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New Proposed Additions to FY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Center for Connected Health Policy, July 9, 2015 The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for FY 2016. For FY 2016, CMS proposes adding the following codes as reimbursable services if provided via telehealth: 99356 – Prolonged service in the inpatient or observation...

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More And More Veterans Visit Their Doctors Via Telemedicine

Vermont Public Radio, July 8, 2015 More and more members of the military are coming back from deployments needing medical attention, and Vietnam-era veterans are aging.  All that’s been putting strains on the Veterans Affairs medical system. One way the VA is improving access to care is by using telemedicine, so patients can consult...

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Health Plans in Connecticut Must Cover Telehealth Services

The National Law Review, July 6, 2015 Connecticut marks the 28th state to enact a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute. The legislation (SB-467) was sponsored by Senators Looney, Duff, Crisco and Gerratana with twenty co-sponsor senators, and was signed into law by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on June 22, 2015, representing...

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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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