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“Repeal and Replace” Finally Heads to the House Floor

Whether you call it “Ryancare,” call it “Trumpcare,” or simply call it by its official legislative title (the American Health Care Act), one thing is all but certain: The legislation designed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is finally headed to the floor of the House this week (likely on […]

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CMS’ New Second in Command: A Health IT Expert?

As health care consultant Seema Verma awaits final Senate confirmation in her bid to become director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and amid continued questions about what “repeal and replace” will mean for health IT, President Trump has reportedly selected a second in command for the agency. Washington-based attorney Demetrios Kouzoukas, […]

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Seema Verma Provides Some Answers on Telemedicine

The Senate Finance Committee today will likely help move President Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) one step closer to confirmation. During a Wednesday morning session, the committee is set to vote on the nomination of Seema Verma, an Indiana-based health care consultant who is perhaps best known for […]

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Insurers Urge CBO to Consider Their Data in Telemedicine Evaluations

Eleven private insurers are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to take the experience of commercial health insurers into account when evaluating the potential impact of telemedicine coverage on Medicare. As reported last week in Healthcare Informatics, representatives of some of the nation’s largest private insurers sent a public letter in October to CBO director […]

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Clinton Picks Telemedicine Champion as Running Mate, Senator Tim Kaine

Telehealth advocates had good reason to cheer when Hillary Clinton named her running mate recently. Clinton’s choice for vice president, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, has long been a strong believer in telehealth and its ability to improve access to healthcare. In July, Kaine and his fellow Virginia Senator, Mark Warner, announced that the U.S. Department […]

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Telemedicine Use Increases Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries

In a recent study, Harvard Medical School researchers discovered the number of telemedicine visits provided to Medicare beneficiaries increase by 28 percent each year from 2004 to 2013, with a total of 107,000 visits provided in 2013. This research is one of the first to measure the frequency of telemedicine over the years. In order […]

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DOCTORS STRUGGLE TO FIND VALUE IN TELEHEALTH

A few months ago, mHealthIntellgience.com ran an article focusing on the struggles doctors are facing in finding value in telehealth, with a strong focus on telehealth reimbursement. “All doctors use telehealth in some form with their patients just by getting on the phone and talking to them,” Dr. Peter Weigel, Westfield, N.J.-based physician, says. “But […]

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TELEHEALTH REIMBURSEMENT: BY THE NUMBERS

Telehealth reimbursement continues to be a hot topic. From private payers to Medicaid, navigating and understanding telehealth coverage and reimbursement for each can be a challenge. Medicare reimbursed approximately $14 million total under its telehealth benefit for 2014, according to CTeL. This number represents .0025 percent of the total Medicare reimbursed for services that year. […]

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Proposed Federal Law Could Save Medicare an Estimated $1.8 billon

A bipartisan group of US Senators led by Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced legislation that would enable an expansion of telemedicine services covered by Medicare, and could result in substantial cost savings. The bill’s other sponsors are Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). The […]

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CTeL Executive Spring Summit on Telemedicine Legal & Regulatory Issues Announced!

The CTeL Executive Summit is back after a successful Fall Summit in November. Join us for two packed days of uncensored, substantive discussions, with YOU, the telehealth pioneer in mind. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out. Grab your seat at the table to hear directly from the source about the legal and regulatory […]

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