HHS OIG Telehealth Work Plan Items

The Alliance keeps a tracker of HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) telehealth-related work plan items. Please see below a list of pending and released OIG reports. View other federal data releases here. Reports in Development Title Report Number Expected Release Description Telehealth Services in Select Federal Health Care [...]

2021-12-20T11:04:48-04:00December 19th, 2021|

New Federal Telehealth Data

HHS released new CMS data and an Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) report of Medicare telehealth utilization in 2020 and early 2021. Overall, nearly 53 million virtual visits occurred in traditional Medicare in 2020, compared to about 840,000 in 2019. Of those, nearly all (92%) of visits occurred in patients’ homes, which [...]

2021-12-19T16:28:55-04:00December 13th, 2021|

Assessment of Patient Preferences for Telehealth in Post–COVID-19 Pandemic Health Care

JAMA: Assessment of Patient Preferences for Telehealth in Post–COVID-19 Pandemic Health Care According to a new study, 66.5 percent of participants surveyed wanted at least some video visits in the future, but when they had a choice between an in-person and a video visit when out-of-pocket costs weren’t a factor, 53% preferred an in-person visit. Exposure [...]

2021-12-13T16:52:24-04:00December 1st, 2021|

Attitudes and Perceptions of Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Clinicians Toward Telehealth and Secure Messages

JAMA: Attitudes and Perceptions of Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Clinicians Toward Telehealth and Secure Messages A new study finds that the majority of cancer care clinicians were satisfied with telehealth and expressed intent to continue to use the care modality in the future. Just over 75 percent of respondents said they were somewhat or very satisfied [...]

2021-12-13T16:54:49-04:00November 24th, 2021|

States Allowing Telehealth Prescriptions for Opioid Use Disorder

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP): States Allowing Telehealth Prescriptions for Opioid Use Disorder Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government implemented several telehealth flexibilities to allow states to maximize access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). While these flexibilities remain allowable until the end of the federal public health emergency [...]

2021-12-13T16:56:19-04:00November 19th, 2021|

Telemedicine, modernized licensing can help bridge health disparity gap

The Commonwealth Fund: Telemedicine, modernized licensing can help bridge health disparity gap A report by the Commonwealth Fund found pervasive racial and ethnic inequities across health systems in all 50 states. The state-by-state analysis pointed to policy changes that could help bridge the gap, such as policies to help ensure health coverage, reduce administrative burden and improve [...]

2021-12-13T16:26:21-04:00November 19th, 2021|

Evaluation of Telemedicine Use Among US Patients With Newly Diagnosed Cancer by Socioeconomic Status

JAMA Oncology: Evaluation of Telemedicine Use Among US Patients With Newly Diagnosed Cancer by Socioeconomic Status Newly diagnosed cancer patients with high socioeconomic status were more likely to have a telehealth visit in the 30 days following their diagnosis compared to patients with low socioeconomic status, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Kansas [...]

2021-12-13T16:29:04-04:00November 18th, 2021|

A telehealth effort to treat PTSD and bipolar disorder in rural areas showed ‘huge gains.’ Now comes the hard part

STAT: A telehealth effort to treat PTSD and bipolar disorder in rural areas showed ‘huge gains.’ Now comes the hard part Over a four-year span, a study led by researchers at the University of Washington sought to deliver treatment to rural patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, complex diagnoses for which treatment is [...]

2021-12-13T16:30:20-04:00November 17th, 2021|

Medicare and telehealth: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice: Medicare and telehealth: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic  A new study shows Medicare beneficiaries living in metropolitan areas were more likely to report that they used telehealth services. Researchers assessed the responses of 9,686 beneficiaries to the CMS Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey Fall 2020 COVID-19 Supplement. More than half [...]

2021-12-13T16:59:08-04:00November 16th, 2021|

Impact of Behavioral Health Treatment on Total Cost of Care Study

Cigna/Evernorth: Impact of Behavioral Health Treatment on Total Cost of Care Study New research shows that when people with a diagnosed behavioral condition receive treatment, total health care costs decrease. The analysis revealed that behavioral health treatment in an outpatient setting, such as a psychologist’s office or virtual visits, leads to fewer emergency department visits and inpatient [...]

2021-12-13T16:32:05-04:00November 16th, 2021|
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