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Perspective: A Boost for the Continuing Fight Against COVID-19

May 14, 2021
The heroic efforts of our hospitals, health systems and care teams in fighting the pandemic over the past 17 months is a testament to the dedication and determination of the best health professionals in the world. 

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.

Blog: A look at the health care supply chain a year into the pandemic

May 5, 2021
While certain health care supply chain pressures remain during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are notable improvements, particularly in the area of collaboration.

Perspective: Time for Renewed Focus on Mental Health

Apr 30, 2021
Most studies of the toll COVID-19 has taken on the mental health of Americans reach the same conclusion: The pandemic has made what were already serious problems much worse. 

4 key takeaways from COVID-19 town hall on rural communities’ vaccination challenges

Apr 22, 2021
Health leaders from across the U.S. convened to discuss the unique challenges facing rural communities and providers in addressing COVID-19 vaccine administration, confidence and barriers to access. Read the AHA blog that has insights from last night’s rural COVID-19 town hall hosted by AHA and the Black Coalition Against COVID.

Hospital-at-Home Innovation During COVID-19 and Beyond

Apr 21, 2021
What was once a small but mighty contingent of health care systems providing “hospital-at-home” care before the pandemic has grown into a larger movement. With this model, hospitals across the country are “admitting” patients to their own homes for acute care with excellent results.

Chair File: A New Chapter in the History of Vaccines

Apr 19, 2021
As we get ready to mark World Immunization Week (April 24-30), it’s an appropriate time to celebrate the incredible gift of vaccines.

Perspective: Working Together to Advance Health in America

Apr 16, 2021
When President Biden signed legislation on Wednesday eliminating the 2% across-the-board cut to all Medicare payments until the end of 2021, it extended needed relief to doctors, hospitals and other providers caring for patients and vaccinating communities. 
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Advancing Education and Building Trust to Address COVID-19 in Communities of Color

Apr 15, 2021
April is National Minority Health Month. With COVID-19 having a disproportionate impact in communities of color, emphasis on improving access to vaccines as they become more widely available and eliminating health care inequities is critical.

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.