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The heaviest users of telemedicine? They don't live where you'd expect.

November 30, 2018

Telemedicine use is growing slowly, especially in mental health and primary care, but telemedicine users are more likely to live in cities than rural areas, according to a new study.

How CMS wants to expand telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans

October 30, 2018

CMS Administrator Seema Verma says the agency's newly proposed rule "would give Medicare Advantage plans more flexibility to innovate in response to patients' needs" by "allow[ing] additional telehealth benefits, which will promote access to care in a more convenient and cost-effective manner for patients."

Medicare Advantage, ACA exchanges, and more: How Oscar plans to use Alphabet's $375M investment

August 16, 2018

Oscar Health Co-founder and CEO Mario Schlosser says a recent $375 million investment from Google parent company Alphabet will allow the insurer to "continue to build a member experience that lowers costs and improves care, and to bring Oscar to more people—deepening our expansion into the individual and small business markets while entering a new business segment, Medicare Advantage, in 2020."

Employers say workers' health coverage costs will reach nearly $15K per employee in 2019

August 14, 2018

A National Business Group on Health survey finds that, when accounting for both premiums and out-of-pocket costs for employees and their dependents, employers estimate the average cost of workers' health coverage will reach $14,099 per employee in 2018 and will rise to an average of $14,800 in 2019.

Two states are looking to restructure exchange coverage. Here's how.

July 30, 2018

Alabama and Illinois so far are the only two states that have indicated they will seek CMS' permission to redefine the essential health benefits individual and small-group insurers in the states must cover for the 2020 coverage year, and the states appear to be approaching the changes in drastically different ways.

House votes to delay ACA's health insurance tax, expand HSAs

July 27, 2018

Bills that would the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax and expand the ways U.S. residents can use health savings accounts now head to the Senate, but Senate leaders have not indicated whether they plan to vote on the measures.

Kaiser's CIO on the rise of telehealth and the internet in health care

July 19, 2018

Kaiser Permanente Chief Information Officer Dick Daniels recently sat down with the Wall Street Journal to discuss how the health system is utilizing the internet for everything from online appointment scheduling to virtual appointments.

How CMS wants to change Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule in 2019

July 13, 2018

CMS' Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes an initial 3% reduction in Medicare Part B payments for new drugs, new codes to expand providers' telehealth billing options, and more.

Lawmakers approve dozens of bills to address opioid epidemic

June 18, 2018

The House, which last week considered nearly 40 bills intended to address the opioid epidemic, is scheduled to continue voting on opioid-related legislation this week.

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