The State of Telehealth, According to Healthcare Providers and Patients

GoodRx Health: The State of Telehealth, According to Healthcare Providers and Patients GoodRx Research surveyed over 1,000 patients and over 600 providers during August and September 2021 about their telehealth experiences. In the survey, both providers and consumers said that they valued telehealth and planned to use it in the future. Key takeaways: Consumers enjoy [...]

2021-12-13T16:33:19-04:00November 15th, 2021|

Trends in Outpatient Care and Use of Telemedicine After Hospital Discharge in a Large Commercially Insured Population

JAMA Health Forum: Trends in Outpatient Care and Use of Telemedicine After Hospital Discharge in a Large Commercially Insured Population A recently published study finds that the number of outpatient visits after hospital discharges remained stable during the COVID-19 pandemic but telehealth use for these visits increased, suggesting that telehealth was a substitute for in-person care rather [...]

2021-12-13T16:46:44-04:00November 12th, 2021|

Telephone vs. Video Visits During COVID-19: Safety-Net Provider Perspectives

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: Telephone vs. Video Visits During COVID-19: Safety-Net Provider Perspectives Telehealth increased access to care for New York State residents, with most patients attending audio-only visits compared to video visits. Researchers looked at 36 community health centers in the state and the visits that occurred between February and November 2020. [...]

2021-12-13T16:44:15-04:00November 12th, 2021|

Telehealth Saves Money And Lives: Lessons From The Covid-19 Pandemic

Progressive Policy Institute and Americans for Prosperity: Telehealth Saves Money And Lives: Lessons From The Covid-19 Pandemic  Using aggregated, de-identified data from FAIR Health, the organizations’ study found that while telehealth patients’ costs started higher than in-person patients’ costs, the average telehealth patients’ health care costs fell 61%, from $1,099 per month to $425 per [...]

2021-12-13T15:47:10-04:00November 10th, 2021|

Health Centers Benefit from Pandemic-Era Medicaid Flexibilities

National Association of Community Health Centers: Health Centers Benefit from Pandemic-Era Medicaid Flexibilities As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed last March, states began receiving a 6.2% bump to the federal Medicaid match rate. In exchange for the higher federal funding, states are not allowed to disenroll any beneficiaries from Medicaid during [...]

2021-12-13T15:45:36-04:00November 10th, 2021|

2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF): 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey The Kaiser Family Foundation released the 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey, finding that premiums on employer-sponsored plans rose 4% this year and found significant changes in the provision of telehealth and mental health services by employers. Among firms with at least 50 workers that offer health benefits, [...]

2021-12-13T15:43:50-04:00November 10th, 2021|

Morning Consult: On-Demand Telehealth Is Booming Even as a Fierce Competitor Remains: the Doctor’s Office

Morning Consult: On-Demand Telehealth Is Booming Even as a Fierce Competitor Remains: the Doctor’s Office A new Morning Consult polling indicates that for now, most adults who use telehealth are sticking with virtual care from their doctors over on-demand services. “People are using their own doctors, and there aren’t these fly-by-night operations setting up to [...]

2021-11-09T16:13:45-04:00November 9th, 2021|

Alliance Submits Comments to Senate Finance Committee on Mental Health

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee providing input into the development of bipartisan legislation to enhance behavioral health and substance use disorder care for all Americans. Our letter includes recommendations to answer the following questions: What policies would encourage greater behavioral health care provider participation in these federal [...]

2021-11-09T13:50:44-04:00November 9th, 2021|

Summary: CY 2022 Final Physician Fee Schedule

On November 2, 2021, CMS issued the final Calendar Year 2022 (CY2022) Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), which makes payment and policy changes under Medicare Part B. View a summary produced by the Alliance for Connected Care here. Additional links are provided below:  Fact Sheet Final Rule MDPP Fact Sheet CMS Summary  Overview of Major Policies  [...]

2021-12-16T12:20:18-04:00November 9th, 2021|
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