Providers Using Telehealth to Break Into Home Health Care

Health care providers are trying to move into the booming home health market and they’re using telehealth and business partnerships to do it, according to the new US Home Healthcare Report from Business Insider Intelligence. With spending projected to reach $173 billion by 2026, “providers that don’t develop home health care infrastructure risk falling behind…

New Telehealth Bills Emphasize Insurance Coverage, Remote Patient Monitoring

Legislation to advance telehealth payer coverage and include remote patient monitoring platforms is  advancing in several statehouses across the country. The Center for Connected Health Policy finds around 90 bills in state legislatures, at this time, addressing telehealth issues ranging from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, to private payer reimbursement, pilot projects, licensing, and more. In…

The Net Is No Longer Neutral; What Nullifying Net Neutrality Means for Health Care

Net neutrality is the principle that your internet service provider (ISP), such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, cannot arbitrarily slow down or block access to websites or online services. For the most part, net neutrality died on Monday, April 23rd. It’s death warrant was signed a couple of months earlier when the Federal Communications Commission…

Standalone Smartphone App Has Mixed Reviews Helping Control Hypertension

Hypertension is estimated to affect 34 percent of U.S. adults 20 years or older and accounts for more than 73,000 deaths each year. While many factors contribute to poorly controlled hypertension, proper medication adherence is an ongoing struggle. Given this challenge, health app developers have been quick to bring to market technology enabled solutions that…

CMS Says New Medicare Pay Rules Will Expand Telehealth

Soon-to-be-released Medicare payment rules will make it easier for providers to use telehealth services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma told the National Rural Health Association policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 6. “This year you are going to see a lot more from us in our payment rules,…

Policy Veers toward Expansion of Telehealth

A recent decision by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and moves by the Administration and leaders in Congress point to a future expansion in the use of telehealth, an important development for the home care community. Telehealth is the expansion of health care and education using telecommunication technologies to deliver virtual medical and education…

NAHC Recommends New Direction for CMS Innovation Center

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to recommend a new direction for the CMS Innovation Center in a number of important areas critical to home health and hospice. In recent years some initiatives of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS)…

MedPAC Continues Its Evaluation of Telehealth

Report Mandates the Evaluation of Principles for Expansion of Medicare’s Coverage of Telehealth Services The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) recently met in Washington, DC, to conduct its monthly assessment of the issues and challenges facing the Medicare program. Their November meeting marked the third consecutive monthly meeting at which MedPAC discussed telehealth as mandated…