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CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests

Published Thursday, March 5, 2020

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took additional actions to ensure America’s patients, healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

CMS has developed a second Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code that can be used by laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases. In addition, CMS released new fact sheets that explain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Individual and Small Group Market Private Insurance coverage for services to help patients prepare as well. 

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Breaking: Telehealth Coverage Included in Coronavirus Spending Bill

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Breaking: Telehealth Coverage Included in Coronavirus Spending Bill

Congressional leaders have agreed on a massive funding bill to address the coronavirus that authorizes Medicare to waive geographical restrictions on telehealth.

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Broadband and Student Performance Gaps – Quello Center | Michigan State University

Published Tuesday, March 3, 2020

BROADBAND AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE GAPS

Published Tuesday, March 3, 2020

This study was designed to understand the repercussions of absent or poor home Internet connectivity on student performance and the associated costs to society. The focus is on Internet connectivity outside of school among middle and high school students enrolled in rural and smalltown schools. This report examines how differences in the type and quality of home connectivity (eg, broadband vs. cell phone) relate to school performance and other student outcomes in grades 8-11, in fifteen predominantly rural, Michigan, school districts. Inequalities related to income and race are often used to explain why some people still do not have Internet or broadband access at home. Often overlooked in this discussion is the role of geography. The role of location is not well understood because of difficulties in finding and studying contexts where Internet access is unavailable. In this study, many students do not have Internet access because they live in small towns, rural areas, or on farms that do not have an infrastructure to provide broadband Internet access or any Internet or cell phone service. If Internet access is available, it is often slow, and cell phone data access can be spotty and congested. Although poverty is also prevalent in these areas, many students live in households that would purchase high-speed home Internet access if it were available. 

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DEA releases proposed rule for telehealth treatment of substance use disorders

Published Friday, February 28, 2020
DEA releases proposed rule for telehealth treatment of substance use disorders February 28th, 2020 By CBS19 News Staff WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced plans to improve patient access to substance use disorder treatments via telehealth. Senator Mark Warner more»

Best Marketing and Promotion Tips for Telemedicine Professionals

Published Thursday, February 27, 2020
Best Marketing and Promotion Tips for Telemedicine Professionals By Pat Fredshaw on Feb 27, 2020 Technology has disrupted every atom of our society, and medicine is no exception. Through the practice of telemedicine, experts can now expand their user base and grow their business, while patients can get quicker access to healthcare than ever more»

USDA Grants Available to Purchase Equipment for Telemedicine and Distance Learning Programs

Published Monday, February 24, 2020
USDA Grants Available to Purchase Equipment for Telemedicine and Distance Learning Programs Written By: Barker Donelson A great opportunity has opened providing funds for telemedicine and distance learning investment in rural areas. $71 million is available with grants ranging from $50,000 to $1 million. On February 10, 2020, the United States more»

CDC in Action: Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of COVID-19

Published Sunday, February 23, 2020
Learn more about CDC’s Response to COVID-19 Preparing first responders, healthcare providers, and health systems Establishing visibility across healthcare systems to understand healthcare use, particularly surges in demand for medical care and associated resources. Conducting extensive outreach to clinical and hospital professional organizations more»

CMS Loosens Restrictions on Telehealth for Certain Shared-Risk ACOs

Published Thursday, February 13, 2020

In a rule announced last month, CMS is giving certain ACOs at risk of owing money back to Medicare because they haven't hit spending targets more freedom to use telehealth, including services delivered to the beneficiary's home.

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