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HHS Plans Audit of Medicaid Telehealth Spending

“Audit” is a word that doesn’t exactly inspire happiness or excitement in most people, so it’s likely that a piece of recent news from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t necessarily be a welcome one. As Health Care Law Today and others first reported, the department […]

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Telehealth in Urban Areas? Health Affairs Op-Ed Highlights Need

When it comes to the debate over telehealth reimbursement, advocates frequently tend to focus on the benefits that increased reimbursement could bring to rural, underserved communities—places where, by having access to telehealth care, patients could theoretically avoid having to drive long distances to see a specialty provider, or where small-town hospital closures have left residents […]

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Seema Verma in Line to be Next HHS Secretary?

Following last week’s resignation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) amid concerns about his use of private aircraft at taxpayer expense (and continuing health care drama on Capitol Hill), the first question that likely came to mind for most health care types was this one: Who will replace Price at […]

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CHRONIC Care Act Passes the Senate

Telehealth advocates can point to their first (partial) legislative victory with the Senate passage of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act. As mHealth Intelligence, MobiHealthNews, and others first reported, the bipartisan bill unanimously passed the upper chamber earlier this week. “The CHRONIC Care Act is a culmination of a bipartisan, committee-wide effort, which […]

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The Push For Telehealth Reimbursement: Advocates Lobby CMS

In a year during which efforts to expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services have gained new momentum, more and more advocates are taking their case directly to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As mHealth Intelligence first reported, a variety of different health care advocacy organizations have submitted comments to the agency in support of […]

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Medicare Spending on Telehealth Grew in 2016, But is Still Low

Good news/bad news when it comes to Medicare and telemedicine: While the program spent more money on reimbursement for telehealth services in the past year than they ever had in the past, Medicare’s spending on it still only accounts for a small percentage of its overall budget. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, recently released data from the […]

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Could Telemedicine Connect More Medicaid Patients With Specialty Care?

For any patient, the world of specialty care can be a challenging one to navigate. That can be particularly true for Medicaid patients in need of specialist care, given that they often face long waits for appointments, with a limited pool of providers willing to treat them—and it’s even true for those enrolled in managed […]

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Could Telemedicine Help Reduce SNF Hospitalizations? New CMS Pilot

Each year, hospital readmissions among skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients cost Medicare more than $4 billion—not an insignificant sum of money. But could telemedicine help to cut down on those readmissions? That’s what the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are seeking to find out with a new yearlong pilot program funded in conjunction […]

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HHS OIG Announces Review of Telehealth Payments

What does the recently announced Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) review of Medicare telehealth payments mean for the future of telehealth reimbursement? That’s the question that some advocates are asking following the announcement that the agency will be examining potential improper payments from the Centers for Medicare […]

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House Bill Targets Medicare Telehealth Restrictions

In a Congress that’s already been busy when it comes to the introduction of telehealth-related bills, two House members have dropped yet another bipartisan bill—and like many of those introduced earlier in this legislative session, it’s specifically aimed at eliminating the restrictions that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) place on Medicare reimbursement […]

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