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Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

January 12, 2018 - 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, among other things, eliminate the requirement that a telepresenter be present for telehealth visits, open the platform to social media apps like Skype and FaceTime,...


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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, from...

Telemedicine Advocates Cry Foul Over FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine experts are warning that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to scrap net neutrality rules could seriously damage telehealth expansion in rural parts of the country and create a two-tiered...

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 State. The new...

MA Telehealth Bill Set For Passage; Others Aren’t So Fortunate

by Eric Wicklund

A proposed bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans is set for passage, while other bills that would loosen Medicare’s restrictions on telemedicine and telehealth – including expanding telestroke services –...

CCHP’s State Telehealth Report Shows Gradual Advances in Coverage

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly every state provides Medicaid reimbursement for video-based telehealth, according to the latest report from the Center for Connected Health Policy. In addition, 15 states cover store-and-forward or asynchronous services, and 21 states...

Support Grows for Bill Expanding Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

A bill that would allow Veterans Affairs physicians to us treat veterans via telehealth no matter where they live has passed muster with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017...

Kansas Payers Push Back Against Telehealth Payment Parity

by Eric Wicklund

Payers in Kansas are fighting proposals for payment parity in telehealth, saying a virtual visit shouldn’t be reimbursed at the same rate as in in-person visit. “Telemedicine services are not equivalent to in-person services and,...

Telehealth Barriers Should Be Defined by Access, Not Geography

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine programs aren’t catching on in urban America because reimbursement models are targeting the wrong metric. That’s the opinion of researchers from Princeton University and Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson...

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 rendered....

Telehealth in The Nation’s Capital: DC Board Mulls Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare regulators in the District of Columbia are moving closer to telemedicine legislation that would enable healthcare providers to establish a doctor-patient relationship as long as they first get the patient’s permission to use...

Telehealth Bills Get Senate Approval, Good News From CBO

by Eric Wicklund

A bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans would reduce healthcare expenditures by $80 million over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO’s cost estimate of H.R. 3727 is welcome news...

Telehealth, Telemedicine Guidelines Gain Momentum in Florida

by Eric Wicklund

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,...

Texas Board’s New Telemedicine Rules Could Still Cause Problems

by Eric Wicklund

Following up on legislative action taken earlier this year to align the state with the rest of the nation, the Texas Medical Board has proposed amending its telemedicine and telehealth rules that would loosen the reins on doctors wanting to treat...

Study: States’ Private Payer Laws Are Harming Telehealth Growth

by Eric Wicklund

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...

NQF Unveils Quality Measurement Framework Plan for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine can make a positive impact on the nation’s healthcare system if they demonstrate improvement in health outcomes, processes and cost, quality measures are widely accepted and the definitions of measurement are...

Telehealth Extended to NY Adult Centers; Schools May Come Next

by Eric Wicklund

New York’s governor has signed legislation extending telemedicine and telehealth to seniors in care centers, and could soon be extending the platform to schools and day care centers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law A1464, which...

Mass. Health Systems Lobby for Telehealth Parity, State Support

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services. At a recent roundtable, representatives of several health systems lamented that the...

Telemedicine Laws Gain Momentum With Passage in 2 More States

by Eric Wicklund

Two more states now have telemedicine laws on the books, adding to the ranks of states clearly defining what can and can’t be called telehealth and telemedicine. Minnesota’s new regulations became law on August 1. S.F. 1353, unanimously...

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...

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