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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.

Using APCD Data to Identify Populations at High Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

As states and municipalities evaluate when to relax social distancing measures and prepare for a phased re-opening, they must be able to document a sustained reduction in current cases and confirm their ability to effectively test and treat new cases without crisis. Successfully preparing for future outbreaks or waves of illness requires the ability to...Read more

CPT Codes Released to Track COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Update: As of June 26, 2020 the AMA Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel has adopted a new CPT code to report antigen testing of patients suspected of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The new CPT code for infectious agent antigen detection by immunoassay technique is 87426. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are now available to report when patients receive...Read more

Can prescription claims foretell the impact of COVID-19 on depression and anxiety?

As our nation prepares for weeks of continued increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, many are thinking about the implications on psychological and emotional health. Beyond the uncertainty and worry of the virus itself, social distancing measures bring separation from family and friends, disruption in daily routine and concerns about financial well being. Pharmacy...Read more

Access to telehealth services is expanding; APCDs can tell us whether it worked

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have expanded payment for telehealth visits so that all beneficiaries, regardless of diagnosis, can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Around the nation, some state Medicaid agencies and commercial payers...Read more