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ATA Presses DEA to Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions for Prescribing

January 14, 2019 - The American Telemedicine Association is urging federal authorities to loosen the reins on regulations that restrict mental health professionals from prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. In a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the ATA called for changes to the Ryan Haight Act that would allow specially certified healthcare providers to prescribe...


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UK’s NHS Makes mHealth, Telehealth a Priority in New 5-Year Plan

by Eric Wicklund

The UK’s National Health Service is looking to make telehealth and telemedicine a standard of care in five years – a policy that the organization says could save 500,000 lives. Building on Prime Minister Theresa May’s...

North Dakota Lawmakers Ready to Rehash Telemedicine Standards Debate

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers may soon be rehashing the debate over what constitutes an accepted doctor-patient relationship via telemedicine. The state’s Senate is poised to take up SB 2094, which mandates that a healthcare...

CCHP Sees 2018 Telehealth Gains in Medicaid, Interstate Licensure

by Eric Wicklund

State legislatures passing new telehealth laws in 2018 focused primarily on expanding Medicaid coverage, approving interstate licensure pacts and establishing guidelines, according to a review by the Center for Connected Health Policy. On...

Farm Bill Includes Telemedicine Funding for Opioid Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

A massive farm bill quietly approved by Congress this week includes provisions to increase funding and resources for telemedicine programs and broadband expansion in rural areas. The legislation addresses two hot-button issues for...

Pennsylvania Legislature Fails to Pass Telehealth Parity Bill

by Eric Wicklund

Pennsylvania lawmakers have balked on proposed legislation to establish payment parity for telehealth, following strong lobbying from the payer industry. Senate Bill 780, introduced earlier this year by State Sen. Elder Vogel, would have...

Congress Takes Aim at Opioid Crisis With Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

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