After delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) revised its previous schedule to convert facilities to its new electronic health record (EHR) capabilities with updated timelines for deployments in August in Columbus, Ohio, and October in Spokane, Washington.
The second quarter of 2020 was supposed to be devastating for hospital providers as the COVID-19 pandemic forced many to stop business as usual in order to brace for a surge of patients and preserve precious resources. Yet, all of the nation's largest for-profit hospital chains saw higher profits, and some more than tripled their net income compared to last year
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday to support healthcare in rural areas by permanently expanding some telehealth services beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials said they plan to issue a proposed Physician Fee Schedule rule that will cement some regulatory flexibilities enacted during the public health emergency to reimburse for telehealth visits.
The pandemic is certainly one contributor to that growth, but other drivers include the need for operational efficiency, the increasing ease of use for home-based RPM devices, the growth in the number of aging population members who require additional healthcare support and have less mobility, and the high growth of chronic diseases outside the United States and Europe.