Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled a new $200 million program to help fund telehealth programs for qualifying providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations would get full funding for approved services and devices "necessary to provide critical connected care" until funds are exhausted or until the pandemic has subsided. Interested providers can take three steps immediately to prepare to apply for this COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Read More
• Since the coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December, the infectious respiratory disease COVID-19 has spread rapidly throughout the globe. There are now over 1.5 million confirmed cases and more than 85,000 deaths worldwide, with the U.S. accounting for nearly half of a million cases. NPR offers an interactive map to track the global spread of the virus. Read More
• As revenues for health systems have dwindled, the number of furloughed workers has increased significantly. In an effort to provide relief, CMS delivered nearly $34 billion in advance and accelerated payments to providers over the past week, reducing the processing time to four to six days. These payments are available to Medicare Part A providers such as hospitals and suppliers in Part B such as doctors and durable medical equipment suppliers and are separate from the $100 billion in funds passed as part of the economic stimulus package. Read More
• The mental health aspect of a disaster oftentimes gets left behind. Especially for first responders and medical personnel, more attention should be given on this subject. As they confront the coronavirus pandemic, frontline healthcare workers are at especially high risk for mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. HealthLeaders talked with disaster response expert Regardt "Reggie" Ferreira, PhD, to get his perspective on the mental health impact on healthcare workers during the pandemic. Read More
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