Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• This week CMS announced a major change to telehealth reimbursement. During this crisis, Medicare will pay for telehealth services regardless of the originating site, dating back to March 6. As long as the visit is conducted via video, patients can be located in their own homes, no longer limited to rural areas. Telehealth visits will be reimbursed for the same amount as in-person visits and cover a wide range of providers including nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and social workers. Read More
• According to a study published today by the American Journal of Gastroenterology, there is evidence that digestive symptoms such as anorexia (loss of appetite), diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain may be symptoms of COVID-19. While digestive and gastrointestinal symptoms are not currently mentioned by the CDC in the list of symptoms, but researchers suggest clinicians should keep in mind that digestive symptoms may occur before respiratory symptoms. Read More
• New preliminary data from the CDC is helping create a picture of the spectrum of illness caused by COVID-19 in the U.S. The findings show the while risk of serious disease and death is higher in older age groups, they aren't the only age groups at risk. In the U.S., while the highest percentage of deaths associated with COVID-19 was among people 85 and older, among 508 patients known to be hospitalized, 38 percent were younger than 55. Read More
• With the country rolling out social distancing measures, schools and businesses closing, and companies declaring work from home necessary, Americans are forced to face a new reality. While it may feel like life has stopped, there are ways to keep these times in perspective and learn how to carry on. As we all face uncertainty about the novel coronavirus, there are measures we can take to stay calm. It is important to make sure you’re taking care of your mental health during the coronavirus disease outbreak. 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.