Author: Laura Dover

Top Line: Who’s covering the clinic tomorrow morning? The Final Rule: Most of us are familiar with the intricacies of Medicare supervision requirements specifying radiation as a therapeutic service that requires “direct” supervision in both hospital-outpatient departments and free-standing centers. Direct supervision basically means that a provider is “immediately available” to direct the service but doesn’t have to physically be present in the room. Now, CMS has released a final rule for 2020 that relaxes supervision requirements for all hospital-outpatient (as opposed to free-standing) clinics to “general.” General supervision means that the plan of care is directed and overseen by the treating physician, with no specific…

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Here’s an informative educational piece on how regulations surrounding telemedicine have changed in recent months, as well as how capturing well-planned qualitative metrics can help us decipher which changes to hold onto long after the pandemic passes. | Royce, JAMA Oncol 2020

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