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Are Payers to Blame for Low Provider Telehealth Adoption Rates?

December 4, 2018 - An analysis of payer compliance with Texas’ telehealth and telemedicine law finds that many insurers aren’t being transparent about what they do and don’t cover. And that may be contributing to the low national adoption rate by providers. The study, conducted by the California-based Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), finds that half of the insurers surveyed...


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Michigan Lawmakers Move to Extend Ban on Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to indefinitely extend a ban on abortions by telemedicine. The state’s Republican-majority Senate voted along party lines this week to continue a law enacted in 2012 that...

False Telemedicine Sessions at Center of Federal Fraud Crackdown

by Eric Wicklund

Law enforcement officials are beginning to catch up to healthcare providers who see telehealth as a means of stealing from the government. The latest case comes out of San Diego, where a nurse practitioner pled guilty this week to taking...

Kansas Faces Lawsuit Over Anti-Abortion Clause in Telemedicine Law

by Eric Wicklund

A national women’s rights organization is taking Kansas to court over a clause in its newly enacted telehealth regulations that prohibits abortions via telemedicine. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit this week...

Pennsylvania Legislature Fails to Pass Telehealth Parity Bill

by Eric Wicklund

Pennsylvania lawmakers have balked on proposed legislation to establish payment parity for telehealth, following strong lobbying from the payer industry. Senate Bill 780, introduced earlier this year by State Sen. Elder Vogel, would have...

New Bill Takes Aim at Originating Site Restrictions for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Even as new legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic snakes its way through Capitol Hill, members of Congress are introducing new bills designed to make telehealth and telemedicine a pivotal tool for Medicaid-based...

Delaware Medical Board Tightens Up Its Telemedicine Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Delaware’s Board of Medicine has tightened up its telehealth and telemedicine regulations. Following a public comment period, the board enacted new guidelines in June that clarify language in the state’s Medical Practice Act,...

OIG: HIV Telemedicine Program Doesn’t Violate Anti-Kickback Laws

by Eric Wicklund

A healthcare provider offering free telemedicine equipment to a county health clinic for use in HIV treatment and support services won’t be sanctioned under federal anti-kickback laws, according to the Health and Human Services...

North Carolina Lawmakers Ready to Take On New Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

North Carolina lawmakers are pushing ahead with a new bill to set payment and coverage parity standards for telehealth, while also requiring patient consent before any treatment. The bill, HB 967, follows up on legislation passed last...

State Medicaid Programs Are Seeing the Value of Telehealth at Home

by Eric Wicklund

State lawmakers are coming around to the concept of allowing Medicaid members to access telehealth and telemedicine services from their own homes. In its spring 2018 update of the State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report,...

Kansas Enacts New Telemedicine Law With Anti-Abortion Language

by Eric Wicklund

Kansas has passed new legislation defining telemedicine and telehealth and setting parity guidelines. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed H.B. 2028 into law over the weekend.   The new law contains a clause banning the use of telemedicine in...

Kansas Lawmakers to Debate Bill Banning Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

Kansas lawmakers are gearing up for debate on proposed telemedicine regulations that would, among other things, prohibit abortions by telemedicine. HB 2512, introduced on January 22, is the result of several months of negotiations between...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Poised to Consider Ban on Ocular Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The ongoing battle between state lawmakers and telemedicine supporters over online eye exams has reached Pennsylvania, where a bill establishing guidelines for telemedicine use and coverage includes a provision banning ocular...

Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

Missouri lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would loosen the reins on telehealth, potentially making the Show Me State one of the most lenient in the country. HB 1617, sponsored by State Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), would,...

CMS Clarifies Texting Rules Amid Rumors of mHealth Message Ban

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has re-affirmed its position on physician texting following news reports that the agency was moving to ban the mHealth messaging platform. In a Dec. 28 Survey & Certification Letter to...

2017: A Look Back At The Year In State Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Some 63 pieces of legislation focusing on telehealth or telemedicine were approved by 34 state Legislatures this year, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy. The various bills cover a wide variety of digital health issues,...

Texas Medical Board Adopts New Telehealth, Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

The Texas Medical Board has adopted a broad set of telehealth and telemedicine rules and regulations, bringing the once-resistant board in line with legislation passed this year to improve digital health adoption in the Lone Star...

OIG Expands Telehealth, Telemedicine Audits to Medicaid Claims

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers will be checking to make sure their telehealth and telemedicine programs comply with state Medicaid regulations following news that the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General will...

mHealth Platforms Are a Valuable Resource for New, Expecting Moms

by Eric Wicklund

New mothers in Nebraska now have an mHealth resource for baby and postpartum health and wellness. WellCare of Nebraska, a subsidiary of Florida-based WellCare Health Plans serving 86,000 Nebraskans on Medicaid, has launched a free...

Joint Commission Steps Back From Proposed Telemedicine Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The Joint Commission is scrapping proposed telehealth amendments to its accreditation standards that would have forced health systems to obtain patient consent and predict a patient’s financial responsibility prior to services...

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