News and Reports
STAT News: (4/19) – Doctors are re-evaluating their pre-conceived notions about telehealth and discovering telehealth’s silver linings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Affairs: (4/20) – This article explores strategies to maximize the current health workforce and outlines telehealth and flexibility around licensing requirements offering great potential for increasing workforce capacity.
The Hill: (4/20) – An opinion piece suggesting telehealth should play an important role for healthcare post the COVID-19 public health emergency.
HIT Consultant: (4/20) – Redox, a Wisconsin-based interoperability platform for health data exchange launched the Redox Rapid Deployment Model for Telehealth, which helps telehealth vendors to go-live and integrate with healthcare organizations in less than two weeks. The process typically takes between 16 to 18 weeks.
mHealthIntelligence: (4/20) – CMS relaxed rules to allow hospice care providers to receive reimbursement for telehealth sessions to cover routine home care, as well as for patient recertification for the Medicare hospice benefit. However, they did not relax rules for Service Intensity Add-on payments, which might cause problems for hospice care providers.
mHealthIntelligence: (4/20) – The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence released guidance and best practices for providers using connected health platforms to treat children living with autism.
Amwell: (4/21) – Amwell introduced Amwell Private Practice, a new solution designed to help physician practices with less than 100 providers to deploy telehealth in a simple, secure and cost-effective way.
NEJM Catalyst: (4/21) – In just two weeks, Stanford Primary Care scaled their video visit program in two Express Care urgent care centers to cover more than 80 percent of clinic visits.
Bipartisan Policy Center: (4/21) – BPC’s rural health taskforce released policy recommendations to address America’s rural health care crisis. Among the recommendations is to expanding telehealth services to include non-face-to-face services and include the home in the list of authorized originating sites for telehealth in rural areas.
Healthcare Finance News: (4/21) – COVID-19 may permanently change the telehealth landscape from reimbursement to utilization. While lasting change will require Congress to act, COVID-19 may have created the justification to do so.
Fierce Healthcare: (4/21) – A survey finds that all 20 accountable care organizations (ACOs) surveyed are implementing telemedicine solutions, with 16 percent relying on AI and automation to identify and reach high-risk patients.
Fierce Healthcare: (4/23) – Avalere released analysis this week outlining that 191 physician procedure codes are now billable via telehealth as a result of relaxed flexibilities to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis highlights that there has not been expansion in OB/GYN and Dermatology codes.
Fierce Healthcare: (4/23) – A survey of 800 physicians finds that nearly half (48%) are using telemedicine, up from just 18 percent in 2018.
mHealthIntelligence: (4/24) – New York state officials announced that they are partnering with a home healthcare services provider to extend telehealth services to public housing residents.