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Will the CBO Give Telemedicine a Fair Shake?

mHealth Intelligence, December 22, 2015 Advocates say the Congressional Budget Office has been dismissive of projected savings in telemedicine-themed bills. Others say they're just being cautious. Both theories could soon be put to the test.With Congress soon to see proposed legislation that would allow more Medicaid coverage of telehealth...

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The Telehealth Outlook for 2016

Lexology, December 22, 2015 As 2015 winds down, I think it is safe to say that it has been a whirlwind year in telehealth.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), over 200 telehealth-related bills were introduced in 42 states.  The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has launched an interstate physician...

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Nursing students training for future of virtual health care

Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune, December 15, 2015 The rise of virtual health-care technology could soon allow patients to receive checkups from the comfort of their living rooms, eliminating the need to travel to a hospital or doctor's office. To prepare the next generation of nurses for this technology, the University at Buffalo School of...

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Telehealth in New York State

Federal Telemedicine News, December 6, 2015 The use of telehealth services in New York State has been identified as a priority by the State Workforce Advisory Group (WAG). WAG is a coalition of health professional and provider associations concerned with the maldistribution of healthcare providers and the impact this has on the State’s...

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USDA 2015 Telemedicine Grant Awards Announced

NETRC News, November 30, 2015 The USDA has announced the 2015 Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grant Awardees. Five telemedicine-related projects in the northeast were awarded a total of  $1,471,555. Awardees include: HomeHealth Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine  HomeHealth Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine will use Rural...

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Health Policy Experts in NJ Agree on Potential Benefits of Telemedicine

NJSpotlight, November 13, 2015 But sides debate billing questions, lack of in-person contact, and letting doctors with no ties to Garden State treat patients here from afar How would you like to able to see your doctor – without actually seeing your doctor, except perhaps on computer screen? Telemedicine could expand swiftly in New...

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Doctors online: New Changes in NH Law enable telemedicine expansion

The Hippo, November 12, 2015 Patients in the Granite State are going to see more ways to get medical help over video chat in the coming months thanks to a new app and an expansion in the New England hospital network. The changes Two bills that were passed in the last legislative session have now taken effect. The first took effect in July...

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Telemedicine codes added to CMS final payment rules

FierceHealthIT, November 3, 2015 New telemedicine billing codes are featured in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rules for payments to physicians and hospitals, which were released late last week. Those codes, which take effect next year, include: CPT codes 99356 and 99357: These deal with prolonged care either...

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Six Ways to Take Advantage of New Hampshire’s New Telemedicine Law

The National Law Review, October 26, 2015 A physician in New Hampshire can now establish a valid doctor-patient relationship without needing a prior in-person exam. This is among several recent changes in New Hampshire’s telemedicine laws that offer new opportunities for telemedicine companies and healthcare providers, so long as they can...

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Changes to New York Telehealth Coverage Coming Soon

Health Care Law Today. October, 19, 2015 After New York became the 22nd state to enact a telemedicine commercial coverage statute, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment changing the statute. The amendment makes sweeping changes to telehealth coverage under New York Medicaid and commercial health insurance. With an effective date of...

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