Consumerism is Driving Telehealth Growth and it’s Here to Stay

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If you look up the definition of “health care consumerism”, according to Wikipedia, the term means a movement toward patients being more involved in their own health care decisions. It’s more than that. It is also about patients setting the terms by which they will seek and receive health care services. The old paradigm of… Read more »

Meaningful Use to Be Replaced By…..Meaningful Use? Program Requirements Will Continue Beyond 2018

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While at the 2016 JP Morgan Health Care Investment Conference last week, Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt made comments about Meaningful Use that sparked significant stakeholder debate. The Twittersphere lit up with varying interpretations and plenty of cheering. As outlined in the transcript of his remarks, Slavitt said: “Now that we effectively have technology into… Read more »

Five National Policy Developments that Advance Telemedicine

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This year was a busy year for telemedicine at the state level. State legislatures and medical boards across the country considered dozens of measures, most of them aimed at improving the policy environment for telemedicine. In the flurry of activity, you may have missed some major developments at the national level that are going to… Read more »

Carpe Diem: Seizing New Opportunities to Shape Medicare Payment

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The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed CY2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on July 8. While this proposed rule always covers a wide range of significant payment issues, it has special weight this year, signaling the beginning of extensive rulemaking to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) passed… Read more »