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Telehealth Policy

FCC Petition: Better Rural Broadband Means More Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

A coalition of telehealth and health IT organizations is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to improve wireless and broadband access to rural healthcare providers, calling it critical to the development of virtual visit and remote...

Large Employer Trade Group Pushes for Better State Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

A national organization representing large employers is throwing its weight behind state efforts to expand and regulate telehealth – and that’s not an easy task, says its chief health executive. The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC),...

Telemedicine a Key Component of Next-Generation ACOs

by Eric Wicklund

A new Accountable Care Organization model that stresses telehealth is getting high marks from the American Telemedicine Association. The Next Generation ACO Model, unveiled on January 11 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, targets...

Making Telehealth a Priority: Congress Mulls Changes to Medicare

by Eric Wicklund

The Senate Finance Committee is mulling a number of policy changes that would make telehealth a key component of chronic care management for Medicare beneficiaries. The changes are contained in a policy document created last month by the Bipartisan...

Texas Takes Heat for its Telemedicine Restrictions

by Eric Wicklund

The National Center for Policy Analysis is slamming Texas for the state’s efforts to curb telemedicine. The Washington D.C.-based think-tank singles out the Lone Star State and its officials in a new issue brief, calling the Texas...

Cross-State Licensing Compact Gains Momentum

by Eric Wicklund

Twelve states have now signed an agreement to streamline the licensing process for clinicians wanting to practice medicine across state lines. Wisconsin became the latest state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, with Gov. Scott...

Teladoc Wins Another Skirmish in Texas Telemedicine Tussle

by Eric Wicklund

Advocates for telephone-based telehealth services have won another court skirmish with a Texas judge’s refusal this week to drop Teladoc’s antitrust lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board. The ruling wasn’t entirely unexpected....

AHRQ Calls for More Validation of Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Although there have been hundreds of reviews and hundreds of thousands of mentions since 2006, telehealth is still very much a cutting-edge technology – and not validated enough in most cases that legislators can draft adequate policies...

Congress Set to See a Flurry of Telehealth Activity

by Eric Wicklund

A Senate bill introduced this past week would spur additional Medicare coverage of telehealth in rural areas by allowing more telehealth projects at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. It’s one of two pieces of telemedicine...

Support Builds for VA Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Tellehealth advocates are lining up to support a Senate bill that would enable the Department of Veterans Affairs to treat veterans no matter where they’re located. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2015 (S....

AMA Again Delays Ruling on Telemedicine Ethics

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association doesn’t yet know how to define an appropriate telemedicine practice – and probably won’t take up the issue again until halfway through next year. The AMA’s House of Delegates this past...

Licensing, Quality Major Blockades of Telehealth Technology

by Vera Gruessner

The global telehealth technology market is expected to have an annual growth rate of 24 percent and be worth $6.5 billion in the next five years. As such, it is pivotal to uncover some of the trends that will impact telehealth technology in the...

Should Telemedicine Implementation Compel Prior In-Person Care?

by Vera Gruessner

Telemedicine implementation is taking place around the country as more physicians continue to communicate with their patient base by phone and video consultations. The state of Arkansas is another one that’s attempting to pass new legislation...

North Dakota Medical Board Releases New Telehealth Guidelines

by Vera Gruessner

Telemedicine legislation continues to evolve throughout the nation as quickly as healthcare reforms have been implemented and spread across the healthcare continuum. For example, the North Dakota Board of Medicine has issued some telehealth guidelines...

Telehealth Coverage Legislation throughout Four States

by Vera Gruessner

Telehealth coverage legislation is being modified and implemented across the country due to its many benefits such as cost reduction and greater access to care. Nathaniel Lacktman, attorney and expert in telemedicine law at Foley & Lardner,...

Barriers to Physician Telehealth Services Need to Come Down

by Vera Gruessner

Physician telehealth services have a strong potential to improve the healthcare industry on a large scale, as this technology boosts access to care among patients living in rural locations, enables primary care doctors to reach specialists quickly,...

New Hampshire Law Propels Telemedicine Software Adoption

by Vera Gruessner

With doctor shortages on the horizon and a lack of specialized physicians available in rural locations, telemedicine software adoption is becoming more mainstream among large sections of the country. A large number of states have implemented...

Legislation, Reimbursement Expand Telemedicine Technology Use

by Vera Gruessner

Telemedicine technology use is expanding throughout the United States due to new legislative changes, the breakdown of telehealth site restrictions, and the increase in payment parity and reimbursement for telehealth services. Providers are expanding...

New York’s Telehealth Legislation Stresses Remote Monitoring

by Vera Gruessner

Telehealth legislation continues to break new ground, as more states adopt telemedicine coverage and payment parity laws are put in place. When payment parity regulations are put into place, virtual doctor visits will receive the same reimbursement...

Telemedicine Services May Transform ‘Hospital of Tomorrow’

by Vera Gruessner

Technology has been changing healthcare delivery for many years, especially after ongoing reforms have brought forth the adoption of EHR systems, electronic prescribing software, virtual doctor visits, and remote monitoring tools. Telemedicine...

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