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Amazon Care Expands Pilot & more Telehealth Buzz

Amazon Care Expands Pilot Amazon Care’s telehealth pilot is now available to warehouse workers near the company’s Seattle headquarters. The initial phase of the pilot was only available to Seattle-based office employees and their families. The Care app connects employees with video consultations and in-home follow up care as needed. The planned expansion of services […]

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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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One of the Largest-Ever Health Care Fraud Schemes Exposed

In the last month, we have seen quite a few headlines that mention telehealth—and not the good kinds. Recently, as announced in a Department of Justice press release, federal investigators uncovered a massive health care fraud scheme, perpetrated chiefly through telehealth technology. The scheme is one of the largest instances of health care fraud ever […]

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Telehealth May Not Be Popular Everywhere

Telemedicine has become so popular that, these days, it might seem like you can find it almost everywhere. Grocery store pharmacies are offering telehealth kiosks to make things easier. Private insurance claims for virtual care are even up, growing 53% from 2016-2017 and still continuing to rise. As prevalent as telehealth is, however, there are […]

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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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The Little Telehealth Engine That Could?

Good news from Capitol Hill for telehealth advocates: For a third time, the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act (S. 773/H.R. 4013) has been reintroduced in both legislative chambers. This bill has been quite the “little engine that could”; it keeps persistently coming back despite the bill’s first failed attempt back in 2015 and second failed […]

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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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