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CMS Proposes New Medicare Telehealth Coding Rules

Baby steps, one new POS code granted for telehealth services!!!! 

August 8, 2016 by Nathaniel M. Lacktman and Thomas B. Ferrante

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2017 on July 7, 2016. In it, CMS would require practitioners to use a new place of service (POS) code to report telehealth services. The proposed rule also includes several new covered telehealth services. If enacted, the proposed rules are effective January 1, 2017.

New Place of Service Code for Medicare Telehealth Services

Currently, CMS instructs practitioners billing telehealth services to report the POS code…

CMS Unveils New Mandatory Medicare Bundled Payment Models for Cardiac & Hip Fracture Cases, Plus Proposed Refinements to CJR Program

CMS publicized striving plans to expand mandatory Medicare bundled payment programs to incentive better quality of care rather than volume of service for hip fractures and cardiac rehabilitation.

July 25, 2016 by  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

http://innovation.cms.gov/Files/x/advancing-care-coordination-nprm.pdf

 

Dr. Steven Gerst: Remote Patient Monitoring Is the Driving Force Behind Telemedicine’s Impact on Healthcare Today.

The cost saving of using remote patient monitoring (RPM) and telehealth technologies are astonishing according to a recent study done by the CDD, “an average visit to the ER is between $1,500 and $3,000, in comparison to $130 to $150 for a regular doctor visit. The cost of a typicaltelehealth visit? Only $40 on average.” The time has come for the healthcare industry to embrace the adoption of remote patient monitoring technology so that continues care management between providers and chronic ill patients become more efficient.

July 19, 2016 by Steven R. Gerst

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Telehealth sweet spot? Remote monitoring of patients with cardiovascular or respiratory disease, AHRQ says

In the coming years according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the medical industry could see telehealth technologies being used to monitor maternal and pediatric care, and dermatology. For now though the supporting data amplifies the benefits of telehealth in reducing hospital readmission’s and improving the quality of care for the more common chronic conditions such as COPD and CHF.

July 05, 2016 by Jeff Lagasse

Telehealth sweet spot? Remote monitoring of patients with cardiovascular or respiratory disease, AHRQ says | Healthcare IT News

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality combed through 58 systematic reviews amid…

Nursing Informatics & Technology:A Blog for All Levels of Users

The implementation of remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies  in various modalities within our healthcare system is creating more efficient and effective care coordination for nurses.

June 23, 2016 by Susan Sportsman

The implementation of remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies  in various modalities within our healthcare system is creating more efficient and effective care coordination for nurses.

The remote patient monitoring (RPM) revolution is here. RPM uses technology to collect data from an individual in one location-a patient at home, for example-and then transmits that information to a healthcare professional at another location.

The RPM market will surge in the coming years due, in…

Telemedicine visits grow, despite limited Medicare coverage

Medicare reimbursement may be limiting the use of telemedicine. However, the usage of it is improving the quality of care of chronic condition patients and continues to expanded year to year based on recent studies, “study revealed that visits among rural patients increased from 7,015 in 2004 to 107,955 in 2013, which demonstrates an annual growth rate of 28%.”

June 10, 2016 by Nurse.com

Researchers are concerned about the limits to telemedicine, particularly in rural areas, according to a JAMA news release from May. A study showed that Medicare telemedicine visits increased more…

Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

Is the healthcare services and technologies describing telehealth or telemedicine, what are some of the distinct differences….

June 7, 2016 by editor Eric Wicklund

While telemedicine is the older of the two phrases, telehealth is rapidly gaining acceptance, in large part because of the evolution of the healthcare landscape

Today’s healthcare ecosystem is filled with references to and examples of telemedicine and telehealth – in some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. Whether they mean the same thing is a topic of considerable debate.

In general terms, telemedicine is considered the clinical application of technology, while telehealth encompasses a broader, consumer-facing approach…

AHRQ – Telehealth – Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes From Systematic Reviews

A combination of studies and medical research data is examine to review the positive outcomes remote patient monitoring has on clinical chronic conditions such as cardiovascular, respiratory disease and behavioral health management.

June 1, 2016 Prepared by Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center Portland, OR; AHRQ Publication No. 16-EHC034-EF

Preface

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), through its Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs), sponsors the development of evidence reports and technology assessments to assist public- and private-sector organizations in their efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States. The reports and assessments provide organizations with comprehensive, science-based information on common,…

(NEHI) 2004 report Remote Physiological Monitoring: Innovation in the Management of Heart Failure

New England Health Care Institute (NEHI) 2004 study advocates the cost saving value for heart failure patients to use remote patient monitoring (RPM). The facts showing a saving of $5,034 per patient per year when compared to standard care, regardless of some of the key barriers to the adaption of telehealth technology.

May 18, 2016

Study Published on July 1st 2004 by The New England Health Care Institute (NEHI)

Background

Remote physiological or patient monitoring (RPM) for heart failure, an innovative telehealth technology, was the subject of the New England Healthcare Institute’s (NEHI) 2004 report entitled “Remote…

Top 5 Telemedicine Trends

The movement toward the adoption of Telemedicine is expanding!

May 16, 2016 by the American Telemedicine Association

Top 5 Telemedicine Trends – MedCity NewsMedCity News

There’s no doubt that telemedicine is growing: Its usage is up 50 percent since 2013 with nearly 15 million people using such services in 2015. Here are the top five telemedicine trends happening right now.

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