The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to maximize telehealth’s ability to improve health outcomes, care delivery, and cost effectiveness.

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  • Telemedicine: Reimbursement in fee-for-service, quality models

    Urology Times

    Payment under a risk management system or alternative payment model is based on an overall cost borne by the group or institution receiving the contract. A focus on overall costs borne by the caregiving group will have to include at least some focus on outcomes under the majority of payment systems that have appeared under this model.In these models, if telemedicine proves to be cheaper to provide and can demonstrate at least clinical equivalence, it is hard to envision that groups will not adopt telemedicine to the greatest extent allowed. Groups are already using telephone triage and follow-up to ensure compliance with prescribed treatment.These groups will be forced to some degree to prove the efficacy of the services provided. Collecting data on what works and how much can be provided in an effort to grow the services provided with lower expenses will be important for marketing, patient buy-in, and safety measures. 


  • The Timely Promise of Telehealth

    University of South Carolina

    Your 2-year-old wakes up feverishly hot with a chest rash — early Sunday morning when the pediatrician’s office is closed. But after answering a few questions online from a health care professional and texting a photo of the rash, a diagnosis is made and a prescription dispensed. Welcome to SmartExam, a service offered by Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and one of several examples of telehealth’s arrival on the health care scene. In addition to 24/7 health care consults, the power of broadband is making its way into health education, psychiatric evaluation and stroke assessment. It’s one of the many ways clinical faculty at the University of South Carolina are using technology and innovation to change the way health care is delivered and improve the wellbeing of the state’s rural population. “Telehealth is changing the lives of patients and health care providers, allowing more collaborations and partnerships in real time to improve overall health and quality of life,” says Dr. Meera Narasimhan, professor and chair of clinical neuropsychiatry and behavioral science and associate provost for health sciences at the University of South Carolina.


  • Interview with Mario Gutierrez, Part Two: "The practice of healthcare would be turned on its head"

    Healthcare Analytics News

    In the first half of HCA News’s conversation with Mario Gutierrez (pictured), the CCHP’s executive director, he spoke of the need for systemic changes in approach to advance telehealth. In this second part, Gutierrez goes on to talk about how telehealth policy is evolving nationwide, and what an ideal outcome would be for the CCHP’s mission.  In terms of telehealth policy, do you see some regions of the country pushing ahead and others lagging behind? It’s kind of like a dog race, some state will emerge and do something interesting and another state will do something that goes backwards. The problem is that, in order to really reform how telehealth is used in a particular state and particularly for their Medicaid patients, there has to be a couple of things. One is a real commitment to moving away from fee-for-service to a more value-based approach, working with payers to serve a population. Telehealth becomes very attractive when it’s not just another fee to bill. Secondly, we define the policy areas into several key budgets, and unless the state is willing to look at all of that rather than just piecemeal it, they’re not going to make much progress.