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CMS Overhaul of ACO Rules Includes a Nod to Telehealth’s Value

August 10, 2018 - A federal effort to revamp the rules around Accountable Care Organizations includes a few nods to telehealth and telemedicine, giving healthcare providers hope that connected care platforms will become more prominent in an overhauled Medicare Shared Savings Program. In a proposed rule published late Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it...


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CMS Proposes More Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

The federal government is once again moving toward acceptance of telehealth and remote patient monitoring with new rules on how Medicare reimburses providers for their use of connected health technology. The Centers for Medicare &...

FCC Votes to Increase Broadband Funding for Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in rural parts of the country will soon have more flexibility to use telemedicine, thanks to an increase in funding for broadband expansion projects. The Federal Communications Commission this week unanimously...

mHealth, Telehealth Groups Lobby CMS for Better RPM Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

Close to 50 healthcare organizations and vendors are lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve reimbursement opportunities for remote patient monitoring. In a letter delivered this morning to CMS Administrator...

Kansas Enacts New Telemedicine Law With Anti-Abortion Language

by Eric Wicklund

Kansas has passed new legislation defining telemedicine and telehealth and setting parity guidelines. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed H.B. 2028 into law over the weekend.   The new law contains a clause banning the use of telemedicine in...

Is CMS Giving Telehealth Its Due In Its New Rural Health Strategy?

by Eric Wicklund

CMS is making telehealth and telemedicine a cornerstone in its first Rural Health Strategy. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled the first-ever program this past week, releasing a five-point, eight-page initiative to...

AHA Letter: Broadband Funding Cuts Threaten Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

The American Hospital Association is protesting planned funding cuts to the Rural Health Care Program, saying the loss of money will severely impact telehealth and telemedicine programs in remote and rural communities around the...

Kentucky OKs Telehealth, Coverage Parity for Medicaid Members

by Eric Wicklund

Kentucky lawmakers have enacted legislation to make telehealth and telemedicine services more readily available to Medicaid recipients. SB 112 was signed into law this week by Gov. Matt Bevin following votes of 36-0 in the State Senate...

Feds Take CMS to Task Over Improper Telehealth Reimbursements

by Eric Wicklund

About three of every 10 Medicare reimbursements for telehealth in 2014-15 were made in error, according to a recent audit by federal regulators. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department of the Inspector General announced last week...

CMS Under Pressure to Cover mHealth Tools for Diabetes Management

by Eric Wicklund

As federal regulators approve more mHealth devices for diabetes care management and coordination, some in Congress are lobbying for better Medicare coverage of digital health. A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week asked the Centers...

mHealth Veteran Named CEO of The American Telemedicine Association

by Eric Wicklund

A Chicago-based mHealth entrepreneur described as a “pioneer in healthcare” has been named the new CEO for the American Telemedicine Association. Ann Mond Johnson will take over the post on March 5, assuming leadership of an...

Telehealth, Telemedicine Reimbursement Score Big in New Budget Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement scored huge successes in the budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump, with one senator saying the law does more for Medicare coverage of telehealth than any past legislation. The...

How Are States Using Telemedicine to Tackle the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

by Eric Wicklund

With the nation in the grip of an opioid abuse crisis, doctors and pharmacists see telemedicine and telehealth as an opportunity to improve outcomes by improving the distribution and management of controlled substances. But the U.S. Drug...

CMS Clarifies Texting Rules Amid Rumors of mHealth Message Ban

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has re-affirmed its position on physician texting following news reports that the agency was moving to ban the mHealth messaging platform. In a Dec. 28 Survey & Certification Letter to...

Telemedicine Advocates Cry Foul Over FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine experts are warning that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to scrap net neutrality rules could seriously damage telehealth expansion in rural parts of the country and create a...

Should Telehealth, Telemedicine Doctors Have Their Own Specialty?

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine are becoming so commonplace in health systems that they should have their own specialty. That’s the premise of a Nov. 27 opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association by New York...

MA Telehealth Bill Set For Passage; Others Aren’t So Fortunate

by Eric Wicklund

A proposed bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans is set for passage, while other bills that would loosen Medicare’s restrictions on telemedicine and telehealth – including expanding telestroke services...

VETS Act, Supporting Telehealth for Veterans, Now in Senate’s Hands

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth advocates are cheering the House’s unanimous approval this week of the VETS Act, saying it would give the nation’s veterans unfettered access to telehealth no matter where they live. “The passage of our bill...

CCHP’s State Telehealth Report Shows Gradual Advances in Coverage

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly every state provides Medicaid reimbursement for video-based telehealth, according to the latest report from the Center for Connected Health Policy. In addition, 15 states cover store-and-forward or asynchronous services, and 21...

Support Grows for Bill Expanding Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

A bill that would allow Veterans Affairs physicians to us treat veterans via telehealth no matter where they live has passed muster with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act...

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