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Practice Management and Service Lines

Physician groups back doctors' freedom to speak out about coronavirus conditions

(Fierce Healthcare) - Given reports that doctors and other medical professionals are being silenced about coronavirus conditions, the country’s two largest physician groups say doctors have the right to be heard.

Industry Voices—Return to trust: How lack of transparency can damage relationships in healthcare

(Fierce Healthcare) - We live in a transactional society. As a consumer, if you want to buy something, you go online or to the store, you find out how much it costs, you buy it. It’s a pretty simple process of getting the things we need—until it comes to healthcare.

Lessons from a different war for preventing moral injury among clinicians treating Covid-19

(STAT News) - One week after President George W. Bush declared war in Iraq in 2003, I was deployed there as an Army nurse.

TAVR Newcomers Do Not Solve Access, Geography Problem

(MedPage Today) -- Newly TAVR-eligible centers differ from established centers, study finds

Cardiologist-led COVID-19 study to focus on protecting healthcare workers

(CV Business) - The Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) has launched a new study aimed at evaluating how COVID-19 is impacting the health of physicians throughout the United States. Researchers will also assess the potential ability of hydroxychloroquine to limit infections among high-risk healthcare providers.

Legislation and Revenue Cycle

Trump to expand use of Defense Product Act to build ventilators

(The Hill) - President Trump announced Thursday that he is expanding his use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to help several manufacturers secure supplies for ventilators.

White House expected to recommend Americans wear cloth masks to prevent coronavirus spread

(STAT News) - The White House is expected to announce a new policy, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would urge Americans to wear cloth masks in an effort to prevent coronavirus spread, according to a federal official familiar with the policy.

This week in Medicare updates—4/1/2020

(Revenue Cycle Advisor) - This week’s Medicare updates include a new process for survey activities during the current public health emergency, the passage of the CARES Act, an FAQ on the OIG’s new telehealth policies, and more!

What Does Patient Financial Responsibility Look Like with Coronavirus?

(Patient Engagement HIT) - Major health systems and payers are eliminating patient financial responsibility for coronavirus treatments, ideally making care more accessible.


Analysis: What We Need to Understand About Asymptomatic Carriers if We're Going to Beat Coronavirus

(HealthLeaders Media) - ProPublica's health reporter Caroline Chen explains what the conversation around asymptomatic coronavirus carriers is missing, and what we need to understand if we're going to beat this nefarious virus together.

Coronavirus can spread one to three days before symptoms appear: CDC study

(Reuters) - People infected with the novel coronavirus can transmit the infection one-to-three days before symptoms start to appear, according to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Increased LVDP After TAVR Found to Be Associated With Poorer Outcomes in Aortic Stenosis

(The Cardiology Advisor) - A significant subset of patients with severe aortic stenosis showed increased left ventricular diastolic pressure (LVDP) after undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), according to study results intended to be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology/World College of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC), March 28-30, 2020.

Major Study Casts Doubt on Routine Use of Stents, Bypass

(HealthDay News) -- Folks with clogged arteries do as well with medication and lifestyle changes as they do after undergoing invasive procedures to reopen their blood vessels, a major new clinical trial reports.

Heart Failure: Can You Hear Risk in a Patient's Voice?

(MedPage Today) -- Speech characteristics picked up in telemedicine tied to mortality, admissions

Other Health Industry News

Where to get health insurance if you just lost your job

(CNN) - For millions of Americans, a job doesn't only mean a paycheck -- it also provides their health insurance.

The coronavirus is washing over the U.S. These factors will determine how bad it gets in each community

(STAT News) - On March 15, the governor of Washington called the Seattle area the “hotbed of this outbreak.”

Coronavirus: 6 Considerations for Retired Physicians Seeking to Help

(HealthLeaders Media) - Retired clinicians, who are often at high risk because of age, can contribute to pandemic response in several ways that do not involve direct patient care.

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