be a regulatory priority. In fact, federal watchdogs are not wasting any time, as reports suggest monitoring of billing…
We rarely mention a specific client by name in our reports, however, we feel that the model represented here is one that IRFs should consider in dealing with the current Public Health Emergency and those that we may face in the future.  The information presented here is provided with the…
Challenges for pediatric populations amid COVID-19. The news is flush with attention to the social determinants of health (SDoH) and social determinants of mental health (SDoMH). COVID-19 has only amplified society’s health disparities, which will translate to greater funding needs to bridge care gaps and enhance outcomes. The pediatric population…
Instead of “Love in the Time of Cholera,” we are currently living through “Audits in the Time of COVID.” The period we are all still facing has been dubbed, legally, a public health emergency, or PHE (not to be confused with PPE). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)…
On our COVID floors, we have big flat-screen monitors that are scoreboards in the COVID race: heart rate, QT interval, and, critically, oxygen saturation. They are a kind of electronic cheat sheet that allows you to handicap a patient’s chance of winning the COVID contest before you even meet them…
Colleen Morley’s piece from Frontline Friday was so appreciated. As I read it, Colleen bravely understated what we as case managers, social workers, and their leadership experience during scenarios that go to an emotional level. Suddenly, we are constantly thinking about things we never thought we’d have to think about.  …
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. David Jury is active in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) which made possible the contribution of this essay along with editorial support from Piyush Mathur, MD, FCCM who is a staff anesthesiologist and critical care physician at…
As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, few states have done a more admirable job of flattening the curve than one of the hardest-hit parts of the world: New Jersey. EDITOR’S NOTE: Scott Reynolds is a New Jersey native and lifelong resident who has spent much of his career working in…