Week of June 25, 2021

New Whitepaper Provides Insights on “Long-Haul” COVID-19 Patients

Using longitudinal data from a database of over 34 billion private health-care claim records, FAIR Health studied a total of 1,959,982 COVID-19 patients for the prevalence of post-COVID-19 conditions 30 days or more after their initial diagnosis. Particular attention was given to age, gender, mental health conditions, and death.

ONLINE FEATURE | COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Auditory and Vestibular Systems

The first published concern about the virus’ risk of causing hearing loss was reported in Thailand in March 2020. The first report about an ear-related side effect was published in July 2020 after the Indiana School of Medicine (ISM) began following COVID-19 survivors to determine if their treatments were a complete success or if there were any lingering medical issues. These patients were described as “long-haulers” who continued to have medical issues for weeks and even months after the diagnosis.

Telehealth News

Understanding the Case for Telehealth Payment Parity

An article in Health Affairs outlines the current debate over whether telehealth services should continue to be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person services.

“The subject of telehealth parity is not new. Existing parity laws in 43 states and the District of Columbia require commercial insurers to cover telehealth. However, coverage parity is not the same as payment parity—the latter requires insurers to pay for telehealth and in-person services at equal rates. While only a few states have payment parity laws for telehealth, payment parity is now the focus of numerous state bills. In addition, telehealth payment parity for the Medicare program was recently discussed at a congressional hearing and in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s recent report on telehealth.”

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