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Patients Seek Post-COVID In-Person, Telehealth Care Access Hybrid

Survey data indicates that although patients like and continue to want to access telehealth, they also see a need for in-person care access in the future.

By Sara Heath

November 12, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic, and the changes in healthcare delivery stemming from it, has left its mark on the healthcare industry and pushed many patients to prefer digital health as a key care access medium, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of DocASAP.

Specifically, patients are increasingly calling on their medical providers to…

Important Developments in Telemedicine

The realization of the full potential of telemedicine has taken longer than many of us anticipated, but the COVID-19 pandemic may finally bring about that realization.

By Francis J. Serbaroli, Skip Short and Ioanna Zevgaras | November 10, 2020 at 11:45 AM

The COVID-19 virus has wreaked havoc upon human lives, our economy, and our health care system. When the full extent of the danger posed by this virus became known, hospitals cancelled virtually all elective surgeries in order to have the capacity to treat what was expected to be…

ATA Calls On Biden Administration To Continue Telehealth Expansion

The American Telemedicine Association reflects on telehealth expansion during the Trump Administration and looks forward to progress under President-Elect Biden.

By Hannah Nelson

November 11, 2020 – In response to the results of the 2020 presidential election with America choosing former Vice President Joe Biden as its 46th president, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) issued a statement calling for policymakers to expand access to telehealth.

“Telehealth has been and will remain a bipartisan issue and the ATA will continue to work with the federal government to improve policies to expand…

Virtual Healthcare in Times of COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are navigating through one…

By: Atibhi Mehra and Anirban Panda

Over the years, the healthcare sector has made considerable efforts to shift from a reactive to a proactive approach by placing the patient at the heart of the care delivery model. While it takes decades to bring about a meaningful change in a slow-moving industry such as healthcare, , sometimes things can become upended in a matter of weeks. The phenomenon management scholar Rita McGrath calls this an “inflection point.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are navigating through one…

How In-Person, Telehealth Care Access Hybrid Promoted Health Equity

Although telehealth care access proved beneficial for some patients during the pandemic, in-person options were essential to promoting health equity and trust.

By Sara Heath

November 10, 2020 – While the COVID-19 pandemic forced other healthcare organizations to spend March and April shuttering their doors and transitioning to telehealth care access options, Cahaba Medical Care in Alabama was doing the opposite.

The federally qualified health center (FQHC) with ten clinics, a fleet of school-based providers, and two community-based centers in the Birmingham area knew that in order…

Zoom lied to users about end-to-end encryption for years, FTC says

“ince at least 2016, Zoom misled users by touting that it offered ‘end-to-end, 256-bit encryption’ to secure users’ communications, when in fact it provided a lower level of security,” the FTC said today in the announcement of its complaint against Zoom and the tentative settlement. Despite promising end-to-end encryption, the FTC said that “Zoom maintained…

Zoom has agreed to upgrade its security practices in a tentative settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which alleges that Zoom lied to users for years by claiming it offered end-to-end encryption.

“ince at least 2016, Zoom misled users by touting that it offered ‘end-to-end, 256-bit encryption’ to secure users’ communications, when in fact it provided a lower level of security,” the FTC said today in the announcement of its complaint against Zoom and the tentative settlement. Despite promising end-to-end encryption, the FTC said that “Zoom maintained…

Telehealth Services Will Transform Access and Quality of Healthcare

There may never be a better time for your medical practice to start developing its telemedicine portfolio. Recently, the federal government has made it easier for healthcare providers to provide and bill for telemedicine services. While some of these changes are temporary, applying only while the COVID-19 public health emergency persists, other changes are permanent. And the trend lines are becoming more distinct—providers who fail to offer remote visit options for their patients will increasingly find themselves struggling to fill their appointment calendars and meet their financial…

There may never be a better time for your medical practice to start developing its telemedicine portfolio. Recently, the federal government has made it easier for healthcare providers to provide and bill for telemedicine services. While some of these changes are temporary, applying only while the COVID-19 public health emergency persists, other changes are permanent. And the trend lines are becoming more distinct—providers who fail to offer remote visit options for their patients will increasingly find themselves struggling to fill their appointment calendars and meet their financial…

HHS Approves Telecommunications for Providing Medicare Home Health Services, on a Permanent Basis, Effective January 1, 2021

In April 2020, CMS had initiated regulatory…

On October 29, 2020, CMS issued the Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule

The final rule is another regulatory step toward CMS recognizing the critical role of virtual care in the home health and other care settings, beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use of Telecommunications Technology in Home Health Services

In April 2020, CMS had initiated regulatory…

FCC opens $100M connected care telehealth pilot program: 4 things to know

The Federal Communications Commission will open applications Nov. 6 for its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, which aims to improve telehealth access for low-income Americans and veterans.

