Category: Medicaid

2020 Vision – Better Connectivity is Helping Health Care – aTouchAway Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Platform Experiencing Exponential Growth

A patient’s ‘circle of care’ can include relatives, friends, a spiritual adviser or the pharmacist, not just doctors, nurses, or telehealth clinicians. Technology is helping bring them all together. BRIGITTE PELLERINJanuary 3, 2020 A fresh decade means fresh ideas. Brigitte Pellerin talks to some of the local people who...

National Telehealth Survey Sees Surge in Commercial Payer Coverage

Foley & Lardner’s third state-by-state survey of telehealth coverage reports a ‘sea change’ in legislative activity to require commercial payers to reimburse providers for connected health services. By Eric Wicklund December 03, 2019 – Commercial payers are jumping – or being pulled – aboard the telehealth bandwagon, according to a...

Telehealth is Here to Stay: New 50 State Survey of Commercial Insurance Laws Reveals Progress

Two years after Foley’s 2017 Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey uncovered a demand for telemedicine and digital health services, as well as coverage and reimbursement to match the growing demand, Foley explores how each state has responded in its 2019 50-State Telehealth Survey plus District of Columbia (DC) of Commercial Payer...

California Increases Telemedicine Payments to Reduce Medicaid Costs

Medi-Cal, California’s sprawling Medicaid program, is working under new rules expanding reimbursement for telemedicine. Medi-Cal currently serves more than 13.5 million residents. Telemedicine is increasingly seen as a way to help the hard-pressed program carry out its mission while the state struggles with a growing shortage of doctors. The...

California Enacts Telehealth Payment Parity, Boosts Asynchronous Care

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed several telehealth bills, making the state among a dozen to support payment parity, store-and-forward care and telemedicine abortions.  By Eric Wicklund October 21, 2019 – A slew of telehealth bills signed this month by Governor Gavin Newsom positions California at the forefront of the connected health...

California Governor Signs New Telehealth Insurance Law

On October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law requiring commercial health insurance coverage and payment parity for telehealth services. The law will benefit patients by increasing access and availability to healthcare services, and catalyze the growth of telehealth technologies throughout California. California is representative of a growing...

Bipartisan support keeps telehealth adoption moving forward

Over the last decade, few issues in politics have been more polarizing than healthcare. It’s driven a deep wedge between Democrats and Republicans, particularly following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the subsequent efforts to repeal it, and has caused rifts within those parties. Yet despite...

California Expands Medicaid Tele-Health Policy

The California Department of Health Care Services (“DHCS”) recently revised its Medi-Cal telehealth policy to allow providers increased flexibility in their use of telehealth as a modality for delivering medically necessary services to their patients. The policy is retroactively effective as of July 1, 2019, and fee-for-service providers must submit claims for...

California Expands Medicaid Coverage for Telehealth, mHealth Services

The state’s Department of Health Care Services has amended its connected health coverage guidelines to include, among other things, eConsults, asynchronous telehealth and home-based care. By Eric Wicklund August 27, 2019 – California’s Department of Health Care Services has made some significant changes to its telehealth and mHealth coverage, giving...

SNF Telehealth Adoption Hampered By Capital and Cultural Obstacles

By Maggie Flynn | July 28, 2019 Skilled nursing providers are becoming increasingly interested in telehealth technology as a way of improving clinical outcomes and reducing care costs. But systemic obstacles blocking capital investment — and SNFs’ generally narrow margins — and cultural resistance mean that it’s hard for...
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