A recent report examines trends in telehealth-related claims, reimbursements and state policies using the largest private claims database in the US. Among its findings are that, although most state telehealth policies have been implemented within the last five years, claims for telehealth are rare and reimbursements tend to be lower than for non-telehealth claims. Results from this research were reported in USA Today and Forbes. Read the full report from the Health Care Cost Institute here.
CMS outlined a specific timetable for transitioning Medicare payments from Fee-for-Service to value-based purchasing. In this historic announcement, by 2018, value-based purchasing of medical services will account for 90% of all payments. You can read a brief overview of value-based purchasing here. Read the full story here.
Indiana’s plan to expand Medicaid has been approved by CMS based on new several new waivers that might be pursued by other Republican states. Read the full story here. The UNMC Center for Health Policy had carried out an analysis of the implications for Medicaid expansion in Indiana and the full report can be found here.