Some are asking if state of emergency provisions that loosened or suspended pre-COVID-19 regulations will remain. One example is regulations that govern the scope of practice and supervision of advanced practice providers.
The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing $175 billion to hospitals and healthcare providers to compensate for their coronavirus response. Through the Provider Relief Funds, $50 billion is allocated proportional to providers’ share of 2018 net patient revenue.
The sudden and explosive growth of telehealth during COVID-19 demanded sorting out all kinds of logistics, reimbursement, and scheduling processes in short order. The frantic time frames to set it up did not exactly allow for careful ethical reflection.
For patient access, the telehealth boom carries some broad implications. As more patients become familiar with using telehealth, they are demonstrating a desire for additional digital interactions with providers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth is surging in popularity. But due to nationwide demand, there have been bandwidth and technological instability issues for patient access departments trying to adjust.
Telemedicine has rapidly transformed healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, but innovative reimbursement models and updated privacy regulations are needed to ensure widespread implementation of high-quality digital care.
A $100 billion injection of relief funding for certain hospitals and other healthcare providers is just what the doctor ordered. However, for others, the money they will receive does not come close to addressing the shortfalls they are experiencing.
Soon there also can be a risk for hospitals that don’t use 3D printing, says Lisa Baird, JD, an attorney with the law firm of Reed Smith in Los Angeles. As the technology becomes more widespread, it could become the standard of care in some circumstances to create your own model or tool, she notes.