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Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

February 17, 2017 - Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to allow Medicare coverage of telestroke services no matter where the patient is located. Current legislation allows those services only in certain rural areas....


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Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to allow...

Washington May Let Consumers Choose Their Telemedicine Site

by Eric Wicklund

Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would, among other things, give the consumer the freedom to choose where to access telemedicine services. In 2015, the state established healthcare locations – hospitals, medical...

ATA Sees Telemedicine Momentum in New Report Cards

by Eric Wicklund

The latest report cards from the American Telemedicine Association show an upswing in support for telemedicine across the country, with a few bumps in the road. The ATA’s reports – one focused on coverage and reimbursement and the...

Texas, Utah Move Forward With New Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

The battle in Texas to ease one of the country’s most restrictive telemedicine laws may be ending, with a compromise bill reported to be heading to the Legislature. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, told the Houston Chronicle...

Arkansas Moves to OK Telehealth at Home

by Eric Wicklund

Arkansas lawmakers are moving toward new telehealth regulations that would resolve an “originating site” issue that caused problems last year. But they may be wading into new problems with school-based programs. The state Senate’s...

Indiana Lawmakers Wade Into the ‘Ocular Telehealth’ Battle

by Eric Wicklund

Some Indiana lawmakers want to amend the state’s telemedicine law to allow online eye tests and the prescription of contact lenses and glasses. The proposal may face a stiff battle. State lawmakers passed telemedicine rules last year that...

ATA Seeks Input on New Telemedicine Practice Guidelines

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association is making three news sets on telemedicine practice guidelines available for public review, giving healthcare providers another resource as they move to launch new telehealth services. The ATA is collecting...

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...

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