North and South Carolina: How many more studies do it take to convince your respective General Assemblies to expand Medicaid when the federal government is paying for most of it.
While you are at it, North Carolina, get rid of vehicle inspections; add the state’s portion to existing fees, like South Carolina did.
The Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid seems to reduce mortality rates, increase enrollment and coverage, and decrease the uninsured rates.
Attention North Carolina General Assembly
For the past few years, you have refused nearly free money to expand Medicaid. If you or your staff were to read this, thinking twice about that political stance could be enlightening.
New data from Yale Cancer Center suggests that Medicaid expansion may have closed racial health disparities, connecting more patients with timely care access across racial lines.
A telehealth company that offers online eye tests has filed a lawsuit challenging Indiana’s ban on the use of telemedicine for eye exams.
In the story, I should point out that this statement as screenshotted:
is not totally accurate. The representative in question is actually from Washington State, not South Carolina.
The company mentioned in the article has the ability to conduct eye exams in selected states that include North Carolina and charges $35 to do so. This is one of those infrequent occasions where something is valid in North Carolina and not in South Carolina; the states tend to enable similar laws, for good or bad.
Being from Alabama and not living there now, this doesn’t surprise me. Fortunately, when I lived there, I lived in counties with medical facilities and doctors. Even when I went to high school had at the time 2 hospitals. There is 1 there now.
Leave it up to bureaucrats to do things slowly; eventually, they get around to the right thing, despite the current occupant of the White House.
While much of the attention was focused on expanded reimbursement for remote patient monitoring services, an overlooked section of the 2,378-page document detailed Medicare coverage for “Brief Communication Technology-Based Service” (HCPCS code G2012). Simply put, this new code gives providers an opportunity to use telehealth to check in with their patients at certain times on care management issues.
“The new code represents a sizeable change to allow providers to efficiently use new technologies to deliver medical care,” says Nathaniel Lacktman, a partner and healthcare lawyer with Foley & Lardner who chairs the firm’s Telemedicine Industry Team and co-chairs its Digital Health Work Group. “By reimbursing for virtual check-ins, the new code exemplifies CMS’ renewed vision and desire to bring the Medicare program into the future of clinically-valid virtual care services.”
I am just an individual blogger, not in the enterprise, so this content is only semi-relevant to me, however, the use of what can be best described as Microsoft’s version of YouTube can integrate with other tools in the Microsoft 365 chest, such as OneNote (their version of Evernote), Teams (their version of Slack), and SharePoint. This works for all verticals, not just healthcare and life sciences, which this blog has a focus on.
As an aside, when I was in the enterprise many moons ago, these collaborative tools would have been most helpful to me. I just don’t own a Windows Ink or active touch screens that make very good use of it.
Not discussed were the HIPAA implications of collaboration and access, stuff that as a former IT pro, keeps me up at night. The enterprise has these people in place to handle this, and Microsoft to back them up.
As healthcare and Life Sciences organizations look to Digitally transform one area of interest is the increased uses of video for tacit knowledge capture and re-use, for meeting capture, as well as for training. One of the stumbling blocks though for many is making that video readily available when and where it makes sense to utilize inline and making the inclusion of it simple for everyday users within and organization.