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HEALTH CARE WEEK IN REVIEW: Health Care Systems Are Using Telehealth Technology For Virtual Rounding, Coronavirus Pandemic Impacts Value-Based Contracts, AMA Adds Two CPT Codes Related to COVID-19, HHS Issues Plan To Improve Rural Health Using Telehealth

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:

The coronavirus pandemic not only accelerated the expansion of traditional approaches to telehealth, but it has also ignited new ways to use existing technology. Numerous health care systems are employing telehealth solutions to deliver virtual care inside the hospital walls. Providers at UW Health are now conducting virtual rounds and will continue to do so after the COVID-19 crisis.  Read More

Experts predict the COVID-19 public health crisis will push the industry further away from fee-for-service reimbursement and towards value-based care. Long term, it seems inevitable that the pandemic will drive the transition to value-based care, but in the interim, the coronavirus is actually impeding the conversations due to the lack of financial stability, which is essential to make this transition a reality.  Read More

Shortly after releasing the 2021 CPT code set, the American Medical Association (AMA) added two more codes related to COVID-19, including one that accounts for the extra safety protocols providers are taking to care for patients during the global pandemic. This update is the latest in a series of modifications to the CPT codes set to meet the needs of the health care industry as medical advancements expand the fight against COVID-19.  Read More

HHS released a plan this week to enhance rural health care services as the pandemic continues to highlight the steep health care barriers these regions face. While the plan falls short of the complete overhaul some experts say the problem requires, it includes steps to significantly expand the availability of telehealth services and directs the federal government to provide more than $8.7 million in grant funding for virtual emergency care consults.  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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