Waking Up a Health Consumer in the COVID-19 Era

Health Populi

His remarks focused largely on an immigration and travel policy versus science, triaging, testing and treatment of the virus itself. First, foremost, Americans are concerned about the impact of a disease outbreak on their health, personal finances and the U.S.

How Coronavirus Is Re-Shaping Consumer Behavior, From the Amusement Park to the Voting Booth

Health Populi

consumer confidence, both in terms of financial markets and personal health risks. Telehealth industry stakeholders have come together in the interest of connected health to advocate for telehealth to help people access care, expertise and support in the immediate term.

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Estimates of COVID-19 Medical Costs in the US: $20K for inpatient stay, $1300 OOP costs

Health Populi

In the midst of growing inpatient admissions and test results for COVID-19, Congress is working as I write this post to finalize a round of legislation to help Americans with the costs-of-living and (hopefully) health care in a national, mandated, clarifying way.

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. COVID-19 accelerated telemedicine adoption, the story goes, being accessed mainstream through major regions of China.

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

Health Populi

“ATA” is the new three-letter acronym for the American Telemedicine Association, meeting today through Tuesday at the Convention Center in New Orleans. Hint: it will have a lot to do with data and analytics, and Dr. Cosgrove can speak to that as he’s joined Google Health as an advisor.

Telehealth Awareness, Access and Adoption: Updates from J.D. Power, the ATA and FAIR Health

Health Populi

Power,” your mind probably imagines reviews of automotive performance, retail shopping experiences, or perhaps even health insurance plan customer service. Expanding its report-card role in the health ecosystem. In 2019, 28 states have payment parity policies for Medicaid.

Open Table for Health: Patients Are Online For Health Search and Physician Reviews

Health Populi

The growth of tracking and wearable tech is moving toward more medical applications beyond fitness and wellness, Rock Health found. The biggest growth, Rock Health found, was for live phone telehealth, with 64% of respondents using this channel, followed by email and text.

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.

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

Applying for telemedicine jobs and want to stand out? This quick telehealth glossary covers the basic terminology telemedicine clinicians should know. The organization researches telehealth policy issues and keeps updated information on state telehealth laws and reimbursement.

Confronting a national emergency over coronavirus

Henry Kotula

Dr. Antony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Health’s infectious disease branch, told Congress on Thursday that the government’s response on testing was “not really geared to what we need right now…That’s a failing. [link].

Two Forms of Telemedicine: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

Lloyd Price

What is Synchronous Telemedicine? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) defines synchronous telemedicine as "live video-conferencing," which is a "two-way audiovisual link between a patient and a care provider."

Telemedicine’s Reimbursement Outlook for 2020

GlobalMed

Telemedicine reimbursement is always changing. Generous policies can drive telehealth offerings, just as restrictions can create a financial disincentive. The Center for Connected Health Policy’s recent report State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies notes a few trends.

2019: Telemedicine’s Year in Review

GlobalMed

We’ve had an action-packed year in telemedicine, but now it’s drawing to a close. After receiving feedback that obtaining consent for every single virtual service is burdensome, CMS also revised this policy to only require consent once a year. Telemedicine leaves the healthcare world.

Seattle Coronavirus Care: Short in Staff, Supplies and Space

Henry Kotula

That same day, health officials announced King County’s — and the nation’s — first death from the coronavirus. Health care workers are being asked to work extra shifts as their peers self-isolate. The health care system has become overwhelmed,” Lofy said. “We [link].

Health Recovery Solutions Closes a $10 Million Growth Investment Led by Edison Partners

Health Recovery Solutions

Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), a technology company that provides remote patient monitoring for leading health systems, today announced closing $10 million in growth financing led by Edison Partners.

Telemedicine Today: September 2016

American Well

Telemedicine Today: September 2016. Welcome to the (delayed) September 2016 edition of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today! School Launches Telemedicine Pilot through Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Texas A&M uses Telehealth to Treat Mental Health in Rural Communities.

9 Best Telemedicine Newsletters You Should Be Reading to Keep Up With the Industry

Enzyme Health

Close For Clinicians For Employers Telehealth Jobs Family Medicine General Practice Emergency Medicine Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioners Physician Assistants Psychiatry / Mental Health Hospitalist Dont see your specialty?

Why telemedicine is a great option for Medicaid recipients

American Well

Think convenient health care is only for the wealthy? Traditional means of accessing health care is often time and resource intensive. In short, we were trying to do our best by our patients, but in the process, were causing major disruptions to their health and well-being.

Why telemedicine is a great option for Medicaid recipients

American Well

Think convenient health care is only for the wealthy? Traditional means of accessing health care is often time and resource intensive. In short, we were trying to do our best by our patients, but in the process, were causing major disruptions to their health and well-being.

FCC moves forward with $100 million Connected Care proposal

Henry Kotula

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to move forward with plans for a $100 million pilot program to promote telemedicine services. ” Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Health Policy Rural Health Rural Hospital Telemedicine

This Is One Anxiety We Should Eliminate for the Coronavirus Outbreak

Henry Kotula

And they could exacerbate a public health crisis that is already threatening to spiral out of control. College students are already being sent home and will seek treatment far from the universities that offer them health insurance.

