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Providers nationwide are seeking to identify ways to mitigate the uncontrolled spread of the virus amid vulnerable populations. Since the first American case of COVID-19 was reported in January, approximately 80,000 people have died, and one-third of those deaths have been patients living in nursing facilities. The index facility, LifeCare…
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 The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to expand our minds. EDITOR’S NOTE: During recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been announcing revisions to its regulatory requirements on a near-daily basis, in an attempt to ease administrative and logistical burdens on providers amid the…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a developing story subject to change. The goal of both state governments and Congress last week was to remove any economic obstacles for people to get tested for COVID-19. State and federal leaders wanted to make sure that people don’t hesitate in getting tested, for economic…
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The federal agency has recommended that healthcare workers self-report symptoms and not work if ill. EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a call to update the provider community on the latest guidance related to COVID-19. During the call, several CDC physicians described…
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The government website is designed to help improve the lives of all Americans. Population health is a relatively new term for most people, even with the healthcare community.  According to David Kindig and Greg Stoddart in their March 2003 article "What is Population Health?" in the American Journal of Public…
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A look at who is paying the cost of the opioid crisis. Merriam-Webster defines the word “crisis” as an “unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending, especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome.” Or, alternatively, it is defined as…
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Costs of outpatient versus inpatient knee replacement a clear area of contention in wake of report.  Last week seemed to be a quiet time on the Medicare regulatory front. Perhaps the three-day government shutdown resulted in things ramping back up, however. For a while I thought I’d have nothing to…
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As the nation’s healthcare spotlight focuses on September as National Suicide Prevention Month, rural health providers and educators are taking stock of tools and practices that can help reduce the suicide rate – a rate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports as the 10th-leading cause of death…
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Cancer is complicated, challenging and creating gaps of health and healthcare in vulnerable communities. Its presence requires more attention, care, funding, supportive healthcare policies and solutions. CDC Reports on Rural Inequities The decrease in cancer rates in the nation creates progress, promise and advancements for cancer research, according to the…
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In 2009, the headlines read that rural children’s mental health was being overlooked and disregarded.” Fast forward nearly 10 years, and the headlines still remain more or less the same, even in the days leading up to this week’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. It is tragic that today more…