A Look at the Future of Telehealth from a Medicare Reimbursement Perspective

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

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CMS has announced the expansion of Medicare coverage and payment for telehealth and telemedicine visits. Administration Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership Communication and Patient Experience Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System LTPAC Regulations Revenue Cycle Management Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring 1135 Waiver Coronavirus COVID-19 Medicare Medicare Telehealth Reimbursement Medicare Telemedicine telehealth telemedicine

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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. Administration Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership EMR-EHR Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT CMS HHS Office of Inspector General HIEs Medicare ACOs Medicare Shared Savings Program Next Generation ACOs ONC

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. AI/Machine Learning Ambulatory Analytics/Big Data C-Suite Leadership Clinical Healthcare IT IT ACO Medicare Advantage Patient Health Data Physician Network Predictive Analytics Privia Health UnitedHealthcare

Key Takeaways from the West Health Summit and the Telemed Leadership Forum

Digital Health Today

I recently had the pleasure of attending two events in Washington, DC: West Health’s Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit and URAC’s Telemed Leadership Forum. They laid out their three “Common Sense Solutions” to the problem: End Fee-For-Service reimbursement and move to value-based care; Empower Medicare with the right to directly negotiate drug pricing; and. This recognition was clearly shared by participants in the Telemed Leadership Forum days later.

Medicare and Medicaid Allows Doctors to Practice Across State Lines

Healthcare IT Today

Administration Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership Clinical Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System LTPAC Regulations Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring CMS Coronavirus COVID-19 Medical Licensure Mike Pence State Medical Licensure telehealth telemedicineOne 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.

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

ConnectedHealth

Senate 322 Hart Senate Office Building Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell, and Leader Schumer: We applaud your leadership in developing a bipartisan supplemental appropriations package responding to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. But the laws that guide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) make it very difficult for providers to utilize telehealth technologies. The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House U.

Medicare Advantage Plans Grow With Star Ratings

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Medicare Advantage organizations (MAOs) continue to do a poor job of maintaining accurate provider directories—and it’s landing some in hot water with the federal government. The Medicare Advantage program continues to grow in popularity with both consumers and health plans. At least one-third of seniors are estimated to be in an MA plan rather than fee-for-service Medicare.

MIPS Audits: Lessons Learned from Meaningful Use

Healthcare IT Today

Administration Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership EMR-EHR Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System Regulations EMR Advocate Guidehouse Jim Tate meaningful use Meaningful Use Audit Medicaid Medicare MIPS MIPS Audit MIPS Consulting MIPS ScoreThe following is a guest blog post by Jim Tate, Founder of EMR Advocate & MIPS Consulting. Just as the Meaningful Use (MU) EHR Incentive program brought potential audits to providers, so it will be with the MIPS program.

Key Takeaways From CMS/ONC Officials Regarding New Interoperability Proposed Rule

Electronic Health Reporter

Following the release of its proposed new rules designed to improve the interoperability of electronic health information, members of leadership from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a call to provide additional detail about the proposed rule, and to answer questions from the media. Editorial 21st Century CURES Act Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Don Rucker Eric D. This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter.

Social Determinants of Health – My Early Childhood Education and Recent Learnings, Shared at the HealthXL Global Gathering

Health Populi

To address this challenge, Medicare Advantage programs from Aetna and Humana are working with Papa which connects “grandchildren on demand” with older people to bolster social connections. That’s five decades, from the early Civil Rights Era in the 1960s and founding of Medicare and Medicaid, to the 2000s and implementation of the Affordable Care Act — which did have the impact of improving peoples’ financial wellness through20 expanding access to health care.

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

Healthcare IT Today

” Half of Medicare beneficiaries who could be in an ACO are now in an ACO. […]. HITsm C-Suite Leadership Healthcare IT #HITsm Topics Digital Transformation Health IT Community Healthcare Leadership Patient Experience Richard Corder TiER1 PerformanceWe’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/22 at Noon ET (9 AM PT).

Health Care and the Democratic Debates – Round 2 – Battle Royale for M4All vs Medicare for All Who Want It – What It Means for Industry

Health Populi

Sanders, noting his call for big new government benefits like universal health care through Medicare for All and free college tuition. Senator Harris, too, mentioned government benefits like free college and Medicare for All as her health plan preference. Bennet argued for universal health care (in a public/private system) but not for Medicare for All. Instead, he is for “Medicare for All Who Want It,” in his words.

