Selected recent or important resources focusing on Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare.
Rural Patient and Provider Perceptions of Telehealth Implemented During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Evaluates patient and provider perceptions of telehealth in a large, rural healthcare system as well as the sustainability of telehealth during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizes 2020-2021 survey data to analyze patient satisfaction with telehealth and its perceived value and efficiency according to providers. Considers the long-term effectiveness of telehealth by assessing differences in missed appointments when compared to in-person visits at a family practice clinic.
Author(s): David Klee, Derek Pyne, Joshua Kroll, William James, Kelly A. Hirko Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 23, 981 Date: 09/2023 Type: Document view details
MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Physician Prospective Payment System for FY 2024
Comment on the August 7, 2023, Federal Register proposed rule revising the physician fee schedule to improve payment systems for physicians and other Medicare Part B revisions. Includes discussions on payment rates for Medicare telehealth services; the Medicare Shared Savings Program, including regional adjustments; incorporating Medicare Advantage data into public reporting; and more.
Date: 09/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission view details
Telemedicine Visits in US Skilled Nursing Facilities
Results of a study of telemedicine use in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), using data from over 4.4 million residents at 15,434 SNFs. Features statistics including characteristics of SNFs in the top quartile by telemedicine use in 2020 to 2021, with breakdowns by metropolitan, micropolitan, small urban, and rural areas, and state-level maps with shadings showing rates of telemedicine use in SNFs from 2019-2022.
Author(s): Agne Ulyte, Ateev Mehrotra, Andrew D. Wilcock, et al. Citation: JAMA Network Open, 6(8) Date: 08/2023 Type: Document view details
Medicare Telehealth Trends Report
Describes the trends of telehealth utilization among Medicare beneficiaries between January 1, 2020, and March 31, 2023. Presents data on the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries that used a telehealth service by calendar quarter and by race/ethnicity, Medicaid eligibility, type of Medicare eligibility, sex, age group, and rural/urban residence.
Date: 08/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services view details
Changes in Telehealth Experienced by Advanced Practice RNs During COVID-19
Summarizes 7,467 advanced practice RNs' national survey responses from June-September 2020 about the use of telehealth before and during the pandemic, and analyzes free-text comments about how the use of telehealth changed during the pandemic. Discusses challenges in rural areas, including provider shortages and lack of broadband access.
Author(s): Mavis N. Schorn, Carole R. Myers, Julie Barroso, et al. Citation: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 41(7), 507–513 Date: 07/2023 Type: Document view details
Proposed CY 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Fact Sheet
Fact sheet covering Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed policy changes for 2024 outlined in the proposed calendar year (CY) 2024 Physician Fee Schedule. Covers eligible services that can be delivered by telehealth, remote monitoring services, physician supervision, diabetes self-management training (DSMT), and more.
Date: 07/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center view details
Updated Medicare FFS Telehealth Trends by Beneficiary Characteristics, Visit Specialty and State, 2019-2021
Examines telehealth visits by Medicare beneficiaries from 2019 through 2021. Compares telehealth use by patient characteristics, including urban and rural residence and Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), visit specialty, health conditions, and state.
Author(s): Lok Wong Samson, Sara J. Couture, Tim B. Creedon, Laura Jacobus-Kantor, Steven Sheingold Date: 07/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation view details
Calendar Year (CY) 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
Fact sheet providing an overview of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for updates and changes to the Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B issues for calendar year 2024. Covers proposals related to paying separately for Community Health Integration, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Risk Assessment, and Principal Illness Navigation services; telehealth services; mental health visits furnished by Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs); including marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors as eligible for payment at RHCs and FQHCs; and more.
Date: 07/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services view details
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