Category: American Hospital Association (AHA)

HHS Plan to Improve Rural Health Focuses on Better Broadband, Telehealth Services

Knowing it may be met with some skepticism, the Trump administration Thursday announced a sweeping plan that officials say will transform health care in rural America. Even before the coronavirus pandemic reached into the nation’s less-populated regions, rural Americans were sicker, poorer and older than the rest of the...

HHS plan to improve rural health focuses on better broadband, telehealth services

Knowing it may be met with some skepticism, the Trump administration Thursday announced a sweeping plan that officials say will transform health care in rural America. Even before the coronavirus pandemic reached into the nation’s less-populated regions, rural Americans were sicker, poorer and older than the rest of the...

Healthcare execs say telehealth is their No. 1 pandemic tech problem

Other major challenges include remote patient monitoring, interoperability, real-time data analytics, work-from-home resources and patient surveillance, according to a new KLAS report. A new report from research firm KLAS found that nearly half of the 19 healthcare executives surveyed say that either telehealth functionality or capacity has been their primary problem...

AHA calls for telehealth flexibilities to be made permanent

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is calling on President Donald J. Trump to make permanent telehealth flexibilities introduced as part of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The call comes in a letter addressed directly to Trump sent Aug. 19. It says that the flexibilities put in place by...

AHA asks HHS to safeguard access to telehealth after COVID-19

Following President Trump’s executive order on virtual care, the American Hospital Association issued a series of recommendations supporting access to telehealth after the public health emergency ends. The American Hospital Association sent an open letter to President Donald Trump this week recommending actions that the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

AHA urges HHS to make telehealth rollbacks permanent

Dive Brief: The American Hospital Association wants HHS to ensure the telehealth flexibilities it has allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue permanently, according to a Tuesday letter it sent to the agency. Specifically, AHA wants hospitals to permanently be allowed to bill and get reimbursed for certain Medicare services provided...

CMS offers solutions to reduce telehealth barriers in new report

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released the best practices for telehealth in a final report that also gives solutions to help reduce barriers for telehealth to help substance use disorders.  CMS released the report to help increase telehealth services and the effectiveness of Medicaid services...

Contributor: Agility Required to Keep Pace With Code Changes During Pandemic

Rightfully so, the coronavirus pandemic has shone the spotlight on front-line medical professionals who continue to risk their lives treating patients. In the background and often working from home, though, are billing professionals whose jobs increasingly provide critical revenue for medical facilities, from single physician practices to multi-hospital health...

Special Bulletin: White House Releases Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access

The White House Aug. 3 issued an executive order on “improving rural health and telehealth access.” The order includes directives to: launch a new payment model for rural health care; develop and implement a strategy to improve rural health care infrastructure; create a report describing policy initiatives to improve rural health;...

AHA’s List of COVID-19 Flexibilities That Should Stay and Go

AHA is pushing for telehealth reimbursement and other COVID-19 flexibilities to become a permanent part of the health policy landscape. But other waivers threaten the quality of patient care once the pandemic ends, the group says. July 02, 2020 – As the country entered both a national emergency and public health...
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