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March 31, 2020 |  0
EvergreenHealth wound up being in the news early on related to coronavirus. As a harbinger of what was to come, the hospital had the first coronavirus death as well as the first health care worker infection, stemming from the outbreak at a local nursing home. That first US case was in Seattle in late January, […]

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March 25, 2020 |  0
Last Thursday evening, there was a fascinating article from the magazine Politico in my Apple newsfeed. (No, don’t spend any energy trying to interpret what that says about my politics, because I’m not writing about anything remotely political.) “Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How.” points out that we are in a period reminiscent […]
By Tahir Mehmood, MD & Meltiady Issa, MD, MBA, FACP, SFHM
March 23, 2020 |  1
COVID-19 has posed a great challenge for healthcare workers to provide safe, uncompromised care. At our institution, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, we have created a command center as the main source of information about the virus and logistic planning. This gets updated frequently as more details surface and is communicated to all members […]
March 19, 2020 |  2
On my first night on call as an intern, there was a deep pit in my stomach, a constant state of fear of what’s to come. My training up that point felt moot. It was hard to feel like I was truly prepared for what was to come. I was checking the pager constantly, hoping […]
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March 18, 2020 |  0
Post-acute care, and in particular SNFs, are changing policies day to day, and visitation restrictions, cohorting, capacity to manage varying levels of patient acuity, and telemed capacity will vary site to site. Please note the change in CMS regulatory policy below. SNFs have waived the three-day rule: Skilled Nursing Facilities  CMS is waiving the requirement […]
March 19, 2020 |  3
On Tuesday March 17, 2020, CMS announced temporary waivers that will broaden access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries. While these new rules seem largely geared toward enabling patients to access care by ambulatory physicians without having to come into the office, they will be useful for hospital medicine practices as well. Key things you […]
By Ameet Doshi, MD, MBA
February 21, 2020 |  0
“Where are you?” is the first question that comes out of my patient’s mouth. Not the typical query, but then, this isn’t a ‘typical’ patient encounter. It’s actually a valid concern, considering I’m about 60 miles and two snow-strewn highways from the hospital room my patient is currently in, admitted for a COPD exacerbation. Yet, […]

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