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Round Two of FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Announced

On April 21, 2021 by Lori Meyer

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau will begin accepting applications for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program on Thursday, April 29 at The filing window will last seven calendar days and close on Thursday, May 6 at 11 a.m. CT. Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program is a $249.95 million federal initiative that builds on Round 1—a $200 million program established as part of the CARES Act. 

CMS Proposes to Extend Telehealth Benefits Permanently

On August 5, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week issued a proposed rule that announces and seeks public comments on proposed policy changes for Medicare Part B payments, on or after January 1, 2021.  Click here for fact sheet describing the proposed rule.  While policy analysts are still combing through the 1300-page proposal, several issues stand out as important for aging services providers. 

New U.S. Senate Bill Includes Liability Protections

On July 28, 2020 by Kari Thurlow

A Republican proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, the HEALS Act (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools Act) includes measures that address liability protections.  

Telehealth: COVID-19 Open the Floodgates but Barriers Remain

On June 30, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Telehealth has been embraced by senior living providers during COVID-19 and changes in federal policy and flexibilities from insurance have made it easier to implement and pay for it. Accompanying this positive progression is the operational demands it has placed on providers and the continued lack of reimbursement.

New CMS Toolkit Helps Advance Telehealth

On May 19, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

In response to the COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries and nursing home residents. A new toolkit from CMS can help states identify which aspects of their statutory and regulatory infrastructure may impede the rapid deployment of telehealth capabilities in their Medicaid program.  

$200 Million Available for COVID-19 Telehealth Program

On April 21, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is accepting applications for $200 million in funding through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. 

LeadingAge Recommends Medicare Changes to Congressional Telehealth Caucus

On April 10, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Responding to the Congressional Telehealth Caucus's request for information, LeadingAge recommended several changes in Medicare policy to expand access to telehealth services and remote monitoring, improve patient outcomes, and control health care costs.  

Telemedicine Growing at Rapid Pace in Minnesota; Different Uses for Metro and Rural Patients

On December 12, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Telemedicine grew at a rapid pace in Minnesota between 2010 and 2015 with a nearly seven-fold growth in visits jumping from 11,113 in 2010 to 86,238 visits in 2015, according to a new Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and University of Minnesota School of Public Health study highlighted in Health Affairs

RUSH Act Seeks to Improve Opportunities for Telehealth Services

On August 7, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow qualified physician group practices to furnish telehealth services in skilled nursing facilities under the Medicare program. 

Proposed Medicare Physician Payment Rule Expands Coverage of Telehealth

On July 17, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week released a proposed rule on physician payment that would take effect for calendar year 2019. Included are several proposals for updating and changing those payment practices, but the changes of most significance to LeadingAge Minnesota members are the proposed expansion of coverage of telehealth services. 

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