HIPAA and Telehealth FAQ from HHS

Healthcare IT Today

Plus, we shared the expansion of Medicare coverage and payment for telehealth. Administration Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership Communication and Patient Experience Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System LTPAC Regulations Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring HIPAA HIPAA Enforcement Discretion HIPAA Telehealth HIPAA Telemedicine OCR telehealth products Telemedicine Products

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CMS Encourages Eligible Suppliers to Participate in Expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model

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CMS Encourages Eligible Suppliers to Participate in Expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model. Leadership. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April expanded the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) , a national performance-based payment model offering a new approach to type 2 diabetes prevention in eligible Medicare beneficiaries with an indication of pre-diabetes.

Lawmakers push to extend flexible telehealth guidelines beyond the stay-at-home period

Clocktree

A bi-partisan coalition of 32 US House members are asking in a May 21 letter to Congressional leadership that ongoing emergency efforts to relax telehealth regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic be continued for an additional period of time. They are asking for time to collect data and determine which of these flexibilities should remain in place permanently.

2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010

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2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010. Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Leadership. 2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010 Significant progress in saving $4.59B in estimated improper payments for the Medicare Fee-For-Service program. Most notably: The 2018 Medicare-FFS improper payment rate decreased from 9.51

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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. 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.

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. Future of Healthcare General Interest Thought LeadershipLet me first be clear, I am not referring to our beloved healthcare workers who we all are indebted to and admire more than ever. However, before COVID-19 consumed the world, our healthcare systems were already struggling.

Healthcare and the F-Word: Health Politics Rank High on November 6, 2018

Health Populi

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, helming their leadership posts in the Senate and the House, respectively, had the President’s back on this from the start. Lowering the costs of care, ensuring the integrity of Medicare benefits, ensuring that low-income people don’t lose Medicaid coverage, and lowering prescription drug prices gain majority support across all health care voters who say health care is extremely important in the choice for members of Congress this year.

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Funding Opportunity: Measure Development for the Quality Payment Program

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Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Funding Opportunity: Measure Development for the Quality Payment Program. Leadership. The Meaningful Measure Areas serve as the connectors between CMS goals under development and individual measures/initiatives that demonstrate how high quality outcomes for our Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beneficiaries are being achieved.

The Future of Hospitals in Post-COVID America (Part 1): The Market Response

Henry Kotula

Accountable Care Organizations have only managed at best to save a “few percent of Medicare spending , [but] the. Click to access CBC_72_08052020_Final.pdf. Readers’ Note: This is the first of two articles on the Future of Hospitals in Post-COVID America. This article. examines how market forces are consolidating, rationalizing and redistributing acute care assets within the. broader industry movement to value-based care delivery.

Most Americans Blame Drug Companies, Insurers, and Hospitals for High Health Care Costs

Health Populi

Most Republicans (74%) favor fostering greater competition between health care professionals and hospitals; 73% of Democrats point to the government capping prices on hospital and provider charges, allowing people 50-64 to buy into Medicare, and changing the health system so that most people have Medicare with little to no private insurance. As for leveraging Medicare to cover more Americans as a cost-lowering strategy, health citizens are at-odds.

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

Health Populi

A2 from AMJ: The ATA was working with leadership/telehealth champions in Congress the prior week and the week leading up to the vote. Congressional leadership on February 28 2020. For example, only health care providers that have an existing relationship with a Medicare patient would be eligible per the requirements in the legislation. Check out this last public health poster about Medicare and COVID-19.

Behavioral health clinic uses telehealth to expand its reach to vulnerable patients

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

"The placement of FCC equipment in medical clinics specializing in seniors and other Medicare recipients will allow that clinic to offer depression screening for Medicare patients to prevent suicide." FCC assets help Bridge provide depression screening for Medicare clients.

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2020 Presidential Election and Its Impact on Health IT – Healthcare IT Today Podcast Episode 48

Healthcare IT Today

Plus, Colin offers some interesting insights into universal healthcare (Medicare for All if you will) and how that happened in Canada. For the 48th episode of the Healthcare IT Podcast, we’re talking about the 2020 Presidential Election and Its Impact on Health IT.

