OCTOBER 10, 2020
‘Disturbing developments’ lead liability insurer to push for second 2020 rate hike (references MagMutual)
S&P Global
Social inflation helped drive the direct incurred loss ratio for the U.S. physicians and surgeons professional liability business to its highest level in nearly 15 years during the second quarter, but some states fared materially worse than others. READ MORE
Compliance takeaways from OCR’s eighth and ninth settlements in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative
Arnell, Golden, Gregory LLP
Notably, more than half of this year’s settlements have been pursuant to the HIPAA Right of Access Initiative, most of which have been with relatively small providers. | READ MORE
Months into pandemic, PPE shortage persists (features MAG member Joy Maxey, M.D.)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Back in March as the pandemic took hold, Atlanta pediatrician Joy Maxey’s two-year supply of high-filtering N95s masks was gone in weeks. Now, seven months after Georgia confirmed its first coronavirus cases, Dr. Maxey is still spending triple the time she used to getting her office enough protective equipment. | READ MORE
Avoiding cuts to 2021 physician payment top priority [for AMA] in letter to CMS
AMA Advocacy Update
On October 5, the AMA submitted its comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, updates to the Quality Payment Program and other important physician issues. This year's letter on the proposed rule acknowledged the benefits of the revised coding and payment rules for office visits, while highlighting the serious peril to physician practices still dealing with the COVID-19 public health emergency while facing a proposed 11 percent reduction in their payment to achieve budget neutrality. | READ MORE
Health experts shares concerns about how rapid tests are reported in Georgia
Millions of rapid tests for COVID-19 will be heading to Georgia soon and the first shipment has already arrived. | READ MORE
‘So frustrating’: Doctors and nurses battle virus skeptics
Associated Press
Treating the sick and dying isn’t even the toughest part for nurse Amelia Montgomery as the coronavirus surges in her corner of red America. It’s dealing with patients and relatives who don’t believe the virus is real, refuse to wear masks and demand treatments like hydroxychloroquine, which President Donald Trump has championed even though experts say it is not effective against the scourge that has killed over 210,000 in the U.S. | READ MORE
AMA: Competition continues to dwindle in highly concentrated insurance markets
Fierce Healthcare
Competition has dwindled for consumers in the most highly concentrated commercial insurance markets, a new analysis found. | READ MORE
Ambetter policyholders set to split an estimated $58 million in rebates
Georgia Health News
An estimated total of $58 million in rebates will be split among 202,000 Georgians who had individual Ambetter policies last year, according to state officials. | READ MORE
Georgia veterans’ wait times for medical help skyrocket
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thousands of military veterans in Georgia who signed up for a program to speed access to medical care are instead waiting longer, a review of internal Veterans Affairs reports shows. | READ MORE
Why clinical algorithms fall short on race
AMA Wire
Recent publications detail how the clinical algorithms used to guide treatments may mistakenly substitute and equate racial data for genetic and other information and their use may lead to less-than-optimal care. | READ MORE
E-cigs gain popularity for smoking cessation
MedPage Today
Close to 70 percent of adults who were dual users of cigarettes and e-cigarettes reported using the latter to quit smoking, according to a nationally representative survey, and four out of five vapers who were former cigarette smokers said they had used e-cigarettes to help them quit. | READ MORE
CMS expands list of telehealth services that can get Medicare reimbursement
Fierce Healthcare
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added 11 new telehealth services that Medicare will reimburse, including cardiac rehabilitation services. | READ MORE
Four ways health care AI could help physicians’ work
AMA Wire
Technologists and clinicians designing AI in the health care setting who gathered for a panel discussion said they are aiming to enhance physician intelligence, not replace it. They also stressed that physicians’ input is crucial during the design process to create AI that clinicians will adopt to build trust and a robust evidence base for these tools. | READ MORE
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