Category: COVID-19 – Coronavirus

HHS announces $20 billion in new relief funding but there will be no legislation before the election

Eligible providers will get payment of 2% of annual revenue from patient care plus an add-on payment. New COVID-19 relief funding is being released. The Trump Administration has announced $20 billion in new funding for providers fighting COVID-19, but the president has ended negotiations with Democratic leaders over a...

Revised Clinical Trial Rules During COVID-19 Pandemic Could Benefit Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to new rules and expectations for clinical trials. Following guidance from federal agencies, institutions such as UT Southwestern adjusted clinical trial operations. To protect patient safety, changes such as utilizing remote consents, conducting telehealth study visits, and shipping oral study treatment to patients’ homes...

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 – September 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the United States, states, payers, and providers are looking for ways to expand access to telehealth services. Telehealth is an essential tool in ensuring patients are able to access the healthcare services they need in as safe a manner as possible. In order to...

Lawmakers detail how to transition telehealth from emergency response to permanent tool: 3 details

To ensure telehealth provisions lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic become permanent, U.S. Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., are focusing on broadband access and Medicare reimbursement initiatives, according to NextGov. Three details: 1. The lawmakers said that HIPAA relaxations enacted during the public health emergency, including allowing telehealth...

Mayo Clinic using remote patient monitoring to help patients recover at home

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Mayo Clinic Hospitals are using technology to make sure those fighting coronavirus at home have some extra oversight from heath care professionals Mayo Clinic first started this program several years ago to help treat patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or congestive heart failure. But when...

Partnership to Advance Virtual Care Urges CMS to Extend and Make Permanent Certain Telehealth Flexibilities Issued in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, the Partnership to Advance Virtual Care (the “Partnership”) submitted comments in response to the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. As a leading coalition representing stakeholders advancing telehealth priorities, the Partnership’s comments urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend and make permanent certain...

Telehealth more time- and cost-effective for chronic pain patients, bolstering case for provider adoption

Patient satisfaction was high even before the pandemic, and anesthesiologists say 50% of visits could be virtual. Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor Patients who saw a pain medicine specialist via telehealth saved time and money and were highly satisfied with their experience, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study...

Hospices Seek to Balance Technology with the Human Touch

By Holly Vossel | October 4, 2020 Hospices nationwide have leveraged technological advances to improve workflows, referral communications and enhance patient care. While telehealth in particular has been vital for hospices to continue reaching vulnerable high-risk patient populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, providers must proceed with caution when it comes to technology and patient...
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