Fans of remote patient monitoring found a lot to like in new payment rules released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, continuing what many hope is a trend toward CMS support for mHealth and telehealth technology. Beginning in 2018, CMS will support clinicians who leverage remote monitoring tools, such as wearables and smart devices at home, and use patient-generated health data in care coordination and management.
Understanding that few family physicians have time to review the entire 396-page 2018 final Medicare physician fee schedule that was released by CMS on Nov. 2 and published in the Nov. 15 Federal Register, the AAFP has posted a four-page executive summary to highlight the information most useful to members.
Telemedicine is becoming increasingly popular as the financial benefits for providers who offer it come to light. And new policy changes in Washington and around the country are poised to rattle the reimbursement landscape and open big opportunities for hospitals and health systems to drive more revenue from virtual care.
Months after federal health officials said they want to push the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation in a “new direction,” provider and health IT associations are advocating for the inclusion of health technology and data in new payment models.