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Arizona Lawmakers Look to Expand Telemedicine Definition, Coverage

February 7, 2019 - Arizona lawmakers are moving forward with proposed legislation that would expand coverage for telemedicine include more healthcare services, including asynchronous telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The state Senate and House Health and Human Services committees recently held a special joint meeting to discuss how connected care technologies can expand access to care and...


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NM Lawmakers Drop Telemedicine From Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

by Eric Wicklund

New Mexico lawmakers have eliminated all references to telemedicine in a bill aimed at setting standards for physician-assisted suicide. Following a public hearing this week, legislators made two changes to HB 90, also called The...

ATA Presses DEA to Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions for Prescribing

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association is urging federal authorities to loosen the reins on regulations that restrict mental health professionals from prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. In a letter to the U.S. Drug...

CMS Pushes Telehealth, mHealth, But Are Providers Paying Attention?

by Eric Wicklund

Many hospitals and health systems aren’t prepared to take advantage of new reimbursement opportunities for mHealth and telehealth. That’s the takeaway from a survey conducted by Reaction Data, which finds that providers...

UK’s NHS Makes mHealth, Telehealth a Priority in New 5-Year Plan

by Eric Wicklund

The UK’s National Health Service is looking to make telehealth and telemedicine a standard of care in five years – a policy that the organization says could save 500,000 lives. Building on Prime Minister Theresa May’s...

North Dakota Lawmakers Ready to Rehash Telemedicine Standards Debate

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers may soon be rehashing the debate over what constitutes an accepted doctor-patient relationship via telemedicine. The state’s Senate is poised to take up SB 2094, which mandates that a healthcare...

Farm Bill Includes Telemedicine Funding for Opioid Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

A massive farm bill quietly approved by Congress this week includes provisions to increase funding and resources for telemedicine programs and broadband expansion in rural areas. The legislation addresses two hot-button issues for...

Study: Retail Telehealth Offers As Many Challenges As Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

The emergence of retail telehealth networks and the looming presence of big-name players like Amazon and Walmart in the healthcare space means consumers are on the cusp of true anytime, anywhere care. But is this a good thing? A new...

Indian Health Adds Telemedicine to Opioid Abuse Treatment Strategy

by Eric Wicklund

The federal agency responsible for coordinating care for Native American and Alaskan Indian populations is launching a telemedicine platform to improve access to opioid abuse disorder (OAD) treatment. Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief...

CMS to Reimburse Providers for Remote Patient Monitoring Services

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized plans to reimburse healthcare providers for certain remote patient monitoring and telehealth services. CMS this week issued its final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality...

CMS Proposes Telehealth Expansion for Medicare Advantage Plans

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is looking to expand telehealth access for members enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. As part of a 362-page proposal issued on October 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

CCHP Report Shows States Are Still Looking For Value in Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Anyone looking for that fabled tipping point in telehealth reimbursement and adoption will have to wait a bit longer. The latest edition of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies...

Congress Takes Aim at Opioid Crisis With Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and Telemedicine programs that assist healthcare providers in treating people with substance abuse issues will be getting a significant upgrade, thanks to a massive bill passed by Congress and headed to President Donald...

Florida Dumps Telehealth Bill, Leaving Some Questions Unanswered

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have failed to pass a bill that would have clarified guidelines for telemedicine and telehealth, leaving certain healthcare providers in the Sunshine State uncertain as to how to use connected care platforms. Senate Bill...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

MGMA, AMIA Weigh In on CMS’ RPM, Digital Health Reimbursement Plans

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may be taking a step forward with proposed improved reimbursements for remote patient monitoring and other digital health services, but some worry that those changes will negatively affect...

CMS Overhaul of ACO Rules Includes a Nod to Telehealth’s Value

by Eric Wicklund

A federal effort to revamp the rules around Accountable Care Organizations includes a few nods to telehealth and telemedicine, giving healthcare providers hope that connected care platforms will become more prominent in an overhauled...

Massachusetts Fails to Approve Telehealth Parity Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts lawmakers have failed to approve legislation that would have improved the state’s telehealth and telemedicine laws, further cementing the commonwealth’s reputation as one of least progressive states for connected...

CMS Proposes More Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

The federal government is once again moving toward acceptance of telehealth and remote patient monitoring with new rules on how Medicare reimburses providers for their use of connected health technology. The Centers for Medicare &...

FCC Votes to Increase Broadband Funding for Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in rural parts of the country will soon have more flexibility to use telemedicine, thanks to an increase in funding for broadband expansion projects. The Federal Communications Commission this week unanimously...

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