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CMS Pushes Telehealth to Replace Some In-Person Visits in MA Plans

January 18, 2019 - Healthcare providers treating patients on Medicare Advantage plans may soon be able to use telehealth in place of in-person care when appropriate. The update was one of several unveiled Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model of care, introduced in 2017 and overseen by CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid...


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ATA Presses DEA to Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions for Prescribing

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The American Telemedicine Association is urging federal authorities to loosen the reins on regulations that restrict mental health professionals from prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. In a letter to the U.S. Drug...

CMS Pushes Telehealth, mHealth, But Are Providers Paying Attention?

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Many hospitals and health systems aren’t prepared to take advantage of new reimbursement opportunities for mHealth and telehealth. That’s the takeaway from a survey conducted by Reaction Data, which finds that providers...

UK’s NHS Makes mHealth, Telehealth a Priority in New 5-Year Plan

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The UK’s National Health Service is looking to make telehealth and telemedicine a standard of care in five years – a policy that the organization says could save 500,000 lives. Building on Prime Minister Theresa May’s...

North Dakota Lawmakers Ready to Rehash Telemedicine Standards Debate

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North Dakota lawmakers may soon be rehashing the debate over what constitutes an accepted doctor-patient relationship via telemedicine. The state’s Senate is poised to take up SB 2094, which mandates that a healthcare...

Kansas Judge Rules Against New Law Banning Telemedicine Abortions

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A Kansas judge has shot down efforts by state lawmakers to ban telemedicine abortions, the second victory for supporters of the connected care service in two weeks. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled on Dec. 31 that the new law banning...

AAFP Says CMS Changes Could Tilt the Scales to DTC Telehealth

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The national organization representing family physicians is pushing back against proposed changes to Medicare Advantage plans, saying the proposal supports direct-to-consumer telehealth at the expense of primary care...

CCHP Sees 2018 Telehealth Gains in Medicaid, Interstate Licensure

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State legislatures passing new telehealth laws in 2018 focused primarily on expanding Medicaid coverage, approving interstate licensure pacts and establishing guidelines, according to a review by the Center for Connected Health Policy. On...

New Blue Button 2.0 Bill Seeks to Put mHealth in the Spotlight

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Congress is looking to compel the federal government to expand the mHealth platform through which consumers on Medicare and Medicaid can access and use their personal health data. U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Yvette Clark...

Farm Bill Includes Telemedicine Funding for Opioid Abuse Treatment

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A massive farm bill quietly approved by Congress this week includes provisions to increase funding and resources for telemedicine programs and broadband expansion in rural areas. The legislation addresses two hot-button issues for...

Study: Retail Telehealth Offers As Many Challenges As Opportunities

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The emergence of retail telehealth networks and the looming presence of big-name players like Amazon and Walmart in the healthcare space means consumers are on the cusp of true anytime, anywhere care. But is this a good thing? A new...

False Telemedicine Sessions at Center of Federal Fraud Crackdown

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Law enforcement officials are beginning to catch up to healthcare providers who see telehealth as a means of stealing from the government. The latest case comes out of San Diego, where a nurse practitioner pled guilty this week to taking...

Indian Health Adds Telemedicine to Opioid Abuse Treatment Strategy

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The federal agency responsible for coordinating care for Native American and Alaskan Indian populations is launching a telemedicine platform to improve access to opioid abuse disorder (OAD) treatment. Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief...

CCHP Report Shows States Are Still Looking For Value in Telehealth

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Anyone looking for that fabled tipping point in telehealth reimbursement and adoption will have to wait a bit longer. The latest edition of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies...

FCC Chief Touts mHealth Advances During Connected Health Keynote

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Federal officials reaffirmed the government’s interest in expanding broadband connectivity and bringing telehealth tools to bear on the opioid abuse epidemic during this week’s Connected Health Conference in Boston. Federal...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

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As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

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

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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...

CMS Makes a ‘Landmark Change’ in RPM, Telehealth Reimbursement

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled its proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, with several amendments designed to boost remote patient monitoring and telehealth...

CMS Proposes More Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth, RPM

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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 &...

Are State Medicaid Programs Doing Enough to Support Telemedicine?

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Roughly 40 percent of the nation’s Medicaid programs are taking a progressive approach to telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement, according to a new analysis. At the same time, about 20 percent of state programs are classified as...

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