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A Georgia Non-Profit Looks to Market Telehealth to Rural America

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 – The Global Partnership for Telehealth has launched a new strategy to increase adoption of connected health technologies in rural and remote parts of the country. It’s marketing its own telemedicine solution.

The Georgia-based non-profit, a spin-off of the state’s 12-year-old Georgia Partnership for Telehealth telehealth resource center, recently unveiled Pathways, a web-based videoconferencing platform designed primarily for small and resource-thin healthcare providers, as well as schools and other entities looking to launch a telehealth platform but hesitant to wade into the commercial market.

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Federal Communications Commission Announces “Connected Care Pilot Program”

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

On July 11th, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr made a statement announcing the establishment of the FCC’s “Connected Care Pilot Program.” The $100 million program is intended to support the development of telehealth services and delivery for low-income Americans, particularly rural and veteran populations. The decision comes from trends toward connected care observed by the FCC. Commissioner Carr acknowledged that health care is no longer limited to in-person care and that the FCC is exploring ways to support the movement towards connected care. He also noted the significant cost savings and improved patient outcomes associated with telehealth.  Read More

Telehealth in Medicare Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care

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Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

Effective October 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement a new telehealth waiver within the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model, aimed at services provided to Medicaid End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) beneficiaries. The model was first implemented in October 2015, under authority granted to CMS by Section 1115(A) of the Social Security Act, to test new ways to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD.
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Telemedicine Gives Specialists a Chance to Exercise Their Skills

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Article Author: Erick Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

 – Telemedicine advocates have long argued that virtual care is equal to in-person care. But for some specialists augmenting their “day job” with eConsult services, that telehealth platform enables them to do more than they normally do during an office visit.

On such specialist is Dr. Camille Introcaso, a dermatologist with the Pennsylvania Center for Dermatology, a private practice in the Philadelphia area, who joined AristaMD’s Smart Care  eConsult service roughly a year ago. The connected care platform, which she usually accesses at home in the evening, offers her the opportunity to flex her clinical muscles and help people who can’t afford her services, but who often need them more than the patients she sees in her office.

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VA Finalizes ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Telehealth Program For Vets

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Article Author: Erick Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

A national telehealth program to connect veterans and healthcare providers no matter where either is located is set to become official.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted former Secretary David Shulkin’s ambitious connected care initiative in the Federal Register, finalizing a plan to improve access to healthcare for veterans who have difficulties visiting the VA’s estimated 900 hospitals and clinics around the country. The rule enables VA practitioners to use telehealth to connect with veterans in any state, effectively bypassing state licensure laws.

“This final rulemaking clarifies that VA healthcare providers may exercise their authority to provide health care through the use of telehealth, notwithstanding any State laws, rules, licensure, registration, or certification requirements to the contrary,” the rule, dated May 8, states. “In so doing, VA is exercising Federal preemption of conflicting State laws relating to the practice of healthcare providers; laws, rules, regulations, or other requirements are preempted to the extent such State laws conflict with the ability of VA health care providers to engage in the practice of telehealth while acting within the scope of their VA employment.”

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MedPAC recommends ‘measured approach’ to Medicare telehealth coverage

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Article Author: Evan Sweeney

Source: Fierce Healthcare

Without a consistent comparison from commercial insurers, federal policymakers should adopt a “measured approach” to incorporating telehealth coverage into the Medicare program, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

In a new report (PDF) mandated under the 21st Century Cures Act, the advisory organization shied away from recommending the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expand coverage for certain telehealth services, and instead urged policymakers to evaluate emerging modalities based on the ability to lower costs, improve access and drive quality care.

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Telehealth Billing Compliance: Medicare Says Goodbye to the GT Modifier

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Article Author: Nathaniel M. Lacktman

Source: Health Care Law Today

For over a decade, Medicare has required providers to append special modifiers to their CPT and HCPCS codes when billing for telehealth services. The two primary modifiers for telehealth services were GT (indicating the service was delivered via an interactive audio and video telecommunications system) and GQ (indicating the service was delivered via an asynchronous telecommunications system). Effective January 1, 2018 that has changed because CMS has decided to largely eliminate the requirement to use the GT modifier on telehealth claims.

Instead of using the GT modifier, providers must mark their telehealth services claims with “Place of Service (POS) 02.” A POS code is required on professional claims for all services – telehealth or otherwise – and using POS 02 signals to Medicare that the service was provided via telehealth. Previously, providers were instructed to use the POS code for where the patient was located at the time of the service. Effective January 1, 2018, POS 02 is to be used for all telehealth services under Medicare. The introduction of POS 02 rendered it unnecessary to also require the distant site practitioner report the GT modifier on the claim.

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