In this week's news, the future of telehealth is still uncertain as reimbursement codes are rolled back post-COVID and policy-makers debate how and what solutions should be paid for, while many in the field are considering telehealth a non-option in the new normal. Plus, new findings on the effects of coronavirus on pregnant mothers and an increase in maternal mental health problems during the pandemic.
As the use of telehealth continues to rise through and post-Covid, policy makers and healthcare systems consider implications around security, privacy, and reimbursement, and raise questions around health inequity and accessibility for low income populations. Plus, new studies on the effect of Covid-19 on reproductive health and family planning decisions.
In this week's news, policy makers weigh in on the future of reimbursement for telehealth, telemedicine, and other virtual care strategies adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. Negotiations about reimbursement raise questions about health inequities and disparities in access to virtual care solutions, particularly for the Medicaid population. Plus, new research on the connection between social determinants of health and health outcomes and the meaning of virtual care for maternal health.
The recent protests for racial justice and equality have put a much needed spotlight on the inequities that exist in our healthcare system. Coupled with the pandemic, they are driving important conversations about the ways in which technology can be used to improve outcomes for the vulnerable, especially low-income and minority populations. Plus, as the world emerges from lockdown, reimbursement questions resurface as practices consider long term plans for virtual care solutions.
New expectations and standards for virtual care are being established as the healthcare marketplace emerges from pandemic conditions. Without the urgent need driven by COVID-19, questions about coverage and reimbursement for virtual care are halting the move toward standardization, and telehealth still faces barriers to wholesale adoption. Research and resources around COVID-19 continues for OB patients, reactivating GYN patients is proving challenging.
Plus, an ongoing series from Self covering the struggles of being black and pregnant in the US, and the public health crisis of black maternal mortality. Find it here.
As the phrase "new normal" fast becomes ubiquitous, every industry is determining what that looks like in their own space. In healthcare, it is no longer a question that virtual care will be a part of the post-pandemic standard of care, but instead who will pay for it, and how it will affect the patient-provider relationship. Plus, how COVID-19 is driving changes to the traditional model of maternity care.
In this week's news, state openings and concerns about resurgence of the coronavirus put pandemic strategies in the spotlight, including questions about the future of digital health and the balance between new virtual care strategies and traditional medicine. Plus, concerns around funding for virtual solutions and new research on pregnancy and COVID-19.
The future of telehealth and telemedicine continues to dominate the news cycle as practices begin to test their pandemic strategies against the realities of a post-Covid world. Plus, the role that digital health can play in getting people back to work quickly and safely.
Coronavirus is pushing the racial disparities at the heart of the maternal health gap into the spotlight, as the challenges of the economically and geographically vulnerable are exacerbated by the outbreak. It's also exposing the benefits of telehealth and remote monitoring as a possible solution to these disparities. Plus, the longterm effects of COVID-19 on telehealth and virtual care: are we looking forward to a new standard of care?
As the economy cautiously emerges from social isolation, the healthcare industry is looking at a post-pandemic landscape that will involve virtual care in some respect - the question is, to what extent? Plus, new guidance and research.