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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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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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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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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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CMS Proposes New Telehealth Coverage Codes

In last week’s newsletter, we talked about the new fee changes coming to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) physician fee schedule in 2020. Interestingly enough, as the National Law Review first reported, CMS did not receive any requests to add telehealth services to Medicare; rather, they took it upon themselves to include […]

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Medicare Proposes Changes for 2020 Calendar Year

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are proposing new rule changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2020. These changes include updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions (with some telehealth provisions included as well). The agency rolled out the new proposal for the physician fee schedule (PFS) just this […]

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New Rule Adopted by CMS

On April 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to Medicare Advantage (MA or Part C) plans by implementing several provisions from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-123). The new changes allow MA plans to include more telehealth benefits. In the past, as highlighted in a recent […]

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Good News for MA Beneficiaries!

For those enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, good news is headed your way. In fall 2018, following the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act (as we reported at the time) earlier that year, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would allow MA plans to include more telehealth options. […]

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