Recent Blog Posts
- Telemental Health Laws – 2019 Survey and App Update Released I’m pleased to announce that we’ve released the 2019 update of our Telemental Health Laws survey. Now in its fourth year, the survey covers state telehealth laws, regulations, and policies within mental health and is available as a complimentary app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Please see our full announcement detailing milestones achieved in 2019, current barriers, and opportunities for 2020 and beyond: “Epstein Becker Green Finds Telehealth Services Are Increasingly Accessible to Mental Health Professionals Despite Legislative Barriers.”
Also see our Telemental... More
- OIG Updates FY 2017 Work Plan to Include Review of Medicare Claims for Telehealth Services Provided to Rural Beneficiaries: Will Substantive Change to Medicare Reimbursement for Telehealth Follow? Updates to OIG FY 2017 Work Plan
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) recently updated its FY 2017 Work Plan. Traditionally, OIG’s annual Work Plan has given health care providers a preview of OIG’s enforcement priorities. With the OIG now making updates to its Work Plan on a monthly basis, providers stand to gain even more insight into how the focus of OIG is constantly shifting in order to assist in... More
- 50-State Survey on Telemental Health Laws in the United States We are pleased to present our 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016), published by Telehealth practice at Epstein Becker Green.
Learn more about the survey here and download your complimentary copy here. See our full announcement below:
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Survey Breaks New Ground in Tracking Related Laws
WASHINGTON, DC – May 11, 2016 –Epstein Becker Green (EBG), has released a groundbreaking, comprehensive survey on the laws, regulations, and regulatory policies impacting telemental health in all... More
- Telemedicine and Employers: The New Frontier As we have explored a number of times on this blog, telemedicine has gone mainstream. The more recent development is that employers seem to be paying more attention now. The numbers speak for themselves. A recent Towers Watson study focusing on employers with at least 1,000 employees concluded that U.S. employers could save up to $6 billion per year if their employees routinely engaged in remote consults for appropriate medical problems instead of visiting emergency rooms, urgent care centers, and... More
- CMS Hosts MLN Connects National Provider Call to Review New CCM CPT Code Providers, take note: the Chronic Care Management (CCM) CPT Code 99490 is now payable by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Effective January 1, 2015, the Medicare program began making payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for certain non-face-to-face management and care coordination services provided to beneficiaries covered under the traditional Medicare fee-for-service program. CCM services include, but are not limited to, development and maintenance of a plan of care, communication with other treating health care professionals,... More
- ATA Gets Clarification Regarding New Medicare Reimbursement Rules for Telehealth Earlier this week, the American Telemedicine Association reported an important clarification regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (“CMS’s”) plans for expanding reimbursement for telehealth services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The October 31, 2014 final rule with comment period regarding payments to physicians generated much excitement in the telehealth community, particularly because it opens a door, albeit only slightly, to possible Medicare coverage for remote patient monitoring services.
However, the ATA has clarified with CMS just how far this door... More
- CMS Expands Telehealth Reimbursement in New Rule Who knew?! Buried among more than 1,000 pages of a new final rule with comment period on payments to physicians, released on October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finally has given telehealth providers a glimpse of its plans to expand reimbursement for telehealth services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.
The final rule includes a provision that would cover remote chronic care management using a new current procedural terminology (“CPT”) code, 99490 (with a monthly unadjusted, non-facility... More