Category: Legislation

CMS Finalizes Expanded Medicare Advantage Telehealth Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday finalized new guidance that will allow Medicare Advantage plans to expand coverage of telehealth services. Beginning in plan year 2020, Medicare Advantage providers can include telehealth services as part of their basic benefits to enrollees, moving remote doctor visits...

CMS Contract Year 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Flexibility Final Rule (CMS-4185-F)

mTelehealth offers this information and guidance towards adopting, implementing, and deploying a successful telehealth program within your organization. CMS Contract Year 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Flexibility Final Rule (CMS-4185-F) On April 4, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final Medicare Advantage Rule...

Advice to Telehealth Caucus: Eliminate Geography-Based Restrictions

Telehealth stakeholders are urging a group of like-minded lawmakers to target Medicare restrictions on rural telemedicine coverage, broadband expansion and remote patient monitoring during this year’s Congressional session. By Eric Wicklund April 02, 2019 – Geographical restrictions on telehealth and telemedicine coverage and reimbursement top the list of complaints from...

New Telehealth Bills Address Coverage, Store-and-Forward, RPM

New Mexico joins a growing number of states contemplating new laws or amending old ones to address telehealth coverage, asynchronous or store-and-forward telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. By Eric Wicklund February 12, 2019 – Lawmakers in several states are pushing forward with bills to amend existing telehealth and telemedicine rules...

This New Rule Will Expand Telemedicine to More Medicare Advantage Users

Good news for Americans who use Medicare Advantage. The Trump administration is proposing a new Medicare rule that will enable more Medicare Advantage enrollees to access telemedicine, a form of health care delivery that uses information technology and telecommunications tools to deliver traditional medical care to patients. This is...

CMS finalizes changes to remote monitoring reimbursement for home health providers

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, home health providers will be allowed to build the costs of remote monitoring technology into Medicare reimbursement, according to a new rule finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday. The rule (PDF), which includes a $420 million pay increase for home health agencies...

The RUSH Act – Another Advancement in Telehealth Acceptance?

As previously noted in our Digital Health Mid-Year Review, 2018 has seen greater acceptance of telemedicine within the Medicare program. Both regulatory and statutory changes have expanded reimbursement opportunities and, consequentially, opportunities for the deployment of telemedicine technologies. As we noted then, however, improvement in the Medicare reimbursement environment for telemedicine...

CMS Proposes Telehealth Expansion for Medicare Advantage Plans

CMS is proposing to loosen reimbursement and access restrictions on the use of telehealth and telemedicine in Medicare Advantage plans, giving providers more opportunities to use connected care technology. By Eric Wicklund October 29, 2018 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is looking to expand telehealth access for...

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