Tagged with Telemedicine

2018 QPP and MPFS Final Rules Released

CMS has released final rules for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The rules, scheduled to take effect January 1, 2018, address changes within the fee schedule as well as other Medicare Part B payment policies, such as changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

MA – Senate Releases Comprehensive Health Care Legislation

Massachusetts Senate leaders have released a comprehensive health care legislation containing a wide range of provisions that, if finalized, would require the state to report the top 50 employers with the highest number of employees who receive coverage through MassHealth as well as require those companies identified to pay a large portion of a $200 million assessment to cover funding shortfalls in the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth.

VA Issues Proposed Rule to Allow Telemedicine Across State Lines

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed a rule that would preempt state laws restricting the ability of VA healthcare providers to supply telehealth services to veterans across state lines or within states, intended to increase the availability of mental health, specialty care, and general clinical care to veterans, especially in rural areas.

Senate Finance Committee Approves Chronic Care Bill

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017. The legislation seeks to expand telehealth services to Medicaid populations and has received a favorable score by the Congressional Budget Office.

CMS Releases Approved 2017 MIPS Registry List

CMS has released the 2017 list of approved qualified registries. Physician practices may utilize these third-party vendors to report individual or group data for the Quality, Advancing Care Information, and Improvement Activities categories of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in order to avoid a -4% penalty and potentially earn a small bonus in 2019.

Congress to Revisit Telehealth for Chronic Care Legislation

The CHRONIC Care Act of 2017 was reintroduced to Congress this month. The proposed bill targets Medicare payment reform for chronic disease management services and would promote the use of telehealth by eliminating geographic restrictions on telestroke consult services, expand telehealth coverage under MA part B, and give ACOs more flexibility to use telehealth services.

Senate Re-introduces Bill to Expand Telehealth Services

The bill hopes to expand existing telehealth services for Medicare patients by improving Medicare reimbursements and encouraging healthcare providers to launch telehealth programs through the DHHS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

RI – Telehealth Firms Set Sights on Hospital System Market

The Rhode Island telehealth firm, American Well, along with many other top telehealth firms, are turning their sights toward hospitals and health systems and have been rapidly expanding the parts of their businesses which cater directly to providers.

Another Step Toward Value-Based Reimbursement

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt is urging healthcare and political leaders to continue value-based care progress made under the Affordable Care Act, including value-based care progress after MACRA implementation through universal coverage, the CMS Innovation Center, interoperable health IT, and patient-centered care.

CMS Releases Final 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

CMS has issued the final rule updating the Medicare’s physician fee schedule for 2017. Under the final rule, physician payment rates increase slightly, as called for by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Telemedicine: At a Tipping Point?

Telemedicine has been around in one form or another for many years. But the convergence of technology and need (care coordination, medical services in rural areas, etc.) is now driving rapid expansion. Whether this continues to the point where telemedicine is mainstream will be determined by regulatory action and provider inertia.