Telehealth Buzz

Rhode Island Looking to Continue Pandemic Telehealth Coverage & more Telehealth Buzz

Rhode Island Looking to Continue Pandemic Telehealth Coverage The Rhode Island Senate Health and Human Services Committee has approved a bill, S2525A, that would expand connected health services by making a COVID-19 Executive Order permanent. The Executive Order required telehealth services be reimbursed “at rates not lower than” the rate of the same service provided […]

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CMS Finalizes New Telehealth Rule for Medicare Advantage & more Telehealth Buzz

CMS Finalizes New Telehealth Rule for Medicare Advantage & more Telehealth Buzz On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a new rule for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans. While the new rule addresses a variety of issues, it specifically makes telehealth more accessible for MA recipients. MA plans can offer […]

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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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New Defense Health Bill Seeks to Add Telehealth Services and Providers & more Telehealth Buzz

New Defense Health Bill Seeks to Add Telehealth Services and Providers Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced a bill in support of a letter urging the Defense Department to expand TRICARE telehealth coverage. The letter called on TRICARE to cover the same amount of telemental health services for the military as civilians […]

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HHS Awards Additional Funds for Telehealth

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has authorized the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) to allocate an additional $20 million to telehealth infrastructure and access. HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) awarded $15 million to four different organizations to further develop their telehealth services for pregnant women, families, children, and adolescents […]

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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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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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