Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The American Medical Association (AMA) released updates to its medical codes for 2022 with many tied to new technology services and the administration of COVID-19 vaccines. The more than 400 changes include a series of 15 vaccine-specific codes the AMA considers the model for efficiently reporting and tracking immunizations and administrative services against the coronavirus. Read More
• Even though telehealth volumes are expected to decline in the coming months, a recent survey found that many health systems are planning to expand their telehealth services. Chronic care management, behavioral health, and urgent care were the top three service lines cited by survey respondents for the future expansion of telehealth. Read More
• HHS announced the first part of the Surprise Billing Final Rule effective January 1, 2022, but implementing the requirements under the No Surprises Act is no small feat for provider organizations. Providers need to ensure they are prepared to implement the act in order to uphold these protections and eliminate cost-of-care burdens for their patients. Read More
• The COVID-19 pandemic spurred health systems to adopt new technologies and meet the changing needs of their patients. However, according to Kaufman Hall, greater focus and investments are required for hospitals to compete with heightened consumer expectations, hospital competitors and an expanding list of retail and technology companies entering the space. Read More
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