* The CMS report on Medicare telehealth utilization between 2014 and 2016 revealed that nearly 90,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries used over 275,000 telehealth services by 2016
* It appears that telehealth could play an important role in achieving the goals associated with value-based models by providing clinically indicated, high quality, ‘anytime, anywhere’ care to Medicare patients
* To date, based on current statutory restrictions, Medicare has primarily offered telehealth services to meet the needs of rural beneficiaries and has provided coverage for a select set of telehealth services required by statute or for which there is strong clinical evidence,” the federal agency wrote.
* To keep up with technology, CMS will need to modify its Medicare reimbursement and coverage policies. The federal agency has started by paying for virtual check-ins and virtual consultations between physicians, as well as permitting home health agencies to use remote patient monitoring for Medicate patients and enrollees receiving home dialysis to do monthly assessments via telehealth.
* “These are exciting changes which will increase access to care, give patients new choices, and foster the type of innovations we need to strengthen Medicare and ensure its sustainability into the future,” she said. “And we know that, given Medicare’s size, whatever we do affects the entire healthcare market.”
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“Less than one year after my cartilage implantation surgery, I am back in training to run the London Marathon on 28 April. 23 is my lucky number and this will be my 23rd consecutive year (since 1997) running the marathon, and I am aiming to raise SGD $15,000 for charity in doing so.” – James Walton @jameswalton77, Deloitte Singapore Clients & Markets Partner and Sports Business Group Leader.
Every year, James continues to participate in the Virgin Money London Marathon and takes the opportunity to raise funds for a cause that he strongly believes in. This year, he will once again be running for the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) to contribute to the new AWWA School building fund. The special education school appointed by the Ministry of Education is set to operate l by 2021 and aims to provide the necessary support for 300 students aged 7 to 18 years old, primarily with autism.
If you would like to support James in making an impact that matters and donate to AWWA, visit: https://www.giving.sg/awwa-ltd/jameslondon2019