Connected Health Initiative asks Senate to pass Telehealth Modernization Act

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The Connected Health Initiative on Monday published an open letter to Sen. expressing support for the Telehealth Modernization Act and stressing the urgency of safeguarding access to virtual care before the public health emergency is set to expire.

Big changes are coming to Medicare reimbursement for connected health

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At HIMSS19, ACT | The App Association's Brian Scarpelli will lay out the details of what he calls a "sea change" in CMS' policy toward remote patient monitoring

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Telehealth Use Among Older Americans: Growing Interest, Remaining Concerns

Health Populi

This drove health consumers to virtual care platforms in the first months of the public health crisis — including lots of older people who had never used telemedicine or even a mobile health app.

Medicare Members Are Health Consumers, Too – Our AHIP Talk About Aging, Digital Immigrants, and Personalizing Health/Care

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That program has the potential to change our Medicare members manage meds at home to ensure better adherence, supporting better health outcomes and personal feelings of efficacy and control. [As

Most Virtual Care Consumers, Satisfied With Visits in the COVID Era, Expect It for Future Care

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health care providers set up virtual care arrangements to convene with patients. Each of these health consumers had at least one virtual care visit between February and May 2020. COPD, diabetes, hypertension), 24% for an acute need like pain, and 21% for mental/behavioral health needs.

The Next Fountain of Youth? Rethinking Connected Health for Our Aging Population

The cHealth Blog

We continue to hit our editorial milestones for an end of October launch at the Connected Health Conference , and as I’m reading the manuscript for the final time before sending it to the printer, I’m re-learning some important lessons–and enjoying the content! We’ve added 25 years to our lifespan in the last century through various public health innovations, but we haven’t provided tools to help us use those additional years in the most productive, fulfilling way.

Connect Health Initiative Applauds Proposed Executive Order to Permanently Expand Telehealth for Medicare Beneficiaries

ConnectedHealth

Today, the Connected Health Initiative released a statement from executive director, Morgan Reed: “The executive order is a critical step in expanding telehealth coverage for some of the most vulnerable Americans during the pandemic and ensure these digital health services are made sustainable and permanent. The order addresses many of the priorities the Connected Health Initiative and its partners have advocated for years.

Let’s Connect! What I’m looking forward to most at the Connected Health Conference in Boston

Digital Health Today

This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (October 16-18) I will be in Boston covering the Connected Health Conference (a HIMSS event) for Digital Health Today. Above all, I'm looking forward to meeting other members of our Digital Health Today community at the conference! Please click HERE to connect with me if you plan to be there! . The six featured companies were selected by a panel of digital health experts to present their innovations to conference attendees.

Patients Growing Health Consumer Muscles Expect Digital Services

Health Populi

Patients’ experiences with the health care industry fall short of their interactions with other industries — namely online retail, online banking and online travel, a new survey from Cedar, a payments company, learned. One-third of these patients had a health care bill go to collections in the past year, according to Cedar’s 2019 U.S. That’s a new bar not just for retail and banking, but for health care and insurance as well.

Dispatches from the Frontlines: Connected Health and COVID-19

ConnectedHealth

The Connected Health Initiative (CHI) and our members worked tirelessly with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Congress, and state officials to expand access to connected health solutions during COVID-19 pandemic. In just a few short months, we made more progress in opening up Medicare and Medicaid to telehealth visits, remote patient monitoring (RPM) tools, and other connected health solutions than in the previous decade.

Medicare Reimbursement for Remote Monitoring Should Drive Adoption (What a long, strange trip it’s been….)

The cHealth Blog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule about two weeks ago and there is at least one nugget in there that should speed the adoption of remote patient monitoring. At Partners Connected Health , in collaboration with colleagues in our delivery system, we have shown , more than once , that home monitoring of patients with congestive heart failure leads to lower hospitalization rates and improved mortality.

