CCHP Fact Sheets

Created by the Center for Connected Health Policy

CCHP produces fact sheets on important proposed legislation and policy changes, key research reports, and other policy points that impact telehealth’s use. Fact sheets on pending bills include an overview of the bill, comparisons of the bill’s key points against existing law if applicable, and an analysis of the bill’s potential impacts on telehealth use. CCHP’s infographics display often complex telehealth policy information in an easy to read graphic format.

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    This infographic created by CCHP highlights telehealth and the potential benefits for the consumer.

     

     

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    On July 7, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published their CY 2017 proposed revisions related to the Physicians Fee Schedule (PFS). Comments on the proposals are due no later than 5 pm on September 6, 2016. The proposal includes the addition of several codes for reimbursement regarding end-stage renal disease related services for dialysis; advance care planning; and critical care consultations furnished via telehealth using new Medicare G-codes. CMS is also proposing a new payment policy related to the use of a new place of service (POS) code specifically designated to report services furnished via telehealth.
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    CCHP has compiled a summary of  2015 approved state telehealth legislation.

     

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    This infographic features four states with model telehealth reimbursement policies that apply to their Medicaid programs and/or private payer insurance providers. 

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    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed the creation and testing of a new payment model to be called the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) Model. The CCJR model is “to promote quality and financial accountability for episodes of care surrounding a lower-extremity joint replacement (LEJR) or reattachment of a lower extremity procedure” by testing “whether bundled payments to acute care hospitals for LEJR episodes of care will reduce Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.”

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    In February 2015 the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards released model language to facilitate the practice of telepsychology and temporary in-person psychology across jurisdictions, referred to as the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact. The Compact is only model language, and would have to be passed as a statute in at least seven states to come into existence.

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    On February 9, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Medical Device Data Systems, Medical Image Storage Devices, and Medical Image Communications Devices: Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff (The Guidance). This CCHP fact sheet summarizes the purpose and intention of The Guidance.

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    On February 9, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated Mobile Medical Applications: Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff (The Guidance). The Guidance is meant to provide clarity and predictability for mobile medical application (app) manufacturers, and other interested parties. This CCHP fact sheet helps to clarify these recommendations- including 2 easy to understand charts; one which outlines the Mecial device classifications and requirements and one which summarizes the FDA regulatory enforcemtent of Medical Apps.    

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    On July 11, 2014, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published their FY 2015 proposed revisions related to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).  This factsheets outlines some of the telehealth relevant changes the fee schedule proposes to make.

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    CCHP has compiled a summary of  2014 approved telehealth legislation.

     

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