Reports and Policy Briefs

CCHP’s thorough policy briefs, project reports, and research studies earned the organization its reputation as a national center of excellence in telehealth policy.

  • FDA and Mobile Medical Applications

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    This brief includes an overview of the FDA’s new guidance for mobile medical applications, several charts to explain which applications will be subject to FDA regulations, and medical device classifications and requirements.

  • Final Changes to Medicare Telehealth Policy

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    This brief serves as an overview of two telehealth-related Medicare changes for the 2014 fiscal year – a finalized definition of “rural” and the addition of two CPT codes for telehealth-delivered services – that went into effect January 1, 2014.

  • Proposed Rule Changes to Medicare Program

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    This policy brief provides information on the July 8, 2013, proposed rule changes impacting telehealth services in Medicare. The changes are proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • Literature Review: the Triple Aim and Home Telehealth for Patients with Chronic Diseases

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    In the months leading up to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s implementation, CCHP conducted a literature review on telehealth’s potential to help patients manage chronic diseases at home. The review specifically focuses on the ACA’s Triple Aim goals: better care and better health at lower costs. 

  • Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative (SCSNI): Integrating Telehealth in the Primary Care Setting: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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    This Executive Summary provides a description of the experiences of safety-net providers who applied for support under the Specialty Care Safety Net initiative to launch or expand their telehealth services. Additionally, it provides a series of recommendations for the safety-net providers who may be considering the addition of telehealth as part of their services.

  • Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative (SCSNI): Integrating Telehealth in the Primary Care Setting: FULL REPORT

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    CCHP’s SCSNI Report outlines the three-year telehealth demonstration project that connected forty-three safety net clinics with telehealth-delivered specialty care from five University of California Schools of Medicine. The report includes an overview of the need for such a project, the project design, and lessons learned from the outcomes.

  • The Healthcare Connect Fund (2013)

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    This brief serves as an overview of the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF), established in 2013, which directs up to $400 million annually from the Universal Service Fund toward supporting high capacity broadband services, designed to bring the benefits of telehealth to areas of the country in acute need of those services.

  • Can TeleStroke Save Medi-Cal and Medicare Money?

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    This report addresses the question, “would telestroke reduce costs for public payers?” in two different ways. The authors measured: (1) whether telestroke would reduce costs for current Medi-Cal and Medicare enrollees by decreasing the cost of care they receive in their lifetime after a stroke, and (2) whether the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs would experience savings from current and future enrollees by examining an average cohort of 100 telestroke patients.

  • Telehealth in Skilled Nursing Facilities: Opportunities To Improve Quality, Health, and Costs of Care

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    This paper identifies three applications (and barriers) for telehealth technology in skilled nursing care settings that have had recent or ongoing studies that have shown preliminary promise: (1) Teleconsultation in Emergency Care, (2) Teleconsultation with Specialists, and (3) Remote Monitoring Technologies.

  • Planning for Tele-ICUs in California

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    CCHP’s collaborative project with the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) identified barriers that prevented tele-ICUs from playing a key role in California’s health care.

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