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TRICARE COVID-19 Coverage Policy Expands Telehealth/Telephone Coverage

Published Thursday, June 18, 2020
TRICARE COVID-19 Coverage Policy Expands Telehealth/Telephone Coverage In mid-May the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA)) issued an interim final rule that addresses the use of telehealth in the TRICARE program with the goal of reducing the spread of COVID-19 among TRICARE beneficiaries. Specifically, it provides a temporary more»

The Joint Commission FAQs on Telehealth Credentialing & Privileging Requirements

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Joint Commission FAQs on Telehealth Credentialing & Privileging Requirements Recognizing the challenges that health care organizations and front-line workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Joint Commission (TJC) has released a series of statements and resources to support their health care providers. Staffing and telehealth is one topic more»

Why virtual care will outlast the pandemic

Published Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Millions of people have turned to telehealth amid stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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New CMS Payment Model Flexibilities For COVID-19

Published Monday, June 15, 2020

“CMS has greatly broadened telehealth in health care during the current emergency; these unprecedented flexibilities are available to providers and suppliers participating in our models, in line with the flexibilities we’re providing across CMS programs. This means patients can easily and conveniently receive necessary care without leaving home and risking unnecessary exposure to the virus.”

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FAIR Health Telehealth Data Tracker & Infographic

Published Friday, June 12, 2020

FAIR Health, an independent nonprofit that collects data for and manages the nation’s largest database of privately billed insurance claims as well as Medicare Parts A, B and D claims data, has launched a monthly telehealth regional tracker to show how telehealth is evolving on a monthly basis. 

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UCLA Issue Brief Examines Telehealth Considerations for Vulnerable Populations

Published Thursday, June 11, 2020
UCLA Issue Brief Examines Telehealth Considerations for Vulnerable Populations The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)’s Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture released an issue brief examining the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to care for vulnerable populations and provides policy recommendations to ensure access more»

College Students Struggle to Access Out-of-State School Providers During COVID-19

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2020

In late May the Washington Post featured an article on the hardship faced by college students who rely on their schools for mental health assistance, and are now unable to access the services because they have returned home to another state where the providers are not licensed to practice.  The article notes that several schools are limiting clinical therapy to students who either live in-state or are in a state where interstate telehealth is legal.  As a result, student body representatives from over 130 universities across the country signed onto a letter addressed to State Medical Licensing Boards to encouraging them to mandate an update of interstate licensing requirements so that mental healthcare providers can meet the needs of their students who happen to be residing in different states as a result of COVID-19.  This is a developing issue, and CCHP will continue to monitor it and provide updates as they become available.

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‘I can’t imagine going back’: Medicare leader calls for expanded telehealth access after Covid-19

Published Tuesday, June 9, 2020
President Trump’s top Medicare official said Tuesday that expanded access to telemedicine should continue after the coronavirus pandemic recedes and that officials are examining ways to act without waiting for legislation from Congress. “I can’t imagine going back,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and more»