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HEALTH CARE WEEK IN REVIEW: CMS Announces New Round of Sweeping Changes to Telehealth During COVID-19 Pandemic, Five Tips For Health Practices To Weather The Coronavirus Outbreak, AMA Publishes Ethical Guidelines For Patient Care During A Pandemic, CMS Hits Pause On Speeding Medicare Payments To Docs

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This week CMS issued another round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes to deliver expanded care during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as making it easier for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to get tested for COVID-19 and continued expansion for access to telehealth services. Changes to telehealth include waiving limitations on the types of clinical practitioners that can bill for telehealth services, broadening the scope of audio-only visits, and more.  Read More

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to dramatically affect health practices across the country, it is important for practices to take a step back and ensure their internal processes and administrative workflows are prepared for the coming weeks and months. By reviewing and planning at a fundamental level, practices will be better prepared to address any challenges that COVID-19 presents. A few tips include optimizing administrative processes, expanding telehealth utilization, and readjust revenue and cash flow forecasts.  Read More

The American Medical Association (AMA) has published new guidelines to help physicians provide care during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Seventeen separate documents have been shared so far, with more to follow, as questions continue to emerge. Example guidelines include issues such as “graduating early to join the physician workforce,” “prescribing medications responsibly in a pandemic,” and “access and health equity during a pandemic.”  Read More

Earlier this week CMS said it would no longer expedite Medicare payments to doctors and be more stringent about accelerating the payments to hospitals as well. The agency is not accepting any new applications for the loans from Part B suppliers, including doctors, non-physician practitioners, and durable medical equipment suppliers. CMS will continue to process pending and new requests from Part A providers, including hospitals, but be stricter with application approvals.  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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