Lawmakers Seek to Expand Medicare Coverage of Telemedicine Again Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:20

Congress is taking another crack at expanding Medicare coverage for services delivered via telemedicine. U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to "test the effect of including telehealth services in Medicare health care delivery reform models." CMMI's role is to support the development and testing of innovative health care payment and service delivery models.

Dubbed, the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, the bill is designed to expand access to healthcare for rural patients who lack access to healthcare. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, "setting a poor industry standard, discouraging innovation, and restricting access to specialized services," according to a news release issued by Gardner's office.

In addition to testing, the bill would direct CMMI to have an independent evaluation conducted to assess the telehealth models for cost, effectiveness, and improvement in quality of care without increasing the cost of delivery. If the telehealth model meets these criteria, then the model would be covered through the Medicare program.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:30
23andMe Receives FDA Nod Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 10 April 2017 16:49

According to an news release dated 4.6.17:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk (GHR) tests for 10 diseases or conditions. These are the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests authorized by the FDA that provide information on an individual's genetic predisposition to certain medical diseases or conditions, which may help to make decisions about lifestyle choices or to inform discussions with a health care professional.                                 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:33
Engaging Patients to Optimize Medication Adherence Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 03 April 2017 00:00

An NEJM Catalyst post dated March 29, 2017 examines the problem of medication non-adherence:

...for many Americans, taking their medications according to their health care provider's instructions is a challenge. About half of patients with chronic diseases don't take their medication as prescribed.

Medication non-adherence has important health consequences, ranging from decreased quality of life and poorly managed symptoms to death. But the implications of medication non-adherence extend beyond the individual; non-adherence is also associated with significant societal costs.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 16:53
Sponsor Showcase Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00
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Last Updated on Friday, 14 April 2017 17:28

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