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.

2019 KICKS OFF WITH EXPANDED REIMBURSEMENT ANTICIPATED IN MEDICARE ACOs & CA MEDICAID (Medi-Cal)

By | National Telehealth Policy Resource Center Blog
ACO Telehealth Expansion in Medicare Shared Savings Program

As required by the Bipartisan Budget Act, CMS has finalized their rule to broaden telehealth reimbursement for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the Shared Savings Program under the BASIC track (under a two sided model) and ENHANCED track when the ACO elects prospective assignment.  The finalized regulation allows eligible physicians and practitioners in the applicable ACOs to be reimbursed regardless of the geographic location of the patient and allows the home to be the originating site.  If the home was the originating site, there would be no facility fee allowed.  Other locations, besides the patient’s place of residence, would not qualify for reimbursement under the new rule, such as a school.  Other Medicare telehealth requirements would still apply, such as provider type and service code limitations.  Additionally, CMS also clarifies in the rule that in the case where the beneficiary’s home is the originating site, Medicare will not pay for telehealth services that are inappropriate to be furnished in the home even if the services are on the approved list of telehealth services, such as inpatient hospital visits.  The change would not be applicable until plan year 2020.

To learn more, read the full text of the rule.

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Looking Forward to 2019: Insights from CCHP’s Executive Director

By | National Telehealth Policy Resource Center Blog

For telehealth policy development, 2018 has been a major year.  Activity on both the state and federal level have pushed for greater utilization and integration in using telehealth to provide health care services.  For the first time since 2008, there were changes to federal law to expand the location of where telehealth could take place for Medicare enrollees.  The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 expanded to include the home as an eligible originating site for end stage renal disease services and allowed acute stroke services to be provided in both rural and urban locations.  The SUPPORT for Patient and Communities Act had similar changes.  The SUPPORT Act removed the originating site geographic requirements and allowed the home to be an eligible originating site but only for individuals being treated for substance use disorders or a co-occurring mental health disorder.  These were narrow exceptions and have been specifically tailored to address certain conditions, but are the first major federal statutory changes to the limited telehealth policy that has been seen in a decade.
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