Bowing to physician pressure, CMS delays visit code changes

Henry Kotula

At the top of our list: CMS significantly expanded telemedicine coverage, and will now reimburse for telemedicine and telephone visits for brief check-ins, evaluation of patient-submitted images or remote monitoring data, as well as more comprehensive and preventive care visits.

Medical costs projected to increase 6% by 2020, says PwC

Henry Kotula

After figuring in health plan changes such as increased employee cost sharing and network and benefit changes, PwC’s Health Research Institute, which conducted the study, projects a net growth rate of 5 percent. [link].

Five Healthcare Industry Changes to Watch in 2020

Henry Kotula

Industry experts expect significant changes to shake up the healthcare landscape in the next few years, which will affect both health insurers and providers. Health plans need to be laser focused on improving their understanding and engagement of their customers—who are evolving themselves. “To

Telemedicine and a Vision for Health Care Without Walls

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

On one level, these anecdotes tell the story of telemedicine: The ability of patients, and often their local clinicians, to have consultations over distances with other clinical experts who can bring their insights to bear on patient care.

Top Six Healthcare Executive Challenges in 2019

Henry Kotula

Many organizations are already exploring delivery reform with initiatives that focus on: Remote health monitoring and telemedicine; Population health management; Patient engagement; Social determinants of health; and. [link].

Report: Telemedicine Reimbursement Limitations Cost Millions, ‘Impede Expansion’

care innovations

To get at a solution to the issue, the OIG is urging greater oversight into claims, as well as an expansion of training and education among providers and practitioners on the finer points of what services are and aren’t eligible for telemedicine reimbursement, and why.

High-Deductible Health Plans Fall From Grace In Employer-Based Coverage

Henry Kotula

With workers harder to find and Obamacare’s tax on generous coverage postponed, employers are hitting pause on a feature of job-based medical insurance much hated by employees: the high-deductible health plan. Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.).

The Burgeoning Role Of Venture Capital In Health Care

Henry Kotula

[link] ; The US health care system relies heavily on private markets. B etween 2010 and 2017, the value of investments in digital health increased by 858 percent, and the number of financing deals in this sector increased by 412 percent; more than $41.5

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6 Ways to Drive Higher Medicaid Reimbursement with Telemedicine

GlobalMed

Fortunately, there’s a solution that can benefit both provider revenue and population health: telemedicine. Medicaid is the largest payer for mental health services in the United States. Find out your state reimbursement policy.

Testing a new role for ambulance services

Henry Kotula

Expected to launch next year , the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport Model (ET3) is a five-year, voluntary payment model that would reimburse care such as onsite and telemedicine-enabled assessment, transport to an alternative care site, or treatment in place in response to a 911 call.

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – October 2019

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The following attachment is a list of legislative and regulatory updates compiled by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) for telehealth and telemedicine within the South Central region (Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee).

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – February 2020

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The following attachment is a list of legislative and regulatory updates compiled by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) for telehealth and telemedicine within the South Central region (Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee).

Nonprofit Hospital Consolidation to Continue in 2019

Henry Kotula

Despite increased scrutiny from regulators, nonprofit health systems will remain active through mergers and acquisitions this year, according to a new Moody’s report. and AHP Health Partners Inc. Quorum Health Corp. and LifePoint Health Inc. [link].

In Wednesday’s second Democratic debate, 7 of 10 candidates support Medicare for All

Henry Kotula

Instead of getting rid of private insurance, Biden said he would build on the ACA through the Biden Plan to create a public health insurance option. of their income on health insurance. [link]. Expanding coverage, lowering healthcare costs, central to Democratic agenda.

GAO: rural hospital closures increasing, South hardest hit

Henry Kotula

CMS Administrator Seema Verma released a rural health strategy in May aimed at improving access and quality of care in rural communities. [link]. Dive Brief: Hospitals across the U.S.

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – May 2019

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The following attachment is a list of legislative and regulatory updates compiled by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) for telehealth and telemedicine within the South Central region (Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee).

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – January 2020

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The following attachment is a list of legislative and regulatory updates compiled by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) for telehealth and telemedicine within the South Central region (Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee).

Does Medicaid reimburse for telehealth/telemedicine services?

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

Q: Does Medicaid reimburse for telehealth/telemedicine services? A: Federal Medicaid statues do not recognize telemedicine as a distinct service; however, each state has the flexibility to decide if/how its Medicaid program will reimburse for telehealth/telemedicine services.

Understanding Telemedicine Reimbursement

GlobalMed

So why are some providers reluctant to adopt telemedicine solutions? To help providers separate fact from fiction, we just published a guide called The Truth About Telemedicine Revenue and Reimbursement. Even if you think you’re up to date on payer guidelines and the telemedicine landscape, we recommend reading it – because the world of healthcare reimbursement is a moving target. Resources like the Center for Connected Health Policy can help.