Remote Care Technologies – What have they been, what will they be?

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Previously limited categories expand to span multiple remote care services. Lots of chatter is underway this week about Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring, remote care technologies for senior living (where no visitors are allowed). Consider the HIMSS rebranding of one company, Wellsky, formerly Mediware,rebranded as Wellsky, but also renamed home, companion, private duty care as ‘personal care.’ But what about remote engagement technologies?

2019 CMS Fee Schedule Expands Reimbursement for Remote Care

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It’s official: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2019 fee schedule is in effect as of January 1, 2019, bringing with it three new CPT codes that allow for expanded reimbursement for remote care services.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Approved Separate Reimbursements for Non-Traditional Patient Visits


November 1, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) made a significant step in overcoming this obstacle. It announced its finalization of “ Revisions to Payment Policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Quality Payment Program and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019 ”.

2018 Year in Review: The Year’s Biggest Remote Care News & Developments

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2018 was a historic year for telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM), as a series of developments played out that helped extend these important care delivery services to more patients than ever before. As government agencies like the CMS and VA expanded access to telehealth towards the goal of extending care into rural areas, industry leaders like Care Innovations® announced a series of breakthroughs with exciting implications for the years to come.

Why It's Time to Embrace Telemedicine


I t’s more than 40 years old and was developed as a way to use improvements in communication technology to bring quality medical diagnoses and care to individuals in remote parts of the world. What’s this new thing called Telemedicine? For starters, it’s not new!

2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Could Expand RPM Reimbursement

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Just as it did for the 2018 calendar year , the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking to further expand reimbursement for remote patient monitoring, virtual visits and other telehealth services as part of its proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule.

Covid-19 – Technology changes accelerate – some a work-in-progress

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A number of companies popped into my inbox in the past week with announcements of a period of free access to remote care/engagement technologies – including and in alphabetical order CareCentrix , CareTree , Ergo , Eversound , Outpatient , Ready Responders , VitalTech , and NurseCaller.

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

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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. . Next generation: What are the dimensions of remote care technology?

Rethinking approaches to remote health and telehealth in Australia

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Speaking during a panel session at the recent AFR Healthcare Summit , Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) President Dr Harry Nespolon said the way remote healthcare and telehealth is offered has changed little since the 1960s.

How Employer Health Plans Can Utilize Telehealth as a Value-Added Service

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Much has been written about the benefits of telehealth services like remote care within the healthcare system. It’s of little surprise, then, to learn that the benefits offered by remote care also extend to employee health plans.

AMA offers new tools to help doctors navigate COVID-19

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To help private-practice physicians manage the operational and business challenges posed by the coronavirus emergency, AMA has put together some new toolkits to help practices stay strong and deliver better care during the fast-evolving coronavirus crisis.

Telehealth has staying power, should benefit from lasting regulatory changes

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more patients than ever are turning to telehealth for care – eschewing overcrowded emergency rooms and dormant physician practices in favor of virtual consults. "Medicare announced its coverage at noon, and we saw our first [Medicare] patient at 5 that day."

Telehealth Research Used to Support New Policy Initiatives for Expansion

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In Fierce Healthcare’s report of the first telehealth study , which author Matt Kuhrt describes as a letter published in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association , researchers found a “ notable uptick in the use of telemedicine among primary care physicians between 2015 and 2017.”.

Podcast: Telehealth for Parkinson’s care

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He had a lot of interesting things to say and, unlike so many other physicians, was aware of multiple system atrophy, the disease that killed my dad in 2012, so I decided to have him on for a podcast to describe how he is using off-the-shelf telehealth technology to expand access to care, improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs. 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.

What Are the Factors Driving Telehealth Growth in 2019?

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There are a number of good reasons why experts are predicting that 2019 will be a “tipping point” for telehealth — in other words, the year to see virtual and remote care services gain even more widespread acceptance in health plan networks, practices and facilities throughout the United States.

COVID-19 and Telehealth Regulations in the States

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Even as healthcare providers scramble to implement new federal guidelines including broader access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries , they also find themselves navigating a patchwork of new telehealth measures at the state level.

Ohio Living achieves low readmission rates with telehealth

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percent, nearly half of the state’s Medicare average, by introducing telehealth services. In addition, Ohio Living said more than three-quarters of enrolled patients said they agree the telehealth program has given them the opportunity to be more involved in their own care.

Five technology and health blogs from March 2020

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Smart home and ability to enable participation in remote interactions) matters more than it ever has. And it created a big challenge for the multiple PR firms engaged to help create that visibility to innovation in care. This applies to caring for and treating the 2.5

CMS Proposes Major Expansion of Reimbursement for Telehealth Services

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Reimbursement for telehealth services by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has long been a point of contention. Delivery of care must be via “one of 8 eligible professionals”. Senators: Medicare Reimbursement Restrictions Are ‘Outdated’.

