Palliative in Practice

News Bites

Top news from the palliative care field and beyond, summarized for quick review.

Medicare Provides Additional Telehealth Flexibility

March 31, 2020

Changes include Medicare reimbursement for many more codes, and for telephone-only evaluations/virtual check-ins.

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Updates: CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources toolkit

March 31, 2020

Updates to the tools and resources in the CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources toolkit.

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Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payments in Response to COVID-19

March 30, 2020

CMS is making early payments available to Medicare facilities and agencies, helping to ease immediate cash flow issues.

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Becomes Law

March 27, 2020

Third economic package directs $2 trillion to address the economic and public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How Limited Palliative Care Staffing May Impact COVID-19 Suffering

March 26, 2020

USA Today covers the limitations of the palliative care workforce and it's potential impact on patient suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CAPC Releases New Statement on COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Dr. Diane E. Meier states that symptom management and communication skills need to be the focus.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law

March 19, 2020

Law will provide paid sick leave and free Coronavirus testing, and expand food assistance and unemployment benefits.

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CMS Announces New Measures to Protect Nursing Home Residents from COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Guidance to limit transmission includes restricting all visitors and non-essential health care personnel.

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New CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources Toolkit

March 18, 2020

CAPC's new toolkit covers important areas for palliative care teams and any clinicians caring for patients with serious illness.

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