Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The AMA announced new CPT codes for multi-virus tests used to detect COVID-19 and flu with a single test. The update was published to the new code set, which was approved for immediate use, and also includes editorial revisions for reporting medical services that have become part of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
• Telehealth adoption snowballed in the early months of the pandemic as patients turned to digital channels for needed healthcare. Prior to the pandemic, the majority of virtual visits were for on-demand urgent care. But this year, the volume of virtual specialty and scheduled visits outpaced urgent care, suggesting telehealth is becoming normalized across more fields and use cases. Read More
• The coronavirus has fundamentally changed the landscape of medicine, prompting some physicians to retire before they had planned. Some have had to close their practices because so many of their patients stopped going to the doctor once the pandemic began, while others can’t continue to provide care due to the increased risk to their own health or the health of their families. Read More
• The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is threatening to withhold U.S. funding from hospitals that fail to comply with federal requirements on reporting data about Covid-19 and influenza patients. Among the data requested from hospitals are the number of Covid-19 patients in each hospital and the availability of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective gowns for employees. Read More
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