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NETRC Conference: Telehealth on the Path to Mainstream Adoption

May 25, 2017 - Healthcare providers looking to mainstream their telehealth programs are making one big mistake: They’re putting telehealth on a pedestal. “To some extent we have been held to a higher standard than traditional healthcare,” said Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD, an Emory University professor and former American Telemedicine Association president. “Now we’re trying...


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NETRC Conference: Telehealth on the Path to Mainstream Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to mainstream their telehealth programs are making one big mistake: They’re putting telehealth on a pedestal. “To some extent we have been held to a higher standard than traditional healthcare,”...

VT Legislature Approves Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

by Thomas Beaton

Legislation that has been passed by the Vermont House and Senate aims to extend and regulate telemedicine reimbursement within the state. The bill includes new requirements for payers to reimburse telemedicine services, and modifies regulations...

ATA, CHQI to Develop National Telemedicine Accreditation Standards

by Thomas Beaton

A partnership between ATA and the ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) aims to build national telemedicine accreditation standards that enhance telemedicine transparency, patient outcomes and safety, and regulation. Under the partnership, ATA's...

Texas Legislators Vote to Enact New Telemedicine Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Texas legislators are tantalizingly close to passing legislation that would allow direct-to-consumer telehealth in the Lone Star State, while also giving doctors the leeway to use telemedicine to meet new patients. House Bill 2697, sponsored...

VETS Act Takes Aim at mHealth, Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill have reintroduced a bill that would ease restriction on telehealth and mHealth for veterans, especially those in rural areas. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 has been...

Examining the State of Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement

by Thomas Beaton

The majority of the United States offers Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth and related services, but reimbursement rules within each state can vary significantly, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).   CCHP's...

Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

Congress to Revisit Telehealth for Chronic Care Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Congress will get another crack at expanding telehealth for chronic care with the return of a Senate bill seeking better Medciare coverage of remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary...

Montana Bill Seeks to Establish Telemedicine Practice Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The latest state to consider telemedicine practice standards also happens to be one of the nation’s largest and least populated. Montana Rep. Kirk Wagoner (R-Montana City) has introduced legislation to “put sideboards on the...

Ohio Board Relaxes Telemedicine Policies to Allow Prescribing

by Eric Wicklund

Ohio physicians can use telemedicine to prescribe both non-controlled and controlled drugs – as long as they meet a long list of guidelines. The two rules passed earlier this month by the Ohio Medical Board, 4731-11-09 and 4731-11-01, enable...

AHRQ Seeks Data on Telehealth Value for Acute, Chronic Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is looking for more evidence that telehealth can help in the management of patients with acute and chronic conditions. The agency is looking for “scientific information submissions”...

Idaho Revises Anti-Abortion Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Idaho’s Senate has voted to amend two-year-old telemedicine legislation that prohibits doctors from using an online platform to prescribe abortion-causing drugs. The Senate voted 28-7 this week to approve HB 250, which “[a]mends existing...

North Carolina lawmakers eye telemedicine payment parity

by Eric Wicklund

Lawmakers in North Carolina – a state with a long track record of telemedicine and mHealth innovation – are poised to debate a bill that would establish reimbursement parity for payers. H.B. 283 would mandate that health plans cover...

Texas Ready to Take on New Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

Texas lawmakers are ready to review a bill that would define telehealth and telemedicine and enable clinicians in the state to use the platform to establish a physician-patient relationship. Submitted this week by State Sen. Perry Schwertner,...

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...

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