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Telehealth Policy

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Texas Ready to Take on New Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

Texas lawmakers are ready to review a bill that would define telehealth and telemedicine and enable clinicians in the state to use the platform to establish a physician-patient relationship. Submitted this week by State Sen. Perry...

Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to...

Utah Senator Chooses Telemedicine’s Value Over Politics

by Eric Wicklund

Utah senators are trying to de-politicize a telemedicine bill by removing language that would have banned so-called abortions-by-telemedicine. The Senate Standing Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 this week to approve an...

Congress to Revisit School-Based Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Two Michigan senators have re-introduced a bill that aims to boost telehealth services in schools by connecting them with community health centers and providing more avenues for reimbursement. The Hallways to Health Act, co-sponsored by...

Texas, Utah Move Forward With New Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

The battle in Texas to ease one of the country’s most restrictive telemedicine laws may be ending, with a compromise bill reported to be heading to the Legislature. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, told the Houston...

WEDI Brief Outlines Challenges to Telehealth Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers face many challenges in launching and sustaining a telehealth program – including finding the right CPT codes, if they exist, for reimbursement. In many cases, a telehealth or telemedicine procedure is so new, a...

How Project ECHO Will Advance Rural Health through Telehealth

by Sheri Stoltenberg

As we leave 2016 behind and celebrate the New Year, we are seeing continued progress for telehealth and rural health initiatives. One of the biggest milestones is Congress’ passing of the bipartisan, bicameral bill S. 2873 (the...

CMS Urged to Reimburse Telehealth for Stroke, Cardiac Care

by Eric Wicklund

The American Heart Association is calling on Medicare to support telehealth, saying the technology is “tragically underutilized” to treat stroke patients and those with heart disease and could save the country billions of...

Michigan’s New Telehealth Law Requires Patient Consent

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan lawmakers have approved telehealth legislation that enables healthcare providers to use the technology with the patient's consent. S.B. 753, introduced in February by State Sen. Peter MacGregor, passed unanimously in the...

Senate Unanimously Passes Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine program born at the University of New Mexico is set to become a national model for pushing healthcare into remote and underserved regions. The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 97-0 vote S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for...

Pennsylvania Joins Telehealth-Friendly Licensing Compact for Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

Pennsylvania has joined the group of states supporting the telehealth-friendly Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which goes into effect in just over two months. Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature last week on legislation unanimously...

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