Telemedicine

The state of U.S. primary care: How new ways of thinking can spur meaningful improvement

As healthcare stakeholders consider ways to fortify the nation’s primary care system, industry leaders recommend emphasizing several strategies and components — and not waiting to act. “We’re close to midnight in many respects in thinking about how to urgently preserve and expand primary care in America,” Susan Dentzer, president and CEO of America’s Physician Groups…

Nick Hut January 16, 2024

Congress doesn’t seem to be mulling a fix for the 2024 Medicare physician payment cut

Congress has mitigated a scheduled Medicare payment cut for physicians going into each of the last three years, but relief does not appear to be on the way for a fourth year running. Medicare’s 2024 final rule for physician payments includes a $1.15 decrease to the conversion factor, amounting to a reduction of more than…

Nick Hut November 27, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Telehealth visits are more often coded with a lower billing code than in-office visits

Over the past few weeks, I have found these industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals. 1. Telehealth visits are more often coded with a lower billing code than in-office visits “For both primary and specialty care, telehealth visits are more frequently coded with a lower level-of-service billing code than…

Deborah Filipek October 13, 2023

The evolution of telehealth and the potential for sustainability

The surge in use of telehealth services seen during the pandemic has slowed, but telehealth remains a key modality amid policy changes that will help set the course for the future of virtual care. “There’s no alternative,” said Kyle Zebley, senior vice president for public policy with the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and executive director…

Elizabeth Barker August 30, 2023

Summary: 10 vital responses to healthcare disruption

Note: This article is a summary of a report on HFMA’s Spring Thought Leadership Retreat. The full report is available to download. Disruption is reverberating throughout the healthcare industry, and it’s incumbent on legacy organizations to develop strategic responses for the benefit of their consumers, their communities and themselves. With that overarching challenge becoming ever…

Nick Hut August 30, 2023

FTC and HHS’s Office for Civil Rights put healthcare stakeholders on notice about the use of tracking technology

Federal regulators plan to more rigorously monitor whether tracking technologies on provider websites are impermissibly disclosing consumers’ protected health information (PHI) to third parties in violation of HIPAA. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last month sent a letter to…

Nick Hut August 10, 2023

10 Vital Responses to Healthcare Disruption

Disruption is reverberating throughout the healthcare industry, and it’s incumbent on legacy organizations to develop strategic responses for the benefit of their consumers, their communities and themselves. With that overarching challenge becoming ever more pressing, HFMA’s 2023 Spring Thought Leadership Retreat brought together leaders from across the industry May 4-5 in Atlanta to consider approaches…

Nick Hut July 11, 2023

Annual Conference: Houston Methodist uses AI in virtual models for critical care, patient observation and more

Artificial intelligence (AI) is driving innovation in clinical operations at the Houston Methodist hospital system, as explained during a presentation this week at HFMA’s Annual Conference. Among other virtual-care programs developed by the organization’s innovation center, Houston Methodist has incorporated a virtual ICU and virtual observation in the inpatient setting. Both programs use AI to…

Nick Hut June 30, 2023

5 issues that are keeping healthcare compliance professionals up at night

Rarely has the compliance landscape been more muddled or presented more of a challenge for healthcare organizations. “I’ve been a compliance officer for about 20 years now, and I’ve been in healthcare forever,” said Kirsten Wild, RN, a nurse by background who now owns a healthcare compliance consultancy. “But the volume and the pace of…

Nick Hut April 28, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Medicare to negotiate reduced prices for 40 drugs by 2028, says study

Medicare drug price negotiation has the potential to benefit Medicare beneficiaries across some of the most common disease states.

Deborah Filipek March 23, 2023
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