The Latest News on Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement

By |2017-03-16T17:02:07+00:00February 13th, 2015|Legislation and Payment Systems|

With recent reports estimating that the remote patient monitoring market will reach $5 billion by the year 2020, many are asking what this great increase in telemonitoring will mean for the payment and reimbursement issues that have long plagued the industry. The uptick in telehealth usage over the last few years is indicative of the needs of the healthcare system [...]

Medicare to Begin Covering Behavioral Telehealth in 2015

By |2017-08-18T12:20:12+00:00November 18th, 2014|Legislation and Payment Systems|

In recent years, behavioral health issues have been in the spotlight. A few high-profile cases of depression have begun opening the nation’s eyes to the social stigmas that persist when it comes to behavioral health issues, as well as the lack of access to proper care for those suffering from mental health issues. Even the high-powered world of business  has [...]

Telehealth Is Turning Heads in Washington

By |2017-03-16T17:07:33+00:00October 6th, 2014|Legislation and Payment Systems|

Telehealth has been gaining attention across the healthcare industry over the past few years, and now it looks like the technology and its many uses are turning heads in Washington as well. According to the American Telemedicine Association, as of September 2014, around 56 telehealth-related bills are currently pending in Congress. (A recent ML Strategies Alert puts the number of [...]

Telehealth Coverage May Expand in the Coming Year

By |2017-08-18T12:20:53+00:00August 13th, 2014|Legislation and Payment Systems|

Even though the celebration of the New Year is still four months away, telehealth advocates are likely clinking their glasses together and toasting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for proposing to expand telehealth coverage and reimbursement for 2015. According to the proposal, annual wellness appointments, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and prolonged evaluation and management services provided via telehealth could [...]

How Does CMS’s Face-to-Face Rule Affect Home Care Telehealth?

By |2017-03-16T17:12:11+00:00August 5th, 2014|Legislation and Payment Systems|

Telehealth is gaining more traction with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an effective way to create greater efficiency, flexibility, and compliance for home healthcare providers and those who interact with the industry, such as physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, and of course, patients. These gains can be seen in CMS’s mention of telehealth in their home [...]

Best Practices for the Use of Telehealth Systems by Medicare Managed Care Organizations

By |2017-08-18T12:04:31+00:00June 30th, 2014|Legislation and Payment Systems|

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) released a report in January detailing best practices for the use of telehealth services by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). According to the report, 47 states and the District of Columbia employ some variation of a Medicaid MCO model. The use of telehealth technology by MCOs will be an important consideration for all states as [...]

Top Telehealth Bills to Watch in 2014

By |2017-11-25T07:44:49+00:00June 10th, 2014|Legislation and Payment Systems|

The use of telehealth has grown rapidly over the last few years as both physicians and patients have grown more comfortable with the technology and have seen significant results in quality of care and convenience. However, as telehealth has grown in popularity, the legal issues surrounding telehealth practices have grown in complexity. […]

FCC Launches mHealth Task Force to Increase Access to Care

By |2017-03-16T17:17:58+00:00April 28th, 2014|Legislation and Payment Systems|

Recently, we wrote about the Alliance for Connected Care, a group formed by Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott and former Senator John Breaux, whose mission is to expand the use of telehealth in the U.S. Now, it appears that eHealth is gaining even more ground in Washington. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is getting into the telehealth [...]

Is 2014 the Year of Electronic Health Records and Telehealth?

By |2017-08-18T11:57:43+00:00March 28th, 2014|Legislation and Payment Systems|

There’s definitely no denying that we’re living in a digital age, and the healthcare industry is becoming more and more digital every year. In fact, some are claiming that 2014 may be the year of the electronic health record (EHR). According to the 2013 Leading Age Ziegler 100 Technology Adoption and Utilization survey, more than 90% of non-profit senior living [...]

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