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Medicare is Holding Telehealth Back: New GAO Study

Study after study, it seems, has pointed to the cost savings and enhanced health outcomes that could result from the broader implementation of telehealth and remote monitoring. But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization. As Health […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Promotes Telehealth for Chronic Disease Patients

It’s been well documented that a small percentage of patients account for a disproportionate amount of the spending on health care in the United States. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, for example, estimates that care for patients with chronic diseases like heart disease, COPD, and diabetes “accounts for approximately 75 percent of the […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Expand Telehealth Reimbursement

These days, it may not appear that the two parties in Congress can agree on much. But telehealth has long been an area that has seen strong bipartisan support, and the recent introduction of a new bill aimed at expanded use of telehealth technologies shows that that bipartisan spirit appears to still be alive. As […]

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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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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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Repeal and …Telehealth Reimbursement?

Perhaps no three words have been uttered more since the election of President Donald Trump, at least among those who follow health care, than “repeal and replace.” While no one appears to know yet just what a “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would look like, and while many have expressed concerns about the […]

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Bill to Improve Medicare ACO Program Includes Telehealth Provisions

A bi-partisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week aims to improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) by modifying the rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). It includes telehealth provisions sought by providers, who were quick to praise the proposed legislation. The bill increases incentives for ACOs to focus on quality of […]

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HHS Delivers Report to Congress on E-Health and Telemedicine

In a new report to Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) touts telehealth’s promise to increase access to quality care and improve outcomes and is cautiously optimistic about its ability to reduce costs. Congress requested the report from HHS in December 2015 as part of an appropriations bill. The request urged the […]

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FBI Raises Questions about Interstate Licensing Compact

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently informed state agencies in Minnesota and Montana about concerns over state laws which authorize states to participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. This compact allows doctors who hold medical licenses in one member state to obtain licenses in other states participating in the compact. This compact will […]

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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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