Monthly Archive
for: ‘April, 2020’

Doctor on Demand Partnership Expands Telehealth in Massachusetts

Massachusetts launched a partnership with Doctor On Demand last week to make telehealth available to the uninsured. Telehealth services will be provided free of charge to uninsured and Medicaid patients who have questions about COVID-19 or who have been identified through the state’s contact tracing efforts as needing telehealth care. Individuals will now have 24-hour, […]

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New Bill Addresses Reimbursement for Therapy Professionals & more Telehealth Buzz

New Bill Addresses Telehealth Reimbursement for Therapy Professionals A new bill, the Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Response Act, would expand the list of healthcare providers able to treat patients via telehealth. US Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA), Troy Balderson (R-OH), and French Hill (R-AR) introduced the bill last week to address the exclusion of therapy professionals, such […]

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HHS Launches New Telehealth Site & more Telehealth Buzz

HHS Launches New Telehealth Site for Physicians and Patients Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a website to centralize information for patients and providers interested in utilizing telehealth during the pandemic. The patient-focused page covers telehealth options; understanding telehealth; telehealth during COVID-19; and preparing for a video visit. The provider page […]

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CMS Clears up Murky Reimbursement Issues & more Telehealth Buzz

BHCOE Provides Telehealth Accreditation Standards for Autism Care In light of COVID-19, the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has established new standards of care for providing applied behavioral analysis therapy via telehealth. Routine and schedules are extremely important for children with autism and other developmental disorders; changes in routine are often harmful to the […]

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Members of Congress urge CMS to allow telephone-only mental health care during COVID-19 & more Telehealth Buzz

Bipartisan Effort to Expand Access to Tele-mental Health for Medicare Recipients Last week U.S. Reps. John Katko (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Grace Napolitano (D-CA) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services urging the agencies to expand Medicare-covered telehealth services. The CARES Act […]

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Telehealth May Get Another Boost from Congress Telehealth Buzz

Telehealth May Get Another Boost from Congress On Friday the Healthcare Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act was introduced by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) to enhance telehealth services during COVID-19. The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Healthcare Connect Fund Program currently subsidizes the cost of broadband for rural healthcare facilities. The Act increases […]

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Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Expands & more Telehealth Buzz

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Expands Telehealth During COVID-19 Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) has sped up plans for expanded telehealth services in response to the pandemic. Planned Parenthood’s existing m-health platform, PP Direct, has experienced a 60% increase in use since the COVID-19 outbreak in March. The new system allows practitioners […]

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California Executive Order Relaxes Telehealth Requirements and more Telehealth Buzz

California Executive Order Relaxes Telehealth Requirements California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth. The order relaxes privacy and security laws associated with video chat and m-health platforms to facilitate better access to care during COVID-19. Providers may now use platforms such as Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom for real-time audio-visual […]

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More Changes to Telehealth from CMS this Week and more Telehealth Buzz

More Changes to Telehealth from CMS this Week From the Press Release: Emergency departments can now use telehealth services to quickly assess patients. 80 additional services can now be furnished via telehealth. Providers can bill for telehealth visits at the same rate as in-person visits. Practitioners can now engage with new patients via telehealth. CMS […]

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Oregon Provides Clarity on Telehealth Use During COVID-19 and more Telehealth Buzz

Oregon Provides Clarity on Telehealth Use During COVID-19 Two Oregon administrative agencies issued guidelines for health plans concerning the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak: “Health plans should cover telehealth services delivered by in-network providers to replace in-person visits whenever possible and medically or clinically appropriate. Health plans shall ensure their members’ cost-sharing requirements […]

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