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Microsoft’s New Broadband Strategy Includes a Nod to Telehealth

July 11, 2017 - Microsoft has announced plans to help improve rural America’s broadband capabilities, an ambitious project that could kick-start telemedicine projects to underserved communities. Unveiled Tuesday, “A Rural Broadband Strategy: Connecting Rural America to New Opportunities” aims to make use of so-called “TV white spaces spectrum” - unused UHV television band spectrum...


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Texas Telemedicine Law Prompts Feds to Close Medical Board Probe

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have closed their investigation of the Texas Medical Board over charges the board sought to unfairly restrict telemedicine providers. The Federal Trade Commission voted 2-0 to end its probe shortly after Gov. Greg Abbot signed...

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’s Telemedicine Regulations are Ready to Become Law

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine legislation headed to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s desk would, among other things, enable physicians to use telehealth to establish a doctor-patient relationship, ensure the same standards of care as an in-person visit,...

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Legislation Faces a New Controversy

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s landmark telemedicine legislation could be running into a roadblock. The New Jersey General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has amended Assembly Bill 1464 to limit to three years the provision that telemedicine be...

Florida Cuts Telemedicine Out of New Medical Marijuana Law

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to issue a prescription for medical marijuana. The rule, part of 80 pages of legislation passed by lawmakers during a special session on June 9, requires...

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...

Is Telemedicine Reliable Enough for Conducting Eye Exams?

by Eric Wicklund

Connecticut lawmakers are putting the brakes on telemedicine for eye exams, saying the technology isn’t advanced enough to replace the in-person visit. Similar battles over “ocular telehealth” and playing out in several states....

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),...

AHA: FCC Should Expand Telehealth, Broadband to Rural Regions

by Thomas Beaton

More funding for telehealth providers and an expansion of broadband infrastructure into rural regions will support a growing demand for access to care, said the American Hospital Association (AHA) in comments to the FCC related to the Rural Health...

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,...

NETRC Conference: Telehealth on the Path to Mainstream Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to mainstream their telehealth programs are making one big mistake: They’re putting telehealth on a pedestal. “To some extent we have been held to a higher standard than traditional healthcare,”...

VT Legislature Approves Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

by Thomas Beaton

UPDATE: Govenor Phil Scott (R.) signed S.50 into law, requiring insurance companies to pay providers the same rates for telemedicine usage as an in-person visit. The bill goes into effect on October 1, 2017.  Legislation that has...

ATA, CHQI to Develop National Telemedicine Accreditation Standards

by Thomas Beaton

A partnership between ATA and the ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) aims to build national telemedicine accreditation standards that enhance telemedicine transparency, patient outcomes and safety, and regulation. Under the partnership, ATA's...

Texas Legislators Vote to Enact New Telemedicine Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Texas legislators are tantalizingly close to passing legislation that would allow direct-to-consumer telehealth in the Lone Star State, while also giving doctors the leeway to use telemedicine to meet new patients. House Bill 2697, sponsored...

VETS Act Takes Aim at mHealth, Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill have reintroduced a bill that would ease restriction on telehealth and mHealth for veterans, especially those in rural areas. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 has been...

Examining the State of Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement

by Thomas Beaton

The majority of the United States offers Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth and related services, but reimbursement rules within each state can vary significantly, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).   CCHP's...

Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

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 Medciare coverage of remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary...

Montana Bill Seeks to Establish Telemedicine Practice Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The latest state to consider telemedicine practice standards also happens to be one of the nation’s largest and least populated. Montana Rep. Kirk Wagoner (R-Montana City) has introduced legislation to “put sideboards on the...

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