News

Article
COVID-19
Hospital Management
Physician Advisory

Dr. Ronald HirschMay 28, 2020

ASC Partnership as a Hospital Without Walls

Everyone is anxious for life to return to normal, but none more than those patients who had planned to have surgery in March or April, but had their surgery cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These patients have conditions that warrant surgery, but were deemed not to be urgent or emergent, and therefore ...

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Article
CMS
COVID-19
Physician Advisory

Dr. Ronald HirschMay 26, 2020

Confusion Remains over Medicare Guidance on Treating Patient Homes as Hospital Departments

There is continued confusion over the use of patient homes as off-campus, provider-based clinics for Medicare billing purposes. This is the provision in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) second recent Interim Final Rule (IFR) that allows hospitals to bill for services provided by employed ...

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Blog Post
COVID-19
Patient Experience

Chris IngersollMay 21, 2020

New Trends Upend 2020 Predictions: How Work-From-Home is Changing Healthcare

At the end of last year, I was asked by HIT Consultant to predict healthcare trends to watch for in 2020. My biggest prediction was the impact of the new CMS rules around price ...

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Automation
Blog Post
CMS
COVID-19

Joe PolarisMay 18, 2020

Elective Services Volume is Not Guaranteed – Four Ways to Optimize Supply and Demand

Speed to innovate must never be the same again in healthcare. We can identify, analyze, and act to address opportunities quickly and must do so in a new healthcare world that will require a delicate blend of agility and compassion.” - Jason Wolf, CEO, The Beryl Institute, ...

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Blog Post
Consumerism
COVID-19
Patient Experience

R1 RCMMay 5, 2020

Four Strategies for Prioritizing Patient Experience in a COVID-19 Era

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., healthcare organizations took a necessary all-hands-on-deck approach. Providers quickly rose to the occasion, changing their care delivery model to treat COVID-19 patients while keeping other patients – as well as clinicians and staff – safe.

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Blog Post
COVID-19
Physician Services
Telehealth

R1 RCMApril 29, 2020

An Emerging Necessity – Strategies to Optimize Your Telehealth Program

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, telehealth has emerged as the latest disruption to the healthcare industry. While healthcare providers and consumers alike were slow to adopt telehealth before the crisis – only 19 percent of Americans had used it – it has quickly become a vital care delivery mechanism. Nearly ...

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Article
COVID-19
Physician Advisory

Dr. Ronald HirschApril 19, 2020

SNF-Eligible Patients with Nowhere to Go: A Review of the Options

With this pandemic new issues seem to appear daily. The increasing difficulty with skilled nursing facility (SNF) placement led me to write this article and it appears to have struck a chord with many. As with research into medical interventions, the timeline for contemplating, writing, and editing has shrunk ...

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Article
COVID-19
Physician Advisory

Dr. Ronald HirschApril 15, 2020

The COVID-19 Victims We Aren’t Discussing

The exact number of deaths from COVID-19 is an area of uncertainty. In the midst of a pandemic, data reporting is likely far down on the list of crucial activities. It remains unclear how to count the death of a patient who dies with evidence of infection by coronavirus, but was never diagnosed with COVID-19. ...

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Article
CMS
COVID-19
Physician Advisory

Dr. Ronald HirschApril 9, 2020

CMS Clarifies Patient Financial Responsibility for COVID-19 Testing

RACmonitor.com news asked Dr. Ronald Hirsch, vice president at R1 RCM, to summarize the latest from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on covering costs for COVID-19 care. In response, Dr. Hirsch provided RACmonitor the following summary.

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Article
CMS
COVID-19
Physician Advisory

Chuck BuckMarch 31, 2020

CMS Modifies Discharge Planning for Hospitals

As hospitals continue in their struggle to treat patients for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has modified its requirements for discharge planning.

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