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“Permanent Expansion” of Medicare Telehealth Services Explained

By Trudy Bearden, PA-C, MPAS, Senior Consultant and State Director, Idaho | Blog,  12/21/2020,   0 comments

On Dec. 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release about the Calendar Year 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2021 PFS) Final Rule titled “Trump Administration Finalizes Permanent Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services and Improved Payment for Time Doctors Spend with Patients.” Because there has been misunderstanding about what this means, I’m clarifying it here.

The CY 2021 PFS Final Rule permanently adds nine billing codes to the Medicare telehealth services list. That’s it. That’s what “Finalizes Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Services” means. CMS is also amending existing language to ensure we can keep using smartphones for telehealth.

To be clear, there are other…



Get the Vaccine That’s Available Now: The Flu Shot

By Comagine Health
Blog,  11/16/2020,   0 comments

Marc Bennett
President and CEO, Comagine Health
Co-chairman, Salt Lake Chamber Health Care Policy Committee

Andrew Croshaw
CEO, Leavitt Partners
Co-chairman, Salt Lake Chamber HealthCare Policy Committee

Dave Davis
President, Utah Retail Merchants Association

As we weather a public health crisis together and look forward to its conclusion, words like “virus” and “vaccine” have become almost routine in our daily conversation. While…


COVID Conversation: Infection Prevention

By Sarah Woolsey, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Medical Director, Systemwide Quality Improvement
Blog,  08/04/2020,   0 comments

We recently sat down with Comagine Health’s medical director for systemwide quality improvement, Dr. Sarah Woolsey, to talk about the importance of infection prevention during COVID-19.

Dr. Woolsey is a board-certified family medicine physician with over 20 years of experience caring for underserved populations.

How is COVID-19 changing the field of infection prevention?

Let’s start at the beginning. What is infection prevention? Infection prevention is an…

Using Analytics to Manage Deferred Care During COVID-19
Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH Medical Director, Health Care Informatics
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