The CONNECT Act is Back, Giving Telehealth Policy a 4th Shot at Passage

The CONNECT for Health Act is back before Congress for a 4th time, and backers say the massive telehealth bill could cross the finish line this time on broad bipartisan support and pressure to set long-term connected health policy.

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Senators Again Seek Telehealth Waivers for Home Healthcare Providers

A group of Senators has re-introduced a bill that would allow home healthcare providers to use telehealth in place of some in-person visits during a public health emergency.

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Virginia Expands Coverage for School Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring

Two bills headed to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk will expand Medicaid coverage for remote patient monitoring programs and telehealth services for school students regardless of whether they’re in school or at home.

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OIG Defends Recent Telehealth Audits, Recognizes Telefraud Challenges

Telehealth has become so popular during the coronavirus pandemic that it’s drawing increased scrutiny from federal regulators. But those regulators are also noting the difference between telehealth fraud and telefraud.

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Washington State Lawmakers Mull Audio-Only Telehealth Guidelines

A bill now before the state’s Senate would set strict rules for the use and coverage of audio-only telehealth services, such as the telephone.

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CMS Clarifies 2021 PFS Reimbursements for Remote Patient Monitoring

In an update posted this week in the Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has amended the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule to clarify reimbursement for remote patient monitoring programs.

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PhRMA Challenges 340B Drug Pricing Program ADR Rule

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PhRMA asserted that the new 340B Drug Pricing Program administrative dispute resolution rule is not the product of reasoned decision-making and is unlawful.

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Washington is Awash in New and Reintroduced Telehealth Bills

In advance of the next session of Congress, lawmakers are scrambling to file new bills or resubmit old bills that aim to expand telehealth access and coverage through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

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One Solution to Improving Telehealth Laws: Simple Subtraction

A Florida lawmaker is looking to improve his state’s telehealth laws by eliminating some of the complexity and opening the door to audio-only phone calls and virtual prescribing.

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Labor Dept. Makes Telehealth a Permanent Option for FMLA Requests

Federal officials have permanently extended an emergency order giving employees the option to use telehealth to meet with doctors to qualify for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Employees can use telehealth to establish a serious health condition that would qualify them for taking time off from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Continue reading

Labor Dept. Makes Telehealth a Permanent Option for FMLA Requests

Federal officials have permanently extended an emergency order giving employees the option to use telehealth to meet with doctors to qualify for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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HHS Expands COVID-19 Telehealth Capabilities in PREP Act Amendment

The Health and Human Services Secretary will allow healthcare providers to use telehealth across state lines to deliver “Covered Countermeasures” against the coronavirus.

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