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$100 Million Rural Telehealth Pilot Program Takes Flight, Backed by FCC

By Laura Slade on Jul 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to advance a three-year $100 million pilot program with the intent to bring telehealth services to low-income patients and veterans. With unanimous approval, the FCC approved a provision to move forward and seek comment on the management and implementation of the Connected Care Pilot program.

Topics: Government Telehealth Healthcare Software
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MACRA: An Overview, 3 Years In

By Laura Slade on Apr 19, 2019 9:05:00 AM

Signed into existence in April of 2016 and implemented at the beginning of 2017, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) has had a huge impact on the healthcare industry at large. Give the increased focus on value-based care and interoperability, it’s no surprise that an act that puts monetary value on these aspects of healthcare remains influential. But MACRA is far from stagnant—it’s a living piece of legislation, that has been adjusted and modified in numerous areas during its 3 years of use. Still, it’s not without its flaws.

Topics: Government
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$1.2 Billion Telemedicine Fraud Scheme Busted by FBI, DOJ

By Laura Slade on Apr 11, 2019 10:09:43 AM

According to the FBI and Department of Justice, hundreds of thousands of patients were tricked into participating in a worldwide criminal healthcare fraud scheme. The scheme centered around telemedicine and durable medical equipment (DME), and its perpetrators included CEOs, company owners, and medical professionals.

Topics: Government Telehealth
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Paid Family Leave Gains Bipartisan Support

By Laura Slade on Mar 6, 2019 10:18:03 AM

Paid family leave is defined by the National Compensation Survey (NCS) as: “leave granted to an employee to care for a family member—including a newborn or adopted child, a sick child or a sick adult relative—in addition to any sick leave, vacation, personal leave or short-term disability leave that might be available.” This definition does include both paternity and maternity leave.

Topics: Government
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Alex Azar Nominated to Head HHS

By Laura Slade on Nov 14, 2017 10:33:32 AM

In the wake of Tom Price’s resignation, there’s been one clear front-runner for the head of the Department of Health and Human Services: Alex Azar. This won’t be his first go-around in the department; he’s previously served as deputy secretary of HHS under the George W. Bush administration. But what else do we know about the nominee?

Topics: Government