Medicare

By Aditi Pai 09:49 am 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 09:29 am July 7, 2014
The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has released an unpublished proposed rule that will soon lead to changes in coverage under Medicare Part B. Notably, the proposed rule will expand the range of telehealth services that can be reimbursed under Medicare. Since 2002, CMS has acknowledged that the range of use cases for telemedicine is always changing, and has provided a mechanism...
By Jonah Comstock 09:57 am June 10, 2014
Teladoc was one of the many signatories on one of the letters recently sent to incoming HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. After efforts to remove restrictions from CMS coverage of telehealth through legislative channels have stalled, telehealth stakeholders have sent a barrage of open letters to incoming US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging her to use her newfound...
By Jonah Comstock 09:25 am March 18, 2014
Remote behavioral intervention startup AbilTo has raised $6 million in a second round of funding led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries. Also contributing to the round was .406 Ventures, which led a $3 million round for the company last year. AbilTo is focused on identifying and remotely treating mental health comorbidities that can negatively affect recovery from...
By Neil Versel 09:53 am December 2, 2013
A new bill in Congress seeks to promote wireless, mobile and digital technologies in healthcare as a way to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. The proposed Health Savings Through Technology Act (H.R. 3577), from Rep. Scott Peters (R-Calif.), would establish a commission to collect and examine data on how new technologies can save money in healthcare, then make recommendations for...
By Jonah Comstock 08:30 am November 27, 2013
Older Americans are using the internet more and more, and they are particularly interested in using online and mobile technology for health-related purposes, according to a new study from Accenture Research. Accenture surveyed 9,015 adults in nine countries, including 1,470 US seniors 65 over and conducted a separate survey of 200 Medicare consumers. They found that among the Medicare set, most...
By Jonah Comstock 11:14 am October 31, 2013
Rep. Gregg Harper (R- Mississippi) Calling Obamacare a contentious topic between Republicans and Democrats in the US House of Representatives would be something of an understatement. But that doesn't mean there's no bipartisan momentum in healthcare legislation. One bill currently in the House would expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage for telehealth, while another would restrict the FDA's...
By Jonah Comstock 10:04 am October 3, 2013
IBM's Careflow software At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, a slew of big data demoes kicked off Wednesday morning. They showed a handful of different ways data analytics can change healthcare -- whether the data comes from insurance claims or electronic health records. The theme was that big data didn't have to mean population data -- new initiatives are bringing the...
By Neil Versel 05:29 am September 13, 2013
Recent MobiHealthNews interview subject Proteus Duxbury, director of technology strategy for virtual health services at Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, told me that lack of insurance reimbursement is holding back wider adoption of digital technologies. "A lot of [provider] organizations are going to start pulling the plug on some digital health initiatives for that reason,"...
By Jonah Comstock 05:00 am August 22, 2013
This month, Medicare revealed the list of more than 2,000 hospitals losing up to 2 percent of their funding for failing to sufficiently reduce readmissions. Next year, those penalties can rise even higher. As troubling as this can be for hospitals, it should be good news for mobile health entrepreneurs, as the wake up call may drive hospitals to explore technology like telehealth, remote patient...