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CMS Finalizes Home Health Rule Permanently Expanding Home Health Telehealth

 

Key Takeaway: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the CY2021 Home Health and Home Infusion Therapy final rule, permanently expanding the benefit provided under COVID-19 allowing Home Health agencies to utilize telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries.

 

Why It Matters: The final rule continues to advance the Trump Administration’s work on making the telehealth flexibilities provided under the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency permanent in limited circumstances. In this case, the remote patient monitoring furnished by telehealth must be included on the patient’s plan of care.

 

 

CMS Finalizes Fourth COVID-19 Interim Final Rule Focused on Vaccines

 

Key Takeaway: In CMS’ fourth COVID-19 interim final rule, the agency focuses on ensuring access to a potential vaccine for patients and outlines reimbursement guidelines for both private and public payers.

 

Why It Matters: The rule requires private payers to begin covering a vaccine within 15 days of the CDC qualifying a vaccine for use and details that the vaccine will be covered at no-cost to the patient under Medicare Part B. Also contained within the rule are requirements to increase the price transparency of COVID-19 diagnostic testing.

 

 

CMS Issues Payer Price Transparency Final Rule

 

Key Takeaway: CMS completed the Trump Administration’s push for price transparency on Thursday, issuing a final rule geared towards payers requiring them to offer an online shopping tool and to post updated data files online.

 

Why It Matters: Previously, hospitals were required to begin posting pricing information online starting Jan. 1, 2021. This newly released rule now requires payers to make detailed price information public by January 1, 2022 in a machine readable data file.

 

 

New Listserv for Rural Populations

 

Key Takeaway: CMS has created a rural healthcare listserv in order to share resources, policies, programs, and other information to better serve healthcare systems in rural areas. To subscribe to this listserv, enter your email here.

 

Why It Matters: This listserv serves to provide information unique to providing healthcare in rural areas. Topics include CMS rural healthcare strategy, maternal healthcare, payment and billing, policies and regulation.

 

 

DEA Expands Access to MAT

 

Key Takeaway: The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released an interim final rule expanding access to medication assisted therapy (MAT) by giving providers the ability to expand the number of patients they can treat with MAT to 100 and allowing pharmacies to dispense MAT.

 

Why It Matters: The rule moves changes that have been in effect for the previous two years due to the SUPPORT Act into formal regulation.

 

Telehealth Resources

Selected recent Telehealth resources
COVID-19: Telehealth Takeaways from the CARES Act
Key takeaways from the CARES Act related to telehealth from legal experts at Foley and Lardner, LLP.

CHA Tele-visit Protocol
Detailed protocols, workflows, and script suggestions for telehealth visits from Cambridge Health Alliance.

KP Telehealth FAQs
An approved FAQ with answers to many questions related to COVID-19 from patients/family members. Developed by Kaiser Permanente.

Telehealth Triage Workflow
COVID-19 “Reason for Call,” a triage document for healthcare workers and KP employees. Developed by Kaiser Permanente.

Who to Test Workflow
Developed by Kaiser Permanente.

Telehealth Updates

Ingenium Digital Health Advisors Optimizing Care Delivery

  • Improving Mental & Behavioral Health at a Distance
    by Christian Milaster on May 11, 2021 at 8:34 am

    The use of video visits for the treatment of mental and behavioral health was one of the first applications of telehealth. But over the past decades TeleBehavioralHealth (which includes TeleMentalHealth) has evolved into a cornucopia of “care at a distance” scenarios. In this telemedicine services spotlight article, I'll be shining a light on how multiple [...] The post Improving Mental & Behavioral Health at a Distance appeared first on Ingenium Digital Health Advisors.

  • The 10-fold Return on Mastering Webside Manners (Part 3)
    by Christian Milaster on May 4, 2021 at 4:23 am

    The expression of “webside manners” is a play on word of combining web presence with bedside manners. In this third and final part we are concluding this series by describing the 10 benefits that derive from investing just a little bit of time to train clinicians on the best practices of conducting video telemedicine. [...] The post The 10-fold Return on Mastering Webside Manners (Part 3) appeared first on Ingenium Digital Health Advisors.

  • The 10-fold Return on Mastering Webside Manners (Part 2)
    by Christian Milaster on April 27, 2021 at 6:39 am

    The positive effect of good “bedside manners”, i.e., clinicians' behavior toward patients, has been studied and understood for many years. As a study of 13 clinical trials found, “when doctors were given training to hone their people skills, patients typically fared better in their efforts to lose weight, lower their blood pressure, or manage [...] The post The 10-fold Return on Mastering Webside Manners (Part 2) appeared first on Ingenium Digital Health Advisors.

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