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  • OIG to review Medicaid telehealth payments amid an increase in claims

    FierceHealthcare

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) plans to audit Medicaid payments for telehealth services to gauge compliance with reimbursement requirements.  The OIG added the review to its work plan this week, noting that Medicaid programs are “seeing a significant increase” in claims for telehealth and telemonitoring services, a trend the watchdog agency expects will continue. The report is scheduled for 2019.  “We will determine whether selected States' Medicaid payments for services delivered using telecommunication systems were allowable in accord with Medicaid requirements,” the OIG update read.  It adds to another audit announced by the agency over the summer, which plans to review Medicare Part B telehealth payments. That review includes a specific focus on telehealth claims provided at distant sites that do not have corresponding claims to originating sites. In an update issued last month, the OIG pushed the date of that report to 2018.  

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  • Medicare and Medicaid Set to Expand Telehealth

    Digital Journal

    The telehealth remote medical practice received a boost recently with a strong indication that the U.S. health schemes Medicare and Medicaid are set to endorse the practice, especially for elements of the population residing out of town.  Medicare and Medicaid are different U.S. government-run programs designed to address the inability of older and low-income Americans to buy private health insurance; both are forms of social insurance programs that share the costs of healthcare among healthy and ill individuals, and affluent and low-income families.  Despite the U.S. being among the ten richest countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $57,293, the government is seeking ways to reduce costs upon the healthcare system and telehealth (or telemedicine) provides a means to do so. Aside from the political dynamic, there is some healthcare efficacy data which suggests that telehealth is at least equivalent to face-to-face meetings with medical staff for some conditions (see for example the research article “Clinical Decision Support System Based Virtual Telemedicine”.) Such studies show how cost-effective in a healthcare organization or system, as well as improving the continuity of care for patients. 

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  • Survey Shows Growing Number of Organizations in Expanding Telemedicine

    MobiHealth News

    The Foley Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey revealed more interest and use of telemedicine amongst health organizations. The survey was conducted by Foley & Lardner LLP, a law firm with a telemedicine team.   In 2014, 87 percent of survey respondents reported that they did not expect most of their patients to be using telemedicine by 2017. However, this year three-quarters of respondents reported that their organization either offers telemedicine options now or plan to offer telemedicine services. Of those, 53 percent said they were looking to expand.   The survey went out to more than 100 senior hospital executives, speciality clinics, ancillary services, and related organizations.  The future of telemedicine could be moving to an international focus, according to the survey results. Currently 22 percent of responders reported offering international telemedicine. That number may soon jump as 32 percent said they are interested in expanding internationally. Of that group, 80 percent said they plan to roll out an international program within the next three years.   

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