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CCHP’s Fall 50 State Telehalth Policy Summary Report is Here!…Telehealth Policy Shifts Again!

Today the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is releasing its bi-annual summary of state telehealth policy changes for Fall 2021.  Additionally, we are also making available a summary chart showing where states stand on many key telehealth policies, as well as an infographic  highlighting our key findings.  Historically, CCHP has released twice a year (Spring and Fall) updates to its “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies” report in the form of a PDF report document that details all the telehealth policies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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A Focused Look At Audio-Only And FQHCs

With a grant from the Federation of State Medical Board Foundation (FSMB Foundation), the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) conducted a small study on the use of audio-only to treat Medicaid patients in a federally qualified health center (FQHC).  CCHP selected states to study that at the time the research was being conducted, had the highest number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CCHP examined each state’s pre-pandemic Medicaid fee-for-service policies, what was allowed during COVID-19, and the audio-only policies that were made permanent related to FQHCs.

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Fall Ushers in New Telehealth State & Federal Policy Developments

CCHP’s October Newsletter is Here! This month’s topics include State COVID-19 Flexibilities Slowly Subsiding; Medicare Clarifies Interstate License Compact Pathways; September Policy Developments in CCHP’s Telehealth Policy Finder and Policy Trends Maps; Senators Issue Request for Information on Strategies to Improve Mental Health, Including Telehealth Solutions; RemoteICU Lawsuit Takes Aim at Medicare Overseas Provider Ban; Yes – Health Apps and Connected Devices must Notify Consumers when there is a Breach; Utilization of Patient Portals is Up, even Pre-Pandemic, ONC Survey Finds; Physician Fee Schedule Comments.

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Telefraud vs. Telehealth – Is it Really Telemedicine Fraud?

In September, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed formal charges against 138 defendants in multiple health care fraud cases. The largest fraud, resulting in $1.1 billion in allegedly false and fraudulent claims, has been categorized by many news outlets, and even in the DOJ press release as ‘telemedicine fraud’.  The actual fraud involved telemedicine company executives paying doctors and nurse practitioners to order unnecessary durable medical equipment (DME) and other testing without a patient interaction, or just based on a brief telephonic conversation.

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New HHS-OIG Reports on Telehealth Challenges and Oversight in State Medicaid Programs

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) released two new telehealth reports, both related to the use of telehealth to deliver behavioral health services to Medicaid beneficiaries. HHS-OIG breaks up their study into two reports: