Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• While physicians are utilizing telehealth to treat their patients during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, many still have outstanding questions about how to accurately code and document those visits. Health care business consultant Elizabeth W. Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, an expert on coding and documentation, breaks down the answers. Read More
• As coronavirus numbers in the United States are exponentially increasing, health care leaders are extremely concerned about how this will play out in the coming months. With potential problems in the PPE supply chain, the upcoming flu-season, and a viable vaccine yet to be finalized, health care systems and providers are bracing for a tough battle ahead. Read More
• HHS will be sending an additional $4 billion in funding to hospitals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the bulk of the funds will go to safety-net hospitals, HHS is expanding the criterion for payment for the next disbursement. In addition, more than $1 billion of the new funds will go to rural hospitals and other health care providers in small metropolitan areas. Read More
• An operating room isn't exactly the easiest place to follow social distancing guidelines in the age of COVID-19. Using 5G network technology, doctors in Italy recently demonstrated that telesurgery could now be a valuable and reliable tool in allowing surgeons to do just that. Surgeons performed surgery on a cadaver's vocal cords from nearly 10 miles away over a wireless 5G network. Read More
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