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What the Data is Telling Us About Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Sara Hallvik, MPH, Senior Director, Analytic Services | Blog,  02/17/2021,   0 comments

It’s fair to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and is still forcing us to find new ways of being. New ways of being together, of being apart and being connected. Last April was the first time my family connected with our primary care provider over Zoom. We were not alone.

Comagine Health’s analytics team has been monitoring the impact of the pandemic and tracking the rates of virtual visits to provide insights into observed trends in utilization, cost and quality measures.

Before the pandemic, in January 2020, just 0.5% of primary care medical visits and 2.5% of specialist visits in Oregon occurred via telehealth, which includes video conferences and phone calls.

During the pandemic, these…



“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 eight billing codes to the…


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
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… more
Using Analytics to Manage Deferred Care During COVID-19
Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH Medical Director, Health Care Informatics
Expand Access and Capture Revenue: Five Medicare Telehealth Opportunities
Telehealth has been available for decades, but its use as an effective, person-centered modality to deliver health care services has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In… more
Stark Disparities Evident in COVID-19 Pandemic Among American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
According to some studies, Native Americans have a 50% chance of being listed as the wrong race on medical records. A 2015 study of Oregon hospital discharge records found that… more
COVID Conversation: Contact Tracing
We recently sat down with Comagine Health’s senior vice president of clinical leadership, Dr. Dan Lessler, to talk about the importance of contact tracing during the COVID-19… more
Improving Postpartum Maternal Health in Oregon
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Two Tactics to Improve Clinical Quality Data Validation
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Paramedicine Collaborative Helps Patients and Reduces Overutilization
When people with complex medical and social needs have little support or resources, they may rely on emergency service providers for nonemergent care and even companionship. These… more
Behavioral Health Integration Bridges the Gap Between Mind and Body
Five years ago, I had a family member struggling with depression. The medication they had been taking wasn’t effective anymore. They visited their primary care provider, who said… more
What Do Real Estate and Health Care Have in Common?
I live in Portland, Oregon. Like many U.S. cities, Portland is experiencing a very hot real estate market right now. I know many friends and colleagues who are searching for a… more