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CHRONIC Care Act Gets Hearing, Markup

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act seems to have gotten one step closer to passage in the Senate. As first reported by Health Data Management, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the bipartisan legislation this week; the legislation then passed the committee unanimously on Thursday. During […]

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Newly Introduced HEART Act Focuses on Rural Telehealth

And the list of telehealth-related legislation introduced in the 115th Congress continues, yet again, to grow. As first reported by Healthcare Informatics and others, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) recently introduced the Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, which focuses on eliminating barriers to the use of telehealth in rural communities, including for cardiac […]

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CONNECT for Health Act Reintroduced

Add one more bill to the steadily growing list of telehealth-related legislation that’s been introduced since the 115th Congress convened in January. As Healthcare Informatics and others first reported, a bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, which is aimed at improving […]

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Growth, and Limitations, for Rural Tele-Mental Health

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, making it a fitting time for the release of a new study on the utilization of telemedicine among rural Medicare beneficiaries for mental health services. Published in the most recent edition of Health Affairs, the study from researchers at Harvard Medical School and RAND uncovered strong growth in utilization […]

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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 But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization.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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