In Value-Based Care, Telehealth’s Aim is Money Saved, Not Earned

It’s simply math to understand the value for telehealth services for this particular healthcare system in St. Louis. The cost of the program is $15 million but the savings will be approximately  $77 million….

June 28, 2017 by mHealth Intelligence

At the Value-Based Care Summit in Chicago, Mercy Virtual President Randall S. Moore says providers should focus on money and lives saved with telemedicine and telehealth, not how much they’ll be reimbursed.

To find value in a telehealth or mHealth program, healthcare providers must look not at how much money they’ll make, but how much they’ll save.

At the St. Louis-based Mercy health system,…

Hospitals Expand Home Telemedicine, Remote Monitoring

As the use of telehealth solutions expands hospitals and healthcare professionals are seeing how the doorway to interact with patients at home can be significant to their health outcomes.

June 15 2017 by

Hospital-based telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities that extend access to specialty care and other services are becoming increasingly an increasingly popular option for patients and providers.

The use of telemedicine and remote monitoring tools that extend care into the home are applicable to many healthcare situations ranging from primary care to emergency care.

As more healthcare consumers cite the benefits of telemedicine, such as convenience and lower travel costs,…

CBO Greenlights Telehealth Provisions in Senate’s CHRONIC Care Act

Included among one of the five primary goals in the 32-page bill of the (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017 is to expand the use of remote patient monitoring programs for chronic care and underserved populations.

May 25, 2017 by Carrie A. Roll

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a key piece of telehealth legislation, the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, would not, overall, increase or decrease Medicare spending. This score is significant as it marks the first time that CBO has concluded that providing enhanced Medicare coverage for telehealth services would be budget neutral and clears the path…

Congress Considers Multiple Telehealth Bills

Legislative changes are occurring at both the federal and at the state level pertaining to the use of telehealth coverage. The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act and the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017 are both once again being reevaluated for changes. Among the items list on the bills are allowing the use of remote patient monitoring technologies for the chronic ill, reducing the barriers for ACO’s and removing the some of the geographical barriers for providers so that they can engage in telehealth services in rural, underserved, and metropolitan areas.

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Telehealth-friendly CHRONIC Care Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 is set for review by the Senate!!!!! If the bill is approved difficulties currently being experience by using telehealth services to treat chronic ill patients could be eliminated not to mention the cost saving in Medicare cost. Among some of the telehealth services being push in the bill are removing the restriction on geographic consultations, increasing the telehealth coverage for Medicare Advantage B and giving ACO’s providers more options to monitor their patients using telehealth tools.

The CHRONIC Care Act, which seeks to expand telehealth…

CBO Greenlights Expanded Medicare Coverage of Telehealth

The continues battle to overcome telehealth coverage challenges for Medicare beneficiaries is looking brighter…. For the first time in many years the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is entertaining the budget effects of telehealth bills like the CHRONIC Care Act and CONNECT for Health Act.

May 18, 2017 Source American Medicine Association

This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored an important piece of telehealth legislation, the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), and concluded that the bill would not increase or decrease Medicare spending.  The bill, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) includes four provisions intended to expand telehealth coverage under Medicare: …

Economic burden of hospitalizations of Medicare

Great study emphasizing the financial cost hospital encounter with readmission for Congestive Heart Failure ( CHF) Medicare patients. 

May 10, 2017 by Meredith Kilgore,1 Harshali K Patel,2 Adrian Kielhorn,2 Juan F Maya,2 and Pradeep Sharma1

Economic burden of hospitalizations of Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure

Meredith Kilgore,1 Harshali K Patel,2 Adrian Kielhorn,2 Juan F Maya,2 and Pradeep Sharma1

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The objective of this study was to assess the costs associated with the hospitalization and the cumulative 30-, 60-, and 90-day readmission rates in a cohort of Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure (HF).


This was a retrospective, observational study based on data from the…

HEART Act Targets Medicare Limits on Rural Telehealth, RPM The bill – the latest to take aim at Medicare’s restrictions on telemedicine – seeks to boost rural residents’ access to telehealth and bolster remote patient monitoring programs for those with heart disease.

The HEART Act filed early this month is set to relief some of the challenges Medicare regulations has set for congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in rural areas. The cost saving thus far as indicted by per Rep. Sean Duffy ( R-Wis)  in 2012 was well over $80,000,  “2012,  the average telehealth program cost $1,600 per patient per year, compared to $13,000 for home health service care and more than $70,000 for nursing home care.

May 09, 2017 Source: mHealth Intelligence

A new bill making its way around Capitol Hill aims to improve access to…

Senate bill expands use of telehealth, remote patient monitoring

May 7, 2017 by Greg Slabodkin

Six U.S. senators have introduced legislation seeking to remove barriers to the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring for Medicare beneficiaries.

Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the bipartisan Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017.

“Telehealth is the future of healthcare. It expands access to care, lowers costs and helps more people stay healthy,” said Schatz. “Our bipartisan bill will help change the way patients get the care they need, improving…

Examining the State of Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement

The interpretation of the term “telehealth” is known to vary by State however the greater challenge is understanding the Medicaid policy parameters for remote patient monitoring and store-and-forward services reimbursement.

April 25, 2017 Source: mHealth Intelligence

The majority of the United States offers Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth and related services, but reimbursement rules within each state can vary significantly, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).

CCHP’s Fifth Annual 50 State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Report focused on Medicaid fee-for-service policies and policy language in each state as of March 2017.

The report found that 48 states and the District of…

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