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By Craig B. Garner, Founder, Garner Health Law Corporation

Love in the Time of Covid-19


By Craig B. Garner
Founder
Garner Health Law Corporation


January 21, 2021, marked the one-year anniversary when the United States announced its first patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (COVID-19). The following day, some 318 days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, California confirmed 3,108,012 COVID-19 cases to date and 36,962 fatalities. When it comes to COVID-19, medicine in part has performed miracles over twelve months, vastly improving its ability to identify the virus and its efficacy in treating it, not to mention developing a vaccine designed to stop it. Nevertheless, COVID-19 has little interest in stay-at-home orders or social distancing, nor does the pandemic favor either side in a polarized nation.  Read article
Pediatrician Making Telehealth call

Scaling Telehealth to Enable Care Continuity in Pediatric Cardiology During the COVID-19 Pandemic


By Tara L. Haskell, MBA, MHSA, Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
By Kori Morrison, The Center for Telehealth, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

As a response to COVID-19, telehealth was quickly spread at our pediatric tertiary academic medical center to offset the reduction of in-person visits due to social distancing regulations. Heart Institute (HI) telehealth volumes increased by 18,100% compared to pre-COVID-19 and Cincinnati Children’s (CCHMC) hospital-wide telehealth volumes increased by 4,714% compared to pre-COVID-19. Temporary policy changes for telehealth expansion issued by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), private payors, and state licensing agencies removed barriers and empowered healthcare providers to continue care safely through the pandemic. Scaling a project of this size at an expedited rate inherently came with challenges, most notably an accelerated training process for a new care model for most physicians and putting in place a telehealth infrastructure linked to Epic. Additionally, variability in private payor reimbursement guidelines and differing state licensure requirements across provider types proved to be difficult for determining which patients were suitable for a telehealth visit.  Read article
Coach Consultant Giving Business Seminar

The Lessons I Learned from Bob Beale


By Danna Beal, M.Ed.
International Speaker, Author and Coach

My dear friend of thirty years, Bob Beale, died on Dec. 27, 2020. Some of you knew him as one of the early ACIM supporters, some of you knew of him as an amazing business consultant and author, and many of my close friends knew of him from me-- because I spoke so often of his wise counsel. He was my mentor, my spiritual teacher, and beloved friend. He will be missed by his loving wife, son, and family, but also by many of us who were blessed with his friendship.  Read article
Children with Mask on Playground

Debunking the Fallacy that Kids Aren’t Seriously Affected by COVID-19


By Michael Brodsky, MD
Medical Director for Behavioral Health and Social Services, L.A. Care Health Plan

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have heard that children are less affected by the virus, but that is far from the truth. Yes, most kids and teens infected by COVID-19 suffer less severe symptoms, and have the lowest mortality rate, but they are not immune from COVID-19’s consequences. In fact, children and teens have experienced a quadruple whammy during the pandemic.  Read article

Most Downloaded Articles


The following articles were downloaded most often from January 2020 through October 2020.
  1. An Overview of the Nurse Manager’s Guide to Budgeting and Finance 2nd Edition By Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN
  2. 5 Ways to Shift from Fighting Fires to Emerging from COVID-19 Successfully By Karl Rebay, Partner, Health Care Consulting Group, Moss Adams and By Craig Vercruysse, Partner, Lean Health Care Practice, Moss Adams
  3. How to Combat Coronavirus Operations Complications By Dahlia Mak, Managing Partner, Lean Health Care Practice, Moss Adams
  4. 4 Ways Lean Health Care Helps Hospitals Confront Sepsis and Other Safety Concerns By Dahlia Mak, Managing Partner, Lean Health Care Practice, Moss Adams
  5. COVID-19: How Hospitals and Health Systems Can Brace For a Pandemic By Allen Miller, COPE Health Solutions, Elizabeth DuBois, DNP, FNP-BC, AAHIVS, COPE Health Solutions, Margaret Peterson, PhD, Executive Consultant, COPE Health Solutions
  6. COVID-19 Grants and Funding Updates for the Health Care Sector By Karl Rebay, Partner, Health Care Consulting Group, Moss Adams and By Georgia Green, Manager, Health Care Consulting Practice, Moss Adams
  7. Helping Patients Overcome Fear to get Vital Care back on Track: Six Things to Do By Tom Dougherty, FACHE, Principal, COPE Health Solutions and By Elizabeth DuBois, DNP, Vice President, COPE Health Solutions
  8. Thinking Ahead: Preparing for a Post-COVID World By Allen Miller, Principal, COPE Health Solutions and By Sarin Khachatourians, Senior Consultant, COPE Health Solutions
  9. COVID-19 and ER Reimbursement: Document, Document, Document! By Adam G. Wentland, Attorney at Law, Theodora Oringher PC
  10. 11 Ways the CARES Act Impacts Health Care Organizations By Chris Bell, Partner, Moss Adams