Medicare beneficiaries who took part in telemedicine visits during the pandemic were more likely to stick with medication therapies to treat their opioid use disorder (OUD) and less likely to experience a drug overdose, according to a JAMA Psychiatry study.
In recent years, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has taken aim at case managers and discharge planners who violated federal anti-kickback statutes—specifically those who took items or payments in exchange for post-acute referrals.
Many case managers use remote patient monitoring (RPM) to ease the pinch of staffing shortages and help to prevent readmissions. But some are warning that the accessibility of those services may be threatened by one of numerous changes in the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule—a proposed 12% reimbursement reduction for RPM CPT® code 99454.
Jessie, a nurse case manager, feels healthcare has changed since the beginning of the pandemic. She believes that the greatest change comes from the recent initiation of new healthcare coverage plans, primarily Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage.