Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• As healthcare organizations recover from the significant strain of COVID-19, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) released a special report outlining health care leaders' insights on how practices can rebuild to pre-pandemic patient volumes and revenues through staffing stability, patient engagement, and telehealth. Read More
• There's broad industry support for revamping the U.S.' decades-old health privacy law to encourage patient access and care coordination, but provider groups are deeply worried about the unintended consequences. IT groups have warned that HIPAA alone isn't enough to protect medical data in today's information economy, joining providers in calls to harmonize the regulations with other federal privacy regulations. Read More
• Telehealth has become a widespread option for patient care. But with clinician burden, primarily due to excessive EHR use, quickly swelling, health IT experts are looking for ways to streamline EHR documentation. EHR telehealth integration is critical for enhanced EHR documentation, but other options could streamline the process as well. Read More
• More than a third of the U.S. population has now been fully vaccinated, with 46% having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. New cases of COVID-19 in the United States fell for a fourth week in a row, dropping 17% last week to just under 290,000, the lowest weekly total since September. Read More
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