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Telehealth at the state level: A little help, please?

mHealthNews, August 20, 2015 An island-based lobsterman using telehealth to see his wellness coach? A group of seniors connecting via video with a physical therapist in one distant location and a tai chi trainer in another to improve their mobility and prevent falls? These situations might be unique to Maine, but drop in on a telehealth...

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Are Your Telehealth Practice Business Associate Agreements Compliant?

Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, August 13, 2015 By law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities – health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers. However, recognizing that most providers, especially so in telehealth, use supporting...

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Sen. King Calls for More Investment in Telemedicine

MPBN News, August 13, 2015 Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King is calling for increased federal investment and support for telemedicine. During a roundtable discussion today at the University of Maine in Orono, King said that, in addition to greater federal investment, he'd like to see regulatory changes that can improve access to vital health care...

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Examining payment parity in telehealth laws

mHealth News, August 10, 2015 any states are enacting laws requiring commercial health plans to cover medical services provided via telehealth to the same extent they cover medical services provided in-person. These laws are intended to promote innovation and care delivery in the private sector by catalyzing healthcare providers and plans to...

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Technology Stemming from Tragedy

The Rural Monitor, August 5, 2015 For Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH), a rural Federally Qualified Health Center, a telehealth program was a solution inspired by tragedy. In 2004, one of FLCH’s RNs was traveling to a Migrant Head Start site to provide services to children, when she was fatally struck by another car. Two years later, an...

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Various telehealth definitions, policies ‘confusing’ for providers

FierceHealthIT, August 4, 2015 While 48 states and the District of Columbia all have definitions of telehealth or telemedicine written into law or their Medicaid program, differences in those definitions are creating "confusing environments" for end users, according to a new report by the Center for Connected Health Policy. The report,...

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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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