Telemedicine

Massive federal spending bill alleviates reimbursement concerns for hospitals, but less so for physicians

Healthcare provider advocates applauded the inclusion of key reimbursement relief measures and other policies in a proposed federal spending bill for FY23, although physician groups expressed concern about the outlook for their constituents. With a divided Congress looking to muster the votes to pass the legislation before a self-imposed deadline of week’s end, the bill includes many…

Nick Hut December 20, 2022

Telehealth is primed for growth despite post-lockdown fade

If our nation is to achieve true cost effectiveness of health, virtual healthcare must play a pivotal role. Here, two health system leaders share lessons learned from their efforts to develop effective telehealth programs as a key component in their long-term value-focused care strategies, and two thought leaders weigh in on keys to telehealth success.

Eric C. Reese, PhD October 14, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: The nation could see an alarming nurse shortage by 2025

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Even fewer nurses are available to fill jobs as travel nurses leave the profession, most telemedicine visit diagnoses in certain specialties match in-person visit conclusions, and long-COVID-19 may be partially to blame for the U.S. labor shortage.

Deborah Filipek October 12, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Telehealth aids outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with opioid-use disorder

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Medicare beneficiaries initiating new episodes of OUD-related care get benefits from telehealth use, changes to inventory management strategies are coming for many sectors, and HAIs hit community hospitals hardest during the pandemic.

Deborah Filipek September 12, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Oracle-Cerner deal has the potential to transform healthcare

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Oracle’s purchase of Cerner has the potential to transform the healthcare industry, Medicare spending on physician services during 2020 never recovered to pre-pandemic levels, and patients would leave a provider after a data breach of personal information.

Deborah Filipek August 26, 2022

The implications of Amazon’s deal to buy One Medical: What healthcare providers should know

Amazon’s announced purchase of One Medical for nearly $4 billion should spur providers to fortify their primary care strategies.

Nick Hut August 25, 2022

Even as costs surge, Medicare physician payments are scheduled to decrease in 2023

Medicare physician payments would decrease by more than 4% in 2023, according to a proposed rule.

Nick Hut July 11, 2022

Medicare spells out proposed conditions of participation for rural emergency hospitals

Seeking to shore up operations for rural hospitals, CMS issued a proposed rule that establishes recommended regulations for the new rural emergency hospital category.

Nick Hut July 5, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Telemedicine use for cancer care should be more equitable

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: There’s a need to address inequities in telemedicine use for cancer care, almost 25% of physicians report mistreatment, and most Medicare Advantage enrollees are satisfied with their plan.

Deborah Filipek June 30, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: U.S. hospitals performed 106,474 unnecessary procedures on older adults during the ‘dangerous’ first year of COVID-19

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: 106,474 unnecessary procedures were performed on older adults in hospitals early in the pandemic, 55% of patients in rural areas relied on telehealth to receive outpatient mental health and substance use services in March-August 2021, and women and people of color with chest pain wait longer to be seen by a physician.

Deborah Filipek June 21, 2022
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