The program, which was introduced by the FCC in 2018, will provide up to $100 million from the Universal Service Fund over a three-year period to help providers implement connected care services.

Four things to know:

1. The online application window will remain open through Dec. 7, and the pilot is open to nonprofit and public eligible…

Benefits to remote patient monitoring

As the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown kept people at home to avoid getting sick, especially those with chronic health conditions, experts recommended remote patient monitoring (RPM) as a solution to continuity of care. With forethought and the right technology on board, RPM can be a good complement to telehealth, allowing physicians to receive data about their patients’ in real…

With forethought and the right technology on board, remote patient monitoring can be a good complement to telehealth, allowing physicians to receive data about their patients’ in real time.

As the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown kept people at home to avoid getting sick, especially those with chronic health conditions, experts recommended remote patient monitoring (RPM) as a solution to continuity of care. With forethought and the right technology on board, RPM can be a good complement to telehealth, allowing physicians to receive data about their patients’ in real…

FCC Opens Application Window for Connected Care Pilot Program

The three-year, $100 million program, aimed at boosting broadband connectivity in underserved parts of the country to support telehealth expansion, will accept applications for one month, beginning on November 6.

By Eric Wicklund

November 05, 2020 – The Federal Communications Commission is set to launch its Connected Care Pilot Program, a three-year, $100 million project aimed at expanding telehealth access for low-income Americans, veterans and other vulnerable populations.

The agency announced today that it would accept applications for the program from noon ET on November 6 through 11:59…

A breakdown of 5 recent CMS rules

CMS released or proposed five rules since Oct. 28 concerning new payment reforms, price transparency regulations and coverage of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Here’s a breakdown of the five rules and proposals, beginning with the most recent:

1. CMS released a final rule Nov. 2 that updates payment rates for dialysis services. It takes effect Jan. 1. The agency is expanding add-on payments for new and innovative equipment and supplies to certain home dialysis machines. In 2021, CMS expects to pay $10.3 billion to about 7,400 dialysis facilities in the prospective payment…

The what, why and how of “real” telehealth

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Medicare 1135 waiver immediately expanded the use of telehealth and bypassed HIPAA requirements, allowing essentially any video chat application to be used for remote patient visits.

Within days, free video chat apps of all sorts became widely used by skilled nursing facilities and practically all other healthcare provider organizations to provide some semblance of telehealth — and over the following six months, telehealth has moved to the center of how SNF patients and residents receive care.

However, the anticipated removal of the…

Industry Voices—Will the country choose virtual care post-COVID-19? Yes—but only if it’s better

Telemedicine can do far more than suffice during an emergency. When virtual care becomes the catalyst for integrated care—and solves problems that have long plagued our current healthcare system—consumers will want a “virtual-first” model of healthcare…

The numbers are astonishing: The use of telehealth services in the U.S. has grown from 11% of consumers in 2019 to 46% in 2020. But telemedicine was not Plan A for many of these patients. They adopted it because of the difficulty of face-to-face physician visits during the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Telemedicine can do far more than suffice during an emergency. When virtual care becomes the catalyst for integrated care—and solves problems that have long plagued our current healthcare system—consumers will want a “virtual-first” model of healthcare…

Home Health Final Rule contains ‘significant change’ for agencies, expert warns

The 2020 Home Health Final Rule has a “significant change” that home healthcare agencies “should be paying close attention,” according to Aaron Tripp, vice president for reimbursements and financing policy at LeadingAge.

During a LeadingAge Coronavirus Update call this week, Tripp noted that although the payment part of the Request for Anticipate Payment will go away next year, home care providers are still required to submit a “slimmed-down RAP” within five days or face a fine that is equivalent to one day of the 30-day period for each day the agency is late…

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