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Members of Congress urge CMS to allow telephone-only mental health care during COVID-19 & more Telehealth Buzz

Bipartisan Effort to Expand Access to Tele-mental Health for Medicare Recipients Last week U.S. Reps. John Katko (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Grace Napolitano (D-CA) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services urging the agencies to expand Medicare-covered telehealth services. The CARES Act […]

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Accessible Health Care for American Veterans

For the people who do so much to make sure the country is safe, the least we could do is work to make health care more accessible to them. That is the goal of many Members of Congress, including U.S. Rep and longtime telehealth champion Earl L. “Buddy” Carter of the First District of Georgia, […]

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Telehealth May Not Be Popular Everywhere

Telemedicine has become so popular that, these days, it might seem like you can find it almost everywhere. Grocery store pharmacies are offering telehealth kiosks to make things easier. Private insurance claims for virtual care are even up, growing 53% from 2016-2017 and still continuing to rise. As prevalent as telehealth is, however, there are […]

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The Little Telehealth Engine That Could?

Good news from Capitol Hill for telehealth advocates: For a third time, the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act (S. 773/H.R. 4013) has been reintroduced in both legislative chambers. This bill has been quite the “little engine that could”; it keeps persistently coming back despite the bill’s first failed attempt back in 2015 and second failed […]

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Congressional Telehealth Caucus RFI: We Want Your Input!

The leaders of the bipartisan Congressional Telehealth Caucus recently circulated a request for information from telehealth stakeholders, as they are working to develop legislation to introduce in the coming months. They’re looking to expand on some of the successes of the last Congress (for example, the inclusion of provisions of the CONNECT Act in last […]

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Bipartisan Telemental Health Bill Reintroduced

Last Congress was a particularly productive one for telemedicine-related legislation, as lawmakers in both the House and the Senate introduced more than two dozen bills (some of which even became law) that would eliminate restrictions on the use of telemedicine, increase Medicare reimbursement for care provided via telemedicine, or direct additional resources toward telemedicine pilot […]

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(Telehealth Policy) Change is Still Coming

Remember the Bipartisan Budget Act, signed back in early 2018? Well, it is probably worth a refresher (see below for one helpfully provided by the National Law Review), since, as you might recall, the bill contains some important telehealth provisions that impact its future, especially in the area of funding. The bill is essentially the […]

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Telehealth for Substance Abuse Treatment: Still Underutilized?

More than 72,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2017, according to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans die of opioid overdoses—many of them in rural communities, where patients seeking treatment for addiction often face significant geographic […]

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Farm Bill Includes Key Telehealth Opioid Provisions

More than 72,000 people across the country died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2017, according to the most recent available U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) data. With these statistics in mind, lawmakers in both parties and on both sides of the Capitol have been seeking legislative solutions. This […]

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CTeL on the Hill: You’re Invited!

You’re invited to CTeL’s inaugural congressional briefing on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. After our fall Summit wraps up, we’ll be heading to Capitol Hill to brief Members of Congress and their staff on the benefits of telehealth.   What: “Telehealth in Action” Lunch Briefing When: Wednesday, December 5, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor […]

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