Upgrading Medicare Home Health

CMS https://www.cms.gov has made significant changes to the “Home Health Prospective Payment System” to strengthen and modernize Medicare. CMS has made the changes to improve access via remote patient monitoring technology, to update payments for home healthcare with a new case-mix system, and initiated the new home infusion therapy benefit. (more…)

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CMS Addresses Telehealth Expansion

A proposed rule issued October 26, 2018, CMS https://www.cms.gov would increase efforts to modernize Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs. Also, the proposed changes would provide flexibility to offer telehealth benefits and improve coordination for dual-eligible beneficiaries and provide much needed updates. (more…)

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Advancing AI Solutions

Orbita https://www/orbita.ai offering a cloud based platform, plans to work with team members at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Digital Innovation Hub https://www.bwhihub.org. The goal is to explore and advance the use of voice-enabled and conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions in healthcare. (more…)

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NIH Releases Funding Forecast

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) https://nibib.nih.gov  plus other NIH Institutes and Centers posted their forecast funding notice on October 22, 2018 titled “Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative”. (more…)

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CMS Awards Apprio $42 Million

Apprio, http://www.apprioinc.com, a provider of specialized technology solutions particularly for the health, defense, and homeland security markets, just announced that CMS has awarded the company a $42 million, five year contract under the “Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract (SPARC). (more…)

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Telehealth Policy Developments

Deep Dive for Health Systems: Telehealth Policy Developments will be discussed at a one day meeting on November 15, 2018 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in Washington D.C at the Hall of States at 444 North Capitol Street to be presented by the Alliance for Connected Care http://www.connectwithcare.org(more…)

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Avera Health Receives $7.8 Million

Avera Health https://www.averaecare.org based in Sioux Falls South Dakota, has received a three year grant for $7.8 million from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust https://www.helmsleytrust.org. The funding will be used to build a 24 hour telemedicine behavioral health team as part of Avera eCARE. The team will enable patients to have timely patient-centered care, plus cost-effective and high quality behavioral health services via telemedicine. (more…)

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