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Senior Consultant, Freedman HealthCare, LLC

Mary Jo Condon, MPPA, sees information and collaboration as the foundation for improving our nation’s healthcare system.

FHC Senior Consultant Talks the Future of Telehealth and Lower Healthcare Costs in Op-Ed

FHC Senior Consultant, Mary Jo Condon, recently published the following Op-Ed, Does the Long-Term Future of Telehealth Mean Lower Healthcare Costs?, in MedTech Intellegence. Read the full piece below.    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, use of telehealth was more of an outlier in the healthcare industry, but the pandemic and ensuing quarantines forced rapid implementation of...Read more

Linking new COVID-19 race, ethnicity data to APCDs will provide more complete picture of virus’ toll

The Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that beginning on August 1 it will require laboratories to report race, ethnicity and other information about each person tested for the novel coronavirus. The goal is to better understand differences in how the virus impacts populations, particularly communities of color. The new requirements include 18...Read more

APCDs will be an important source to understand declining vaccination rates

Early data shows fewer children are being vaccinated on time, leaving them at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications. A combination of closed pediatrics practices, a transition to more virtual care, parent concerns regarding COVID-19 exposure, and disruptions in the vaccination supply chain are the suspected causes. All payer claims databases can support their...Read more

Early data show declines in overall healthcare spending notwithstanding estimated costs related to COVID-19

While the cost of treating COVID-19 will be significant, particularly for patients requiring hospitalization, the lost revenue from delayed or cancelled elective procedures, diagnostic tests and routine office visits will likely lead to lower total healthcare spending in the immediate future, according to early data emerging from the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. FAIR...Read more

Early data suggests steep declines in all healthcare services, except telehealth

Early data on healthcare utilization during COVID-19 pandemic suggest dramatic reductions in the use of nearly all healthcare services and steep increases in telemedicine. Consumer spending on health care fell 18% in the first three months of the year, according to the Commerce Department’s first-quarter GDP estimate. The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission shared information last...Read more