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More Organizations Urge CMS to Boost Medicare Telehealth Coverage

September 14, 2017 - Healthcare organizations and advocacy groups are ganging up on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a bid to compel more telehealth and telemedicine coverage. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), American Medical Association (AMA), American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) and Personal Connected Health...


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Telehealth Bills Targeting Stroke Care, MA Plans Show Progress

by Eric Wicklund

Two bills designed to improve telehealth and telemedicine access sailed through Congressional subcommittee reviews on Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine...

Congress Mulls Proposal to Boost Telehealth Coverage in MA Plans

by Eric Wicklund

The latest telehealth bill surfacing in Washington DC targets Medicare Advantage plans. H.R. 3727, introduced on Sept. 11 by US Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif..) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), would enable...

AMGA Lobbies CMS to Give Telehealth More Medicare Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Group Association is lobbying for more Medicare acceptance of telehealth, by recommending five new CPT codes and a demonstration of the value of virtual coaching platform for those with diabetes. In a letter issued on Sept....

Medicare Spending on Telehealth Increases, But Barriers Remain

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers may be using more telehealth and telemedicine than ever before, but Medicare Is still a significant barrier to growth. An analysis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services’ 2016 payments for telehealth and...

CMS Reimbursing For Telemedicine Even As It Scales Back Programs

by Eric Wicklund

In a bit of good news-bad news for the telemedicine industry, federal officials said they will reimburse healthcare providers for their telemedicine expenses in a bundled payment program – even as they announced plans to scale back that...

Parkinson’s Patients, Doctors Find Value in Telehealth Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program for patients with Parkinson’s disease received high marks from both patients and doctors, according to a paper published this week in Neurology. Whether such a program can be sustained, researchers say, may depend on...

Telemedicine Could Help Medicaid Patients With Specialty Access

by Eric Wicklund

New research indicates telemedicine consults for specialty referrals could improve much-needed access for Medicaid populations. It also could offer support to an innovative telehealth platform now being used in nine states to connect doctors,...

CMS Targets Telemedicine in Study to Curb SNF Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

Three skilled nursing facilities in Florida are launching a telemedicine platform in a federal study to determine the cost-effectiveness of an off-hours virtual care service. The study could help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

CBO Analysis Highlights ROI Challenge Faced by Telehealth Bills

by Eric Wicklund

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a bill that would expand telestroke services may have hit upon a common roadblock in the advancement of telehealth and telemedicine legislation: The government won’t always see a quick ROI. The...

Congress is Coming at CMS From All Angles With Telehealth Bills

by Eric Wicklund

With the CONNECT for Health Act showing no signs of positive momentum on Capitol Hill, telehealth-friendly legislators are trying a new tactic: Introduce several telemedicine bills aimed at different facets of Medicare, with the hope that at...

New Bill Seeks to Expand Medicare Reimbursement for Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

A bill to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services that has been kicked around on Capitol Hill since 2013 is once again in Congress’ hands. U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) has re-introduced the Telehealth Enhancement Act (H.R....

CMS Considers Telehealth for New Models of Behavioral Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are looking at telehealth in their search for new models of care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health issues. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a September summit to develop...

House Committee Poised to Consider Medicare Telehealth Bill

by Eric Wicklund

A bill seeking Medicare reimbursement for telestroke services could be headed to a Congressional vote this September. The FAST Act of 2017 (H.R. 1148) is included in the roster of Medicare-related bills to be reviewed this week by the House Energy...

Feds to Probe Improper Telehealth Reimbursements Under Medicare

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are investigating whether physicians are receiving improper reimbursements for telehealth under Medicare Part B guidelines. The Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be checking...

Lawmakers Want Medicare Changed to Expand Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators are ramping up their efforts to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth and telemedicine. The latest bill to take the spotlight is the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR 2550), re-introduced in May by a familiar group of pro-telehealth...

Telehealth Tackles Medicaid’s Challenges with eConsult Program

by Eric Wicklund

A first-of-its-kind telehealth program launched in Connecticut two years ago is reducing unnecessary spending, improving care coordination for the hard-to-reach Medicaid population and making primary care doctors more confident in their abilities,...

Telehealth-friendly CHRONIC Care Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

by Eric Wicklund

A bill that would boost telehealth services for chronic care treatment is headed to a Senate vote after breezing through a committee review this week. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC)...

Telehealth Partnerships Focus on Innovative ROI in Upstate NY

by Eric Wicklund

For the two administrators responsible for guiding new telehealth projects to fruition across upstate New York, ROI doesn’t always mean reimbursement. Sometimes a new telemedicine program has to look beyond money for value. “You need...

HEART Act Targets Medicare Limits on Rural Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill making its way around Capitol Hill aims to improve access to telehealth services for people with heart disease and those in rural parts of the country. The Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, filed on May 3 by U.S....

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