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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

The Health Plan Environment in California Contributed to Differential Use of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Affairs: The Health Plan Environment in California Contributed to Differential Use of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Differential patient and provider access to technology and resources has raised concerns that existing health disparities may be extenuated by shifts to virtual care. This study examines the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, to examine potential disparities in the use of telehealth. Researchers found that lower-income, non-White, and non-English-speaking people were more likely to use telehealth. These differences were driven by enrollment in a clinically and financially integrated care delivery system, Kaiser Permanente. The study suggests that access to integrated [...]

December 23rd, 2022|Tags: , |

Federally Qualified Health Centers Use of Telehealth to Deliver Integrated Behavioral Health Care During COVID-19

Community Mental Health Journal: Federally Qualified Health Centers Use of Telehealth to Deliver Integrated Behavioral Health Care During COVID-19 Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) transitioned to deliver care via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study reviewed how FQHCs adopted integrated behavioral health (IBH) using telehealth. Nine interviews with FQHC administrators resulted in the four themes: telehealth was essential; core components of IBH were impacted; payment parity and reimbursement were a concern; and telehealth addressed workforce issues. Findings confirm the necessity of telehealth for FQHCs during COVID-19, with additional support.

December 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

State Telemedicine Coverage Requirements Continue to Evolve

The Commonwealth Fund: State Telemedicine Coverage Requirements Continue to Evolve As telemedicine coverage requirements evolve, some states have begun to require coverage of audio-only telephone visits, exempt behavioral health care from limits on telephone visits, and protect patients’ access to their providers. This report from the Commonwealth Fund details state legislation enacted since March 2021, finding that many states have taken more nuanced routes with regard to telehealth regulations, likely influenced by their early pandemic experiences. The report also details the positive impact telehealth has had on access to behavioral health services, as 40 percent of behavioral health [...]

December 20th, 2022|Tags: , |

Access and Coverage for Mental Health Care: Findings from the 2022 KFF Women’s Health Survey

Kaiser Family Foundation: Access and Coverage for Mental Health Care: Findings from the 2022 KFF Women’s Health Survey A Kaiser Family Foundation brief found that women were more likely than men to report needing mental health services in the past two years, but 40 percent did not seek treatment and 10 percent were unable to get help despite trying. Sixty percent of women had a telemedicine/telehealth visit in the past two years. Mental health care was the third most common reason women cited for accessing telehealth/telemedicine services, with 17 percent saying it was the primary purpose of their [...]

December 20th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Alliance Applauds Inclusion of Major Telehealth Provisions in FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

The inclusion of a two-year extension of Medicare telehealth and commercial market telehealth flexibilities will make a huge difference to so many Americans. The Alliance for Connected Care has been calling for predictability for patients and clinicians while continuing to work toward permanent telehealth authorization. This gives us both. The package includes a two-year extension of widely supported Medicare telehealth services that Congress enacted at the start of the pandemic. This extension will provide certainty to beneficiaries and health care providers, along with continued access to these critical virtual care services, while ensuring sufficient time is taken to [...]

December 19th, 2022|

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