Category: Medicaid

Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act Reintroduced to Congress

This week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act to the U.S. House of Representatives. Telehealth has expanded both at the individual provider and hospital system levels through support from federal and state emergency measures aimed at increasing access during the pandemic. Without legislative intervention...

Florida Mulls Medicaid Coverage for Asynchronous Telehealth, RPM

A bill introduced last month in Florida would give the state’s Medicaid program the option to provide coverage for asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth services and remote patient monitoring programs. By Eric Wicklund February 09, 2021 – Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that allow Medicaid coverage for asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth and remote patient monitoring...

Capitol’s bipartisan bill authorizes $50M to ramp up telehealth services at nursing homes

Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) aims to protect older Americans living in nursing homes from risking exposure to the coronavirus by increasing their access to remote healthcare.  “The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for better connectivity across rural America,” said Sen. Capito, and...

Senators Capito, Klobuchar introduce legislation to enhance telehealth support for seniors during pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHSV) — West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar have reintroduced legislation to enhance telehealth support for seniors and increase access to technology for “virtual visits” during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from Senator Capito’s office. The press release says...

Washington is Awash in New and Reintroduced Telehealth Bills

In advance of the next session of Congress, lawmakers are scrambling to file new bills or resubmit old bills that aim to expand telehealth access and coverage through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. By Eric Wicklund January 29, 2021 – The telehealth bills are starting to pile up on Capitol Hill. At...

CMS Finalizes Telehealth Coverage and Reimbursement Changes in Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule

The Big Picture Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have dramatically—but temporarily—expanded coverage and reimbursement for telehealth services. On December 1, CMS issued the final calendar year (CY) 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) final rule and interim final rule,...

Telehealth Supporters See Little to Celebrate in Pandemic Relief Bill

The bill signed into law by President Trump before Christmas offers a few telehealth tidbits – including Medicare coverage for telemental health and rural hospitals and funding for broadband connectivity – but the criticism has so far outweighed the compliments. By Eric Wicklund January 04, 2021 – Telehealth advocates aren’t impressed with...

Today’s Virtual Care Revolution: How Policy Has Shaped And Will Continue To Shape Telehealth

Some will say 2020 was the year that everything changed, but in reality, it will be 2021 that determines our new healthcare reality. Virtual care advanced quickly—and under duress—last year. How will we learn from the seismic shifts in care delivery we experienced thanks to COVID-19? How can we...
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