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AAP Committee Supports Telemedicine With Patient-Centered Care

iHealthBeat, June 30, 2015 The American Academy of Pediatrics says telemedicine is appropriate if it is used in combination with the patient-centered medical home model, according to a policy paper published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics, FierceHealthIT reports. According to FierceHealthIT, the paper is the first on telehealth to...

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Iowa high court strikes down telemedicine abortion ban

FierceHealthIT, June 22, 2015 The Iowa Supreme Court late last week struck down a ban on the use of telemedicine for abortions, overturning an appeals court ruling that upheld the ban, reports The (Iowa) Gazette. It ruled the ban unconstitutional, saying it places "an undue burden on a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy as defined by...

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Vermont Sets Policy on Telemedicine

Federal Telemedicine News, June 7, 2015 The Vermont Board of Medical Practice in May, approved and released their first document titled “Policy on the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine”. The challenge to the Board was to find the right balance so that new technologies will be able to offer convenience...

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Interstate telehealth licensing compact set to become reality

mHealthNews, May 15, 2015 A measure drafted by the Federation of State Medical Boards that enables physicians to practice across state lines is expected to take effect shortly, with seven states on board to honor the agreement and several more waiting in the wings. The FSMB's Interstate Licensure Compact was adopted this past week by...

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Conn. Telehealth Legislation to Set Use, Coverage Requirements

mHealthIntelligence, May 13, 2015 The Connecticut General Assembly appears set to pave the way for telehealth adoption in the Constitution State in light of the progress a piece of telehealth legislation has made recently. First introduced in January 2015, the bill (the Substitute for SB 467) — An Act Concerning the Facilitation of...

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CMS Medicare Reimburses Nearly $14 million for Telemedicine in 2014

CTeL, May 8, 2015 According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare telemedicine reimbursement totaled $13.9 million in Calendar Year 2014.  This figure reflects payments of $12,482,270 for provider fees at the distant site (the location of the telemedicine provider) and $1,452,160 for originating site fees (the...

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Support for payment of telemedicine services on the rise

MedCity News, April 23, 2015 Payment for services has been one of the ongoing major impediments to the spread of telemedicine, but that is changing as payers see evidence of the cost savings telemedicine can provide. Changes at the state, federal and commercial payer levels are the focus of several presentations at the upcoming meeting of...

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Texas Medical Board votes to curtail telemedicine

Houston Chronicle, April 10, 2015 The Texas Medical Board voted Friday to severely restrict the practice of telemedicine in Texas, requiring physicians to conduct an in-person visit with a patient before providing a diagnosis or prescribing drugs by phone or video. The rules would allow telemedicine without a prior visit if a patient is at...

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House Bill Repealing the Medicare SGR Includes Telehealth Provisions

The National Law Review, April 7, 2015 Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) with broad bipartisan support. MACRA would permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for Medicare physician reimbursement and extend federal funding for the Children’s...

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Telehealth takes off in the Northeast

mHealthNews, March 12, 2015 At the beginning of the year, some analysts ventured that this might be the year that telehealth will take off. A pair of pilot projects springing up in the Northeast is lending weight to that prediction. New York's Mount Sinai Health System has announced a number of telehealth programs designed to push digital...

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