Telehealth


Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Expands Telehealth Coverage
December 11, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) includes the addition of 60 new telehealth services that will be covered and reimbursed by Medicare. The new services will allow Medicare beneficiaries to have greater access to telehealth, with a particular focus on residents of …
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New AKS Safe Harbors Finalized
December 3, 2020 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Electronic Health Records | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has finalized new safe harbors and modifications of existing safe harbors under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) to reflect a policy priority favoring a value-based health care system that “pays for health and outcomes” and that will “remove potential barriers to more effective …
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FDA Announces Digital Health Center of Excellence
October 7, 2020 | Electronic Health Records | FDA | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
On September 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of its Digital Health Center of Excellence within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The FDA called this an important step toward its goal of advancing digital health technology, including mobile health (mHealth), health information technology, wearable devices, telehealth, and personalized …
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OCR Updates Mobile Health App Resources
September 25, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently unveiled a new website with updated guidance and resources for mobile health app developers regarding the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The new Resources for Mobile Health Apps Developers site replaces OCR’s prior Health App Developer Portal. The new site’s Health …
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Amazon Enters Health Wearables Market
September 11, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Home Health | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Amazon recently introduced the Halo fitness tracker, its first entry into the health wearables market currently dominated by Fitbit and the Apple Watch. Amazon’s previous efforts to move into the healthcare industry have included the acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, the mysterious Haven initiative with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, and various other …
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CMS Proposes Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Services
August 5, 2020 | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | Behavioral Health | COVID-19 | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) worked quickly to issue emergency guidance that allowed temporary expansion of payment for telehealth services and provided certain flexibility in providing telehealth services. The COVID pandemic has significantly increased awareness of the benefits of telehealth, as many patients have …
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HHS, DOJ Release Fraud and Abuse Report
July 23, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Hospitals | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have released the 2019 annual report for their Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program. The government recovered almost $3.6 billion, of which about $2.5 billion was returned to the Medicare trust fund. The recoveries included judgments and settlements from fraud …
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FCC Increases Funding for Rural Telehealth Services
July 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | COVID-19 | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is adding $198 million in funding to the Rural Health Care Program to help healthcare providers acquire telecommunications and broadband services. The funding is in addition to $200 million that was allocated to the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). About …
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Wearables Brands Fight for Healthcare Space
June 23, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | COVID-19 | Electronic Health Records | Employer/Employee | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Manufacturers of activity trackers and smartwatches have been fighting over the “serious” healthcare market for several years. Companies such as Apple (previously discussed here), Fitbit (previously discussed here), and Garmin (previously discussed here) have all announced research partnerships with academic and clinical institutions to expand their businesses from the “exercise and fitness” market into healthcare …
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Navajo National Collaboration Could Greatly Boost Molina’s Flagging Fortunes in New Mexico
June 2, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers | Telehealth
A recent article in Health Payer Specialist, “Navajo National Collaboration Could Greatly Boost Molina’s Flagging Fortunes in New Mexico,” discussed how Molina Healthcare, through the Navajo Managed Care Organization (MCO), is working to better the healthcare of the Navajo Nation while bolstering its own bottom line. Rivkin Radler’s Chris Kutner was quoted in the article. …
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