Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The U.S. set a new single-day high for COVID-19 cases this week, surpassing 103,000 in one day. Experts have warned that we are entering the "deadliest wave” of the pandemic as cold weather sets in and people begin hunkering down indoors. So far close to 9.5 million Americans have been infected and over 233,650 have died. Read More
• The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new proposed rule to review regulations and eliminate those that are outdated or no longer needed. This proposal, the boldest and most significant regulatory reform effort ever undertaken by HHS, would require the department to review regulations every ten years and sunset burdensome regulations unless their necessity is adequately demonstrated. Read More
• While telehealth usage has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to expanded insurance coverage and relaxed restrictions, the future of virtual care in the U.S. health care system will rely on permanent reimbursement practices and continued tech innovations. CIOs from hospitals and health systems across the country share their predictions for what telehealth will look like at this time next year. Read More
• While efforts have been on-going for years to provide further access to health information and create a smoother process in delivering care, COVID-19 helped expose the lack of interoperability in the U.S. health care system, underscoring the need for payers, providers, and federal agencies to work together. In 2021, CMS is set to introduce a new Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, aimed to empower patients and improve interoperability, while reducing the burden on payers and providers. Read More
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