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COVID Changing the Face of Medicine

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="changing-medicine"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]As cities begin to open back up, some in stages, some very quickly, many small practice physicians are struggling with reduced patient volume that only may just be starting to increase. COVID has changed the face of medicine, most likely for many years to come. There was no doubt that telehealth was on the rise before COVID-19. But once it hit, there was little choice but to jump into...

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Resuming Patient Care During COVID

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="healthcare-unemployment-1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Our healthcare system has changed dramatically over the last 8 – 10 weeks. This week has seen the country hit the sobering milestone we’d hoped to prevent – over 100,000 dead from the virus. That impact weighs heavily on the families and friends of lost ones, as well as those who continue to see the threat this pandemic continues to present. As most communities have opened back up...

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Rising Unemployment Rates include Healthcare

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="healthcare-unemployment"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 had effectively shut down much of the country for anywhere between six to eight weeks depending on where you live. This shut down required the shuttering of all but essential businesses. And while demand for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle is as high as ever, healthcare unemployment was at a record high of 1.4 million jobs lost...

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CARES Act Opportunities for Your Practice

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="cares-act"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Last week the Trump administration signed into law the CARES Act to help providers through the COVID-19 pandemic. From assistance with additional supplies, grants and loans, this act has a lot of moving pieces providers should be aware of. The CMS Accelerated and Advance Payment Program The key takeaway about this program is it IS a loan that will need to be paid back. However, the usual four-to-six week timeframe...

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Ever-changing Telehealth Rules during COVID-19

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="changing-telehealth-rules"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]We are most certainly living in uncertain times. The healthcare field looks nothing like it did a month ago. And things seem to be changing daily, essentially because they are! When a stress was put on Social Distancing a few weeks ago, the question started to become – how do I visit my doctor’s office? Particularly if my ailment does not have anything to do with COVID-19? A patient...

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Update to Regulations for Price Transparency

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="price-transparency-update"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Over the summer we discussed in a blogpost, “Executive Order Reduces HHS Time for Transparency,” the order issues from the current administration to make pricing more accessible for patients to be able to shop around for common outpatient procedures. November 15th, CMS announced two proposed regulations intended to follow through on this order. One is targeted towards hospitals, the other to health plans. Hospital Services First is an expansion to the...

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Credentialing Services

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="credentialing-services"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Credentialing is a key piece to any practice or hospital. If providers are not properly credentialed, they will not be paid for their services. Credentialing is a long, comprehensive process that requires consistent follow up and attention to detail. Many practices and hospitals outsource this process, and Legacy Consulting is glad to assist! What you need to know Credentialing is a slow process. The fastest payors can credential in 45...

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Ruling Against First Pharmaceutical Company in Opioid Lawsuit

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="drugmakers-sue-1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]For the first time, a pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson, has been ordered to pay a substantial sum for their role in the opioid crisis in Oklahoma. While the opioid epidemic is no doubt a nationwide crisis, Oklahoma has been particularly devastated by the highly addictive pain killer. There have reportedly been over 6,000 deaths tied to opioid abuse in Oklahoma over the last two decades. The attorney general in...

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Clinical Support Systems and EHR

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="clinical-support-system"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Recently Frost & Sullivan released a new report: U.S. Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) Market, Forecast to 2024. Clinical Support Systems, sometimes integrated into a practice’s EHR and other times an additional tool a provider uses, is going to become critical to evaluating patients and generating a plan of care. What is a Clinical Decision Support System? These tools analyze the vast amount of patient data that is entered...

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Studies Show Increase in Surprise Medical Bills

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="surprise-bills199"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Findings from 2016 data recently released by the American Medical Association show that 4 in 10 patients with private in-network insurance at hospitals faced surprise medical bills after their visit. How do surprise medical bills occur? Most often it is from visiting a hospital or ER the patient’s private insurance is in network with, however the doctors that treat them are out of network with the patient’s private insurance....

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