Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• As telehealth continues to play an important role in meeting the demands of patients and a strained health care workforce, it’s critical that providers get patients on board with using the technology for the long term. Its future adoption, however, heavily depends on the ability to support a trusting relationship between patients and physicians. Read More
• According to a new survey, slow prior authorization protocols directly contributed to care delivery delays and poor treatment outcomes for some patients during the surge in COVID-19 cases last winter. Nearly all physicians surveyed said they spent 16 hours on average seeking prior authorization for patient care, which delayed treatment. Read More
• CMS has begun recouping the accelerated and advance Medicare payments from providers who borrowed the emergency funds to battle COVID-19. During the recoupment period, CMS will hold back a portion of new Medicare claims from providers until the payments advanced last year are recouped. Providers are required to have paid back the advanced payments in full 20 months after they received the first payment. If they fail to do so, CMS will charge an interest of four percent on the remaining balance. Read More
• The pandemic has accelerated a growing desire among providers and even some medical technology manufacturers to acquire or get into the surgery center business, experts say. One of the biggest drivers of this shift has been eroding patient volumes at hospitals due to fears of contracting COVID-19. Read More
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