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HEALTH CARE WEEK IN REVIEW: Seniors Have Ramped Up Technology Use During COVID-19, How Technology Can Help To Manage COVID-19's Mental Health Fallout, COVID-19 Caused Hospital ED Visits To Dive More Than 40 Percent, HHS Extends Phase Two Deadline For Provider Relief Fund Distributions

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

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, and care navigation software.
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