Category: COVID-19 – Coronavirus

New HHS Report Makes the Case for Continued Telehealth Coverage

Federal efforts to expand Medicare’s telehealth coverage during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic “played a critical role in helping to maintain access to primary care services,” says a new report from the Health and Human Services Department. The issue brief, released on Tuesday by the Office of...

Industry Voices—After COVID-19 subsides, ‘the telehealth revolution must march on’

It’s hard to find a silver lining in a pandemic. But one of the few may be the rapid rise of telemedicine.   With people stuck at home, doctors retooled their practices to see patients via videoconference. Insurance companies and regulators expanded the number of services available via telemedicine—and made...

Exponential Increase in Telehealth Use – Will Waivers & Flexibilities Last?

As most are aware, the telehealth industry has experienced a major expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic. The volume of telehealth claim lines in April 2020 alone reportedly increased more than 8,000% versus April of 2019, based on privately-billed medical and dental claim records alone. In anticipation of this surge and to accommodate it,...

We need to build on telehealth

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has significantly altered the way Massachusetts residents live and work. Our healthcare system also changed nearly overnight as traditional medical groups scrambled to develop capacity to see patients remotely via phone and video visits. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts reported a hundredfold increase in telehealth visits within the...

Flurry of Telehealth Federal Legislation, Mounting Pressure For Medicare Telehealth Expansion To Be Made Permanent

Flurry of Telehealth-Related Bills Introduced in Congress in June June brought a flurry of newly introduced telehealth-related legislation, each of which take different approaches to either expand or study telehealth policies during the COVID-19 emergency period or addresses permanent changes in telehealth policies that would apply once the emergency...

CMS Updates FQHC/RHC Factsheet with Telehealth Cost Sharing Information

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their Medicare Learning Network (MLN) factsheet for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).  The update includes a section on the telehealth cost sharing waiver.  CMS specifies that...
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