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  • Payers, Providers Seek Common Ground on New Telehealth Services

    mHealth Intelligence

    Healthcare providers are finding that telehealth reimbursement goes well beyond finding the right CPT code. With each state and even the federal government offering different and sometimes conflicting definitions for telemedicine and telehealth, a hospital or health system looking to lunch a digital health platform has to be creative in how it defines value. More and more providers, in fact, are taking it upon themselves to negotiate telehealth coverage with commercial payers. “There’s been some deliberate efforts … to align with [payers] and embrace cooperation on coverage and reimbursement,” says Nathaniel Lacktman, who leads the telemedicine and virtual care practice at the law firm of Foley & Lardner, LLP. “We’re noticeable moving toward that now.” The challenge lies in aligning what the provider wants to do with mobile health or telehealth technology with what the health plan wants to support. For example, a health system might want to create a program enabling patients to trade e-mails with their doctors, but would those conversations by covered by a bundled care plan or carved out as separate discrete medical events?  

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  • CCHP Releases 5th Edition of 50 State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report

    The fifth edition of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s (CCHP) State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report will be available tomorrow, April 20, 2017.  CCHP’s report is the most comprehensive report on state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies available and contains the most current and up to date information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The full report will be available at no cost to the public on CCHP’s website, which also includes a state interactive map to more easily access this information.  CCHP also will make available an updated easy to read two-page fact sheet and infographic summarizing the report’s key findings.

  • Telehealth Wave: Surf’s Up for Fed, State Policymakers

    Managed Care Magazine

    Telemedicine may be the wave of the future, but federal and state policymakers are surfing it in different ways. In Washington, the Republican plan to replace the ACA is dominating everything related to health care, including telehealth. Repeal and replace could be telemedicine’s big chance to assume a leading role in the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Statements from HHS Secretary Tom Price suggest he is favorable toward the technology. Meanwhile, in state capitals, health officials and regulators have been dealing with telehealth as an emerging technology for quite some time. Responses have varied, and the result is a hodgepodge of rules at the state level. But the uncertain future of insurance coverage in the country will affect both the perception and reality of telehealth in the years ahead. If millions of Americans lose Medicaid or private health insurance coverage because of the unACAing of American health care, telehealth may seem like a gimmicky sideshow rather than a good-faith effort to bring health care into the digital century.  

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