COVID-19 will continue to impact the healthcare system, hospitals, practices, orthopaedic surgeons, and patients for the foreseeable future. To help disseminate the most relevant and current news, the Academy will publish bonus COVID-19-focused editions of Headline News Now each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May.
Today’s Top Story

HHS Extends Deadline to Accept Provider Relief Fund Payments

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the deadline for healthcare providers to attest to receipt of Provider Relief Fund payments and accept the associated terms and conditions. The initial deadline required a response within 30 days of receipt and is now 45 days. If the payment is not returned within 45 days, the payment and terms of conditions will be presumed to be accepted.

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Learn more with AAOS COVID-19 loan and grant summary…

In Other News

OCR Issues Guidance on Media Access to Patients’ Protected Health Information

HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance stating that covered healthcare providers, per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), are not permitted to give media and film crews access to facilities that house patients’ protected health information (PHI) without prior authorization from the patients. Valid HIPAA authorization must be obtained for each patient whose PHI will be accessible by the media before the media is provided PHI access.

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Study: What Does Orthopaedic Education Look Like Amid COVID-19?

A study published online in the Journal of the AAOS ® analyzed the landscape of orthopaedic education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Significant changes are taking place in the daily lives of orthopaedic residents and fellows, which allow for unique educational opportunities. Web-based learning, surgical simulators, and basic competency tests may be of significant importance for education during this time.

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The Effect of CMS’ Policy Changes on Frontline Healthcare Workers

A blog published in Health Affairs discussed what the recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy changes, including an unprecedented number of health system waivers and flexibilities, mean for healthcare professionals on the front lines. The blog was written by Michael J. Lipp, MD, chief medical officer for the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and Shari M. Ling, MD, deputy chief medical officer of CMS and medical officer for the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.

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AP Analysis: States with Fewer COVID-19 Cases Receive Most Relief Aid

According to an analysis from the Associated Press (AP), states with very few COVID-19 cases—including Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and Wyoming—received significant shares of direct federal aid compared to New York and New Jersey, the two most affected states. Hawaii received $2 million per positive COVID-19 test, while New York received about $24,000 per positive test.

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Sound Off: What Will Never Be the Same for Surgeons After the COVID-19 Pandemic?

In a 1970 bestselling nonfiction book, self-described futurist Alvin Toffler defined the concept of “future shock” as a psychological state of both individuals and societies due to too much change occurring too fast. The present viral pandemic has certainly produced radical changes in all aspects of professional and personal life within days and weeks. Will this “present shock” have lasting effects on our profession of orthopaedic surgery and the entire field of medicine? Robert A. Schultz, MD, FAAOS, and Paul F. Lachiewicz, MD, FAAOS, discuss whether life will ever be the same for surgeons post-COVID-19.

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‘Spring’ Into Telemedicine: SARS-CoV-2 (a.k.a. COVID-19)

In the fight against COVID-19, the rules around virtual visits are changing rapidly and the importance of seeing patients during a crisis has never been more apparent. This webinar discusses patient communication, telemedicine implementation, marketing and promotion, and future implications for a post-COVID-19 orthopaedic practice.

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