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New Jersey’s Telemedicine Legislation Faces a New Controversy

June 20, 2017 - New Jersey’s landmark telemedicine legislation could be running into a roadblock. The New Jersey General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has amended Assembly Bill 1464 to limit to three years the provision that telemedicine be an accepted means of establishing the doctor-patient relationship.  After that, the legislation would require physicians and their new patient to...


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Telemedicine Legislation Takes Aim at Chronic Kidney Disease

by Eric Wicklund

The latest telemedicine legislation to appear on Capitol Hill seeks to make digital health a key component of treatment for chronic kidney disease treatment. The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017 (H.R. 2644),...

AHA: FCC Should Expand Telehealth, Broadband to Rural Regions

by Thomas Beaton

More funding for telehealth providers and an expansion of broadband infrastructure into rural regions will support a growing demand for access to care, said the American Hospital Association (AHA) in comments to the FCC related to the Rural Health...

VT Legislature Approves Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

by Thomas Beaton

UPDATE: Govenor Phil Scott (R.) signed S.50 into law, requiring insurance companies to pay providers the same rates for telemedicine usage as an in-person visit. The bill goes into effect on October 1, 2017.  Legislation that has...

Telehealth-friendly CHRONIC Care Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

by Eric Wicklund

A bill that would boost telehealth services for chronic care treatment is headed to a Senate vote after breezing through a committee review this week. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC)...

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...

FCC Seeks Input on Broadband Expansion for mHealth, Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are seeking advice from the telemedicine and mHealth community on how to improve broadband access for healthcare. The Federal Communication Commission and its Connect2Health Task Force are accepting comments through May 24 (reply...

CONNECT Act Returns, Targeting Telehealth Barriers in Medicare

by Eric Wicklund

A long-anticipated bill to expand telemedicine and telehealth services in Medicare has made it to Capitol Hill, adding to the growing list of digital health legislation in the nation’s capital. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary...

ATA’s Practice Guidelines Target Telestroke, Telemental Health

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association has launched two practice guidelines to help healthcare providers launching telemedicine services. The practice guidelines for telestroke and child and adolescent telemental health “advance the science...

AMIA: mHealth Tools are Vital to Bridge the ‘Health IT Chasm’

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth tools and platforms could go a long way toward bridging the “health IT chasm” that exists between healthcare providers and their patients. Digital and connected health tools play a big part in two policy documents unveiled...

AMA Adopts mHealth Principles, Takes Aim at App Security Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association has signaled its support for mHealth with new policies designed to support physicians adopting mobile health apps and devices. While approving an eight-part set of mHealth principles at its mid-year meeting this...

AMA to Discuss mHealth App Data Security Guidelines

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth app security tops the agenda at this week’s American Medical Association meeting, with delegates expected to vote on an 11-point policy that would strengthen privacy and transparency efforts. A report prepared by the AMA’s...

FTC Sides With Teladoc in Texas Telehealth Battle

by Eric Wicklund

Teladoc is gaining new support in its battle with the Texas Medical Board over proposed telehealth restrictions. The Federal Trade Commission last week sent a 44-page letter to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court that criticizes Texas medical officials...

FDA Steps Back from ‘Low Risk’ mHealth Regulation

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials won’t regulate activity trackers and other mHealth devices and apps that focus on “general wellness” – though they may intervene if the products in question touch on clinical applications. The long-awaited...

ONC Report Exposes mHealth’s Security Flaws, But Who Should Fix Them?

by Eric Wicklund

Federal oversight of consumer health information isn’t keeping up with the fast-moving mHealth ecosystem, according to a new report. And it’s up to the healthcare industry to close those privacy and security gaps. That’s the...

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...

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...

Analyzing Telemental Health: 50 States, 50 Policies

by Eric Wicklund

Mental health providers have long seen telehealth as a much-needed solution to dealing with the nation’s growing numbers of people with behavioral issues. Now a national healthcare law firm has published a state-by-state guide to telemental...

Project ECHO Poised to Become a National Telehealth Model

by Eric Wicklund

A ground-breaking telehealth project launched in 2011 to push hub-and-spoke videoconferencing platforms out to rural providers may become a national initiative. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Expanding...

In-State Telehealth Restrictions May Soon Be Eliminated

by Eric Wicklund

The last two states to severely hinder out-of-state telemedicine companies from operating within their borders may soon be changing their ways. While legislation eliminating certain telemedicine barriers breezed through Alaska’s House and...

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