Health/Care Everywhere – Re-Imagining Healthcare at ATA 2019

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Ann Mond Johnson assumed the helm of CEO of ATA in 2018, and she’s issued a call-to-action across the health/care ecosystem for a delivery system upgrade. Best Buy Health has been developing partnerships in healthcare, in B2B2C mode, channeling into peoples’ homes for healthy living and aging well “in place.” Joining us on the panel will be Kaiser-Permanente as a prospective partner in such a retail health-to-services-to-home vision, underpinned by data and predictive analytics.

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Joe Kvedar, Humanizing Healthcare through Connected Health — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I had a wide-ranging conversation with Joe Kvedar, VP, Connected Health at Partners Healthcare in Boston, where he is leveraging personal health care technologies to improve health care delivery and help providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Joe has a couple of books out, is an active blogger at The cHealth Blog , and chairs the Connected Health conference.

Joe Kvedar, Humanizing Healthcare through Connected Health — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I had a wide-ranging conversation with Joe Kvedar, VP, Connected Health at Partners Healthcare in Boston, where he is leveraging personal health care technologies to improve health care delivery and help providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Joe has a couple of books out, is an active blogger at The cHealth Blog , and chairs the Connected Health conference.

Joe Kvedar, Humanizing Healthcare through Connected Health — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I had a wide-ranging conversation with Joe Kvedar, VP, Connected Health at Partners Healthcare in Boston, where he is leveraging personal health care technologies to improve health care delivery and help providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Joe has a couple of books out, is an active blogger at The cHealth Blog , and chairs the Connected Health conference.

Joe Kvedar, Humanizing Healthcare through Connected Health — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I had a wide-ranging conversation with Joe Kvedar, VP, Connected Health at Partners Healthcare in Boston, where he is leveraging personal health care technologies to improve health care delivery and help providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Joe has a couple of books out, is an active blogger at The cHealth Blog , and chairs the Connected Health conference.

Joe Kvedar, Humanizing Healthcare through Connected Health — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I had a wide-ranging conversation with Joe Kvedar, VP, Connected Health at Partners Healthcare in Boston, where he is leveraging personal health care technologies to improve health care delivery and help providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Joe has a couple of books out, is an active blogger at The cHealth Blog , and chairs the Connected Health conference.

MACRA: Medicare’s Opportunity to Finally Embrace Connected Health Technology

ConnectedHealth

The nation’s healthcare system is in the middle of a major transition – one that, if done well, will have an incredible impact on the lives of millions Americans who rely on Medicare. The $900 billion federal program provides health insurance for Americans over 65 and others who suffer from certain conditions and diseases. For a long time, Medicare has had a reputation for being bureaucratic, lethargic, wasteful, and outdated.

Telehealth Is Just Healthcare Now – One Post-COVID Certainty, Three Reports

Health Populi

As we wrestle with just “what” health care will look like “after COVID,” there’s one certainty that we can embrace in our health planning and forecasting efforts: that’s the persistence of telehealth and virtual care into health care work- and life-flows, for clinicians and consumers alike and aligned. 35% of home health services, and. health care system.

Talking “HealthConsuming” on the MM&M Podcast

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Here’s a link to the 30-minute conversation, where Marc combed through the over 500 endnotes from HealthConsuming ‘s appendix to explore the patient as the new health care payor, the Amazon prime-ing of people, and prospects for social determinants of health to bolster medicines “beyond the pill.”. We are all Health Consumers now… The post Talking “HealthConsuming” on the MM&M Podcast appeared first on HealthPopuli.com.

Big Hearts, High Tech – How Caregiving Has Changed in the U.S.

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I look to these IADLs as personal social determinants, or barriers, to health. The growth of Medicare Advantage has led to more such services to be tailored to the individual plan member. We are all caregivers now.

