December 8, 2020

Could COVID-19 Spell the End of Independent Physician Practices?

59% of physicians anticipate COVID-19 to reduce the number of independent physician practices in their communities, while half think hospitals will exert stronger influence after the pandemic.

December 1, 2020

Thousands of doctors' offices buckle under financial stress of COVID-19

Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives more than 130 miles round trip to take five of her children to their pediatrician. The Sartell, Minnesota, clinic where their doctor used to work closed in August. Caine is one of several parents who followed Heather Decker, M.D., to her new location on the outskirts of Minneapolis, an hour and a half away. Many couldn’t get appointments for months with swamped nearby doctors.

November 17, 2020

Arbitration, Not Rate-Setting, Is The Answer To Surprise Billing

At a time when medical professionals are under unprecedented stress dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it would seem that members of Congress would be loath to support a legislative proposal that would benefit insurers at the expense of providers.

November 2, 2020

SC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment

Letter from State Epidemiologist, Dr. Linda Bell: The success of our state’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will depend on the collaboration of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), our vaccine planning partners, health care systems and South Carolina health care providers to administer pandemic vaccines. Vaccination with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to other important disease mitigation and prevention efforts such as face masks, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing, can help bring this pandemic under control.

October 26, 2020

American Academy of Pediatrics Offers Interim Guidance on Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic; Child Care Interim Guidance is Updated

The COVID-19 pandemic has exhausted families and upended routines, posing new challenges for children and adolescents who are struggling with existing or emerging behavioral and emotional health issues. Yet children are resilient, especially when they have the right supports in place. To make sure children’s needs do not go undetected during this tumultuous time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released new interim guidance on” Supporting the Emotional and Behavioral Health Needs of Children, Adolescents and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

October 21, 2020

OxyContin maker to plead guilty to federal criminal charges, pay $8 billion, and will close the company

New York (CNN Business) Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating the nation's opioid crisis and will pay more than $8 billion and close down the company.

October 16, 2020

Vaccines for Children Policy and Coding Update

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is revising agency policies related to the administration of vaccines obtained through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program to Healthy Connections Medicaid-enrolled children.

October 7, 2020

DHEC Updates Guidance on Testing Asymptomatic Persons for SARS-CoV-2

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental has updated its interim guidance on testing and isolation requirements following testing. The update was made after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s September 18, 2020, update of guidance on testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including for those without symptoms of COVID-19.

September 22, 2020

AMA, AHA, ANA mark coronavirus deaths in U.S. as toll tops 200,000

“Today we mark a somber milestone as more than 200,000 people in the United States have died of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Those lost include mothers and fathers, grandparents, children, teachers, and frontline workers. The steps required to stop the spread of this virus should be well known by now, but with more than 6 million COVID-positive Americans, we say again: wear your mask, wash your hands, and practice physical distancing."