Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Advancements made in the use of digital tools like telehealth, remote patient monitoring, and predictive analytics have been touted throughout the pandemic for helping health care organizations address the access challenges caused by months of limited in-person patient contact at many facilities. But it's critical that stakeholders ensure these innovations make life easier, not harder, for clinical and administrative workers. Read More
• Patient experience consulting and surveying firm Press Ganey got a big leg up after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved it to administer the Primary Care First (PCF) Patient Experience of Care Surveys. CMS developed PCF as a means to improve clinical quality and patient experience, as well as cut down on healthcare costs, within the primary care setting. Read More
• Amid significant backlash from providers, UnitedHealthcare is delaying its new emergency department coverage policy, which would allow the insurer to retroactively deny ED claims it determines are non-emergent. The policy was set to take effect July 1 in fully insured commercial plans but will be pushed back until at least the end of the national public health emergency period for COVID-19. Read More
• A recent report found that 70% of acute care hospitals allowed inpatients to access their health data using a mobile phone or other software applications in 2019, which represents a more than 50% jump from 2018. Similarly, in 2019 75% of hospitals enabled inpatients to view their more detailed clinical notes in their patient portal, an increase of more than 30% from 2018, as federal regulations continue to incentivize data sharing. Read More
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