Lower Prescription Drug Prices – A Tri-Partisan Call Across America

Health Populi

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has measured this sentiment over time, with this survey (shown in the bar chart) from 2017 finding the vast majority of Americans favoring Federal government negotiation to lower prices of drugs for people on Medicare. health citizens to ride on the coattails of peer patients living in other countries whose leadership has successfully negotiated cheaper prescription drug prices. There’s growing evidence that a majority of U.S.

Health Care Bills’ Financial Toxicity – Remembering the Jones’ of Whatcom County, WA

Health Populi

The treatment was approved last week for payment by Medicare for some patients. administrations through 200+ years, but Meacham’s research on the soul of America has revealed that American leadership has tended to do things only when faced with that bull in the ring, close-up and facing death squarely in the eye, in the last moment of truth. “In an extreme example of angst over expensive medical bills , an elderly Washington couple who lived near the U.S.-Canadian

Reimbursement Update: It’s raining new codes!

The cHealth Blog

In that post, I had referenced the Lemony Snicket movie, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” noting that Medicare reimbursement for remote monitoring was just the opposite: it was the culmination of a series of fortunate events. Back in November, these new reimbursement codes had been moved forward to the point where they were sitting with The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) committee that proposes a value for them (known as the RUC process).

Premier lists rule relaxations that should be made permanent, post-pandemic

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In separate letters to Congressional leadership and CMS Administrator Seema Verma , the Premier healthcare alliance applauded the flexibility from various federal agencies since the coronavirus crisis. " He added: "These waivers are all rooted in common sense and will go far to modernizing the Medicare program in keeping with technology and other advancements that have improved care delivery." In letters sent Thursday both to Congress the U.S.

The 2020 Amwell Client Awards

American Well

At a time of tremendous stress and uncertainty for our healthcare system and our nation as a whole, the health plans and health systems recognized in the four categories below have shown exceptional vision and leadership in scaling virtual care and improving health outcomes for individuals and communities. As the virus began to spread across the United States, Verizon expanded the LiveHealth Online benefit to its associate (union) employees and pre-Medicare retirees.

COVID-19 presents a new chance to make telehealth accessible to the underserved

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Even as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services moved to make telehealth more accessible – such as by reimbursing providers for services and allowing care between states – Smith said virtual care is still not available to everyone who needs it. " Smith also pointed to the technological innovations being advanced in response to telehealth needs as a vital opportunity to center the leadership of people of color.

A startup with a cause – championing the individual in navigating health care

Digital Health Today

Previously, he held leadership positions at HP, McKinsey & Company, Booz & Company, and Sun Microsystems. Kash: Prior to starting Anchor Health, for more than a decade, I held various leadership roles focused on launching new digital businesses across industries globally. Per the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates, households will be paying approximately $1T directly out of pocket by 2025. Interview with Kash Kapadia, Founder and CEO of Anchor Health.

Health, Tech, Government Leaders Join CTA and CHI Coalition to Address Health Disparities Amplified by COVID-19

ConnectedHealth

Public and private leaders including Best Buy Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, Google, Microsoft and Validic will help lead the Health Equity and Access Leadership (HEAL) Coalition – a multi-sector initiative to create recommendations on the greater use of technology to mitigate health disparities, particularly coordination of resources, policy advocacy, research and education.

AMA offers new tools to help doctors navigate COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As for telehealth, AMA points physicians to the fact that the government has also waived many telehealth requirements for new patients during the emergency, and is allowing for enhanced use of telehealth under Medicare for federally qualified health centers. On this National Doctors Day , as the U.S.

The Emerging Trends in Connected Health from 2018

The cHealth Blog

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is on board! This thought leadership event will again return to Boston in 2019, and I’m pleased to continue as Program Chair for this important summit. As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on where we are in the connected health adoption journey. 2018 will go down in history as a pivotal year.

The Evolution of Self-Care for Consumers – Learning and Sharing at CHPA

Health Populi

Payors have begun to recognize the value of nudging consumers toward over-the-counter products under Medicare Advantage plans. Keech Combe Shetty, granddaughter of Ivan and Co-CEO of Combe, bolstered the importance of women’s leadership in the health care industry as both a role model and supporter. Self-care in health goes back thousands of years. Reading from Hippocrates’ Corpus about food and clean air’s role in health sounds contemporary today.