CCHP monitors both state and federal legislation, identifies barriers to telehealth use, and provides policy technical assistance to the regional telehealth resource centers and state and federal policymakers. As the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center (NTRCP), CCHP provides policy technical assistance, legislative tracking, and policy analyses to twelve regional telehealth policy resource centers (TRCs) nationwide.

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Mei Wa Kwong, J.D.
Executive Director

Mei Wa Kwong joined CCHP in March 2010, where she works on public policy issues as they impact telehealth on the state and federal level.  She is also the project director for the National Telehealth Policy Resource Center.

For CCHP, Ms. Kwong manages projects, provides policy technical assistance to state and federal lawmakers, industry members, providers, consumers and others, oversees the CCHP policy staff and works closely with CCHP’s partners and consultants.  She has authored several articles published in peer review journals and has presented at national conferences.

Prior to joining CCHP, Ms. Kwong was a public policy analyst for Children’s Home Society of California, working on child care and early education issues on the state and federal levels. She also worked extensively with the Child Development Policy Institute, a statewide public policy organization, and was recognized by them in 2004 for her work in the early care and education field.  She was also at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts in Washington, DC working on federal tax issues, and administered the association’s political action committee. Ms. Kwong holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a JD from George Washington University Law School.

School-Based Telemedicine Program Shown to Reduce ED Visits and Improve Morbidity for Children with Asthma

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

 

An article published recently in JAMA Pediatrics examined associations between a school-based telehealth program and all-cause emergency department visits made by Medicaid enrolled children. Researchers analyzed 2,443,405 child-months of Medicaid claims data, comprised by 23,198 children aged 3 to 17 years living in Williamsburg county, South Carolina. The data was categorized into pre- and post-intervention, with pre-intervention data spanning 2012 to 2014 and post-intervention data between 2015 and 2017. In addition to overall claims data, the research included a subsample of children with asthma, intended to capture associations between children with asthma and the same school-based telehealth program.
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Advances in State Telehealth Policies Persist as Companies Work to Improve Cybersecurity & New Billing Codes are Released

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

 

CCHP Provides Resources to Navigate CA Medicaid’s New Telehealth Policy

Last month the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released its finalized telehealth policy update for Medi-Cal (CA Medicaid) fee-for-service, as well as a few other programs (including Indian Health Services, Memorandum of Agreement (IHS-MOA), Federally Qualified Health Centers/Rural Health Clinics (FQHCs/RHCs), Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (PACT), Local Education Agency (LEA) and Vision Care).  An All Plan Letter was also distributed to Managed Care plans on the changes.  The most significant changes to the fee-for-service policy included allowing providers to decide what modality, live video or store-and-forward, will be used to deliver eligible services to a Medi-Cal enrollee as long as the service is covered by Medi-Cal and meets all other Medi-Cal guidelines and policies, can be properly provided via telehealth and meets the procedural and definition components of the appropriate CPT or HCPCS code.  Additionally, the home now qualifies as an originating site with no requirement that a provider be present with the patient at the time services are rendered.  DHCS has also opened up one code for e-consult, considered a subset of store-and-forward.  Finally, DHCS has specified that in order for a provider to qualify for reimbursement, they must be licensed in CA, enrolled as a Medi-Cal rendering provider or non-physician medical practitioner and affiliated with an enrolled Medi-Cal provider group.  The enrolled Medi-Cal provider group must be located in California or a border community.

The program specific manuals (for example, IHS-MOAs, and FQHCs/RHCs) do have additional requirements and restrictions.  CCHP has created a factsheet and comparison chart between the programs that outlines the various changes to the revised Medi-Cal policies.

To learn more, visit CCHP’s California webpage for all the latest developments in CA telehealth policy.

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