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Medicare is Holding Telehealth Back: New GAO Study

Study after study, it seems, has pointed to the cost savings and enhanced health outcomes that could result from the broader implementation of telehealth and remote monitoring. But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization. As Health […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Promotes Telehealth for Chronic Disease Patients

It’s been well documented that a small percentage of patients account for a disproportionate amount of the spending on health care in the United States. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, for example, estimates that care for patients with chronic diseases like heart disease, COPD, and diabetes “accounts for approximately 75 percent of the […]

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Insurers Urge CBO to Consider Their Data in Telemedicine Evaluations

Eleven private insurers are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to take the experience of commercial health insurers into account when evaluating the potential impact of telemedicine coverage on Medicare. As reported last week in Healthcare Informatics, representatives of some of the nation’s largest private insurers sent a public letter in October to CBO director […]

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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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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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CTeL October Brown Bag: Telemedicine Legal and Regulatory Primer

“We’re thinking of starting a telemedicine program.  What issues do we need to think about?” Not a day goes by at The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) when we don’t get a call with this question. Or sometimes it is more ominous.  “We’ve started our telemedicine program.  What issues do […]

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Enhanced Telehealth Coverage for CMS Reimbursement? Proposed Legislation

Longtime telehealth advocates Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) are seeking again to expand Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine.  As Fierce Health IT and others first reported, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014 is slated for introduction in the coming weeks; the legislation would “provide for a phased-in expansion of telehealth coverage […]

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