The CDC and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) predict between 10 percent – 30 percent of people who had COVID-19 will go on to develop Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC), also known as Long COVID. This means anywhere between three and 10 million Americans are experiencing symptoms associated with a post-viral syndrome. Health care professionals can intervene sooner in the disease process with an increased understanding of post-viral syndromes and their multisystem presentation. Through implementation of effective/efficient workup and management guidance, providers of varying specialty will see improved disease manageability and patient outcomes. On Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 – 8 pm, Brayden Yellman, MD, board-certified physician in internal medicine and rheumatology, with the Bateman Horn Center will discuss this complex new health crisis.
Objectives of his presentation include:
- Increase health care provider understanding and recognition of post-viral syndromes, MD/CFS, Long COVID, and common comorbid conditions leading to earlier interventions and more effective disease management.
- Increase provider confidence and ability to manage complex patients keeping the care of the patient "at home."
- Decrease inappropriate and unnecessary specialist referrals, reducing the time of onset-to intervention ratio.
- Improve billing and coding of these complex diseases which will impact prevalence rates and subsequent funding/reimbursement demands.
- Improve patient functioning, which will decrease disability claims, expedite return to work, and decrease economic and healthcare burden.