Archive for: December 2018

Telehealth Trends in the New Year

Recognizing the potential for virtual care to expand access to healthcare for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasingly facilitating reimbursement of virtual services outside of traditional care settings. In recent weeks, CMS has significantly expanded reimbursement of virtual services, particularly for...

CMS Announces ACO Overhaul, Enhances Telehealth Options

CMS has released new rules overhauling Medicare’s accountable care organizations (ACO) program. Called “Pathways to Success,” the new policies shorten risk-free periods and offer more regulatory flexibility, including for providing telehealth to people in their homes, among other changes. In recent years, home health companies have become more involved...

CMS Looks to Expand 3-Day SNF Waivers, Encourage Risk with New ACO Models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday finalized its new set of rules for accountable care organizations (ACOs), removing the no-risk tracks that represented financial drains on Medicare and expanding three-day stay waivers for nursing homes. Under the new “Pathways to Success” model, most new ACOs...

Modernizing Medicare: CMS Expands Reimbursement for Virtual Care and Telehealth

As part of the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (Final Rule) published on November 23, 2018,1 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took significant steps toward modernizing Medicare to expand reimbursement for virtual care, telehealth coverage and care coordination. In the Final Rule, CMS expands...

AMA Study Offer First National Estimate of Telemedicine Use by Physicians

WASHINGTON, Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Medical Association (AMA) today presented the first nationally representative estimates on how many physicians use telemedicine, and what functions it serves in their practices. Based on a 2016 survey of patient care physicians from all corners of the medical profession,...
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