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Understanding Medicare’s new remote evaluation of pre-recorded patient information (asynchronous telemedicine)

The National Law Review, November 6, 2018 The final rule recently published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule includes a new code for certain medical services delivered via asynchronous telemedicine technologies. This article provides the top 10 things to know about the new code and explains...

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The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: Expanding Medicare coverage of telehealth services to combat the opioid crisis

The National Law Review, November 6, 2018 The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, signed into law by President Trump on October 24, 2018 includes provisions for expanding Medicare coverage for telehealth-based treatment for substance abuse, including reimbursement for services delivered to patients connecting to providers from...

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Big Changes in 2019 for Medicare Telehealth Policy

National Telehealth Policy Resource Center Blog, November 6, 2018 An overview of the changes in Medicare reimbursement policy for telehealth services in finalized CMS 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.  Included are services not based on interactive videoconferencing, such as virtual check-ins, remote evaluation of pre-recorded patient information...

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DLT Grants Target Telehealth Programs from Maine to the Marianas

mHealth Intelligence, November 01, 2018 Dozens of innovative connected health programs across the country will benefit from the $39.6 million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants announced this week.  In the northeast grantees in Maine and New Jersey are among at least 11 programs that plan telehealth solutions to expand...

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SUPPORT Act Expands Telehealth Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

National Law Review October 25, 2018 The “SUPPORT Act” recently passed by Congress to expand prevention and treatment for opioid use disorder includes elements that encourage use of telehealth and telemedicine to enhance access.  In particular the Act eliminates geographic restrictions on reimbursement and directs the Attorney General to...

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CCHP Report Shows States are Still Looking for Value in Telehealth

mHealth Intelligence, October 24, 2018 The Center for Connected Health Policy's latest comprehensive report on state-by-state telehealth legislation and reimbursement finds little has changed in the connected health market in a year.   One advance in the northeast region was a clarification of Medicaid rules for reimbursement in Maine; such a...

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Physician Resistance to CMS Proposal for Virtual Check-Ins

Center for Connected Health Policy, October 16, 2018 On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposal of revisions to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2019. The proposal includes reimbursement for a virtual check-in service intended to “restore the doctor-patient relationship” by...

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Senate passes bill to address opioid crisis, expands telemedicine scope

mobihealthnews, October 4, 2018 Yesterday the senate overwhelmingly passed a new opioid bill in a 98-1 vote, with only Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) voting against it and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) not voting. The vote expands telemedicine services to people with opioid abuse disorder, exempting it from certain requirements. It also modifies the...

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Congress Continues Fighting Opioid Epidemic Through Legislation

Center for Connected Health Policy, October 2, 2018 Congress continues with legislation designed to combat the national opioid epidemic with the introduction of H.R. 6781, the Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act, sponsored by Rep. Suzan DelBane (D-WA). The bill was introduced mid-September, almost a week prior to the Senate passing of the...

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5 Need-to-Know Leaps in Telehealth

HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2018 The stars are aligning for the next phase of growth in telehealth. Many states have resolved parity issues, CMS is proposing payment changes in 2019 to accommodate telehealth visits, and Next Generation ACOs include a telehealth waiver. With significant progress on the reimbursement front, the...

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