Shelby Buettner, Marshall Jackson, Jr., Lisa Schmitz Mazur and Dale Van Demark wrote this bylined article on a proposed US Senate bill to expand Medicare’s coverage of telehealth services. The bill would require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test the effectiveness of telehealth models, and cover through the Medicare program those models that meet criteria for effectiveness, cost and quality improvement.
Lisa Schmitz Mazur wrote this bylined article on the challenges employers face in getting employees to use telehealth benefits. Suggesting that employees either are unaware of or are hesitant to use these benefits, Ms. Mazur wrote that “employers and telehealth providers must develop and implement (often in tandem) strategies for addressing these barriers to increase employee utilization.”
On December 18, 2015, the United States Senate Committee on Finance (the Committee) released a Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group Policy Options Document, which outlines approaches under consideration to improve the care and treatment of Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic diseases.