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Congress Takes Aim at Opioid Crisis With Telehealth Expansion

October 4, 2018 - 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 Trump’s desk. Included in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) are provisions to improve Medicare reimbursement for telehealth...


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Florida Dumps Telehealth Bill, Leaving Some Questions Unanswered

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have failed to pass a bill that would have clarified guidelines for telemedicine and telehealth, leaving certain healthcare providers in the Sunshine State uncertain as to how to use connected care platforms. Senate Bill...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

Massachusetts Fails to Approve Telehealth Parity Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts lawmakers have failed to approve legislation that would have improved the state’s telehealth and telemedicine laws, further cementing the commonwealth’s reputation as one of least progressive states for connected...

Are State Medicaid Programs Doing Enough to Support Telemedicine?

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly 40 percent of the nation’s Medicaid programs are taking a progressive approach to telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement, according to a new analysis. At the same time, about 20 percent of state programs are classified as...

New Connecticut Law Enables Providers to Prescribe Via Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Connecticut will soon be able to use telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Gov. Daniel Malloy’s signature on S.B. 302 reverses the state’s...

OIG: HIV Telemedicine Program Doesn’t Violate Anti-Kickback Laws

by Eric Wicklund

A healthcare provider offering free telemedicine equipment to a county health clinic for use in HIV treatment and support services won’t be sanctioned under federal anti-kickback laws, according to the Health and Human Services...

CMS Pitches Telehealth to Medicaid Programs Targeting Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is recommending telehealth and telemedicine to healthcare providers looking to leverage Medicaid funding for opioid abuse treatment. CMS made the pitch in a pair of guidance documents...

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,...

VA Finalizes ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Telehealth Program For Vets

by Eric Wicklund

A national telehealth program to connect veterans and healthcare providers no matter where either is located is set to become official. The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted former Secretary David Shulkin’s ambitious...

Senate Bill Expands Rural Access to Telehealth in Iowa

by Jessica Kent

A bill approved by the Iowa Senate requires health insurers to cover both telehealth and in-person services equally and could expand rural access to telemedicine, particularly in specialty areas such as psychiatry. “Telehealth...

Congress Turns to Telemedicine to Take On Substance Abuse Epidemic

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is pushing to make telemedicine a critical component of the nation’s efforts to combat substance abuse. House lawmakers have introduced two draft discussion bills designed to ease restrictions in the Ryan Haight Act and...

FTC Urges State Legislators to Rethink Ocular Telehealth Ban

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Trade Commission is wading into the ocular telehealth battle, now being fought in Washington. The agency has come out against Substitute Senate Bill 5411/HB 1473, which, if adopted, would require optometrists and...

mHealth Veteran Named CEO of The American Telemedicine Association

by Eric Wicklund

A Chicago-based mHealth entrepreneur described as a “pioneer in healthcare” has been named the new CEO for the American Telemedicine Association. Ann Mond Johnson will take over the post on March 5, assuming leadership of an...

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...

FCC Under Pressure to Boost Broadband Support for Rural Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

One of healthcare’s heavy hitters is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to support primary care telemedicine in rural America by boosting resources for broadband expansion. Arguing that improved broadband access will...

Senators Want Telemedicine Up Front In The Opioid Epidemic Battle

by Eric Wicklund

A group of senators is urging the Trump Administration to allow healthcare providers to use telemedicine to tackle the nation’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic. In a letter to Robert W. Patterson, the acting administrator of the U.S....

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...

Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

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,...

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