February 25, 2021 | Vol. XII | Issue 8   
Nursing Homes at Risk of Closure 
Sumner Park reports for FOX Business:

Long-term care facilities across the country are in dire financial stress as the industry continues to be at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the outbreak began, long-term care residences, staff and resources have been stretched thin during the fight against COVID-19, and the additional costs have amplified the financial deficits facilities have seen in recent years.

Now, many are at risk of permanent closure and the issue is being exacerbated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's role in covering up thousands of nursing home deaths placing nursing homes right in the midst of the national spotlight.

"Caught in the middle of the pandemic and Governor Cuomo's controversial policies, some nursing homes say they're not only losing public trust, but they're also losing business," FOX Business' Lydia Hu told Mornings with Maria.
Teledoc Revenues Soar, 3 Million Virtual Visits in Q4
Heather Landi reports for Fierce Healthcare: 

Teladoc's 2020 revenue reached $1.1 billion as virtual care visits continued to soar.

The telehealth giant reported it delivered 10.6 million virtual visits last year, up 156% from 2019. The company's U.S. paid membership hit 51.8 million, up about 41% from 36.7 million users in 2019.

Teladoc, one of the nation's top telehealth providers, reported 3 million total virtual visits during the fourth quarter, up 139% from 1.2 million visits in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Fourth-quarter revenue came to $383 million, up 145% from $156 million in the same period in 2019.

"2020 was a transformational year for Teladoc Health and for the role of virtual care within the broader healthcare industry," Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic said during a fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings call Wednesday.

Misconceptions About Assessing Conditions 
Coleman Consulting Group

We educate a good bit about documentation of a proper assessment, use the acronyms M-E-A-T or T-E-A-M and still see skimpy notes with an "assessment" that doesn't pass muster - from providers who, by now, should be on board with the concept. It occurred to us that maybe they don't understand what is meant by the term or are unclear that their charting doesn't meet the standard.

The Cambridge Dictionary online defines assessment as "the process of considering all the information about a situation or a person, and making a judgement." Applying this definition to medical documentation, we know that clinicians obviously do make assessments of a patient's medical conditions, but that thought process is not usually reflected in any detail on the progress note. And therein lies the biggest issue: synthesizing your split-second thoughts into a short but meaningful "blurb" about each medical problem.

Let's begin with what is not an assessment of a medical condition. 
Major surgery performed on Tiger Woods' legs, long recovery ahead, golf future in doubt   
Major surgery performed on Tiger Woods' legs, long recovery ahead, golf future in doubt
CBS This Morning
Tiger Woods is still recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing major surgery to his legs after a terrifying car accident.  There are now growing calls for a safety review of the stretch of roadway where Woods crashed his car. Since last January, there have been more than a dozen accidents there. One woman tells CBS News she got into a crash on that same curvy road in 2007. Carter Evans reports.  

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