Expansion of Medicare Coverage and Payment for Telehealth Visits During COVID-19

Healthcare IT Today

CMS has announced the expansion of Medicare coverage and payment for telehealth and telemedicine visits.

Medicare ACOs Improving Care Coordination With Health IT, But Still Have Work To Do

Healthcare IT Today

A recent study by the HHS Office of Inspector General suggests that Medicare ACOs coordinate care more effectively when they have the right health IT tools in place, particularly when ACO members share one EHR platform and have access to a robust HIE.

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UnitedHealthcare Offers Health Data Support For Medicare Advantage ACO

Healthcare IT Today

UnitedHealthcare has struck a deal with national physician group Privia Health under which it will offer more and better data on patients enrolled in the payer’s Medicare Advantage plans.

2019: Healthcare IT gains new ground

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

2019: Year in Review It's been an eventful year for health IT. Of course, that's been the case every year over the past decade since the first meaningful use checks were mailed out, kickstarting the digital healthcare age as we know it.

Medicare and Medicaid Allows Doctors to Practice Across State Lines

Healthcare IT Today

One of the biggest health IT related news items to come out was the announcement by Vice President Mike Pence that HHS was issuing a regulation to permit doctors to practice across state lines. State Medical Licensure is something that has baffled many of us that have worked in healthcare.

New bill would codify Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

introduced new legislation this week that would provide for permanent Medicare payments for telehealth services at federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. " WHY IT MATTERS. Others, though, have pointed out that it can still leave marginalized groups behind.

Solving the Challenge of High-volume Health Plan Chart Requests

Healthcare IT Today

Every year, healthcare providers receive thousands of health plan chart requests. From Medicare Risk Adjustment (MRA) requests to HEDIS requests, Affordable Care Act (ACA) records retrieval, RADV, DRG Audit, CIP and QIP: the alphabet soup of chart request types […].

MIPS Audits: Lessons Learned from Meaningful Use

Healthcare IT Today

Just as the Meaningful Use (MU) EHR Incentive program brought potential audits to providers, so it will be with the MIPS program. The following is a guest blog post by Jim Tate, Founder of EMR Advocate & MIPS Consulting.

Health Insurer Growth Plans Held Back By Tech And Infrastructure Limitations

Healthcare IT Today

Health plans are eager to grow their Medicare business but may not be able to meet their goals unless they build out their tech and administrative infrastructure further, according to results from a survey backed by health plan technology vendor HealthEdge.

Blockchain in Healthcare: A Vehicle Towards Digital Health 2.0?

The Digital Health Corner

My goal is to continue writing as it is something I truly love to do. It is “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way” [8] . The transparency, accuracy and efficiency of blockchain technology have made it attractive for its adoption by Wall Street. now that it has entered the digital world (albeit tepidly) via EHRs and IT support.

MU Study Suggests That A Health IT Divide May Be Emerging Among Physicians

Healthcare IT Today

Now, research has emerged to suggest that not only did MU create HIT winners and losers, it might also have helped to foster long-term differences between […].

E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances Still Underused

Healthcare IT Today

Ambulatory Clinical EMR-EHR Healthcare IT IT Andrew Gettinger Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances EPCS Medicare Part D ONC Substance Use-Disorder Prevent that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act Thomas Mason

The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health is unquestionably becoming part of healthcare lexicon and fabric. The entrepreneurial enthusiasm for the healthcare space is evident by the volume of digital health incubators , medical school innovation centers, and angel investors. Though there has been significant sector investment, the road to success of adoption in the healthcare enterprise has been challenging. This should not however translate to “take my word for it” is all you need. Bring it!

How Does Health IT Enable Accountable Care? – #HITsm Chat Topic

Healthcare IT Today

This week’s chat will be hosted by Travis Broome (@Travis_Broome) on the topic “How Does Health IT Enable Accountable Care?” ” Half of Medicare beneficiaries who could be in an ACO are now in an ACO. […].

Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs

The Digital Health Corner

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has been used since 2015 as a metric to determine negative Medicare payment adjustments to providers who do not meet quality standards. It might be a universal issue which is discovered only after a prolonged period of exposure. It is also essential to all true value-based reimbursement models being discussed or implemented in health care. One must see this as an ROI for cost savings at its finest.

HIPAA and Telehealth FAQ from HHS

Healthcare IT Today

We wrote previously about HIPAA enforcement being suspended for telehealth during COVID-19 and more details on how to implement it. Plus, we shared the expansion of Medicare coverage and payment for telehealth. However, there were still many questions. The good news is that HHS released a HIPAA and Telehealth FAQ that addresses some of those […].

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Privacy Issues with Patient Portals

BHM Healthcare Solutions

It can be difficult to effectively document sensitive health information of pediatric patients and older adults whose family members have access to their patient portals without violating the patient’s privacy, according to a viewpoint article in AAP News and Journals. Often when sensitive data is entered into the EHR, it can automatically appear in the patient portal, be printed in a care summary report or get transmitted to other providers or payers.

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Is It Time For The Federal Government To Create A National HIE?

Healthcare IT Today

Earlier this year, ONC and CMS issued new draft guidelines requiring that all insurers and providers serving the Medicare population make their data available electronically by 2020.

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Security Holes in Medicaid Security Program Risks Patient Data

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Maryland did not adequately follow federal requirements to secure its Medicaid data and information systems, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report. Although Maryland had adopted a Medicaid security program for its MMIS, numerous significant system vulnerabilities existed. The OIG conducted its report as part of an ongoing review of the computer systems that states use to administer HHS-funded programs, such as Medicaid.

