Category: Medicare

Will FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Boost Telehealth?

A $3.2 billion program spun out of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 aims to help low-income and underserved communities gain access to broadband services – and make it easier to access telehealth. By Eric Wicklund January 29, 2021 – The Federal Communications Commission will hold a round-table discussion next month on...

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...

Vital Signs Digital Health Law Update Winter 2021

Digital technologies have transformed almost every aspect of the health care and life sciences industry—from electronic health records and telemedicine, to diagnostics and therapeutics augmented by artificial intelligence, and to remote clinical trials. The year 2020 witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic catalyzing unprecedented levels of digital health innovation and adoption....

U.S. Lawmakers Reintroduce House Bill to Safeguard Telehealth Access

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 26, 2021)—Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, along with caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and David Schweikert (R-Arizona) and caucus member Rep. Doris Matsui (D-California)announced the reintroduction of the Protecting Access to...

MedPAC may recommend pilot coverage for telehealth post-PHE

The impetus to provide more Medicare coverage of telehealth may prove irresistible, but the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has some reservations, including that telehealth payment rates should not favor companies like Dallas-based Teladoc Health Inc. over bricks-and-mortar clinics. This and other considerations are driving the commission toward a...

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,...

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,...

ATA, HIMSS Lobby Congress to Extend Telehealth Freedoms Through ‘21

In a letter to Congressional leaders, several telehealth groups have asked that emergency measures enacted during the coronavirus pandemic be kept in place through 2021 as Congress continues to work on long-term coverage. By Eric Wicklund December 15, 2020 – Telehealth advocates are lobbying Congress to get something done before the end...

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...

Why Telehealth and Continuous Remote Patient Monitoring Has Staying Power Beyond COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 has caused an explosion in telehealth consultation and is catalyzing the use of remote patient monitoring (RPM) thanks to an acceleration of reimbursement from commercial and government health insurers (payers) during the pandemic. Look no further than statistics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that show telehealth visits during the pandemic surpassed 11 million through mid-September of this year. Before CMS...
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