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A bill introduced last month would deny certain federal funding to states who don’t join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which aims to improve telehealth expansion by streamlining licensure applications.

By Eric Wicklund

November 24, 2020 – A group of Congressmen wants to prod states into joining the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which aims to make it easier for providers to use telehealth to treat patients in other states.

US Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) has introduced a bill (HR 8723) that would prevent states from receiving…

The Medicare home health benefit does not currently permit the inclusion of telehealth services as a reimbursable service as part of the plan of care. Despite this, many home health agencies (HHAs) have found great value for their patients in including telehealth as part of care delivery and do so despite the lack of reimbursement.

In 2019, as part of its annual rulemaking, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) permitted HHAs to include telehealth-related expenses on their cost reports. This was an important step that will help CMS and Congress…

Last week a presentation from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) surfaced, presenting policy options for expanding telehealth in Medicare. MEDPAC is a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the US Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program.  The presentation starts by putting the current telehealth policy environment into perspective, with bullet points on how providers have rapidly adopted telehealth during the public health emergency (PHE), and how health…

The Alliance of Community Health Plans urged Congress to consider making telehealth flexibilities more concrete and increasing federal burden for coronavirus testing coverage.

By Kelsey Waddill

November 23, 2020 – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) urged Congress to take steps toward making telehealth flexibilities permanent and to ensure that coronavirus testing is available to consumers without cost-sharing.

“One of the most important changes in health care delivery during the pandemic has been the unprecedented increase in availability and utilization of telehealth,” ACHP stated. “As telehealth has…

COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for a healthcare system that can help…

Lightened telehealth regulations have expanded access to virtual visits for therapy and other mental health services. But many patients still aren’t having their needs met. 

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Worries about rising Covid-19 cases, a challenging presidential transition, and growing inequities are crushing people across the U.S.

COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for a healthcare system that can help…

“The COVID-19 crisis has shone a harsh light on the human costs of a long-term care system that relies too heavily on institutional…

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday touted several tools designed to help states rebalance their long-term care ecosystem toward home- and community-based services. 

The development is the latest in a series of CMS efforts aimed at strengthening home- and community-based services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ultimate goal of decreasing America’s reliance on nursing home care.

“The COVID-19 crisis has shone a harsh light on the human costs of a long-term care system that relies too heavily on institutional…

Medicare dramatically expanded benefits for remote health care in response to COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know.

Walecia Konrad November 20, 2020

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Advocates have long called for broader adoption of virtual doctor visits, but it took the coronavirus…

mHealth, Telehealth Groups Lobby CMS for Better RPM Reimbursement

Yet delegates struggled to craft policy recommendations that could preserve newfound telehealth flexibilities while side-stepping unintended consequences, such as payers diverting patients to other non-physicians for care…

Most physicians at the American Medical Association‘s virtual special meeting of its House of Delegates agreed that expanding access to telemedicine during the pandemic benefited patients and practices alike — saving at least one from bankruptcy.

In a recent AMA poll, 60% said that telehealth has improved the health of their patients.

Yet delegates struggled to craft policy recommendations that could preserve newfound telehealth flexibilities while side-stepping unintended consequences, such as payers diverting patients to other non-physicians for care…

The aim of the activity is to win buy-in from government officials and private insurers on the AMA’s rationale for advancing telehealth “throughout the…

The American Medical Association has adopted new telehealth policy positions, the organization announced upon the Tuesday closing of a special five-day virtual meeting.

In an email sent to the press Nov. 18, the organization’s media department said the updated telemedicine playbook directs the AMA to advocate with lawmakers and regulators on codifying rules governing coverage, access and reimbursement.

The aim of the activity is to win buy-in from government officials and private insurers on the AMA’s rationale for advancing telehealth “throughout the…

For its Telehealth Impact Study, the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition surveyed 1,594 physicians and other healthcare professionals across the U.S. about their virtual care adoption practices, challenges and patient satisfaction. The coalition, which comprises more than 1,000 private health systems, universities and research organizations, distributed the survey from July 13 to…

The lack of access to technology and broadband internet are the most frequently cited barriers that physicians perceive as preventing their patients from participating in telehealth, according to the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition.

For its Telehealth Impact Study, the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition surveyed 1,594 physicians and other healthcare professionals across the U.S. about their virtual care adoption practices, challenges and patient satisfaction. The coalition, which comprises more than 1,000 private health systems, universities and research organizations, distributed the survey from July 13 to…

The lack of access to technology and broadband internet are the most frequently cited barriers that physicians perceive as preventing their patients from participating in telehealth, according to the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition.

For its Telehealth Impact Study, the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition surveyed 1,594 physicians and other healthcare professionals across the U.S. about their virtual care adoption practices, challenges and patient satisfaction. The coalition, which comprises more than 1,000 private health systems, universities and research organizations, distributed the survey from July 13 to…

A bill introduced this week would permanently extend Medicare coverage for telehealth services delivered by physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and audiologists.

By Eric Wicklund

November 18, 2020 – A group of lawmakers has introduced a bill that would ensure Medicare coverage for telehealth services provided by physical and occupational therapists, audiologists and speech and language pathologists.

The Expanded Telehealth Access Act, unveiled this week by some 14 US Representatives, is one of dozens of bills submitted over the past few months by…

Legislation expands practitioners eligible for Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services

WASHINGTON, DC — Representatives Mike Sherrill (NJ-11), Rep. David McKinley (WV-01), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Rep. Denver Riggleman (VA-05), Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Rep. Andre Carson (IN-07), Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-15), Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03), Rep. Joseph Morelle (NY-25), Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-01), Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-08), Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01), Rep. William Timmons (SC-04), and Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) introduced bipartisan legislation this week to increase access to telehealth services. The Expanded Telehealth Access Act expands the list of the providers eligible for Medicare reimbursement for providing…

The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice announcing the application window for its Connected Care Pilot Program is now open and will close December 7. As we previously wrote, the $100 million, three-year Connected Care Pilot Program is designed to offset eligible healthcare providers’ costs for providing certain connected care services, particularly to treat low-income Americans and veterans. The FCC’s public notice offers more detail about the Connected Care Pilot Program application process and the types of services and equipment that are eligible for support…

The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice announcing the application window for its Connected Care Pilot Program is now open and will close December 7. As we previously wrote, the $100 million, three-year Connected Care Pilot Program is designed to offset eligible healthcare providers’ costs for providing certain connected care services, particularly to treat low-income Americans and veterans. The FCC’s public notice offers more detail about the Connected Care Pilot Program application process and the types of services and equipment that are eligible for support…

The HHS Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published its intent to review some key measures the Federal government made in response to COVID-19. Those key measures include the Medicare program’s telehealth policy changes and oversight of funds disbursed to providers under the CARES Act and the Provider Relief Fund (“PRF”). While the OIG’s review focuses on the Federal Government’s oversight of these programs, its findings could result in provider audits and liabilities to participating providers for noncompliance. Health care providers should examine their compliance with rules and requirements with Medicare telehealth and their…

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