Telehealth has been a lifeline for many doctors and patients during the pandemic, and the decisions of CMS and many private payers to cover telehealth visits—in some cases, at full parity with in-person visits--has helped physician practices stave off bankruptcy. Assuming that these policies remain in effect after the pandemic, I agree with the commentators who assert … Continue reading Telehealth Expansion Should Be Planned Intelligently, Long-Term
(This post was cowritten by Ken Terry and Paul Grundy, MD, the Chief Transformation Officer at Innovaccer and the convener of the virtual healthcare community Care As One. Dr. Grundy is also the founding President of the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) and was formerly the Chief Medical Officer of IBM Healthcare Life Sciences and the Global Director … Continue reading Primary Care Practices Need Help to Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic
In any economic disaster, the largest, best-financed organizations have a natural advantage over smaller, cash-strapped organizations. The bigger entities have a greater ability to withstand economic downturns, while the small ones can quickly go out of business because they lack the financial reserves needed to tide them over. In the roughly 2 ½ months since … Continue reading How Will COVID-19 Change the Healthcare Balance of Power?
In an op-ed in The Guardian, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) make a powerful argument that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for the U.S. to adopt Medicare for All as soon as possible. If the Democrats take back the White House and the Senate in November, a public option that might lead … Continue reading Medicare for All Requires Healthcare Delivery Reform
While many states mull whether to relax social distancing rules and reopen their economies in May, there are some warning signs that the White House COVID-19 Task Force’s prediction of 100,000-240,000 deaths from the coronavirus may be way too low. That isn’t surprising, considering that Administration officials said this projection depended on us doing everything right. Of … Continue reading The Official Estimates of COVID-19 Deaths Are Way Too Low