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This article will explore Medicaid expansion during COVID-19. We all know that COVID has uprooted our lives. Telehealth is the new post-COVID norm, whereas it was in infancy pre-COVID. Perhaps the pandemic has spurred on Medicaid expansion as well. I would be remiss if I did not mention that increased…
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The changes will be applicable to some 67 million enrollees.   The approximately 67 million Americans with either Medicare Advantage (MA) or Medicare Part D health plans will enjoy more benefits and options following the implementation of changes federal officials announced just prior to the start of Memorial Day weekend.…
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The future of telehealth is too uncertain. It is clearly too early to speculate about life after the COVID-19 pandemic. But one question that many are seeking to answer is this: what is the future of telehealth, once the public health emergency has ended? While Seema Verma, the Centers for…
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Reimbursement for such services has grown during recent weeks. Many healthcare entities are facing tough economic times. There is a possible solution that benefits patients while also providing revenue that may help healthcare organizations survive.  Send something to all patients explaining that they can use telehealth for nearly all visits…
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COVID-19 is exposing a digital divide between the have’s and have-nots. The coronavirus pandemic is impacting more than the health and mental health of entire populations. Social distancing and sheltering in place have put a massive drain on broadband and Wi-Fi service. While telehealth may be viewed as a fix…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: RACmonitor asked Dr. Ronald Hirsch to monitor the CMS townhall conference call on Tuesday. The following is his summary of that call. In a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) town hall call on April 14, CMS took questions from across the country on COVID-19 billing and…
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The insurer giant is also waiving the audio-visual component requirement.   The nation’s second-largest healthcare insurer announced this week that it is waiving telehealth site restrictions and audio-visual mandates amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. UnitedHealthcare (UHC) made the announcement via an update to its online resource library on Wednesday, saying that…
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Providers and federal officials alike continue to adjust to the new normal, and an uncertain future. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Ronald Hirsch, vice president of R1 RCM, and healthcare attorney David Glaser, of Fredrikson and Bryon, reported these two stories during this week’s live edition of Monitor Mondays. What follows are…
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Emergency spending bill signed by President Trump on March 6, paves the way for Medicare to pay for telehealth services. Outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced Medicare to begin paying for telehealth services. Payment for telehealth was built into the emergency spending bill signed by the President on…
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Handshaking is being discouraged as social distancing takes effect in Washington and elsewhere. In the past week, we’ve seen three main categories of legislative reaction to the coronavirus. First, there’s government activity targeted toward the current clinical dilemma: that is, the testing, treatment, and slowing of the virus itself. Second,…
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