Feb 8th, 2018
As Congress bar brawls over the next spending bill, the House of Representative’s version as a nod to telehealth and meaningful use, includes the “Creating High-quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017”, legislation to ease the “meaningful use burden on providers and reduce the volume of electronic health record-relating ...
In CMS
Feb 5th, 2018
Modifier GT via interactive audio and video telecommunications systems is no longer required on professional claims when reporting telehealth services for Medicare patients. Instead, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructs, “Use of the telehealth Place of Service (POS) Code 02 certifies that the service meets the telehealth requirements.” An exception occurs for distant ...
Feb 2nd, 2018
As employers predict average benefit costs to surpass $14,000 per employee, or a 5% increase, a study by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) predicts growth in cost-saving access for employees and their families using telehealth, ACOs, and other means. Changes for Telehealth, ACOs, and More NBGH’s survey indicates employers are looking forward to ...
Jan 18th, 2018
A recent study by the University of Iowa finds that rural patients find quicker access to providers in emergency departments (ED) if using telemedicine than traditional patients. Telemedicine Study The cohort study of patients seen in 1 of 14 rural hospitals in a large Midwestern telemedicine network included 127,928 encounters. Door to provider time for 2,857 ...
Jan 15th, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced January changes to the 2018 HCPCS Level II code set, released in November 2017.  The changes to C codes include retroactive effective dates and to several elements in G codes. The changes are below and do not show up in any publishers’ books: CODE ACTION EFF ...