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CMS Administrator Seema Verma on stage at HIMSS 2018.

By Laura Lovett April 9, 2019
Yesterday at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma argued that government can often foil innovation.  Verma, a well-documented opponent of single-payer healthcare, has her eyes set on cutting down on paperwork and reevaluating regulations as a means to facilitate technological innovation. “One of the things that troubles...
By Laura Lovett April 8, 2019
Come 2020, Medicare Advantage (MA) members will have more access to virtual care visits, according to a new ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that was finalized on Friday. The new ruling will expand geographical areas covered and the way the services are paid for.  “Under this final rule, MA enrollees may have great opportunities to receive healthcare services from places...
By Jonah Comstock January 28, 2019
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have launched its first-ever patient-facing app. Called “What’s Covered”, the app will allow people covered by Original Medicare (that is, not Medicare Advantage) to search for particular medical products or procedures and see if they are covered. The app is easy to use, with no sign-in required. It's part of a broader initiative called eMedicare...
By Dave Muoio January 2, 2019
As America rises to greet the new year, its leaders remain in a funding dispute over border security that has so far resulted in 13 days of a partial government shutdown. While the deadlock is certainly having a prolonged impact on more than 420,000 government employees who are working without pay, and the 380,000-plus who have been furloughed, each passing day threatens greater challenges for...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2018
For Brian Scarpelli, senior policy council at ACT | The App Association, it’s hard to overstate the changes coming to Medicare next month when it comes to telehealth and remote patient monitoring. “Finally, after all these years, the Medicare system as of January 2019 is actually providing reasonable payment to physicians and other caregivers who are delivering care to Medicare beneficiaries, for...
By Dave Muoio November 5, 2018
Digital health-focused news involving payers during the third quarter of 2018 comprised a number of different focus areas, ranging from chronic condition management strategies to member engagement to high-profile deals. Read below for MobiHealthNews’ coverage of this sector through July, August and September. Diabetes management and prevention A handful of payer news during this period...
By Dave Muoio November 1, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has locked in a rule that will allow home health agencies to report the cost of remote patient monitoring for reimbursement under Medicare. According to the announcement, released yesterday, this rule will be implemented in 2020. Alongside this change also came others regarding payment and safety standards for qualified home infusion therapy...
By Jonah Comstock October 24, 2018
Care management software company SilverVue and software-enabled Medicare quality reporting consultancy Mingle Analytics have merged to form Mingle Health, a new company that will combine the strengths of the two firms. SilverVue currently offers a suite of tools that deal with transitions of care, post-acute care, and practice performance. Both companies work with all kinds of providers, but...

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By Jonah Comstock August 2, 2018
Teladoc reported a strong second quarter, coming off its acquisition of Advance Medical. The company reported $94.6 million in revenue, with $6.2 million of that coming from Advance. That constitutes 112 percent year-over—year growth for the telemedicine company. The company saw 533,000 total visits in the quarter and 22.5 million paid US members. “We’re now 60 days into the integration of...