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Blog: CMS should re-think its post-COVID-19 coverage strategy for tele-psychiatry services

May 7, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should reconsider its decision to discontinue coverage of tele-audio services when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends, writes Blaine Greenwald, M.D., vice chair and director of geriatric psychiatry in the department of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health's behavioral health center. Greenwald notes that a significant proportion of older adults without access to tele-video services are instead relying on tele-audio during the COVID-19 pandemic for their psychiatric appointments. As we mark May as Mental Health Awareness Month, read more about why hospital outpatient departments must mobilize to overcome tele-video capability disparities and why reimbursement for some post-PHE audio-only services should be reconsidered to protect the mental health of older Americans.
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Blog: Chicago hospital, patients benefit from creation of OUD treatment program

Apr 26, 2021
UChicago Medicine found an opportunity to enhance inpatient treatment for opioid use disorder by leveraging non-specialist clinical expertise and collaborating with local community-based treatment providers. Read more from George Weyer, M.D., about this successful consult service and how it formed.
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Analysis Fails to Recognize Charity Care is Only Part of a Hospital’s Total Community Benefit

Apr 21, 2021
The mission of all hospitals and health systems, regardless of size and type of ownership, is to care for their communities and patients. In fact, an Ernst and Young report from 2017 demonstrates that for every dollar invested in non-profit hospitals and health systems through the federal tax exemption, $11 in benefits is delivered back to communities.
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Blog: Health Affairs Article Misses the Mark on Physician-Owned Hospitals

Apr 20, 2021
A recent Health Affairs post gives an incomplete account of the implications of allowing new and expanded physician-owned hospitals to bill Medicare and Medicaid. 
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Blog: Health System Stresses Importance of Worker Well-being

Apr 12, 2021
Hackensack Meridian Health’s clinical experts have learned a wide variety of important lessons and strategies for managing COVID-19’s toll on mental health, write three of the health system’s leaders. Read more about the steps Hackensack took to improve the mental health of its workforce and how you can reproduce them yourself.
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New United Laboratory Policy Puts Profits ahead of Patient Care

Apr 7, 2021
The availability of swift, accurate and reliable diagnostic testing during the public health emergency has been extremely important.
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Compassion starts with putting the person in front of the diagnosis

Mar 15, 2021
One way to demonstrate respect and not stigmatize when discussing people with mental health diagnoses is to use person-first language, writes Kelly Ryan, director of social services and doctoral training at Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital and Health Services in Illinois, and Gina Sharp, president and CEO of Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
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Perspective: Increasing Health Plan Accountability to Benefit Patients

Mar 12, 2021
Patients should expect that any drugs or medications they require are safe, administered effectively and available when needed. But, some commercial health insurance companies are changing the rules about how drugs are handled and administered, with serious consequences for patient care.
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PhRMA report misleads on drug costs

Feb 11, 2021
America’s hospitals and health systems, and our heroic caregivers, have been on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 for the past year, working tirelessly to provide needed care to patients and communities.