The Impact of the Covid-19-Related Transition to Telehealth on Visit Adherence in Mental Health Care: An Interrupted Time Series Study

Springer Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research: The Impact of the Covid-19-Related Transition to Telehealth on Visit Adherence in Mental Health Care: An Interrupted Time Series Study This study examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic flexibilities on visit adherence for mental health services in an integrated behavioral health department [...]

2021-11-02T11:37:08-04:00October 30th, 2021|

Initiating Opioid Use Disorder Medication via Telemedicine During COVID-19: Implications for Proposed Reforms to the Ryan Haight Act

NIH National Library of Medicine: Initiating Opioid Use Disorder Medication via Telemedicine During COVID-19: Implications for Proposed Reforms to the Ryan Haight Act The Ryan Haight Act generally requires a clinician to conduct an in-person visit before prescribing an opioid use disorder (OUD) medication. During the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning March 16, 2020, the requirement was [...]

2021-11-02T11:39:01-04:00October 28th, 2021|

Telemedicine and visit completion among people with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to pre-pandemic

NIH National Library of Medicine: Telemedicine and visit completion among people with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to pre-pandemic Telemedicine significantly improved HIV visit completion among groups with low pre-pandemic engagement, including for patients age 20-39, women, and Black patients.

2021-11-02T12:20:07-04:00October 27th, 2021|

Telemedicine Catches On: Changes in the Utilization of Telemedicine Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

American Journal of Managed Care: Telemedicine Catches On: Changes in the Utilization of Telemedicine Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic A retrospective study of health insurance claims for telemedicine visits pre-pandemic to post-pandemic determined telemedicine increased rapidly, and a greater proportion of telemedicine users were older, had Medicare Advantage insurance plans, had existing chronic conditions, or [...]

2021-11-02T11:57:44-04:00October 27th, 2021|

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network: Telehealth and Clinical Trials

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN): Survivor Views: Telehealth and Clinical Trials A new survey shows cancer patients and recent survivors have had a positive experience using telehealth in the wake of the pandemic and are willing to use or adapt to using telehealth services in the future. According to the new Survivor Views survey [...]

2021-11-02T11:48:38-04:00October 27th, 2021|

States Respond to COVID-19 Challenges but Also Take Advantage of New Opportunities to Address Long-Standing Issues

Kaiser Family Foundation: States Respond to COVID-19 Challenges but Also Take Advantage of New Opportunities to Address Long-Standing Issues: Results from a 50-state Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 This report highlights certain policies in place in state Medicaid programs in state FY 2021 and policy changes implemented or planned for [...]

2021-11-02T11:41:52-04:00October 27th, 2021|

More Than 70 Organizations Urge Congress to Extend Virtual Care Provisions in the CARES Act for Individuals with HDHP-HSAs

Letter to Congressional Leaders Stresses Urgency of Impending Expiration of Telehealth Safe Harbor Washington, DC – October 26, 2021 – Today, more than 70 organizations sent a letter to Congress to urge policymakers to address the impending expiration of the telehealth safe harbor enacted in the CARES Act that enabled employers and insurers to provide [...]

2021-11-01T08:24:05-04:00October 27th, 2021|

Medicaid OIG Reports – Parts 1 and 2 of a three-part report on tele-behavioral health and Medicaid

Medicaid OIG Reports – To-date, OIG has released parts 1 and 2 of a three-part report on tele-behavioral health and Medicaid. Below we summarize the key findings, particularly noting successful findings on access and cost. HHS OIG currently has eight different national audits, evaluations and inspections of telemedicine services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs – [...]

2021-10-27T13:47:36-04:00October 27th, 2021|

Medicare OIG Report – Most Medicare beneficiaries received telehealth services only from providers with whom they had an established relationship

Medicare OIG Report – Most Medicare beneficiaries received telehealth services only from providers with whom they had an established relationship Patients are seeing their own providers – Most beneficiaries received telehealth services from providers with whom they had an established relationship. Notably, 84 percent of beneficiaries received telehealth services only from providers with whom they had an established [...]

2021-10-27T13:47:23-04:00October 27th, 2021|

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Fall 2021

Center for Connected Health Policy: State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Fall 2021 The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) released its State Telehealth Laws and Medicaid Program Policies bi-annual report for Fall 2021, covering updates in state telehealth policy made between June and September 2021. The report offers policymakers, health advocates, and other [...]

2021-11-02T12:07:17-04:00October 26th, 2021|
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