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What’s the ‘optimal reimbursement’?

There's a new consensus around the importance of home care, but will payments for technologies that help make it happen, like telehealth, follow?

HARTFORD, Conn. – Seventy-two percent of consumers say they prefer to recover at home, and 97% of payers say home-based care is in the best interest of consumers and payers, according to a new report, “Health-at-Home 2020: The New Standard of Care Delivery,” published by CareCentrix.

NCART pushes telehealth for PTs, OTs


EAST AMHERST, N.Y. – NCART has responded to CMS’s proposed rule on Medicare payment policies for physicians, which includes proposals related to continuing the expanded telehealth policies when the public health emergency expires, but not for physical and occupational therapists.

COVID accelerates intersection of DME, remote care


YARMOUTH, Maine – The COVID-19 pandemic has unlocked telehealth, creating new opportunities for home-based care and DME, particularly in rural America, says Dr. Jacob Warren.

CMS expands list of telehealth services


WASHINGTON – CMS has added 11 new services to the list of telehealth services that it will pay for during the public health emergency.

Gov’t charges 345, revokes billing privileges for 256


WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, along with state and federal law enforcement partners, has conducted a national “telefraud” takedown involving more than $6 billion in alleged losses.

The T word

Monday, October 12, 2020

It wasn’t intentional, but nearly every session at the virtual HME News Business Summit in September stressed the importance of providers leveraging technology to not only improve care but also make their businesses more efficient and profitable.

Medicare Advantage: CMS touts reduced premiums, increased access


WASHINGTON – The Medicare Advantage average monthly plan premium is expected to decrease 11% to $21 in 2021, CMS has announced.

Expanding telehealth is ‘worthwhile for everybody’


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory is throwing its support behind the CONNECT Act, a bill that would expand telehealth services for RTs, because it would also help to strengthen the referral process for oxygen therapy.

CQRC backs telehealth bill


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care, a coalition of home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies, is backing a bill in the House of Representatives that would expand telehealth services to allow RTs to provide services as part of CMS’s Innovation Center alternative payment models.

Rehab roundup: Data gathering and advocating


YARMOUTH, Maine – The new CRT Remote Services Consortium has launched two surveys – one for clinicians, and one for suppliers and manufacturers – to collect information about how they’re using telehealth and remote services, respectively.