Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Telehealth proved its mettle this past year. Now more hospitals and health systems are looking to expand their efforts beyond video visit-based virtual care, and push for expanded remote patient monitoring programs such as acute care at home. But some big questions still need ironing out, as regulations and reimbursement mechanisms are in major flux. Read More
• The industry-wide conversation around prior authorizations is both complicated and contentious. They are considered useful for preventing adverse health events but a headache for providers. In order to soothe the controversies around prior authorizations, payers and providers may turn to electronic prior authorizations for faster care delivery, lowered provider burden, and an overall better patient experience. Read More
• Telehealth use among surgeons for patient visits soared in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. While rates of telehealth use have declined as in-person care has resumed, telehealth use remains substantially higher across all surgical specialties than it was prior to the pandemic according to a new study. Read More
• 2020 offered a perfect storm for cybercriminals, with the number of ransomware attempts against the health care industry rising by 123%. Ransomware attacks cost the healthcare industry $20.8 billion in downtime last year, which is double the number from 2019. In addition, more than 18 million patient records were impacted by these ransomware attacks, a 470% increase from 2019. Read More
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