CMS Finalizes Reimbursement for New Virtual Services
November 21, 2018 | Eric D. Fader | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The final 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released on November 1, 2018 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a section entitled “Modernizing Medicare Physician Payment by Recognizing Communication Technology-Based Services.” Effective January 1, 2019, physicians may be reimbursed for certain virtual interactions with patients using several new billing codes. One new …
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CMS to Pay Home Health Providers for Remote Monitoring
November 12, 2018 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
On Oct. 31, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to update the payment system for home health agencies and improve access to remote patient monitoring technology. The rule will allow home health providers to build the costs of remote monitoring technology into their Medicare reimbursement beginning Jan. 1, 2020. …
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Garmin, Fitabase to Collaborate on Analysis of Wearables Data
October 25, 2018 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Garmin International, best known in the U.S. for its GPS navigation units, has announced a collaboration with Fitabase to analyze digital health data from Garmin’s wearable devices, including activity trackers and smartwatches. The alliance puts Garmin in direct competition with Apple and Fitbit, both of which use data from their devices in healthcare research. Fitabase, …
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The SUPPORT Act – Supporting Opioid Treatment via Telemedicine
October 23, 2018 | Ada Kozicz | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
On October 3, 2018, Congress passed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act. The SUPPORT Act is intended to combat the opioid and heroin crisis by reducing use and supply, encouraging recovery, supporting caregivers and families, and driving innovation and long-term solutions. It also includes the expansion …
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