News and Reports
Business Insider: (5/18) – "There's been a paradigm shift in the last three months of where telehealth policy is and where it's heading," said Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson, a former Senate GOP staffer. While relaxed regulations and the COVID-19 pandemic have led to widespread adoption of telehealth, fraud concerns and the extent to which those will exist are still very much unknown.
Fierce Healthcare: (5/18) – An industry voices article calls for states to ensure broad access to telehealth services for Medicaid enrollees during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the need for state funding to do so. The article also highlights the Modernized Medicine Act (H.R. 6538), which would increase the federal Medicaid reimbursement to states by 1% during the PHE. The Alliance previously flagged this legislation on our Telehealth Legislation page.
mHealthIntelligence: (5/18) – The Michigan House of Representatives passed a package of five bills aimed at expanding telehealth and remote patient monitoring in the state, including mandating Medicaid coverage for services delivered in the home and school.
mHealthIntelligence: (5/18) – COVID-19 has given patients and providers the push they needed to adopt telehealth technologies. Lessons learned during this crisis will likely shape health systems and hospitals use of connected health strategies beyond the crisis.
Modern Healthcare: (5/19) – FCC Chairman Pai reassured lawmakers during a House Energy & Commerce Committee, Communications and Technology Subcommittee forum that supporting telemedicine access during the COVID-19 pandemic is a “top commission priority.”
Medical Economics: (5/19) – In a poll of more than 1,000 practice leaders, 89 percent surveyed indicated they were taking in-person appointments. Many practice leaders reported that their providers were still predominantly handling telehealth appointments.
Healthcare Dive: (5/20) - Microsoft is launching its first industry-specific cloud offering in healthcare called Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. The service will help providers with telehealth, care management and patient engagement through apps, including using Azure's IoT to upload continuous monitoring data collected by patients' medical devices directly to the cloud.
The Hill: (5/21) – U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Thursday that the U.S. is now better prepared to reopen and has more tools to fight the virus than it did a few weeks ago. The expansion of telehealth could have a lasting impact, Adams said.
Healthcare IT News: (5/21) – Chinatown Service Center of Los Angeles, a FQHC, converted 80% of acute in-person visits to telehealth in just a few weeks. In addition, the clinics improved timely access to hospital emergency room and hospitalization records at participating hospitals in L.A. county by roughly 75%.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts: (5/21) – Blue Cross announced that it has processed more than one million telehealth claims in the nine weeks since changing its policy to expand coverage for telephone and virtual visits at no cost. Blue Cross noted that nearly half the telehealth visits since the crisis began have been for mental health services, including psychotherapy.