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WEDI Brief Outlines Challenges to Telehealth Reimbursement

January 11, 2017 - Healthcare providers face many challenges in launching and sustaining a telehealth program – including finding the right CPT codes, if they exist, for reimbursement. In many cases, a telehealth or telemedicine procedure is so new, a proper definition and guidelines haven’t been written for it yet, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) reports in a new issue brief....


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WEDI Brief Outlines Challenges to Telehealth Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers face many challenges in launching and sustaining a telehealth program – including finding the right CPT codes, if they exist, for reimbursement. In many cases, a telehealth or telemedicine procedure is so new, a proper...

Nebraska lawmakers eye telehealth parity, interstate licensure

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth parity and interstate licensure are on the agenda in Nebraska, as state officials look to combat healthcare access problems in this decidedly rural state. Lawmakers have announced two separate bills that aim to make telehealth easier...

mHealth, Telemedicine Experts Appointed to NQF’s Telehealth Committee

by Eric Wicklund

A who’s who of telemedicine and mHealth experts is helping the National Quality Forum map out a framework for measuring the success of telehealth projects across the country. The NQF’s Telehealth Framework to Support Measure Development...

Defense Bill Expands Telehealth Services in TRICARE

by Eric Wicklund

A Defense bill that includes expanded telehealth access for active duty military personnel and veterans has been approved by Congress – minus controversial language that would have basically federalized telehealth doctors. The National...

States Move to Exclude Marijuana Consults from Telemedicine Laws

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine may be good for any number of healthcare issues, but Florida lawmakers don’t want the platform used for prescribing medical marijuana. Taking a page from Colorado’s regulations, Florida’s Board of Medicine has proposed...

Michigan’s New Telehealth Law Requires Patient Consent

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan lawmakers have approved telehealth legislation that enables healthcare providers to use the technology with the patient's consent. S.B. 753, introduced in February by State Sen. Peter MacGregor, passed unanimously in the House on...

New Standards Validate Telemedicine in Stroke Care

by Eric Wicklund

Telestroke is finally getting its own guidance document. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have released a scientific statement on quality measures and outcomes for the use of telemedicine in stroke cases, marking...

Mississippi Steps Back from New Telehealth Rules

by Eric Wicklund

Mississippi lawmakers have decided to leave in place telehealth regulations that permit phone-based encounters, despite threats earlier this year to introduce legislation that would mandate that video be part of the platform. Mississippi State...

Payers urge CBO to Give Telemedicine a Fair Shake

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly a dozen national health plans have asked the Congressional Budget Office to pay more attention to telemedicine when scoring Congressional bills on Medicare. In a letter to CBO Director Keith Hall, 11 health plans say telemedicine programs...

ATA: Payment Reform Tops the List of Telemedicine Trends

by Eric Wicklund

New payment models are the top priority in telemedicine these days – and they’ll be the linchpin in the healthcare industry’s move to value-based care. That’s the viewpoint of the American Telemedicine Association, which...

New Report Charts Slow Progress for Telehealth Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth is slowly becoming an accepted means of delivering healthcare, according to the latest state-by-state analysis of the Center for Connected Health Policy. An update of the CCHP’s fourth annual report, issued in March, finds that...

Is Telehealth Redefining the ‘Doctor-Patient Relationship’?

by Eric Wicklund

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering telehealth legislation that would clearly define what technology a physician can use – and clamp down on vendors offering such services. Senate Bill 1342, sponsored by State Sen Elder Vogel, focuses...

Telehealth Growth, Savings Tied to Parity Laws

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth will only succeed if providers are reimbursed at the same rate as in-person care. That’s the conclusion drawn from a health policy brief developed by Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It argues that the nation’s...

Medicare’s CCM Telehealth Program Gets a Bit of Good News

by Eric Wicklund

Medicare’s Chronic Care Management (CCM) telehealth program is a hit with patients, according to the first reported patient satisfaction survey conducted since the program was put in place at the beginning of 2015. A survey of more than...

Massachusetts Drops Parity from Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts legislators are debating telemedicine legislation that would, among other things, give insurers leeway to negotiate reimbursement rates - or not reimburse at all. A reworked bill recently issued by the commonwealth’s Joint...

Arkansas Telemedicine Law Faces Flak Over ‘Originating Site’ Issue

by Eric Wicklund

New telemedicine regulations in Arkansas are facing questions over where a patient has to be to have a virtual visit with a doctor. Executives of Wal-Mart and national trucking company J.B. Hunt say the new law, which is expected to be approved...

AMA Approves Ethical Guidelines for Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

After three years of discussion and a year of delays, the American Medical Association has signaled its support of telehealth. The 230,000-member organization “overwhelmingly” approved a set of guidelines for the ethical practice...

Arkansas Telemedicine Proposal a ‘Good Compromise’

by Eric Wicklund

A proposal to allow telemedicine encounters between a doctor and a new patient are headed to the Arkansas state legislature – although a last-minute amendment could keep one of the nation’s largest telehealth vendors out of the loop....

AMA Tries Again to Set Telemedicine Ethics

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association is once again ready to wade into telemedicine ethics. After punting the issue last June and again in November, the AMA’s House of Delegates will begin debate this weekend on guidelines that define “the...

Is Telehealth Ready for Its Day in Court?

by Eric Wicklund

That next new telehealth program had better include a lawyer in the planning stages. Faced with the fear of a rapidly evolving industry that isn’t keeping up with its legal requirements, the American Bar Association stepped up its presence...

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