FutureFocus February 21, 2018: Reforms Ahead: Hospital Discharges, Telehealth, Hospice, and Payment Systems

Lisa Remington

In this week’s FutureFocus, we discuss four reforms coming to your organization. Key topics will impact home health payment reform, hospice, a new hospital discharge penalty, and the expansion of telehealth. We provide insights to each reform.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

The Bipartisan Budget Act (PL115-123) includes these provisions for expanding the use of telehealth under Medicare:

* Increasing convenience for Medicare Advantage enrollees through telehealth;

* Providing additional telehealth benefits under Medicare Part B for MA Plan year 2020 and beyond (Section 50323);

* Providing Accountable Care Organizations the ability to expand the use of telehealth (Section 50324); and,

* Expanding the use of telehealth for individuals with stroke (Section 50325).