Finally, a Chance for Telemedicine to Shine in Medicare and Medicaid

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This past week was big for telemedicine in public programs.  Both telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) are proven tools in the commercial marketplace, but reimbursement restrictions have made adoption in Medicare and Medicaid pretty close to non-existent.  It is still essential to pass legislation to fix outdated legal barriers in these programs.  However, the […]

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Virtual Care Identified as “Deflator” of Health Care Costs

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PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) issued its annual projection of the coming year’s health care cost growth. Unfortunately, 2016 is no different than previous years. HRI projects a rise of 6.5 percent in medical cost trend, which continues a leveling of the increases we’ve seen since 2007, but it is still an increase. HRI analyzed […]

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The Role of Policy in Hindering Telemedicine’s Progress

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The Los Angeles Convention Center is abuzz this week with discussions about the future of patient care as the American Telemedicine Association brings together entrepreneurs, technology and device companies, health systems, and others for their annual meeting. Treating patients is no longer restricted to regular office hours and judging by the exhibit hall at the […]

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2015: Another Unstoppable Year for Telehealth

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Offering telehealth1 to employees or health plan beneficiaries used to be a differentiator in benefits – an added perk for employees or health care consumers increasingly demanding convenience and accessibility. Today, it is rapidly becoming a necessary addition to benefit packages. Not only do employees and prospective health plan enrollees want it, but it’s also […]

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Is Ohio about to be a model for federal telemedicine reimbursement?

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The time for telemedicine reimbursement in our country is now. Telemedicine has gone beyond just being a solution for rural consumers who cannot access medical care. It has continually been shown to improve access to care in urban, suburban and rural areas. It also reduces emergency department and urgent care visits, and gives consumers a […]

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Telehealth: An Important Tool in Achieving the Goals of the ACO Program and Why Restrictions Should Be Lifted in Final ACO Rule

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December 12, 2014 | Krista Drobac, Executive director of the Alliance for Connected Care In the recently released proposed rule related to the accountable care organization (ACO) program1 (or Medicare Shared Savings Program, as it is formally known), the CMS contemplated allowing ACOs to utilize and be reimbursed for an important tool in better coordinating […]

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Commentary: Time for Congress to make payments for telehealth happen

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December 12, 2014 | Krista Drobac, Executive director of the Alliance for Connected Care The reason that telehealth usage among seniors in Medicare is almost non-existent is because the rules were written at a time when telehealth was used primarily to provide access to care for rural patients. To access a physician remotely, Medicare beneficiaries […]

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Actuarial Study Shows Medicare can Save with Telehealth

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New Study Highlights Savings Likely from Payment of Telehealth in Medicare Washington, DC, Dec. 12, 2014 – The Alliance for Connected Care is pleased to release a new actuarial study showing that telehealth can help achieve savings in the Medicare program. The study combined the data of five telehealth companies in the commercial sector and […]

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