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Using APCD Data to Identify Populations at High Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

As states and municipalities evaluate when to relax social distancing measures and prepare for a phased re-opening, they must be able to document a sustained reduction in current cases and confirm their ability to effectively test and treat new cases without crisis. Successfully preparing for future outbreaks or waves of illness requires the ability to...Read more

Access to telehealth services is expanding; APCDs can tell us whether it worked

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have expanded payment for telehealth visits so that all beneficiaries, regardless of diagnosis, can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Around the nation, some state Medicaid agencies and commercial payers...Read more

CMS Revises Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced changes to its “Meaningful Use” program, an initiative started in 2009 with the passage of the HITECH Act. This legislation originally aimed at increasing the adoption of electronic medical records (EHR) by providing nearly $36 billion worth of incentives to providers across the U.S. As...Read more