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Improper Medicare Payments for Meaningful Use, Telehealth?

Have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) been making improper payments to hospitals for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) and for telehealth services? That’s the question that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be considering. As Healthcare IT News […]

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FAST Act Gets House Committee Hearing

Another piece of telehealth-related legislation appears to be one step closer to passage. Six months into a Congress that’s already been a busy one for telehealth bills, mHealth Intelligence reports that H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, was set to be considered in the House Energy & Commerce Committee on July […]

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Microsoft Urges $10 Billion Broadband Investment

By now, it’s a well-established fact that access to high-quality telehealth care is nearly impossible without access to high-quality broadband Internet. And it’s been equally well established that, while progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, work remains to be done in terms of getting people connected. Indeed, […]

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The Telehealth Reimbursement Coalition Needs Your Help. Join Us!

The Telehealth Reimbursement Coalition needs your help. This is a unique research opportunity—and one that we can’t undertake on our own. Led by CTeL, and bringing together experts from throughout the industry, the Coalition will be collecting data and research on the cost impact of telehealth. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the nonpartisan entity that assesses […]

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Bipartisan RURAL Act Would Support Telehealth in Underserved Areas

In an already-busy Congress for telehealth-related legislation, two senators have added yet another bill to the steadily growing list. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), both longtime advocates for telehealth (and co-authors of the CONNECT for Health Act, also introduced this session), recently introduced the Reaching Underserved […]

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Trumpcare and Telemedicine: Possible Cuts Raise Concerns

For numerous students and their families in rural and underserved communities, the more than 2,000 school-based health centers in the United States, many of which use telemedicine to care for patients, provide a lifeline. Yet despite their popularity among the communities they serve, school-based telemedicine programs could be one of the many potential casualties of […]

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Now in the Library: A Look at Recent Telehealth Legislation

A new report has been added to the CTeL Research Library! The 115th Congress, which began in January of this year, has been a particularly busy one for the introduction of telehealth-related legislation. Notably, at a time of intense partisanship on the Hill, the vast majority of these bills have been bipartisan ones. Telehealth, though, […]

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House Members Debut Telehealth Caucus

In the midst of a particularly busy year on the Hill for telehealth-related legislation, and as lawmakers continue to grapple with potential, controversial changes to the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group of House Members has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing telehealth. As Medscape first reported, longtime telehealth advocates Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Gregg […]

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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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CHRONIC Care Act Gets Hearing, Markup

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act seems to have gotten one step closer to passage in the Senate. As first reported by Health Data Management, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the bipartisan legislation this week; the legislation then passed the committee unanimously on Thursday. During […]

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