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By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2016
CMS has announced a new expanded initiative for bringing value-based repayment to primary care. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care program introduced in 2012, but will expand the program to a larger number of practices and includes some tweaks to the model.  “Strengthening primary care is critical to an effective health care system,” said...
By Jonah Comstock January 28, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services came out with a final rule yesterday that would require face-to-face visits prior to home health services for Medicaid patients, a rule that already exists for Medicare patients. But, as Politico spotted, the rule also includes a parenthetical allowing those "face-to-face" visits to be conducted via telehealth. Exactly what constitutes telehealth isn...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2015
All but eight states introduced at least one bill related to telemedicine to their state legislature in 2015, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. State lawmakers floated a total of 200 bills across the country.   The report is meant to explore the benefits and risks of telehealth for state legislatures, as well as to provide an overview of the status of...
By Brian Dolan July 2, 2015
At the beginning of 2015, CMS began reimbursing physicians for the care they provide to a particular group of their Medicare patients remotely and between visits. This new billing code, called Chronic Care Management (CCM), required that this remote care meet a few criteria, like patients must have two or more chronic conditions; the physician must establish a comprehensive care plan for the...
By Aditi Pai April 8, 2015
A few months ago, Accenture reported that 19 of the 25 states developing state health innovation plans (SHIPs) were planning to invest more in telehealth this year. Now, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published online resources to help the states that are participating in the State Innovation Models initiative make better use of digital health...
By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2015
Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced the long-awaited proposed guidelines for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health records. On the same day, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the proposed 2015 certification criteria for EHRs. The standards proposed will be optional through 2017 and mandatory for all...
By Aditi Pai January 15, 2015
Smartlink Mobile Systems raised $2.5 million from a single undisclosed strategic corporate investor and various healthcare professional angels, including about a half dozen physicians, the company told MobiHealthNews. The new round of funding will help Smartlink launch its patient engagement app, called Pocket HealthNet, which, among other things, helps physicians take advantage of a new CMS rule...
By Aditi Pai November 10, 2014
This weekend, HealthCare.gov was updated to include a new feature that offers consumers detailed information about health insurance plans offered in their area before they apply for health insurance. The update comes just five days before open enrollment begins on November 15. “Consumers can prepare for open enrollment by visiting HealthCare.gov and using the window shopping feature to see what...
By Aditi Pai November 4, 2014
Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule that will lead to changes in coverage under Medicare Part B. The rule, proposed in July, will expand the range of telehealth services that can be reimbursed under Medicare starting in 2015. In July, MobiHealthNews noted in the new rule, CMS added seven new telehealth reimbursement codes, all category...
By MHN Staff July 25, 2014
Over the course of the past decade the concept of an accountable care organization (ACO) has come to define a variety of healthcare provider setups that have primary care as a core focus, payments tied to care quality improvements, and an incentive for lower costs. These models have long been held up as ideal contexts for the flourishing of digital health tools. While not all ACO systems are...