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Recent OIG Statement on Telehealth During COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in healthcare and the ways in which care is provided to patients. In this national emergency situation, healthcare providers, administrators, and other officials made quick decisions to maximize access and efficiency. One of the most drastic changes in healthcare has been the rapid implementation of telehealth…

HHS Officially Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Again

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency. As part of that declaration, HHS made temporary policy changes to help healthcare organizations adapt to the emergency. These policy changes will remain in effect as long as HHS renews the public health emergency declaration. Alex Azar,…

COVID-19 a Facilitator for Healthcare Fraud & How This Can Be Prevented with Screening & License Monitoring

In March 2020, the healthcare system was put under unparalleled pressure from the mass spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), insufficient patient testing, and institutional stresses in the care of infected persons. This has prompted a historic move toward the authorization and adoption of telehealth services which…

The Changing Landscape of Telemedicine Billing, Payment, and Reimbursements (since COVID-19)

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the use of telemedicine has greatly accelerated. Whether patients stay at home due to government mandates or due to concerns for their own safety, providers use telemedicine more than ever before as a way to provide care to patients without requiring an office visit. This has increased the availability and…

Is Your Pharmacy Staff Prepared for the 2020 Flu Season?

In a year when many patients hesitate to visit a doctor’s office due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, some members of the public may wonder if getting a flu vaccination is worth the risk. In 2020, health experts still recommend getting vaccinated against the flu just as they do every year – in…

New HIPAA Guidelines in Telemedicine

Policies are quickly trying to catch up with the growing public health crisis as well as the technology of the digital age. Healthcare regulatory organizations have created three specific policies surrounding patient health information, privacy, and security in response to current healthcare issues. These policy changes created unexpected efficiencies in healthcare processes and profitability. 3…

HHS Announces Pharmacists Can Administer Childhood Vaccines During COVID

In an unprecedented threat to the health of our nation amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. health officials have moved to expand access to vaccines that prevent life-threatening diseases. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), has expanded access to pharmacists in all 50…

How the HHS Civil Rights Bulletin Affects Healthcare Providers

The COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency requires increased resources for medical treatment. To assist in this effort, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides federal financial assistance to healthcare providers on the front lines. Recipients of federal funds are required to comply with federal civil rights laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on…

How to Navigate Telemedicine and Medical Credentialing

Telemedicine is a rapidly expanding field that has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proponents argue that telemedicine significantly increases healthcare access for patients in rural areas, seniors on Medicare (1 in 5 who live outside of a major metropolitan area), socioeconomically vulnerable populations in major urban areas, and the next “on-demand” generation. COVID-19 has brought…

COVID-19 Modifications and Requirements for Provider Credentialing and Expanded Patient Care

There have been numerous Federal and State regulatory modifications and waivers enacted to ease the demands of provider credentialing during the COVID-19 pandemic and to allow for the care of greater numbers of patients. Telehealth services have been expanded by CMS to treat patients while minimizing the risk of exposure to the virus for both…