How Covid-19 Can Inspire Tech-Enabled Value-Based Health Care in a Cash-Constrained America

Health Populi

health care financing regime of volume-based payment didn’t fare well as millions of patients postponed or cancelled procedures and visits for fear of contracting the virus in the halls, offices and clinics of hospitals and doctor’s offices. billion is an underestimate because it does not include health systems operating in New York City and San Francisco. The COVID-19 pandemic has also taught clinicians and health care administrators about the value of data at the ready.

Heart-Love – Omron’s Holy Grail of Blood Pressure Tracking on the Wrist

Health Populi

It’s February 1st, which marks the first of 28 days of American Heart Month – a time to get real, embrace, learn about, and engage with heart health. That hasn’t yet been available to those of us who quantify our steps, weight, sleep, food intake, and other health metrics. Then there’s another critique of many connected health devices which the HeartGuide must overcome: that of usability and accessibility for the consumer.

Heart Health at #CES2019 – Food and Tech as Medicine

Health Populi

Self-care is the new health care as patients, now consumers at greater financial risk for medical spending, are learning. Using food and tech as medicine can help people avoid going on medications like statins and others for heart health. An important example of this self-care approach is the evidence-based Ornish food regimen which is reimbursed by Medicare (as a form of cardiac rehabilitation). The Lumen connects to a smartphone app which guides the user’s breathing.

New Medicare and Medicaid Rules Open Opportunities for Connected Health Tech for Doctors and Patients

ConnectedHealth

CMS Rule Change Adopts Connect Health Initiative Recommendations for Remote Patient Monitoring Today , the Connected Health Initiative (CHI) secured a huge victory for telehealth innovators, connected device makers, pioneering physicians, and patients across America. Until now, connected health technologies have been effectively locked out of the most important part of America’s healthcare system, Medicare and Medicaid.”

Connected Health Initiative Applauds New ONC and CMS Rules on Interoperability and Information Blocking

ConnectedHealth

Americans manage their lives on the smartphone via apps, and health information should be no different. CHI’s members are at the forefront of digital health innovation and will play a critical role in realizing this potential. “We We will review the rules in detail, but we look forward to working with them further on implementation.” ### The Connected Health Initiative (CHI) is the nation’s leading consortium of health technology innovators, policy experts and patient advocates.

Telehealth and COVID-19 in the U.S.: A Conversation with Ann Mond Johnson, ATA CEO

Health Populi

The coronavirus spawned another kind of gift to China and the nation’s health citizens: telemedicine, the essay explains. A couple of intriguing examples: Ali Health, part of Alibaba (the e-commerce giant), launched a free online clinic in locked-down Hubei (whose capital is Wuhan) where in five days, 100,000 patients received remote consultations. It is clear that there’s no better use case for digital/tele/virtual health than what is unfolding right now.

Medicare Opens the Door to Reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring

Digital Health Today

When CMS unveiled the first standalone reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring (“RPM”) by “unbundling” CPT Code 99091 in the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule , it opened the door to the widespread use of RPM services for patients and promised there was more to come. CMS made good on that promise in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule , introducing three new RPM reimbursement codes along with codes for “ virtual check-ins ” and internet consultations among physicians.

Telehealth In 2030 – Notes From the Future At #ATA19 with Safavi, Holt, Bathina and Swafford

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imagined Kaveh Safavi, Accenture’s Senior Managing Director and Health of Global Healthcare Practice. Kaveh was brainstorming the future of telehealth a decade from “now,” with three innovators attending #ATA19: Deepthi Bathina of Humana, Matthew Holt of Catalyst Health (and Co-Founder of Health 2.0), and Kim Swafford of Providence St. First, connected care: one in five U.S. developed for the World Congress on Health and Medical Sociology in December 2018.

Out-of-Pocket and Prescription Drug Costs – Connecting Digital Health Dots at CES 2020

Health Populi

The top two health care concerns facing Americans are out-of-pocket costs and prescriptions drug costs, according to a poll published today in Morning Consult. Health care is the top issue driving voters’ choices in the 2020 elections for most Americans.

