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OIG Report: CMS Paid Practitioners for Telehealth Services That Did Not Meet Medicare Requirements

Health Care Law Today, April 16, 2018 The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just published a new report on OIG’s review of Medicare payments for telehealth services. The objective of the OIG review was to determine whether or not CMS paid practitioners for telehealth services that met...

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NYC Health + Hospitals expands telehealth program for female inmates at Rikers Island

FierceHealthcare, April 16, 2018 NYC Health + Hospitals has launched a program to provide telehealth services to female prisoners on Rikers Island, expanding a service aimed at reducing the costs and disruption associated with transporting prisoners to a medical facility. NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue launched a similar initiative for the...

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Picking The Right Telehealth Platform For a Small or Solo Practice

mHealth Intelligence, April 2018 For a small practice or solo physician, launching a virtual care platform might seem like a waste of time and money, especially in a climate where both are in such short supply. But telemedicine offers vital operational and clinical benefits that might mean the difference between a healthy practice and one...

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CT Employers, Payers Oppose Fixed Rates for Telehealth Services

mHealth Intelligence, March 20, 2018 A recent hearing to discuss a bill to allow Connecticut physicians to provide telepsychiatry services saw employers and health plans in the state opposing a measure to pay for these telehealth services at the same rate as in-person services. Introduced earlier this year, the proposed legislation (HB 5299)...

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MedPAC recommends ‘measured approach’ to Medicare telehealth coverage

FierceHealthcare, March 16, 2018 Without a consistent comparison from commercial insurers, federal policymakers should adopt a “measured approach” to incorporating telehealth coverage into the Medicare program, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). In a new report mandated under the 21st Century Cures Act, the...

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Debating the Pros And Cons of Licensure Compacts for Telehealth

mHealth Intelligence, March 16, 2018 Interstate medical licensure compacts, which enable healthcare providers to more easily apply for and receive permission to practice medicine in other states, have been touted as a means of expanding telehealth and telemedicine. They’re now live for both physicians and nurses and will soon be live...

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Telehealth Billing Compliance: Medicare Says Goodbye to the GT Modifier

Health Care Law Today, March 12, 2018 For over a decade, Medicare has required providers to append special modifiers to their CPT and HCPCS codes when billing for telehealth services. The two primary modifiers for telehealth services were GT (indicating the service was delivered via an interactive audio and video telecommunications system) and...

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What Retail Can Teach Health Care About Digital Strategy

Harvard Business Review, March 8, 2018 Retailers know they have to find the right blend of digital convenience and in-person service. Consider Walmart’s latest advertising campaign in which customers gleefully place orders online and through its app, selecting to receive smart-looking blue boxes on their doorsteps or seamlessly pick up...

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VA Launches Telehealth Program to Treat Rural Veterans With PTSD

mHealth Intelligence, March 7, 2018 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is launching a nationwide telehealth program to help rural veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The pilot program, coordinated by the VA’s Office of Rural Health and its Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, will connect 12...

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Two Healthcare Systems Use Telehealth Kiosks to Expand Reach

Health Leaders Media, March 6, 2018 Two health systems are expanding their digital health delivery programs by hosting telehealth kiosks at retail pharmacy locations. Within just a few weeks of each other, NewYork-Presbyterian and Florida-based BayCare Health System each announced new programs with Walgreens and Publix, respectively,...

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