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A new bill asks Congress to make telehealth coverage expanded by the CARES Act permanent

Published Thursday, July 2, 2020
A bill introduced in the House — called the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act — would ensure that telehealth regulations implemented through the CARES Act in response to the pandemic remain permanent. If passed, the proposed legislation will allow the HHS to waive geographical limitations for Medicare beneficiaries using telehealth or more»

FCC Boosts Rural Health Program Funding to Support Telehealth Expansion

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020
June 30, 2020 - Federal officials are adding almost $200 million to a fund designed to help rural healthcare providers expand their broadband resources, giving them more opportunities to improve the reach of their telehealth and mHealth platforms. The Federal Communications Commission announced today that the Universal Service Administrative Company, which more»

HHS will renew public health emergency

Published Tuesday, June 30, 2020
HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo on Monday tweeted that HHS intends to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency that is set to expire on July 25. The extension would prolong the emergency designation by 90 days. Several payment policies and regulatory adjustments are attached to the public health emergency, so the extension is welcome news for healthcare more»

CMS Proposes Calendar Year 2021 Payment and Policy Changes for Home Health Agencies and Calendar Year 2021 Home Infusion Therapy Benefit

Published Friday, June 26, 2020
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that proposes routine updates to the home health payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2021, in accordance with existing statutory and regulatory requirements. This proposed rule also includes a proposal to make permanent the regulatory changes related to telecommunications more»

COVID-19 Pushes Telehealth Into Mainstream Medicine

Published Thursday, June 25, 2020

If there is one positive that can be gleaned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the push that it has given telehealth. Despite its potential of improving access and even lowering costs, telehealth has been slow to enter mainstream healthcare, and in 2019, was only used by 8% of Americans. A number of challenges has slowed wider implementation including limited reimbursement by payers, lack of comfort with telemedicine technologies by both patients and providers, and few incentives to replace face to face care.

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Community Health Centers Need a Telehealth Strategy, Resources to Survive

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Community health centers will need a good grasp of telehealth to survive both the coronavirus pandemic and what lies beyond.

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Senate HELP Committee Members Grapple with Making Permanent COVID-19 Telehealth Policy Changes

Published Tuesday, June 23, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic has dragged on over the last several weeks, the million-dollar question for many in the healthcare industry is: What will be the fate of the temporary telehealth expansions in Medicare after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends? This was exactly the question that underlined the Senate Committee hearing last week titled, more»

Telehealth Advocates Launch Task Force to Lobby for Permanent Policy Changes

Published Monday, June 22, 2020
June 18, 2020 - Nearly two dozen telehealth advocates, organizations, providers and vendors are joining forces to present a united front in lobbying for long-term connected health access and coverage. The Taskforce on Telehealth Policy was unveiled today, one day after several high-profile executives appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, more»