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Majority-black counties had infection rates of three times the rate of majority-white counties.   Daily COVID-19 data continues to be tough to digest, with everyone keeping a close eye on the numbers of: Persons tested, Positive tests, Hospitalizations, and Deaths across each county and state, and worldwide. Much recent attention…
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Your governor is now in charge of when you go back to work. Now would be a good time to comment on President Trump’s recent announcement of reliance on state’s rights, and how his recent stance may impact your state’s Medicaid program. Have you ever wondered: seriously, what is the…
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The House vote on the package is expected on Thursday. The Senate voted today for more funding for small businesses and hospitals that have been negatively affected by COVID-19. After a midnight call Monday night between Democrats and the Trump Administration, the U.S. Senate passed more funding for COVID-19 stimulus…
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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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The Chicago-area producers of the coveted new testing kits plan to generate 20 million units per month by June. 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…
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COVID-19 is exposing a digital divide between the have’s and have-nots. The coronavirus pandemic is impacting more than the health and mental health of entire populations. Social distancing and sheltering in place have put a massive drain on broadband and Wi-Fi service. While telehealth may be viewed as a fix…
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The pandemic is driving a shortage of hospital beds. Patients presenting to hospitals via the emergency department due to an inability to care for themselves (or other’s ability to care for them) is not new. But the COVID-19 pandemic has added a slew of new concerns and obstacles for hospitals…
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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…