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Resources by Topic: Service delivery models

Telehealth Availability in US Hospitals in the Face of the COVIDÔÇÉ19 Pandemic
Highlights a study on hospital readiness and capability to provide healthcare services via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the factors that affect telehealth capability and compares hospitals in rural and urban areas and by census region.
Author(s): Neeraj A. Puro, Scott Feyereisen
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Integrating Telemedicine for Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care: Beyond the COVID Pandemic
Discusses adapting expanded telehealth services used during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). Highlights the successes of telehealth expansion during COVID-19 and suggest ways it could be used to increase access to medication treatment for OUD.
Author(s): Yih-Ing Hser, Larissa J. Mooney
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Interim Final Rule on Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Comments on a May 8, 2020, Federal Register interim final rule addressing flexibilities for providers in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Discusses payments for audio-only telehealth services, expanded reporting requirements for nursing homes related to COVID-19, and adjustments to the Medicare Shared Savings Program methodology.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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How Telehealth Policy is Structured in the United States
June 23, 2020 webinar recording provides an overview of the telehealth policy landscape on the federal and state levels. Discusses telehealth reimbursement policies. Outlines federal and state telehealth policy changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Grantee Sourcebook: Rural Health Network Planning Development Program, 2019
Detailed descriptions of 25 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program grant projects funded in fiscal year 2019. Reports on each grantee's network infrastructure development, plans for sustaining the network after the grant, and program activities addressing topics such as integrated service delivery, behavioral health, telehealth, and care coordination. Grantee profiles identify the geographic areas served, network partners, and primary contact person.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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State Efforts to Expand Medicaid Coverage & Access to Telehealth in Response to COVID-19
Describes how state Medicaid agencies have expanded coverage and access to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how state and federal governments have supported the implementation of, and promoted patient access to, telehealth services.
Author(s): Madeline Guth, Elizabeth Hinton
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model: Year 1 Evaluation Annual Report
A formative evaluation of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model, which tests whether linking payments for a clinical episode of care can reduce Medicare expenditures while maintaining or improving quality of care. Covers the period from October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. Describes participants in the model, clinical episodes included, and the reach of the model. Includes information on rural hospital participation in the model.
Additional links: Appendices, Findings at a Glance
Author(s): The Lewin Group, Abt Associates, GDIT, Telligen
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Effect of Telehealth Extended Care for Maintenance of Weight Loss in Rural US Communities: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Evaluates the effectiveness of obesity management programs conducted from 2013-2018 by telephone or email for participants in 14 rural Florida counties. Includes demographics and statistics on weight loss with breakdowns by method of remote counseling.
Author(s): Michael G. Perri, Meena N. Shankar, Michael J. Daniels, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(6)
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Telehealth: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presents the June 17, 2020, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the growth of telehealth service delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes testimonies from representatives of the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association, Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Making Telehealth Flexibilities Permanent: Legislation or Regulation?
Provides an overview of telehealth flexibilities that were initiated in response to COVID-19, and what legislation or regulatory changes are necessary for the changes to become permanent.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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