Category: Legislation

Telehealth Coverage Policies In The Time of COVID-19 as of 2020-03-16

JUST RELEASED:  Telehealth policy changes made in the face of addressing COVID-19 have been rapidly developing and changing on an almost daily basis.  The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has developed a fact sheet summarizing the developments thus far as they relate to telehealth policy on the federal...

Coverage and Payment Related to COVID-19 Medicare – as of 2020-03-16

JUST RELEASED:  Telehealth policy changes made in the face of addressing COVID-19 have been rapidly developing and changing on an almost daily basis.  The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has developed a fact sheet summarizing the developments thus far as they relate to telehealth policy on the federal...

As Coronavirus Concerns Grow, Skilled Nursing Facilities Find Relief in Telehealth — But Gaps Remain

With concerns around staffing and supply shortages in nursing homes amid the coronavirus, telemedicine has emerged as a key potential weapon, receiving the first-ever major green light for reimbursement on the national level — as part of an $8.3 billion bill allowing the federal government to cover remote care for Medicare...

Coronavirus Appropriations Act Eases Restrictions on Medicare Telehealth Reimbursement during Emergency

One of the major hurdles to the expansion of telehealth has been the Medicare “originating site” requirement. This requirement limits Medicare telehealth reimbursement to services delivered in a physician’s office or healthcare facility in a rural area, but not in a home or non-rural area. In a shift, the...

CMS Issues COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Hospices

The U.S. Centers for Health & Human Services (CMS) has issued guidelines for protecting health care workers who operate in the home and community from COVID-19, including hospice providers.  The CMS materials contain guidance for screening for and treatment of the virus in addition to when patients should be transitioned to...

Pence: Major health insurers have agreed to waive copays for coronavirus tests

Vice President Pence said Tuesday that a group of major health insurance companies have agreed not to charge patients copays when they get tested for coronavirus.  Pence made the comments at a meeting at the White House with the CEOs of major health insurance companies aimed at encouraging people...

CMS Issues Home Health COVID-19 Guidance, Eases Supplies Standards

After days of issuing updated guidance for skilled nursing operators and other Medicare providers regarding COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now turning its attention to home health agencies. CMS issued home health guidance related to infection control and prevention for COVID-19 — often referred...

Coronavirus Scare Likely to Boost Telehealth Adoption Among Home-Based Care Providers

On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that will provide $8.3 billion in emergency funds to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Apart from funding, the bill made major changes to telehealth statutes, possibly allowing home-based care providers to both rely heavier on telehealth...

COVID-19 Update: Reimbursement issues – Who is picking up the tab for coronavirus testing?

Insurance coverageIn a statement on March 6, 2020, the Board of Directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced that insurers are voluntarily covering the diagnostic testing of COVID-19 (coronavirus) when ordered by a physician. AHIP said that health insurers are taking action to ease network referral and prior authorization requirements...

Telehealth Shaping Up for COVID-19

Cardiology illustrates what specialties can do to be ready As COVID-19 coronavirus encroaches into communities across the U.S., cardiology’s use of telemedicine could set a precedent for what specialties can do with the technology to both protect coronavirus-vulnerable patients and manage comorbidity that arises. “Self-quarantine and social distancing are...

AS CORONAVIRUS SPREADS, MEDICARE GETS TELEMEDICINE OPTION

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus legislation signed by President Donald Trump on Friday lets Medicare expand the use of telemedicine in outbreak areas, potentially reducing infection risks for vulnerable seniors. Coverage of telemedicine is now limited primarily to residents of rural areas facing long road trips for treatment from...

TELEHEALTH’S BIG MOMENT, WITH CAVEATS

Despite a win in the $8.3 billion coronavirus package, telehealth advocates and their allies in Congress are still pushing for broader changes, they tell us.  A provision in the package lets HHS Secretary Alex Azar waive Medicare telehealth payment restrictions during the coronavirus emergency. It’s narrower than what telehealth advocates...

Feds look to telehealth to rein in Covid-19 coronavirus

If brick-and-mortar facilities are overloaded, “keeping people out of the health care system physically could be in everybody’s interest.” By Allison Bell  | March 06, 2020 at 10:43 AM The CDC “wants to identify the right level of care for the right situation, whether it’s telehealth, urgent care, nurse hotline or emergency...
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