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

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Of a representative sample of 100 claims, the OIG found that 31 claims did not meet Medicare requirements. Most of those 31 did not qualify because the patients received care in locations not considered rural.”. The need for delivery of care by “ one of 8 eligible professionals ”.

Smart Meter’s iGlucose® Enables Reimbursable Remote Patient Monitoring

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April 24, 2018 – Smart Meter , an innovative diabetes management data, technology and solutions company, today announced that its iGlucose® Diabetes Care Solution meets the requirements for the newly created Remote Monitoring CPT Code, as defined by Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Why the RPM Codes for 2019 are Different, and – Most Importantly – SPOT ON!

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Ultimately, when new procedures or services are made available for reimbursement from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), those procedures are assigned a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code, which is used when submitting the claim for payment.

Patient monitoring is evolving with artificial intelligence, sensors, smart technology, more

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"Longer term, the biggest thing of all is remote monitoring and getting rid of hospital rooms ," said Topol.

Addressing the Most Common Concerns about Remote Health Management

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Expanding the capacity to provide “ complex and appropriate specialty care ” to higher-acuity patients, again per Dr. Licurse. Addressing Common Concerns of Remote Health Management. Cognitive Behavioral : Addressing persistent excuses to avoid care or self-management.

Report: RPM ‘Growing in Popularity’ for Chronic Disease Management

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That’s the conclusion reached in a new joint report from AHIP , the national association of America's Health Insurance Plans, and C-TAC, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. As a result, RPM can help ensure that health care resources are deployed to those patients most in need.”.

The Future of Healthcare: Telehealth. Here’s Why You Need to Consider Telemedicine in 2019

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With telemedicine, patients are able to seek services from providers in larger communities without having to coordinate travel plans or using the distance as a valid excuse to not seek treatment or care. There is an increased reimbursement for remote care services offered by the U.S.

The Two Canoes: Fee-for-Service Reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring

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As with any team, you're constantly working to balance — in this case: care delivery, quality, financial sustainability, staffing and stature in your market, among other items. Add to this the idea that it’s not right to give different people different care based on their insurer.

How To Become A Telemedicine Provider


In our mobile world, students earn degrees online and professionals work from home; now receiving data-driven medical care from a remote provider is becoming a valued standard in healthcare. Talk to them and ask if they’d be comfortable receiving virtual care.

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

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Browse the education sessions scheduled for the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference and expo in New Orleans next month, and you'll notice that many of them are geared toward elderly patients, home-based care and aging in place.

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CPSI gives away new telemedicine system to combat the pandemic

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth, the company said, delivers more than remote-care appointments. Further, it is designed to provide a way for patients to be screened for COVID-19 remotely and receive continuing care for ongoing health problems without risking contracting the coronavirus.

USDA Telehealth Report Sees ‘Lag’ in Rural Access

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USDA Telehealth Report: ‘Little Is Known’ about Use in Remote Communities. online health monitoring “via devices that exchange data remotely with medical personnel”. A CMS proposal would also expand coverage telehealth services for Medicare Advantage plans.”. A new U.S.

Mississippi Telehealth Network Could Be FCC’s Model for RPM Expansion

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Back in 2014 , the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) collaborated with a network of local and national health technology leaders to build the Mississippi Diabetes Telehealth Network, an effort to extend quality care into rural and underserved regions with high rates of chronic illness.

TigerConnect unveils telehealth system to help providers fight COVID-19

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Care collaboration technology vendor TigerConnect has debuted TigerTouch, a text message-oriented, audio/visual telehealth system designed to help health systems manage COVID-19 cases.

Global RPM Report: Remote Patient Monitoring Expands in U.S. & Internationally

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There are still a few months to go in 2018, yet this year is already shaping up to be arguably the most eventful and important for the proliferation of remote patient management (RPM). the year kicked off with a modification of CPT code 99091 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which “ immediately increased the amount of billable Medicare hours available for doctors and clinicians who utilize remote care services ,” as we reported in January.

Reimbursements red herring, trust, and key infrastructure needs for Telemedicine success

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Virtual, video-based doctor’s appointments can help alleviate the general practitioner shortage, and encourage preventative care. Medicare for instance covers face-to-face interactions, but only when the originating site (point of care, not the patient’s home) is in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). An equally important factor is likely Americans general comfort with video-based platforms, and their trust in remote appointments.

A hospital without patients

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Louis, nestled among locust, elm and sweetgum trees, the Mercy Virtual Care Center has a lot in common with other hospitals. The virtual care center started as an office in Mercy’s flagship St. In addition to the touchless warmth, regular interactions enable more individualized care.

Government Agencies & Industry Groups Push for Telehealth Policy Reform

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Echoing initiatives already taken by many state governments to expand access to digital healthcare services ( particularly in rural areas ), a growing number of federal agencies are also looking to reform existing telehealth policy in an effort to expand access to quality care while also attempting to rein in the costs of the American healthcare system. Contact Care Innovations today to schedule a complimentary, one-on-one consultation with a telehealth expert.