Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Seniors have embraced technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, from booking virtual visits with their doctors to ordering their prescriptions online. In fact, telemedicine usage jumped 340 percent among Medicare-eligible seniors since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a new survey. To top it all off, almost half of the seniors also admitted to binge-watching content and cheers-ing at virtual happy hours. Read More
• It’s become clear that meeting the increasing demand for mental health services as a result of the pandemic will not be possible using traditional methods. Developments in teletherapy will undoubtedly open access to mental health treatments for more patients and could be the first phase of a broader revolution in psychiatry; one that allows care to become more preventative, reactive, and empathic to the needs of the population via technology. Read More
• While media coverage of the pandemic has focused on overwhelmed hospital workers on the front lines, less attention has been paid to some hospital emergency departments seeing far fewer patients as many avoid the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Hospital emergency department visits actually dropped by more than 40 percent during the first weeks of the pandemic. Read More
• The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the second phase application deadline to Friday, August 28 for general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children's Health Insurance Program and dental providers. The department will distribute $15 billion from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to providers that didn't receive funding in the first round. Read More
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