Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 200,000 this week, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world. Deaths continue to climb rapidly and a widely cited model from the University of Washington predicts the U.S. toll will double to 400,000 by the end of the year as schools and colleges reopen and cold weather sets in. Read More
• The economic fallout of COVID-19 may accelerate acquisitions of independent practices unless practice leaders consider new ways of doing business. Evidence shows those organizations leveraging value-based contracts to implement an advanced primary care model were well-positioned to pivot during the pandemic. Because providers do not rely on volumes to keep the doors open, they did not experience the same revenue losses as traditional practices. Read More
• Telemedicine is here to stay, and clinics that perfect the virtual patient experience will undoubtedly experience better patient outcomes. For telehealth to be effective there needs to be a good balance between addressing patient learning curves, implementation issues, and insurance limitations, with considerations for physician burnout and workflow concerns. Read More
• Walmart is piloting a drone delivery service of home sample collection kits for COVID-19 in partnership with Quest Diagnostics. Once the kit is delivered, the patients can perform a nasal swab in their homes and send the sample to Quest Diagnostics using an included prepaid shipping label for a touch-free experience. Read More
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