October 23, 2019
Epstein Becker Green has released the annual update to its Telemental Health Laws Survey, a state-by-state breakdown of behavioral telehealth services coverage compiled (as of last year) into a free app.
Broadly, the 2019 update suggests increasing interest and acceptance of telehealth services for addressing behavioral health issues, according to an overview of the updates published by the...
August 13, 2019
Telemedicine access in the state of New Hampshire is expanding thanks to a newly signed bill that will let primary care providers and pediatricians bill Medicaid and private insurances for telemedicine visits, according to a report by the Associated Press. The new legislation is an expansion from previous bills, which restricted reimbursement to specialist visits.
All providers with an already...
November 27, 2018
Anthem Blue Cross of California has launched a new telehealth option for its 1.2 million Medicaid patients in California. These patients can access both urgent care and behavioral health visits through Anthem’s LiveHealth Online telehealth platform via smartphone, tablet or computer.
“We have members in rural counties that are looking at this very favorably,” Dr. Barsam Kasravi, chief medical...
July 16, 2018
Last week’s announcement of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new fee schedule could mean a big increase in the amount of care given via telemedicine that’s reimbursed by Medicare. But for its state-funded cousin Medicaid, the availability of telemedicine services varies greatly based on where you are.
A new survey out last week from Manatt Health looks at Medicaid fee-for-service...
November 22, 2017
Mobile Medicaid: Missouri Medicaid members have a new mobile tool when searching for healthcare information. Missouri Care’s mobile app will allow patients to find a doctor or dentist, locate nearby urgent care centers or hospitals, access wellness service, display their Missouri Care Member ID card or send it to provider, and receive member updates. The app is free and can be used on iOS or...
November 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General will audit Medicaid payments for telemedicine and telehealth payments to ensure compliance with reimbursement requirements.
The report is scheduled for 2019, given the breadth and scope of the project. The audit was added to OIG’s work plan this week, as the agency noted a “significant increase in claims for these...
July 31, 2017
While the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act imploded last week, that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from introducing bills that would make tweaks to the healthcare system in smaller ways. One such bill, sponsored by Reps. Doris Matsui, (D-California), and Bill Johnson, (R-Ohio), would expand the use of telemedicine to reduce costs.
The bill, the Evidence-Based Telehealth...
May 2, 2017
A new report on telemental health in Health Affairs shows that, among rural Medicare beneficiaries, use of telemedicine for mental health is growing quickly but inconsistently across the population. The piece is meant to provide perspectives for legislatures as they consider increasing Medicare coverage of telemedicine.
“We found that from 2004 to 2014 there was rapid growth nationwide in...
April 27, 2017
While it is impossible to call any one method of patient engagement “tried and true,” texting as a means of getting people to play an active role in their healthcare has been a successful strategy in many cases, ranging from diabetes management to depression.
That’s Encino, California-based mPulse Mobile’s forte, and the company has now attracted the attention of Harvard Medical School...
April 26, 2017
The Center for Connected Health Policy has released the fifth edition of its State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report. CCHP uncovered many notable findings in the new report. Perhaps chief among those: 48 states and Washington, D.C., provide reimbursement for some form of live video in Medicaid fee-for-service.
Specifically, 13 states reimburse for store-and-forward delivered...