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Primary Care Doctors Look at Payment Overhaul After Pandemic Disruption

For Dr. Gabe Charbonneau, a primary care doctor in Stevensville, Montana, the coronavirus pandemic is an existential threat. Charbonneau, 43, his two partners and 10 staff members are struggling to keep their rural practice alive. Patient volume is slowly returning to pre-COVID levels. But the large Seattle-area company that owns his practice is reassessing its operations as it adjusts to the...

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Feds Recover $2.6B in 2019

The federal government recently announced it won or negotiated more than $2.6 billion in healthcare fraud adjustments and settlements during the last fiscal year (2019). As a result of its efforts, as well as those of preceding years, approximately $3.6 billion was recovered. Of that total, approximately $2.5 billion was transferred to the Medicare Trust Funds. The 2019 recovery is slightly more...

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JFHC responds to impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Home Health Needs of the Elderly

Q&A with Teresa Duvall, CEO, Jewish Family Home Care Jewish Family Home Care (JFHC) has risen to the challenge of caring for its 600-plus elderly home health clients during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Many of the Broward County based not-for-profit agency’s clients suffer from chronic diseases or are recovering from surgery or strokes. They receive care from JFHC’s home health aides. What...

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Another Problem on the Health Horizon: Medicare Is Running Out of Money

Everyone involved even tangentially in health care today is completely consumed by the coronavirus pandemic, as they should be. But the pandemic is accelerating a problem that used to be front and center in health circles: the impending insolvency of Medicare. With record numbers of Americans out of work, fewer payroll taxes are rolling in to fund Medicare spending, the numbers of beneficiaries...

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Is Telehealth/Telemedicine Here to Stay and What Comes Next-The New Normal—How Will the Pandemic Change Our Lives?

The pandemic has brought the entire world to its knees and affected almost every aspect of everyday life. The practice of medicine has had to grapple with significant changes down to its very core, some of which may have been overdue and some of which are ahead of their time. One of the most visible changes has been the increased use of telemedicine/telehealth/virtual visits. Telemedicine was...

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Hospital Executive Charged In $1.4B Rural Hospital Billing Scheme

A Miami entrepreneur who led a rural hospital empire was charged in an indictment unsealed Monday in what federal prosecutors called a $1.4 billion fraudulent lab-billing scheme. In the indictment, prosecutors said Jorge A. Perez, 60, and nine others exploited federal regulations that allow some rural hospitals to charge substantially higher rates for laboratory testing than other providers. The...

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