CMS Telehealth Expansion Made Permanent 

During the coronavirus public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) temporarily expanded telehealth reimbursement. However, as these temporary measures are set to expire once the public health emergency (PHE) has passed, there have been pleas for permanent expanded access. It was announced earlier this month that Congress has made CMS telehealth expansion permanent for beneficiaries in rural areas. More details are discussed below. CMS Telehealth [...]

2023-04-06T14:02:37-04:00December 15th, 2020|

Telehealth Waiver Beyond the Pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the need for telehealth services led the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to temporarily ease restrictions surrounding its use. However, at some point the emergency telehealth waiver will expire.  What Was the Purpose of the Telehealth Waiver The HHS passed the emergency telehealth waiver in an effort to increase access to telehealth, and allow providers to [...]

2023-04-06T14:02:49-04:00November 19th, 2020|

What are Telehealth Laws By State?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, states have implemented regulatory changes related to telehealth. Telehealth and telemedicine laws by state are discussed below. Telehealth Laws by State: Medicaid Populations The federal Medicaid program has affected telehealth laws by state. Medicaid gives states broad authority to permit coverage for telehealth services. Before the COVID-19 emergency, many states had already implemented broad telehealth coverage. Since March of 2020, [...]

2023-04-10T11:19:25-04:00October 6th, 2020|

Is Google Voice HIPAA Compliant?

Google Voice is a VoIP provider - a service that transmits phone calls through an internet connection - that has become increasingly popular amid the new work from home environment. As with any software, healthcare organizations need to determine its HIPAA compliance before it can be used in conjunction with PHI. The question of, is Google Voice HIPAA compliant, is discussed below. [...]

2023-04-11T09:03:11-04:00September 3rd, 2020|

What are the Benefits of Telehealth?

Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare, patient education, health information, and self-care, via audio or audiovisual means, at a location remote from the patient. Doctors who offer telehealth treatment can perform many of the same services rendered in person. These include prescribing medicine, diagnosing conditions, and offering prognoses. The benefits of telehealth include benefits for patients as well as for physicians. HIPAA Compliance is an important part [...]

2023-04-06T14:17:05-04:00August 21st, 2020|

HIPAA Compliant Video Chat

It seems as though the coronavirus pandemic has had a lasting effect on telehealth. However, the extended public health emergency won’t last forever, at some point, likely soon, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will start its enforcement actions on the use of non-HIPAA compliant video chat tools. So now is the time to look at your video chat tool to see if [...]

2023-04-10T11:20:52-04:00August 19th, 2020|

Improving Rural and Telehealth Access 

There has been much discussion about the permanent expansion of access to telehealth beyond the coronavirus pandemic. For now, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the public health emergency to October 23, 2020. Although this a good start, many providers and government officials have urged lawmakers to make the improved telehealth access permanent. One such proposed legislation is the Executive Order on Improving Rural and [...]

2023-04-06T14:17:12-04:00August 5th, 2020|

Is BlueJeans HIPAA Compliant?

BlueJeans is a cloud-based telecommunications platform that was created in 2009 by Verizon. With the uptick in the use of video conferencing for telehealth, it is important to consider whether or not certain tools are HIPAA compliant. The question of - is BlueJeans HIPAA compliant - is discussed below. Is BlueJeans HIPAA Compliant: Business Associate Under HIPAA, business associates are any entity that creates, receives, transmits, maintains, or stores [...]

2023-04-06T14:17:12-04:00August 4th, 2020|

HIPAA Compliant Video Conferencing: What to Look For

As we enter our fourth month of the COVID-19 crisis, the use of video conferencing tools continues to grow. However, the security of these tools have been under scrutiny, particularly for  use in the healthcare field. To help providers choose the right video conferencing tool, HIPAA compliant video conferencing is discussed below. Is your organization secure?  Find out now with our HIPAA compliance checklist. Choosing a HIPAA Compliant Video [...]

2023-04-06T14:17:15-04:00July 29th, 2020|

New CMS Telehealth Guidance Proposed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed the Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule in June to increase Medicare payment rates for home health agencies. Within the Rule, CMS has asked for the COVID-19 public health emergency provisions for telehealth to be made permanent. CMS telehealth guidance and the proposed Rule are discussed below. Is your organization secure? Find out now with our [...]

2023-04-06T14:17:20-04:00July 15th, 2020|