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“Repeal and Replace” Finally Heads to the House Floor

Whether you call it “Ryancare,” call it “Trumpcare,” or simply call it by its official legislative title (the American Health Care Act), one thing is all but certain: The legislation designed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is finally headed to the floor of the House this week (likely on […]

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HHS Finalizes MACRA Rule, Some Telehealth Advocates Disappointed

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized its policies for how the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement the new Medicare Quality Payment Program. This program, part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), replaces the former and flawed Medicare Part B Sustainable Growth Rate […]

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Bill to Improve Medicare ACO Program Includes Telehealth Provisions

A bi-partisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week aims to improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) by modifying the rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). It includes telehealth provisions sought by providers, who were quick to praise the proposed legislation. The bill increases incentives for ACOs to focus on quality of […]

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Telemedicine Use Increases Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries

In a recent study, Harvard Medical School researchers discovered the number of telemedicine visits provided to Medicare beneficiaries increase by 28 percent each year from 2004 to 2013, with a total of 107,000 visits provided in 2013. This research is one of the first to measure the frequency of telemedicine over the years. In order […]

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AHA Brief Highlights Telehealth Benefits

A new AHA issue brief recently claimed that policymakers can advance care deliver and increase benefit to patients through expanding access to telehealth in Medicare and new payment models. “A growing body of evidence shows that telehealth can not only expand access to services but also create cost savings,” the report notes. The Veterans Health […]

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Medicare’s Best Program: Chronic Care Management

The Politics of Health Care Medicare’s Best Program: Chronic Care Management These are the five most important numbers for a Medicare patient and their physician- 99490. In January 2015, the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program went into effect. Since then, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been using Medicare CPT Code 99490 […]

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Proposed Federal Law Could Save Medicare an Estimated $1.8 billon

A bipartisan group of US Senators led by Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced legislation that would enable an expansion of telemedicine services covered by Medicare, and could result in substantial cost savings. The bill’s other sponsors are Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). The […]

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CBO Actions Seen by Some to Impede the Adoption of Telemedicine

In an article on Politico.com, author David Pittman reports on actions by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that may be creating roadblocks to a swifter embrace of telehealth technologies by lawmakers. Established by Congress in 1975, the CBO produces independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process.  Any legislation considered […]

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Telehealth Study — Reduce Emergency Room Visits — Preserve Quality of Care

A newly released study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in Rochester, NY indicates that older individuals are likely to embrace telehealth. The research, begun in 2010, involved more than 1,500 older people including residents of independent and assisted living facilities, and evaluated over 500 telemedicine encounters. Results indicate that telemedicine eliminated […]

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Survey Identifies Barriers to Acceptance of Telemedicine Video Calls

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Survey has identified surmountable barriers to the widespread acceptance of telemedicine video encounters. From the survey of 263 respondents, 38 percent responded ‘very likely’ to accept an invitation to see their provider via a video call, and 28.1 percent ‘somewhat likely.’ The primary factors found to affect willingness to […]

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