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The Alliance for Connected Care aims to:

Demonstrate the importance of Connected Care as a tool for improved quality and efficiency.

Build significant and high-level support for Connected Care among leaders in Congress and the Administration.

Enable more telehealth to support new models of care.

Lift geographic and site restrictions for telehealth in Medicare.

Establish a consensus-based, standardized definition of Connected Care to advance with policymakers.

Alliance News

Mental Health Service Utilization Rates Among Commercially Insured Adults in the US During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic

JAMA Health Forum: Mental Health Service Utilization Rates Among Commercially Insured Adults in the US During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic This study found that the weekly rate of in-person mental health service utilization decreased by more than 50 percent after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic but concurrent increases in telehealth led to a slight increase in total utilization for anxiety disorders and stability in total volume of service for other disorders. For the three highest-prevalence diagnostic categories, researchers also found that service utilization continued to increase throughout 2020, primarily in the telehealth context. The [...]

January 6th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Alliance for Connected Care Executive Director Featured in The Hill

Krista Drobac, executive director of the Alliance for Connected Care, was featured in The Hill. See below for an excerpt: Clock is still ticking on virtual mental health prescribing Congress acted last month to extend important telehealth flexibilities that will ensure millions of Americans and their providers will continue to have access to telehealth when the COVID-19 public health emergency is officially over. The importance of these policy extensions can’t be overstated. However, there is one remaining critical action item: prescribing for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Read the full article here. [...]

January 6th, 2023|

Telerehabilitation Has Potential, But More Research, Funding, And Advocacy Are Needed

Health Affairs: Telerehabilitation Has Potential, But More Research, Funding, And Advocacy Are Needed Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS did not provide reimbursement for telehealth services for physical therapists. However, this reimbursement restriction was temporarily waived during the public health emergency related to the pandemic. The expanded Telehealth Access Act of 2021 (HR2168/S3193), if approved, would permanently allow physical therapists and other providers designated by CMS to provide telehealth services under Medicare. This article will review existing evidence on the use of telerehabilitation, identify barriers to the effective implementation of telerehabilitation, and suggest potential areas that professional advocacy [...]

January 5th, 2023|Tags: , |

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