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Telehealth and COVID-19: Industry Experts Answer Key Questions

As the COVID-19 outbreak keeps spreading globally, health system leaders, clinicians on the front lines and others have emphasized the use of telehealth during a time when in-person care increases the risk that others—including those who are delivering care—could get the virus.

Indeed, there has been no shortage of reports and stories in the mainstream and trade media that have touted virtual care as a way to help triage the sick and keep the worried well out of already-crowded medical facilities. One prominent company in this space, Teladoc, which provides virtual health…

Tyto Care Telehealth Solution Deployed Globally as Key COVID-19 Response

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Tyto Care’s telehealth solution has become a key prevention and diagnosis tool for health organizations and hospitals, enabling the safe treatment of COVID-19 during the global pandemic

NEW YORK, March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Tyto Care, the healthcare industry’s first all-in-one modular device and telehealth platform for on-demand, remote medical examinations, today announced that it is now supporting healthcare organizations around the world in the global fight against COVID-19. Hospital and health organization partners in the U.S., Europe and Israel are expanding their use of Tyto Care’s telehealth solution to remotely examine and diagnose quarantined patients and…

LEGISLATION House Passes CARES Act, Fast Forwarding Home Health Care Innovation Beyond COVID-19

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The House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion stimulus package Friday, officially clearing one of the last major hurdles for the emergency bill set to aid both American companies and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The record-breaking stimulus package also includes several provisions aimed at home health providers. Once signed into law, it will likely change how the home-based care industry operates — both on a permanent and temporary basis.

Per direction of the bill, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to allow non-physicians to certify…

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) – 2020 Medicare Learning Network Telehealth Services Booklet

MLN Booklet TELEHEALTH SERVICES ICN MLN901705 March 2020 Target Audience: Medicare Fee-For-Service Providers The Hyperlink Table, at the end of this document, provides the complete URL for each hyperlink. TABLE OF CONTENTS Originating Sites…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3 Distant Site Practitioners…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4 Telehealth Services …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4 Telehealth Services Billing and Payment……………………………………………………………………………… 7 Telehealth Originating Sites Billing and Payment…………………………………………………………………. 8 Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 Helpful Websites…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 9 Regional Office Rural Health Coordinators ………………………………………………………………………….. 9 CPT codes, descriptions and other data only…

Telehealth in Light of COVID-19: Overcoming Regulatory Roadblocks to Allow Widespread Adoption

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Telehealth (or telemedicine, virtual care, or any of several other ways to refer to nontraditional delivery of healthcare services through use of digital tools rather than in person interaction) has been a developing area for several years as healthcare providers, payers and others within the healthcare ecosystem try to devise ways to improve access and quality of care while reducing costs and enhancing the patient experience. Regulatory roadblocks, as well as privacy concerns, reimbursement issues, interoperability hurdles impacting access to information and concern over efficacy and potential safety concerns have impeded widespread adoption and use to date….

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: From a Benefits Perspective

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On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Families First Act” or the “Act) which was first drafted and passed by the House earlier in the week.  As noted in our Law and the Workplace summary of the Act, the new Act contains many important provisions regarding expanded family and medical leave and emergency paid sick leave as they relate to COVID-19.  The Families First Act, however, does not stop there.  It also mandates coverage of testing for COVID-19 without cost-sharing, prior…

Tipping Point: Telemedicine leaders look to fill urgent need for remote care

ATLANTA — The push for telemedicine across Georgia has been slow, but with health officials cautioning patients to avoid hospitals amid the COVID-19 outbreak, proponents say it’s needed more than ever.

The state’s top health officials have urged the elderly and chronic disease patients to stay out of hospitals for risk of infection and have pleaded that healthy, low-risk residents stay at home to reduce spread of coronavirus.

While rural hospitals are facing shortages of equipment, beds and doctors — the health care industry is scrambling to continue regular care on…

Virtual doctor visits won’t stop coronavirus, but they’ll help the walking worried survive it

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How will we get through the coronavirus outbreak? One important pathway goes through your smartphone and computer.

Telemedicine, which allows doctors to consult with patients remotely, has emerged as a vital way to cope with the growing surge in demand for medical services — and to keep health workers safer.

Providers are using virtual visits to screen for COVID-19 cases and handle routine inquiries and the chronically ill. They’re proving effective in comforting people who are anxious about the outbreak, the so-called walking worried.

Telemedicine also saves masks,…

Telehealth Access Expanded Due to Coronavirus

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In March of 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a series of measures to expand Americans’ access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The three steps HHS has taken to expand telehealth access include:

  • Expansion of Medicare telehealth access and coverage that ensure patients can receive services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.
  • Providing flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid for by federal healthcare programs, such as Medicare.
  • Waiving of potential HIPAA penalties for good-faith use…

Home healthcare looks to step in to care for COVID-19 patients

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The country’s home healthcare providers are preparing to see a rise in demand for their services as more elderly patients and those with underlying health conditions stay home to lessen their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

But they see challenges in making sure providers remain healthy—both physically and financially—especially as they compete against hospitals for limited resources.

“Acquiring the protective equipment is becoming problematic,” said William Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, a leading trade group representing home care and hospice organizations. “At the moment, home…

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