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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,…
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…
Centene, National Minority Quality Forum Research Racial Disparities associated with COVID-19. The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to invade society, drawing attention to the virus’s dramatic impact on racial and ethnic minorities, underserved populations, and their communities. Frightening facts continue to reflect the intersection of COVID and the social…
Congress needs to agree on when they’ll disagree. Congress has come to an agreement…on when they plan on disagreeing. Last week, Congress appeared to have an informal, even bipartisan consensus on its legislative calendar for the next six months. For June, the House and Senate both have a full agenda,…
If you err, err on the side of the patient. Being nice can get you in trouble. But as David Glaser, Dr. Ronald Hirsch, and I have said over and over, being nice and putting patient care first should be the excuse during this COVID pandemic for future Recovery Audit…
It is the hospital’s responsibility to obtain the prior authorization.  We are two weeks away from the start of the Medicare prior authorization program, and as of June 17, the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) were required to start accepting requests. As a reminder, five procedure classes will need prior authorization:…
There is no ICD-10-CM code for it.  EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article by Dr. Remer is from her recent “TalkBack” segment on the Talk Ten Tuesdays broadcast. Thinkihadittis is a condition that afflicts people who have experienced COVID-like illness, making them think they had it already. They fluctuate between exhilaration,…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rose T. Dunn, a nationally recognized health information management (HIM) authority, two-time past president of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and COO of First Class Solutions, shows off a keen sense of humor in this column about a few silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic.    Awoken our…