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COVID-19 Rates Higher Among Minority, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Children

Minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged children have significantly higher rates of COVID-19 infection, a new study led by Children's National Hospital researchers shows. These findings, reported online in Pediatrics, parallel similar health disparities for the novel coronavirus that have been found in adults, the authors state.

Proposed Payment Rules Released

On August 3, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule. For 2021, CMS estimates the PFS conversion factor will decrease by $3.83 to $32.26 to maintain budget neutrality arising out of changes associated with the new evaluation and management coding and payment structure. The overall impact on cardiology is +1%, although the effect of this significant drop in the conversion factor will vary depending on a...

New Bill Seeks to Boost Participation in Advanced Payment Models, ACOs Via Several Reforms

New bipartisan legislation aims to create more accountable care organizations by boosting the percentage of shared savings for new entrants and making a series of other reforms. The Value in Health Care Act introduced on July 24 proposes several changes to Medicare’s alternative payment models. It would boost payments for not only ACOs but also extend bonus payments to clinicians working in advanced APMs.

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7 Things to Consider With New Telehealth Legislation Proposed

As calls for a permanent extension of emergency telehealth waivers echo in the nation's Capitol, last week members of the House Telehealth Caucus introduced the bipartisan Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act. The legislation "seeks to expand the use of telehealth beyond the current national health crisis, including permanently eliminating obsolete geographic originating site restrictions," according to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

CMS and CDC Announce Provider Reimbursement Available For Counseling Patients to Self-Isolate at Time of COVID-19 Testing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are announcing that payment is available to physicians and health care providers to counsel patients, at the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing, about the importance of self-isolation after they are tested and prior to the onset of symptoms.

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