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Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse

May 23, 2018 - 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 through Congress, Senator Mark Warner is leading the charge with four more bills introduced this week. The Virginia Democrat, whose state is home to one of...


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Is CMS Giving Telehealth Its Due In Its New Rural Health Strategy?

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CMS is making telehealth and telemedicine a cornerstone in its first Rural Health Strategy. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled the first-ever program this past week, releasing a five-point, eight-page initiative to improve...

Debating the Pros And Cons of Licensure Compacts for Telehealth

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Interstate medical licensure compacts, which enable healthcare providers to more easily apply for and receive permission to practice medicine in other states, have been touted as a means of expanding telehealth and telemedicine. They’re...

Telehealth, Telemedicine Reimbursement Score Big in New Budget Deal

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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 two-year...

Draft Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Are Ready for Review

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A partnership launched by the American Telemedicine Association has unveiled a draft set of standards for a new telemedicine accreditation program. ClearHealth Quality Institute’s Telemedicine Accreditation Program Standards was unveiled...

How Are States Using Telemedicine to Tackle the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

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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 Enforcement...

Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

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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...

Making Telehealth a Valuable Part of Preventive Care Programs

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An under-the-radar bill introduced in Congress last year could, if passed, pave the way for Medicare coverage of telehealth in preventive health programs. The Preventive Health Savings Act (S. 2164 and H B.. 2953) proposes to expand the window...

Senate Passes VETS Act, Enhancing Telehealth Access for Veterans

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Veterans will soon be able to access healthcare no matter where they live through a telehealth connection. The Senate has unanimously passed The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 (S.925), following the House’s...

CMS Clarifies Texting Rules Amid Rumors of mHealth Message Ban

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has re-affirmed its position on physician texting following news reports that the agency was moving to ban the mHealth messaging platform. In a Dec. 28 Survey & Certification Letter to state...

2017: A Look Back At The Year In State Telemedicine Legislation

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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

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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

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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

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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 –...

VETS Act, Supporting Telehealth for Veterans, Now in Senate’s Hands

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Telehealth advocates are cheering the House’s unanimous approval this week of the VETS Act, saying it would give the nation’s veterans unfettered access to telehealth no matter where they live. “The passage of our bill in the...

CCHP’s State Telehealth Report Shows Gradual Advances in Coverage

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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

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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

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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,...

Joint Commission Steps Back From Proposed Telemedicine Standards

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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

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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...

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