Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The U.S. surpassed 10 million total COVID-19 cases this week, just 10 days after cases topped 9 million. Due to the steady increase in cases, experts predict the winter surge will be the largest, and perhaps deadliest, yet. In fact, the country could be on track to record one million daily coronavirus cases by the end of 2020 if average cases continue to grow 34 percent from week to week, as they are currently. Read More
• In the past couple of weeks, CMS has released or proposed five new rules concerning issues related to new payment reforms, price transparency regulations, and coverage of a COVID-19 vaccine. Included in these new rule updates are expanded add-on payments for new and innovative equipment and supplies to certain home dialysis machines. Read More
• A day after the FDA allowed emergency use of an antibody that helps the immune system fight COVID-19, CMS announced Medicare will cover all costs for the antibody infusions during the public health emergency. While Medicare won't pay for antibody products that providers get for free, they will pay providers to administer them. Read More
• Seriously ill COVID-19 patients are starting to fill up hospital beds in record numbers, and health care workers are bracing for even more patients to come in the wake of skyrocketing coronavirus infections. But the burden on hospitals is not evenly spread. Some communities, particularly in the West and Midwest are particularly hard-hit, with hospitals in these areas already brushing up against their capacity to deliver care. Read More
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