Telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement scored huge successes in the budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump, with one senator saying the law does more for Medicare coverage of telehealth than any past legislation.
Though value-based payment programs have doubled since 2015, a Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) survey of 117 senior financial executives found that commercial payers have been slower in launching value-based programs than expected. Nearly three-quarters of executives surveyed said their organizations achieved positive financial results, including return on investment, from value-based payment programs.
The VA’s overall strategy is to leverage technology in a way that makes sense for veterans and VA staff, according to VA Chief Officer of VA’s Office of Connected Care Neil Evans. The agency is using tech in a way that improves care access, but also helps veterans in their home and fits into the provider’s workflow.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed adding non-skilled in-home care as a supplemental benefit to Medicare Advantage plans in 2019. The language of the proposal led to questions, still unanswered, about which specific services could be covered under MA plans. However, home care providers and insurance companies are interpreting the new proposal as good news.