Payers Embracing Telemedicine Cost Savings, Ramping Up Reimbursement in 2016


Often considered the primary obstacle to telemedicine implementation, reimbursement changes are now better viewed as one of the most prominent drivers of telemedicine expansion. Payers are finally beginning to realize what many providers have known for some time – telemedicine brings cost savings and improved patient-member satisfaction. Continue reading this entry

Florida Proposes Telemedicine Medicaid Rules


Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration published proposed regulations regarding telemedicine-based services in the Medicaid program. The Agency is soliciting comments through November 23 and will host a public rule development workshop on November 20 in Tallahassee.

Procedurally, the rules are intended to formalize telemedicine-related provisions to apply across specialty service areas as the Agency transitions away from its Coverage and Limitations Handbooks and instead implements service-specific coverage policies for the Medicaid program. Continue reading this entry

Five Telemedicine Trends Transforming Health Care in 2016

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Telemedicine is a key component in the health care industry shift to value-based care as a way to generate additional revenue, cut costs and enhance patient satisfaction.

It is expected that the global telemedicine market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 14.3 percent through 2020, eventually reaching $36.2 billion, as compared to $14.3 billion in 2014.

Below is an overview of five trends that will drive telemedicine’s continued growth and transformation of health care delivery in 2016: Continue reading this entry

Budget Law Moves Towards Site-Neutral Medicare Payments; Join Foley for a Discussion on November 13


The recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act (P. L. 114-74) included a provision that will significantly alter the future of hospital-based outpatient care.

The provision, Section 603, will exclude from Medicare’s outpatient hospital prospective payment system (“OPPS”) any new off-campus departments of a hospital, as determined by Medicare’s provider-based standards, unless it is a “dedicated emergency department” for EMTALA (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act) purposes.

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New IRS Regulations for Mixed-Use Projects Financed With Tax-Exempt Bonds Have Particular Importance for Nonprofit Health Care Organizations

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The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service published final regulations on October 27, 2015 concerning the treatment of “mixed-use” projects financed with tax-exempt bonds. These new regulations have particular importance for tax planning and tax compliance of 501(c)(3) health care organizations that are borrowers of tax-exempt bonds. Continue reading this entry