The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced a new project to review Medicare payments for telehealth services.
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is now live in 18 of 22 member states, giving healthcare providers an enhanced platform to launch telemedicine services across state lines.
Four key challenges in the development of any telehealth programs are addressed, including: liability, licensure, reimbursement, and workflow.
Hospital-based telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities that extend access to specialty care and other services are becoming increasingly an increasingly popular option for patients and providers.
The CHRONIC Care Act, which seeks to expand telehealth services, gets a favorable review from the Congressional Budget Office and unanimous support from the Senate Finance Committee. Its goal is to push Medicare costs down by improvement chronic disease management services and care coordination at home. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) even vowed to “get this bill through” in his closing remarks.
The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017 was reintroduced this week A long-anticipated bill to expand telemedicine and telehealth services in Medicare has made it to Capitol Hill, adding to the growing list of digital health legislation in the nation’s capital.