October 21, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission today approved an additional 71 applications for funding commitments totaling $40,468,845 for Round 2 of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This is the FCC’s third funding announcement of approved Round 2 applications bringing the total to approximately $123.6 million awarded to health care providers in each state, territory, and the […]
The organization said that doing so would allow patients to continue accessing care while giving Congress time to enact permanent policies. By Kat Jercich October 20, 2021 11:43 AM The American Telemedicine Association issued a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra this week urging the agency to extend the […]
In this video, CCHP’s executive director, Mei Kwong, will review the basic elements that make up telehealth reimbursement policy and tips on how to approach and read those policies.
This introductory video will provide you with an understanding of some of the different modalities and terms that are frequently used in telehealth and telehealth policy.
With a grant from the Federation of State Medical Board Foundation (FSMB Foundation), the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) conducted a small study on the use of audio-only to treat Medicaid patients in a federally qualified health center (FQHC). CCHP selected states to study that at the time the research was being conducted, had […]
The American Telemedicine Association is pressing Congress to repeal a rule in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule that would require an in-person visit every six months in order for Medicare beneficiaries to receive telehealth services. The ATA submitted detailed comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week and offered support for CMS’s efforts to […]
Telehealth advocates are submitting recommendations to CMS to improve coverage for remote patient monitoring services in the proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule. By Eric Wicklund September 03, 2021 – With remote patient monitoring projects surging in popularity as a result of the pandemic, telehealth advocates are lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve proposed coverage […]
There are services on the internet that let you track COVID-19 in your area or recover from burnout related to COVID. But are these telehealth, telemedicine, or neither? The terms telehealth and telemedicine are often used to mean the same thing, but that’s not exactly accurate. Telemedicine is the use of technology to provide clinical care over distance. […]
An organization focused on supporting virtual-first programs has created a toolkit designed to help healthcare providers negotiate reimbursement with third party payers for their telehealth services. By Eric Wicklund October 11, 2021 – An organization focused on assisting healthcare providers with virtual care platforms has released a resource for negotiating third party payer reimbursement. The Payer-V1C Contracting Toolkit is […]
The study aimed to identify the usefulness of telemonitoring to detect and manage acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD). Telemonitoring can reduce emergency department (ED) visits and exacerbation-related readmissions, as well as acute exacerbation-related hospital days in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a recent analysis out of China. The results also showed improvements in mortality […]
HR 5425 (McKinley R-WV) – Eliminates the geographic restriction for telehealth Medicare reimbursement and allows the home to be an eligible originating site. The bill would also add certain flexibilities for critical access hospitals, including allowing any qualified provider to deliver a behavioral health service and any other outpatient critical access hospital service to be delivered to […]
More than 400 advocacy groups are calling for Congress to act quickly to permanently expand flexibilities for telehealth that could go away after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency expected to run through 2021. The 430 groups sent a letter to congressional leadership underscoring the urgency for action now amid concerns from providers that expanded […]
The American Telemedicine Association Again Leads the Industry Commenting on Medicare Updates to Telehealth Policy
Faegre Drinker professionals Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson, Megan Herber, Nisha Quasba and Libby Baney provide ongoing support to the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) policy work. This month, the comment period for the Calendar Year 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2022 PFS) will close, marking an important regulatory step in how providers will be reimbursed for health care services next […]