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NM Lawmakers Drop Telemedicine From Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

January 29, 2019 - 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 Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act, which was introduced on December 20 by State Rep. Deborah Armstrong. Aside from removing telehealth from the...


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Survey Finds No Rhyme or Reason in Telehealth Rules for PTs, OTs

by Eric Wicklund

A new analysis of state telemedicine and telehealth guidelines for physical and occupational therapists finds no discernible pattern of rules or regulations across the country – not even an agreement on what to call their...

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...

CCHP Sees 2018 Telehealth Gains in Medicaid, Interstate Licensure

by Eric Wicklund

State legislatures passing new telehealth laws in 2018 focused primarily on expanding Medicaid coverage, approving interstate licensure pacts and establishing guidelines, according to a review by the Center for Connected Health Policy. On...

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...

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...

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 &...

Will a Payer’s New ER Policy Give Telehealth a Boost in Texas?

by Eric Wicklund

A move by Texas’ largest health insurer to reduce unnecessary ER visits could provide a welcome boost to direct-to-consumer telehealth programs in the state. Beginning in June, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will begin...

Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Several Senators are launching an all-out effort to make telehealth and telemedicine services a pivotal strategy in tackling the nation’s opioid abuse crisis. While at least three pieces of legislation are already making their way...

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,...

Is CMS Giving Telehealth Its Due In Its New Rural Health Strategy?

by Eric Wicklund

CMS is making telehealth and telemedicine a cornerstone in its first Rural Health Strategy. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled the first-ever program this past week, releasing a five-point, eight-page initiative to...

Kentucky OKs Telehealth, Coverage Parity for Medicaid Members

by Eric Wicklund

Kentucky lawmakers have enacted legislation to make telehealth and telemedicine services more readily available to Medicaid recipients. SB 112 was signed into law this week by Gov. Matt Bevin following votes of 36-0 in the State Senate...

Senate Committee Embraces Telemedicine in Opioid Crisis Response Act

by Eric Wicklund

The Senate HELP (Health Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee is adding its weight to efforts to make telemedicine a prominent strategy in the nation’s battle against opioid abuse. The 23-member committee this week unveiled a...

CT Employers, Payers Oppose Fixed Rates for Telehealth Services

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A recent hearing to discuss a bill to allow Connecticut physicians to provide telepsychiatry services saw employers and health plans in the state opposing a measure to pay for these telehealth services at the same rate as in-person...

Telehealth, Telemedicine Reimbursement Score Big in New Budget Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement scored huge successes in the budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump, with one senator saying the law does more for Medicare coverage of telehealth than any past legislation. The...

How Are States Using Telemedicine to Tackle the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

by Eric Wicklund

With the nation in the grip of an opioid abuse crisis, doctors and pharmacists see telemedicine and telehealth as an opportunity to improve outcomes by improving the distribution and management of controlled substances. But the U.S. Drug...

Senate Passes VETS Act, Enhancing Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

Veterans will soon be able to access healthcare no matter where they live through a telehealth connection. The Senate has unanimously passed The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 (S.925), following the...

Should Telehealth, Telemedicine Doctors Have Their Own Specialty?

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine are becoming so commonplace in health systems that they should have their own specialty. That’s the premise of a Nov. 27 opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association by New York...

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