Healthcare IT News September 27, 2021
The Office of Inspector General found that many states do not conduct monitoring specific to telemedicine – despite reporting concern about fraud, waste and abuse.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a data brief this month aimed at providing insight into state evaluations and oversight of tele-behavioral services.
The brief, which examined oversight efforts as of January and February 2020, stemmed from a survey of Medicaid directors from 37 states, as well as structured interviews with relevant stakeholders.
“CMS and state efforts to evaluate and oversee telehealth are critical to meeting Medicaid enrollees’ behavioral health needs and to safeguarding the Medicaid program from potential fraud, waste and abuse,” wrote OIG officials....