Growing Support for Medicare for All – But Do People Really Understand What It Means?

Health Populi

Let’s start with the Morning Consult poll results, which compare support for Medicare for All from January 2019 and August 2019. the party’s loudest supporter of Medicare for All. adults surveyed, 50% believed that Medicare is free.

Trust My Doctor and Fear the Office: The Telehealth Opportunity in and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Populi

Among those covered with insurance, one-half had employer-sponsored insurance, 1 in 4 Medicare, and 13%, individual cover. Why it’s telehealth, of course, which has experienced hockey-stick growth in the U.S. Doctors maintain their top status as U.S.

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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.

Health insurers' profits topped $35B last year. Medicare Advantage is the common thread

FierceHealthIT

billion in profit over the course of the year. Big-name health insurers raked in $35.7 Check out the comparisons of how they performed

National Health Spending Will Reach Nearly 20% of U.S. GDP By 2027

Health Populi

every year from 2020 to 2027, the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services forecast in their report, National Health Expenditure Projections, 2018-2927: Economic And Demographic Trends Drive Spending And Enrollment Growth , published yesterday by Health Affairs.

Health Care and the Democratic Debates – Part 1 – Medicare For All, Rx Prices, Guns and Mental Health

Health Populi

Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, and Jose Diaz-Balart asked the ten candidates questions covering guns, butter (the economy), immigration, climate change, and of course, health care — what I’m focusing on in this post, the first of two-debate-days-in-a-row.

Op-Ed: As a doctor, I use telemedicine. With the coronavirus threat, it could revolutionize healthcare

Henry Kotula

On Tuesday, Medicare announced that it will greatly expand coverage for telemedicine visits, previously sharply restricted. Of course, in-person visits will still be necessary in many cases. [link]. As a physician, waiting for the worst of coronavirus to hit, I see a lot to fear.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. ” And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year. And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year.

Will Health Consumers Morph Into Health Citizens? HealthConsuming Explains, Part 5

Health Populi

” “Citizens” in this sense goes back to the Ancient Greeks: I return to Hippocrates, whose name is, of course, the root of The Hippocratic Oath that physicians take. This was equally true for people whether enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, or covered by private insurance.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. ” And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. ” And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year.

New bill would mandate research on telehealth regs after coronavirus

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The moves by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to relax regulations around telehealth have been lauded by providers and patients around the country.

Telehealth and the CHRONIC Act of 2017 (S. 870)

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

House of Representatives, allows for an expansion of telehealth/telemedicine coverage under the Medicare Advantage Plan B. While the act does not require a Medicare Advantage Plan to offer additional telehealth services, it does allow the option. Medicare Participants.

Here's how smaller practices can prepare for continuing telehealth demands

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Until regulatory changes, such as those enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, had made telehealth provision more financially feasible, a doctor "had every economic incentive to require the patient to come to the office in person," he explained.

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Telehealth Policy 2018: Keeping You In The Know

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

Medicare and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Reimbursement. Effective January 1, 2018, Medicare began reimbursing providers for RPM services billed under CPT code 99091. The Medicare website explains that the change was made to reduce the administrative burden for practitioners.

CMS BLOG: Medicare for All? Just another name for a government-run, single payer system

CMS.gov

CMS BLOG: Medicare for All? Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services . Medicare Part C. Medicare Part D. Medicare for All? When listening to those advocating ‘Medicare for All’ it’s good to be skeptical about their promises. As head of the agency that serves over 58 million Medicare beneficiaries, I deal first-hand with the challenges of government run healthcare. Medicare for All’ is Obamacare on steroids.

Healthcare Is Local: Channeling Tip O’Neill in the 2018 Midterm Election Results

Health Populi

Doggett has been drafting legislation to allow the government such authority for drugs covered by Medicare Part D. ACA Affordable Care Act Health costs Health insurance Health law Health policy Health politics Health regulation Medicaid Medicare Pharmaceutical Pharmacy Prescription drugs

Telehealth has staying power, should benefit from lasting regulatory changes

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Led by researchers from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the study found that 2,656 unique providers conducted 144,940 video visits with 115,789 unique patients over the course of six weeks. As COVID-19 continues to hammer the U.S.,

Closing the Digital Health Gap Between Consumers and Physicians

Health Populi

Wearable tech is an important category these days in department stores, with discount retailers like Target and Walmart, at electronics outlets like Best Buy and, of course, via Amazon’s wearable tech ma.

After Covid-19, When the Care Recipient is Elsewhere, What?s Next for Technology?

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The spike has been attributed to a) the declaration of a state of emergency in March; b) introduction of Medicare/Medicaid coverage matching in-person visits; and c) encouragement from hospitals and medical practitioners. . Technology usage has climbed sharply during Covid-19.

Podcast: Telehealth for Parkinson’s care

Meaningful HIT News

We, of course, discussed cross-state licensure holding back wider use of remote care, a subject that is very much in the news right now. 2:00 Shocking numbers about Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson’s who don’t have a regular neurologist. Two months ago, I interviewed neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D., co-director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester, for a story I wrote based on a study he led.

The Future of Healthcare: What’s Best for the Diabetic Community?

Insulin Nation

The Medicare for All Option. Many left-leaning Democratic candidates are backing varying concepts of Medicare for all. But, just because you don’t have to pay insurance premiums or deductibles, doesn’t mean Medicare for all doesn’t require funding. The Medicare for Some Option.

Hearing aid pricing and weak insurance – older adults lose out

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Which of course has led to the effort to sell hearing aids directly to consumer (remember that commercial?) What is really worrisome is that hearing aids, which correct a condition that can cause substantial health issues, including fall risks and dementia, which are costs to Medicare, are considered an ‘elective’ device. A wheelchair or scooter can be covered by Medicare with a doctor’s note.

Can you identify 7 qualities of a successful telehealth program?

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

New legislation at state and federal levels is making it possible for telehealth services to be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance carriers. In addition to self-pay patients, reimbursement can be sought through Medicaid, Medicare and commercial/private payers.

Dispatches from the Frontlines: Connected Health and COVID-19

ConnectedHealth

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.

Health informatics and why participatory healthcare is key to its future

Society for Participatory Medicine

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed an Interoperability and Patient Access Rule which introduces new policies that will expand access to health information and improve the seamless exchange of data in healthcare.

Financial Stress Is An Epidemic In America, Everyday Health Finds

Health Populi

we shouldn’t assume that by allocating more money to address these issues will be the panacea for course-correcting what has been decades of a public health challenge. One in three working-age people in the U.S. have seen a doctor about something stress-related.

Online Enrollment FAQ – Part 1

Health Portal Solutions

For Part 1, we’ll start by giving you a crash course in what it is and how it can be configured uniquely for the needs of the Employer and Payer. When we talk about our “Online Enrollment,” there is so much more to it than meets the eye.

Policy action on aging and technology – let's expect results

Aging in Place Technology Watch

And in 2018, telehealth reimbursement programs accelerated , with Medicare Advantage reimbursement expected in 2020. Should we expect change from aging-related tech policy initiatives? The answer is yes.

Payer, provider trends to watch in 2019

Henry Kotula

Revenue cycle management firm SYNERGEN Health estimates digital health tech for remote use will grow by 30% this year, allowing patients to better manage their own healthcare, giving clinicians an opportunity to spend more time with more patients and, of course, generating new revenue streams.

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

The cHealth Blog

And of course, connected health is a big part of the solution. Of course, these are valid and important, but Charlotte opened my eyes to a different set of important measures. Iora Health , a “whole new operating system for healthcare” that is focusing on the needs of Medicare patients.

Policy action on aging and technology – then and now

Aging in Place Technology Watch

And in 2018, telehealth reimbursement programs accelerated , with Medicare Advantage reimbursement expected in 2020. Should we expect change from aging-related tech policy initiatives? The answer is yes.

Self-Care is Healthcare for Everyday People

Health Populi

Note the new alliance between Walmart and Anthem to channel OTC meds to Medicare Advantage members). Patients are the new healthcare payors, and as such, taking on the role of health consumers.

UVA Health System expands telehealth offerings

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Through the UVA Center for Telehealth, the organization will also develop training courses for healthcare providers that help them identify and treat chronic diseases.

The Role of Case Management in Healthcare

Appian

The most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics cite 33,000 jobs created in August alone, with 301,000 added over the course of the year thus far. Over the last several years, healthcare stands out as one of the most robust employment sectors in the U.S.

Are We Going to Continue to Tolerate Broken Health Care Systems?

GlobalMed

Organizations like the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) Department modified their policies to increase access and reimbursement. But now that we’re here, let’s not go back, we must stay the course.

Americans Are Warming to Universal Health Care, Kaiser Poll Finds

Health Populi

The first chart notes important nuances under the majority support for a national health plan which, in this case, asked whether people favored a plan “sometimes called ‘Medicare for all.'” Of course, this has not happened.

With the Silver Tsunami on its way, telehealth is ready for its moment

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

" None of that is a coincidence, of course. " That's more complicated than just dealing with one such as diabetes, of course, it means "navigating multiple comorbidities and it's delivering a kit or a set of solutions that are easy to use and easy to implement.

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