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Medicare Advantage: CMS touts reduced premiums, increased access


WASHINGTON – The Medicare Advantage average monthly plan premium is expected to decrease 11% to $21 in 2021, CMS has announced.

Expanding telehealth is ‘worthwhile for everybody’


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory is throwing its support behind the CONNECT Act, a bill that would expand telehealth services for RTs, because it would also help to strengthen the referral process for oxygen therapy.

CQRC backs telehealth bill


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care, a coalition of home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies, is backing a bill in the House of Representatives that would expand telehealth services to allow RTs to provide services as part of CMS’s Innovation Center alternative payment models.

Rehab roundup: Data gathering and advocating


YARMOUTH, Maine – The new CRT Remote Services Consortium has launched two surveys – one for clinicians, and one for suppliers and manufacturers – to collect information about how they’re using telehealth and remote services, respectively.

CMS moves to solidify telehealth


WASHINGTON – CMS is proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently, following President Trump’s signing of the “Executive Order on Improving Rural and Telehealth Access” on Aug. 3.

NSM to boost telehealth services


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mobility will partner with regional telehealth providers Blue Sky Therapy, Lightning Mobility Evaluations and Spero Rehab to boost its complex rehab offerings nationwide.

CMS makes first move to permanently incorporate telehealth into care


WASHINGTON – CMS is proposing to allow home health agencies to continue to report the costs of telehealth as allowable administrative costs on line 5 of the home health agency cost report, according to a proposed rule.

Survey: Clinicians adapting


More than half of the respondents to a second survey from the Clinician Task Force say they’re starting to use telehealth, Cathy Carver says.

Aeroflow embraces telehealth for sleep patients

‘We’ve tried to set up a model where everything we do has multiple modalities’

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Aeroflow Healthcare was already dabbling with telehealth for its sleep patients, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the provider to ramp up its efforts, says Eric Mongeau.

Legal roundup, COVID edition

A bid program in question, a technology pushed to the forefront

AMARILLO, Texas – With Round 2021 a wild card, health care attorney Jeff Baird is advising his clients to hold off on making any serious financial decisions for as long as possible.