CHRONIC Care Act to Get Floor Vote in Senate

The clock is ticking…. the Senate is due to review the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act  next month in order eliminate some of the barriers for the use of telehealth services and technology. 

August 14, 2017 by CTEL NEWS

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act is officially on the Senate calendar, adding to the momentum surrounding telehealth legislation in the 115th Congress. As first reported by CQ, the bipartisan bill, which unanimously passed the Senate Finance Committee back in May, was placed on the legislative calendar on August 3….

New bill again seeks to reduce Medicare’s telehealth limits

The Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act of 2017 aims to reduce existing limitation on the use of telehealth technologies and services.  

July 28, 2017 by Ken Terry

US Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif) and US Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) have introduced the latest in a series of Congressional bills to reduce long-standing restrictions on Medicare’s coverage of telehealth services. Their legislation, the Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act of 2017, replicates a section of the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017. That measure, which is much longer and more complicated, bowed…

CMS Moves Forward with New Home Health Payment Model

Home Health payment changes made by CMS may impact reimbursement and care coordination for Medicare patients in the upcoming year.

July 25, 2017 by Amy Baxter

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its long-awaited proposed prospective payment system (PPS) rate update for 2018, marginally reducing overall spending in the space and introducing the home health groupings model (HHGM) for implementation in 2019.

The groupings model, which is viewed as a significant threat by home health care agencies, would make major changes to the Medicare payment system, including replacing the current 60-day episode of care unit of payment to a…

CMS release its 2018 proposed Medicare Fee Schedule for physicians, included in the regulation changes are areas pertaining to the Physician Quality Report System (PQRS), payment on code modifiers, E/M documentation guidelines and technology advances such as the use of telehealth services.

July 21, 2017 by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

As promised, the AAFP has created a much-abbreviated version of the lengthy proposed 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule that CMS released on July 13 and published in the July 21 Federal Register.(

The AAFP’s four-page executive summary(4 page PDF) provides clarification for busy family physicians on topics…

The extent of telehealth services being used by Medicare and Medicaid to improve patient management and outcomes.

The extent of telehealth services being used by Medicare and Medicaid to improve patient management and outcomes.

July 20, 2017 by GAO U.S. Government Accountability Office.

What GAO Found

Available analysis GAO reviewed shows that Medicare providers used telehealth services (providing clinical care remotely by 2-way video) for a small proportion of beneficiaries and relatively few services in calendar year 2014. Specifically, an analysis of Medicare claims data by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission shows that about 68,000 Medicare beneficiaries—0.2 percent of Medicare Part B fee-for-service beneficiaries—accessed services using telehealth. The most common telehealth visits in calendar year 2014 were for evaluation…

CMS proposes paying for more telehealth services in new rule

The Medicare Physician Fee schedule for 2018 could potentially increase the payment schedule for  telehealth services included as part of the meaningful use Stage 3 requirement.

July 14, 2017 by Tom Sullivan

Regulations would keep meaningful use Stage 3 reporting requirements, increase some patient reimbursements and cut drug payments.

Telehealth just might get a boost, even incrementally, from a proposed rule the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted Thursday.

In the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2018, CMS proposed paying for new care services delivered via telehealth, including psychotherapy for crisis situations, planning for chronic care management programs, health risk assessments, interactive complexity…

Lawmakers Want Medicare Changed to Expand Telehealth Services

Legislators efforts continue at both the federal and state level to reduce the barriers for Telehealth and Telemedicine technology usage.

July 12, 2017 by Eric Wicklund

A Congressional Telehealth Caucus is supporting legislation that would greatly expand the reach and scope of telehealth and telemedicine services covered by Medicare. Legislators are ramping up their efforts to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth and telemedicine.

The latest bill to take the spotlight is the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR 2550), re-introduced in May by a familiar group of pro-telehealth lawmakers and designed to gradually expand both the scope and reach of…

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,…

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