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Medicare Proposed 2020 PFS & California Medicaid Policy

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy


Medi-Cal Telehealth Fee-For-Service Policy Update

On July 29, 2019, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) which oversees the state’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal), released their final telehealth policy update for fee-for-service.  In October 2018, DHCS released proposed changes to telehealth policies for Medi-Cal fee-for-service, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Indian Health Services (IHS) and Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (FPACT).  A copy of the final fee-for-service policy is available on the DHCS website though it is still labeled “DRAFT.”  The Department states that while this is the final policy, the official version of the policy will be published on their site later this month along with the updated manuals for FQHCs, RHCs, IHS, and FPACT.  When all manuals have been released, CCHP will do an in-depth analysis of all of the new policies.  In the meantime, CCHP has created a side-by-side comparison of Medi-Cal’s previous policy, the October 2018 proposal and the final proposal as well as highlighting some of the changes in the final policy.

CCHP will also be holding an informational webinar in the Fall to go over these exciting changes in Medi-Cal’s policies.  Stay tuned for more information.

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Telehealth-Based Directly Observed Therapy Proves Effective in Guam for Tuberculosis Treatment

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy


CMS Releases Proposed CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule

Yesterday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed Calendar Year 2020 Physician Fee Schedule, aiming to reduce administrative burden on physicians, and make it easier for patients to access value-based care.  Among the changes, CMS has proposed steps to help clinicians better manage chronically ill patients as they transition from the hospital to the home through care management services.  CMS is also proposing to add three new codes for a bundled episode of care for treatment of opioid use disorder, among other changes.

Comments on the proposal are due Sept. 27, 2019.

Stay tuned for an in depth analysis from CCHP in next week’s In Focus.  

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