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March 2021
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Bundled payments with copay waivers reduce surgery costs for patients, payers

Editor's Note A RAND Corporation study published in the March Health Affairs finds that health insurers and patients can achieve significant savings when they participate in a bundled payment program that waives cost-sharing for patients. Researchers examined a bundled payment program developed by a private insurer that ran from 2016…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 2, 2021
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Hospital groups ask US Senate for $35B in COVID-19 relief funds

Editor's Note Nine hospital groups have asked the US Senate to add $35 billion to COVID-19 relief legislation to help them deal with financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the February 25 Fierce Healthcare reports. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed by the House does not include a provider…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 2, 2021
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Adverse mental health symptoms, substance use, suicide ideation during COVID-19

Editor's Note This follow-up survey of 5,285 US adults, which was completed in September 2020, finds that overall: 1,710 (33.0%) reported anxiety or depression symptoms 1,536 (29.6%) reported COVID-19 related trauma- and stressor-related disorder symptoms 781 (15.1%) reported increased substance use 618 (11.9%) reported having seriously considered trying to kill…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 22, 2021
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Johns Hopkins professor Marty Makary, MD, predicts herd immunity by April

Editor's Note In a February 18 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Marty Makary, MD, a surgeon and a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, predicts that the US will have herd immunity to COVID-19 by April. He notes that COVID-19 cases have dropped…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 22, 2021
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More states report telehealth reimbursement laws

Editor's Note A Foley & Lardner survey finds that state telehealth reimbursement laws have significantly increased during the COVID-10 pandemic, but more can be done to address telehealth adoption barriers, the February 15 Revcycle Intelligence reports. More than 43 states and Washington, DC, have some telehealth statute for commercial payers,…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 18, 2021
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Joint Commission conducting both virtual and onsite surveys in 2021

The Joint Commission stopped doing most onsite surveys and reviews from March 16 to May 31, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, they developed processes for conducting offsite or virtual events, and as of mid-December, more than 1,200 offsite surveys and reviews had been conducted across…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
February 17, 2021
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Strong new tactics to support COVID-19 financial recovery

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, but hospital surgery departments will not likely see a rapid return to normal. Since the start of the pandemic, perioperative leaders have had to stay flexible and act quickly. Over the next 12 months, OR leaders will need to reassess the…

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By: Jeffry A. Peters, MBA
February 17, 2021
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Is a robotics program right for your ASC?

Global adoption of robotics technology has exploded in healthcare institutions, promising a less invasive and more precise means of conducting procedures. Although hospitals command the largest share of this market, analysts predict that ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) will adopt this technology at a rapid clip. Robotics technology has changed greatly…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
February 17, 2021
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Healthcare employment down 29,000 jobs in January

Editor's Note Healthcare employment in the US was down in January to a seasonally adjusted 15,950,100 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on February 5. That’s down 29,600 jobs since December and down 510,100 jobs compared to a year ago. The overall unemployment rate is 6.3%.

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2021
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White House invokes wartime powers to increase production of vaccines, at-home tests, surgical gloves

Editor's Note In a February 5 media briefing, the White House says it has invoked the Defense Production Act to help Pfizer produce more of its COVID-19 vaccine, and the same will hold true for Johnson & Johnson, should it receive Emergency Use Authorization for it’s vaccine, the February 5…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2021
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