Across the nation, skilled nursing facilities are facing new—and old—challenges that can make advanced care planning difficult. The Covid-19 epidemic's disproportionate impact on older, sicker individuals makes those discussions more important than ever. Advisory Board researchers outline four of the biggest barriers to ACP conversations—and how to overcome them.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said HHS is extending the implementation deadlines because the health care industry needs flexibility while combating the country's coronavirus epidemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Wisconsin.
HHS on Wednesday said it will use a new formula to distribute a portion of the $70 billion remaining in a fund intended to support providers combating the new coronavirus, after providers and lawmakers raised concerns that the previous formula disadvantaged rural hospitals and providers in Covid-19 hotspots.
In light of recent CMS guidance, some hospitals and medical organizations on Monday took steps to resume non-emergency procedures and surgeries that have been on hold to make room for Covid-19 patients.
On Monday, the governors of Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee announced they would start scaling back social distancing measures, but a number of polls show a large portion of Americans are worried about the effects of ending social distancing too soon.