The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year training and education program on the Quality Payment Program. CMS intends to invest an additional $80 million over the last four years of the program.
The American Telemedicine Association released two new reports looking at telemedicine coverage, reimbursement, and physician standards across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The reports identified gaps in coverage and reimbursement by comparing telemedicine adoption across all states, and looked at physician practice standards and licensure by reviewing state laws and medical board standards.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Dec. 13 hosted a live demonstration of patient applications that import data from health IT vendors. These apps give patients access to a consolidated list of their medications from a variety of sources.