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Telehealth and Health Plans

Study: States’ Private Payer Laws Are Harming Telehealth Growth

September 15, 2017 - Two-thirds of the states in the US may have laws to promote telehealth and telemedicine coverage by private payers, but many of those laws are weakly written, giving payers too much discretion to set their own ground rules and turning providers away from those services. That’s the conclusion of a study by the Center for Connected Health Policy, commissioned by the Reforming States Group...


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mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

by Eric Wicklund

An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the Pacify...

Telehealth Stands to Gain from Anthem’s ER Policy Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Anthem is expanding its strategy of denying payments for unnecessary ER visits, a move that could push more consumers across the country toward telehealth or mHealth services. The insurer, which administers Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14...

Survey Suggests Employers Have Confidence in Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Are telehealth programs and mHealth tools giving employers more confidence that they can support employee healthcare needs despite rising costs and chaos in the nation’s capital? A new survey from global advisory company Willis Towers Watson...

Providers Must Negotiate Telehealth Reimbursement With Payers

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to launch a new telemedicine or mHealth program may find an unexpected ally in commercial health plans. While only 31 states and the District of Colombia mandate that private payers cover telehealth visits as they...

Payers, Providers Seek Common Ground on New Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are finding that telehealth reimbursement goes well beyond finding the right CPT code. With each state and even the federal government offering different and sometimes conflicting definitions for telemedicine and telehealth,...

Big Business Survey Suggests mHealth is Motivating Employees

by Eric Wicklund

Large employers may be solving the mHealth engagement puzzle with health plans that include wearables. A two-year study of 14 large employers, covering some 240,000 employees, saw “no measurable decline in engagement for more than nine...

Survey Finds Strong Support for Telehealth from Mothers

by Eric Wicklund

The best way to increase telehealth adoption is to get Mom’s approval. A survey of more than 500 mothers by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and telehealth provider LiveHealth Online finds that every one of them wants round-the-clock access...

Big Business is Bullish on Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Almost every big business in the United States will make telehealth available to its employees within four years, according to a national survey. Whether those employees take advantage of that service is another matter. The much-anticipated Large...

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