Pain management during the COVID-19 pandemic requires balancing access to care with minimizing exposure risk for front-line health care providers and vulnerable patients, according to a panel of experts who developed guidelines on best practices. In a 2018 MMWR report, researchers estimated that approximately 50 million Americans experience chronic pain — or about 20% of all U.S. adults.
As a way to limit patient risk of exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS expanded Medicare telehealth coverage, enabling beneficiaries to receive a wider range of health care services from their doctors without having to travel to a health care facility. This expansion temporarily pays clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries across the country, which some said was helpful to orthopedic surgeons when state governors announced the delay of all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical and dental procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As part of phase 1 of the Trump administration’s guidelines for re-opening America, CMS issued guidance on providing essential non-COVID-19 care to patients without symptoms of COVID-19 in regions with a low and stable incidence of COVID-19.
On Jan. 1, 2018, CMS removed total knee arthroplasty from the inpatient-only list for Medicare beneficiaries, which created a significant change for surgeons, patients and hospitals in part due to the implementation of the Two-Midnight Rule. Despite efforts by CMS to provide some clarity in this regard, it remained somewhat unclear to hospitals and physicians which patient cases should be coded as inpatient or outpatient, and many of them were identified on a case-by-case basis where a given surgery would be performed.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to heighten and the healthcare community faces unprecedented challenges, Konica Minolta is working to support healthcare facilities, clinicians and governments in the fight against this coronavirus. The product experts at Konica Minolta Healthcare have pulled together a list up-to-date news, information and resources relating to COVID-19 that you may find helpful at your facility.
CMS recently announced that video and chat apps that normally do not comply with HIPAA security and privacy regulations can be used to facilitate patient care during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has temporarily suspended paperwork requirements for hospitals and is upping access to telehealth services in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussing the importance of virtual care and telehealth services, including teleradiology, is nothing new. Previously, many of these conversations fell into the bucket of “want to have” rather than “need to have,” especially, for those of us fortunate to have top-tier medical facilities nearby. Today, as COVID-19 changes the way many of us think about daily life, the ability to access a medical professional or service virtually suddenly seems quite urgent. Traditional concepts of geography (which often affected patients in rural areas the most) may now apply to as short of a distance as one subway ride.
A hallmark of hospital best practices in care management is the full engagement of physicians in the organization’s efforts to reduce patients’ length of stay (LOS).
When seeking to reduce costs, hospital and health system leaders have historically focused on streamlining or improving how they are deploying the organization’s resources, from labor to supplies to facilities.
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The outbreak is due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection (1). Approximately 81,000 patients have been infected in China (2). Although infection rates are said to be controlled in China through severe public health measures, Italy (more than 10,000 cases) and Iran (more than 8000 cases) have seen exponential increases in the number of infected individuals.