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State lawmakers temporarily scrapped hundreds of regulations early in the COVID-19 pandemic to help businesses and consumers deal with widespread shutdowns, giving patients greater access to telehealth and helping spur an explosion in use of virtual care. A number of states allowed medical professionals licensed elsewhere to hold telehealth visits with residents of their state
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Dive Brief: Health care startup Zocdoc announced the appointment of Edward Liu as CFO. Liu has spent more than two decades as the head of Americas Technology Banking at Morgan Stanley, and will oversee all of the digital healthcare marketplace’s finances.  Just prior to Liu’s hire, Zocdoc overhauled its pricing model, which used to charge practitioners a
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To ensure compliance and patient safety, there are two federal sources that healthcare organizations need to screen for exclusions at a minimum monthly, as well as State Medicaid exclusion lists. The two major federal sources that need to be continuously monitored are the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)
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Exclusion monitoring is a critical tool for ensuring compliance, program integrity, and patient safety. Healthcare organizations can’t afford not to monitor their populations for exclusions, however, because there are several lists at both the federal and state levels that need to be continuously monitored, exclusion monitoring can be complicated. Read on for a summary of
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Dive Brief: Tenet posted a $120 million profit in the second quarter of this year, up from $88 million during the same time last year, following HCA as the second for-profit system to post a rebound, according to financial results released Wednesday. The Dallas-based hospital chain beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue, posting
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Dive Brief: An inexpensive, scalable and easy-to-implement way to nudge more unvaccinated healthcare workers to get their COVID-19 shot is through employers sending targeted emails, patient portal messages, text messages and other communications designed with behavioral science in mind, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open. Researchers looked at healthcare workers across
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Dive Brief: Healthcare facilities must be in full compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard as of Wednesday, including requirements around ventilation, physical barriers and training. The American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges and other groups had pushed the agency to delay compliance dates, contending providers needed more time
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CMS is proposing to hike penalties on hospitals that don’t abide by price transparency requirements from $300 daily to potentially thousands of dollars for larger facilities, part of an outpatient payment rule that’s a mixed bag of potential wins and losses for providers. In the proposed 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule released Monday, the
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The executive order President Joe Biden released last week asks federal agencies to harness their power in regulating competition, nudging the Federal Trade Commission to ban or limit noncompete agreements — including in healthcare. Roughly half of private-sector businesses require at least some employees to enter noncompete agreements, according to a 2019 study from the Economic
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CMS is proposing to extend Medicare coverage of certain telehealth services granted for the COVID-19 public health emergency to the end of 2023 to help gather data that can determine whether the services should be permanently covered. The agency similarly suggested allowing for some mental healthcare to be provided on an audio-only basis going forward
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