Category: Reimbursement

AHA’s List of COVID-19 Flexibilities That Should Stay and Go

AHA is pushing for telehealth reimbursement and other COVID-19 flexibilities to become a permanent part of the health policy landscape. But other waivers threaten the quality of patient care once the pandemic ends, the group says. July 02, 2020 – As the country entered both a national emergency and public health...

CMS 2021 Proposed Home Health Payment Rule May Make Certain Telehealth Changes Introduced During COVID-19 Pandemic Permanent

As we previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued temporary rules to allow increased use of telehealth services. On June 25, 2020, CMS issued a proposed rule for calendar year 2021 that includes a proposal to make permanent the regulatory changes related to telehealth beyond the expiration...

FDA: Deregulating During The Pandemic, And Beyond – OpEd

The press has obsessively focused on supposed government shortfalls regarding COVID-19 testing. However, virtually no attention has been given to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) vigorous and unprecedented efforts to ease regulatory requirements during the pandemic. One such effort involves “immediately in effect” enforcement policies for medical devices that...

Massachusetts Adopts Permanent Telehealth Policy for the First Time

Last Thursday, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM) approved its first permanent telehealth policy. The Board’s policy provides that: (1) a “face-to-face encounter” is not a pre-requisite for a telehealth visit; and (2) the same standard of care applies to both in-person and telehealth encounters. The Board had previously approved...

FCC adds $198M for rural healthcare providers to boost telehealth services

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is adding almost $200 million to a rural healthcare program to help providers buy telecommunications and broadband services. Rural healthcare providers have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the loss in revenue from canceled or deferred elective procedures and the additional...

Every HIPAA Waiver Has Its Thorn

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 On March 17, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights’ (“OCR”) announced that—for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency—it would exercise enforcement discretion and waive any potential penalties for HIPAA violations relating to health care providers’ use of “everyday communications technologies” in the provision of services via telehealth...

Hundreds of industry groups call on Congress to advance permanent telehealth reform

Medical associations, health systems, vendors and other stakeholders are asking Senate and House leaders to prioritize four areas when enshrining permanent changes to telemedicine regs. By Kat JercichJune 30, 2020 Three hundred and forty healthcare organizations published an open letter Monday asking Senate and House leaders to permanently enshrine changes to policies...

FCC Boosts Rural Health Program Funding to Support Telehealth Expansion

The Federal Communications Commission is adding almost $200 million to the Rural Health Care Program, giving providers more resources to expand broadband connectivity to support telehealth and mHealth platforms. By Eric Wicklund June 30, 2020 – Federal officials are adding almost $200 million to a fund designed to help rural healthcare providers...

Congress introduces bill to makes CARES Act telehealth coverage permanent

The House of Representatives recently introduced the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act, a bill calling for the permanence of telehealth regulations introduced in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Before the pandemic, Medicare beneficiaries could only utilize telehealth services if there was a physician shortage, and this could...

Telehealth codes to know

There are numerous coding options when it comes to reporting telehealth visits and others that are not the traditional face-to-face office visit. There are numerous options when it comes to reporting visits that are not the traditional face-to-face office visit. This varies somewhat by payer, of course. Medicare has...
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