Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• As the pandemic has created the need to optimize health care delivery, nursing and clinical leadership will need to address three major problem areas; workforce management, capacity management, and patient outcomes. While problems in these areas were present long before the pandemic, the events of the last year have brought them clearly into focus. Read More
• Telemedicine implemented without attention to workflow runs the serious risk of falling into an unsafe “doctor-does-it-all” model. The AMA recently published some recommendations to help provide patient-centered care and create an overall better telehealth experience for patients and physicians. Read More
• CMS will automatically apply the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policies to all MIPS eligible clinicians for the 2020 performance period because of COVID-19. The automatic exception policy, however, will not apply automatically to MIPS eligible clinicians who submit 2020 performance data as an individual in two or more performance categories or whose practice reports as a group. Read More
• Medicare physician spending declined $9.4 billion, or 19%, in the first six months of 2020 due to the pandemic, according to a new report. While spending on physician services declined precipitously, telehealth claims increased dramatically after the federal government increased flexibility for physicians to get reimbursed by Medicare. Read More
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