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Climate-related pre-traumatic stress disorders and other anxieties. Before we get to our next climate-related piece, we have to note that akin to the climate-related condition of solastalgia, stress and anxiety is also rampant right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, producing a double whammy of anxiety. In fact, some virologists…
Agencies have implemented legislation guaranteeing coverage of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including antibody testing, and certain related services without cost sharing for enrollees with private health coverage. As coverages and regulations continue to broaden, often on a day-to-day basis, guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic frequently open up additional factors to…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was published on April 15. This update applies to Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). The provisions are found…
Capturing the complexity of care with CDI will be more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic is “hot-spotting” in places like New York City, New Orleans, and Detroit – and even as challenging as it is in those cities, this is a good thing for us, collectively. Given the nature…
NUBC guidance has been updated with the missing ICD-10-AHA code for screening: Z11.59. EDITOR’S NOTE: During recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been announcing revisions to its regulatory requirements on a near-daily basis, in an attempt to ease administrative and logistical burdens on providers amid…
In practice, doctors may use these terms synonymously. We are in the midst of a COVID-19 global pandemic that is changing the world as we know it. Most COVID-19 patients may not need acute inpatient care admission. Only the sickest will. These are the patients who undergo a cytokine storm…
Many healthcare professionals use these terms interchangeably. Medical decision-making specifically refers to the complexity of establishing a diagnosis and/or selecting a management option. Medical necessity refers to the appropriateness of the service provided for a certain condition. Medical necessity determines whether the service will get reimbursed. Problems arise with training…
Swift federal action was recently taken via the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as public and several private healthcare programs are now covering COVID-19 testing and related services. Healthcare organizations that don’t properly prepare for risk face implications in edits, improper payment, or denials.  Across the globe, health experts, governments,…