Walgreens Adds New Platform, Heal

By Robert Holly | July 30, 2018 Walgreens is teaming up with more than a dozen health care providers—including physician house call startup Heal—in launching a new digital marketplace built to connect its online customers with store- and community-based services. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains and part of the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA). It announced the launch of its platform, known as Find Care Now, on Monday. “People expect accessible quality care that fits their busy lives, and this is another way in which we’re continually evolving our business to bring health care services closer to ou

CMS Paying for Telemonitoring? Could Be Coming Soon...

By Tim Mullaney | July 12, 2018 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services and to make it easier for physicians to provide care through in-person home visits. The policy changes were floated in a proposed rule issued Thursday, regarding payment policies, rates and quality provisions for services provided under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after Jan. 1, 2019. Two payment provisions related to communication technologies would expand the ability of physicians to connect remotely with patients in their homes. Under one proposal, practitioners would be paid for checking in with a Medicare beneficiary over the ph

Changes Coming to Star Rankings?

CMS Proposes Two Changes to Home Health Star Ratings Algorithm By Robert Holly | June 27, 2018 One measure behind home health quality of patient care star ratings may be on its way out, but another is poised to take its place. The Medicare Learning Network, an education and outreach arm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), outlined two recommended changes to quality of patient care star rating methodology on Wednesday, both having to do with measures related to medication adherence. Proposed changes include the removal of the OASIS-based “drug education on all medications provided to patient [and] caregiver” measure in calculating star ratings, along with the addition of a

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