COVID-19: ATA, HIMSS, others want waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

health systems as they stretch to manage the probability of more COVID-19 patients, the American Telemedicine Association and other healthcare organizations are calling on Congress to help. WHY IT MATTERS. Healthcare IT News is a publication of HIMSS Media

Did Republicans just say they were fine with ‘death panels’ themselves?

Meaningful HIT News

That idiocy came from language in the ACA that authorized Medicare to pay for voluntary end-of-life counseling. It was falsely projected as a “mandatory” activity every five years. Some of the hysteria also stemmed from a specific clause in the ACA that said: Establishes an Independent Payment Advisory Board to develop and submit detailed proposals to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending to the President for Congress to consider.

Trump administration expands Medicare telehealth benefits for COVID-19 fight

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As promised , the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has expanded its Medicare telehealth coverage during the coronavirus crisis, enabling more patients to get virtual care services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.

Meaningful Measures – Meaningful Change or Meaningless Hype?

Perficient

I embrace the fact that it forces and challenges me to adapt which allows personal and professional growth, but I hate the disruption it causes to my “known,” especially when that “known” took me forever to figure out…such as healthcare quality measures!

Top Healthcare & Life Sciences Resources for Technology Workers

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Today’s healthcare organizations face mountains of data, escalating regulations, and heightened patient expectations. Top Healthcare & Life Sciences Resources for Technology Workers. Healthcare IT News . Fierce Health IT . Healthcare Innovations .

3 Big Healthcare Trends To Watch in 2015

BHM Healthcare Solutions

If you read our post “ Healthcare Top 5 Trends ,” you know know that healthcare trends from specialty pharmacy to accreditation have been gaining traction this year. From ICD-10 to telehealth, let’s explore these important trends and what they mean for healthcare!

Podcast: Telehealth for Parkinson’s care

Meaningful HIT News

2:00 Shocking numbers about Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson’s who don’t have a regular neurologist. 2:45 Lack of reimbursement for telehealth even though it costs substantially less than in-person visits. Related posts: Health Wonk Review: money talks, but IT helps. Two months ago, I interviewed neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D.,

The NCQA Welcomes 2 Important Vendors to the eMeasure Certification Program

BHM Healthcare Solutions

According to the NCQA press release, this means Health Plans will now be able to obtain certified data from these two health IT vendors. The NCQA hopes that this certification will help measure performance and improve the quality of healthcare data.

Bipartisan bills in House, Senate seek to increase telehealth in nursing homes

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

WHY IT MATTERS. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, and Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire – would allow Medicare to enter into voluntary, value-based arrangements with medical groups to provide acute care to patients in skilled nursing facilities using a combination of telehealth and on-site staff.

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. " Kelly told Healthcare IT News. "Healthcare is still the number-one issue in America."

A new focus: How to become empowered patients

Meaningful HIT News

After years of doing this blog in fits and starts — particularly the two-year gap while I was essentially prohibited by a full-time employer from writing about health IT here or anywhere else but that company’s site — I have decided to refocus on healthcare consumers rather than industry insiders. But it started to fall apart in Stage 2 (2014-16), which required participants to share data with other healthcare organizations. Attention, kind readers.

Hundreds of industry groups call on Congress to advance permanent telehealth reform

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Three hundred and forty healthcare organizations published an open letter Monday asking Senate and House leaders to permanently enshrine changes to policies that would make telehealth accessible in the long term. WHY IT MATTERS. Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

CMS relaxes more rules around telehealth, allowing care across state lines

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has temporarily suspended several regulations to enable hospitals, clinics and other providers to boost their front-line medical staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Healthcare IT News is a publication of HIMSS Media

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

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the coronavirus pandemic swelled throughout the country, many healthcare providers found themselves abruptly pivoting – sometimes in a matter of days – to virtual care. "If your benefit is a skeleton plan, it will remain a skeleton plan – just in telehealth."

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Telehealth group practice offers free care to seniors nationwide during crisis

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

CCS Healthcare is a telehealth practice that has been delivering telehealth care extensively throughout Western Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2016. CCS Healthcare provides telehealth services to any Medicare recipient for free. It is not asking for any co-pays or other fees.

Senators call for CMS to provide plan for telehealth changes

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to provide a written plan for permanent changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program rules around telehealth. WHY IT MATTERS.

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ATA CEO: 'Technology can be used to reimagine experiences'

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Given the social distancing measures that necessitated a limitation on in-person care, "consumers realized telehealth wasn't just a matter of convenience: It can be a matter of life and death," Johnson continued. " Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

2015 Trends for Rural Hospitals and Rural Healthcare

BHM Healthcare Solutions

From difficulties implanting new HER systems to the re-evaluation of Medicare reimbursements, rural hospitals are looking for new ways to stay afloat. For this reason, as federal regulations regarding sharing patient and healthcare data digitally change, rural hospitals start to fall behind.

FBI, DOJ bust 24 people in $1.2 billion telemedicine fraud scheme

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Hundreds of thousands patients were lured into worldwide criminal healthcare fraud schemes involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment (DME) executives, according to the FBI and Department of Justice. WHY IT MATTERS. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.

OCR will ease restrictions on telehealth tech during COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The HHS Office for Civil Rights announced on Tuesday that during the coronavirus pandemic it will use discretion when enforcing HIPAA-compliance for telehealth communications tools. WHY IT MATTERS. Healthcare IT News is a publication of HIMSS Media

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What sort of staying power does telehealth really have?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

This past week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said she "can't imagine going back" to making beneficiaries return to in-person visits after the agency's relaxation of telehealth regulations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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