Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Washington-based health system Providence St. Joseph Health has launched a $50 million investment over the next five years aimed at reducing racial disparities in health care. The initiative will start by focusing on disparities that have been exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 51-hospital system will leverage its existing system and regional tools to partner with communities and hopes to ensure equitable distribution of treatment and a vaccine for the virus when it becomes available. Read More
• A new survey shows that confusion over COVID-19 coding and claim requirements is one of the top impacts the pandemic has had on revenue cycle operations. The most cited impact was unpredictable work/claim volumes, followed closely by an increase in workloads due to confusion over codes and requirements for COVID-19-related claims. Read More
• As COVID-19 continues to spread, an increasing number of rural communities in the U.S. find themselves without their hospital or on the brink of losing already cash-strapped facilities. This is a dangerous scenario, in fact, A study last year found that death rates in the surrounding communities increase nearly 6% after a rural hospital closes — and that's when there's not a pandemic. Read More
• Health care industry groups have been chewing on the challenge of accurate patient matching for years, but it has been particularly relevant to the current COVID-19 crisis. Incorrect patient data can have a significant negative impact on the timeliness of the public health response. Some public health nurses have even had to rely on Google searches to try and correctly identify patients in order to get them their COVID-19 test results. Read More
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