Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• For the first time, CMS is proposing to make temporary telehealth provisions under COVID-19 permanent. CMS has issued a proposed rule to make permanent regulatory changes to telecommunications technologies in providing care under the Medicare home health benefit beyond the expiration of the public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule is proposed to go into effect beginning January 1, 2021. Read More
• Hospitals lost an estimated $60 billion per month between March and June of 2020, and experts anticipate losses to continue well into the future. But some hospital systems are already seeing an incremental bounceback in operations. As health care systems reopen following the peak of COVID-19, leaders are leaning on technology and strategies that improve efficiency to ensure financial stability during the recession. Read More
• While Congress passed legislation that provided a combined $175 billion in funding for hospitals and other health care providers to help offset lost revenue and expenses linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have yet to see a payment. According to a report released by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, HHS has yet to distribute $72 billion, or 41 percent, of the approved funds. Read More
• As states begin to reopen after the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, many physician practices are attempting to get back to normal. With this in mind, the American Medical Association (AMA) has produced a series of 12 recommendations to ensure that medical practices can reopen safely. Read More
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