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Telehealth, Telemedicine Guidelines Gain Momentum in Florida

September 21, 2017 - One of the last states to formally establish a telehealth policy has been busy this month. The Florida Telehealth Advisory Council, created by the state’s Legislature in March 2016, has put together a draft report that, among other things, defines “telehealth,” establishes payment and coverage conditions for payers and encourages asynchronous (store and forward) telehealth...


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More Organizations Urge CMS to Boost Medicare Telehealth Coverage

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare organizations and advocacy groups are ganging up on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a bid to compel more telehealth and telemedicine coverage. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), American...

Telehealth Bills Targeting Stroke Care, MA Plans Show Progress

by Eric Wicklund

Two bills designed to improve telehealth and telemedicine access sailed through Congressional subcommittee reviews on Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine...

Congress Mulls Proposal to Boost Telehealth Coverage in MA Plans

by Eric Wicklund

The latest telehealth bill surfacing in Washington DC targets Medicare Advantage plans. H.R. 3727, introduced on Sept. 11 by US Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif..) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), would enable...

AMGA Lobbies CMS to Give Telehealth More Medicare Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Group Association is lobbying for more Medicare acceptance of telehealth, by recommending five new CPT codes and a demonstration of the value of virtual coaching platform for those with diabetes. In a letter issued on Sept....

Congress is Coming at CMS From All Angles With Telehealth Bills

by Eric Wicklund

With the CONNECT for Health Act showing no signs of positive momentum on Capitol Hill, telehealth-friendly legislators are trying a new tactic: Introduce several telemedicine bills aimed at different facets of Medicare, with the hope that at...

Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Expand Telemental Health Services

by Eric Wicklund

California’s Kaiser Foundation Health Plan will be expanding its telehealth platform for behavioral health services to meet long-standing complaints over a lack of access and follow-up care. The announcement by Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente...

Lawmakers Want Medicare Changed to Expand Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators are ramping up their efforts to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth and telemedicine. The latest bill to take the spotlight is the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR 2550), re-introduced in May by a familiar group of pro-telehealth...

PA Legislature Introduces Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

by Thomas Beaton

Pennsylvania has opened the door to becoming the next state to allow full telemedicine reimbursement parity for care services. Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) introduced Senate Bill 780 to define key components of telemedicine, set telemedicine...

New Jersey Lawmakers on Track to OK Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey lawmakers are moving forward with a sweeping set of telemedicine regulations that would open the doors to telehealth, ensure parity and put the Garden State on track to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. In one of the last...

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),...

With New Texas Law, Telemedicine Passes an Important Milestone

by Eric Wicklund

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s endorsement of new telemedicine regulations means the nation has finally agreed that a physician-patient relationship can be established through a virtual visit. With Abbott’s signature on SB 1107/HB 2697,...

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)...

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...

Nebraska Joins Telehealth Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

by Thomas Beaton

Earlier this week, the Nebraska government became the 19th state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), which will open up new opportunities for providers to engage in telehealth and remote care services. The bill, introduced...

Congress to Revisit Telehealth for Chronic Care Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Congress will get another crack at expanding telehealth for chronic care with the return of a Senate bill seeking better Medicare coverage of remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary...

Bill Seeks Medicare Reimbursement for New Telehealth Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Congress will revisit a bill that seeks to expand telehealth across the nation by improving Medicare reimbursements. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) have re-introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, after...

Telemedicine Abortion Debate Surfaces in West Virginia Senate

by Eric Wicklund

West Virginia has become the latest state to consider banning telemedicine abortions. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Republican Senator Patricia Rucker introduced an amendment this week to House Bill 2509 that prohibits “the...

Ohio Board Relaxes Telemedicine Policies to Allow Prescribing

by Eric Wicklund

Ohio physicians can use telemedicine to prescribe both non-controlled and controlled drugs – as long as they meet a long list of guidelines. The two rules passed earlier this month by the Ohio Medical Board, 4731-11-09 and 4731-11-01, enable...

WV Passes Bill to Increase Patient Access to Telemedicine

by Thomas Beaton

On Monday the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of West Virginia Practical Medicine Act, a bill that would significantly increase telemedicine use in the state pending state senate approval. House Bill 2509 would...

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