Connect Health Initiative Lauds CMS Digital Health Interoperability Initiative

ConnectedHealth

Las Vegas, NV - Today, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced new proposals to promote interoperability in the digital health ecosystem that support greater patient data access. The proposals, which include a new version of the Blue Button API and stricter rules on data blocking, will bring significant benefits to innovators in the digital health ecosystem. Our members need access to interoperable data to fuel and effectively implement their digital health solutions.

Connected Health Initiative Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding Digital Health Tools to Fight COVID-19

ConnectedHealth

But the laws that guide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) make it very difficult for providers to utilize telehealth technologies. Digital medicine services can benefit the people at the greatest risk of contracting this disease—people over 65 years of age, many of whom are Medicare patients. The safest way to combat this disease and provide such services is voice and video tech that enables a patient in their home to connect with clinicians.

Value-based or Fee-For-Service Connected Health Reimbursement: Which Canoe Should We Put Our Feet In?

The cHealth Blog

About 10 years ago, I and many others, started talking about how care delivery enabled by connected health should be an ideal strategy in the world of value-based (VB) reimbursement. Unfortunately, there are few other examples of organizations that have invested heavily in connected health and state publicly that it represents a strategy for success in a value-based world. This clearly reflects the growing mainstream adoption of connected health.

Recognition, Reimbursement, Results: Why 2017 Was a Win for Connected Health

ConnectedHealth

As we look to the year ahead, this is an important time to reflect on 2017, and the exciting developments that will make 2018 even better for connected health innovation. 2017 was a busy and successful year for the Connected Health Initiative (CHI). We worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to propose incentive and reimbursement opportunities for the use of remote monitoring tools, we urged the U.S.

Closing the Digital Health Gap Between Consumers and Physicians

Health Populi

Consumers are more bullish demanding virtual and digital health tools from their physicians than doctors are in providing it, based on the research findings in What can health systems do to encourage physicians to embrace virtual care?

Connected Health Initiative (CHI) Check-In – Halfway Through 2017!

ConnectedHealth

2017 has been a busy year for the Connected Health Initiative (CHI). As we reflect on the first half of the year, we’ve pulled together highlights of what we have done, and what lies ahead in our mission to foster a robust connected health ecosystem. While most industries are quickly becoming more interconnected through mobile technology and sensors, we sadly cannot say the same for the American healthcare system, particularly the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Join CHI & Politico to Explore What's Next for Connected Health Innovation

ConnectedHealth

Connected Health Initiative and Politico Present Recognition, Reimbursement, Results: Opportunities Ahead for Remote Monitoring and Connected Health Innovation Monday, December 4, 2017 9:30 a.m. - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services unveiled new incentives and reimbursement opportunities for remote monitoring and patient-generated health data. How do these changes influence the next connected health innovation?

Connected Health Initiative Applauds Telehealth Provisions in Senate CARES Act to Better Protect America’s Most Medically and Economically Vulnerable Citizens

ConnectedHealth

(WASHINGTON, DC) March 25, 2020 - Today, the Connected Health Initiative released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding the congressional passage of the latest Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Medicare and Medicaid patients struggle to get access to care, and locking them out of opportunities for telehealth during this crisis would be devastating.”

Add Behavioral Data to Social Determinants For Better Patient Understanding

Health Populi

Health agencies will have to become at least as sophisticated as other consumer/retail industries in analyzing a variety of data that helps uncover root causes of human behavior,” Gartner recommended in 2017. That’s because “health” is not all pre-determined by our parent-given genetics. Health is determined by many factors in our own hands, and in forces around us: physical environment, built environment, and public policy.

How Digital Health Can Stimulate Economic Development

Health Populi

It’s National Health IT Week in the US, so I’m kicking off the week with this post focused on how digital health can bolster economic development. As the only health economist in the family of the 2018 HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors, this is a voice through which I can uniquely speak.