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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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New Harvard mHealth Partnership Targets Medicaid Patients

In today’s smartphone-obsessed world, could mobile technologies be the key to unlocking better health outcomes for Medicaid patients—including those with costly chronic health conditions? Recent studies have shown the positive impact that mHealth utilization can have on certain patients with or at risk of developing chronic diseases, and now, researchers at Harvard University are partnering […]

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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 But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization.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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CMS Clarifies Telemedicine Reimbursement Under Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified their requirements for state amendments for telemedicine services. According to CMS, states need not submit plan amendments for telemedicine coverage under Medicaid if they intend to pay for services provided via telemedicine in the same way they reimburse in-person visits. CMS approval is only needed […]

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Rochester Physician Presents Telemedicine Report at Senate Briefing

Dr. Kenneth McConnochie, University of Rochester Medicine, addressed Capitol Hill to advocate for Medicaid funding for telemedicine. Telemedicine saves both time and money and provides medical access in areas previously under served. An estimated 15 million U.S. children live in areas where there is a shortage of medical professionals. “An emergency department visit for what […]

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CTeL Summit: Session Highlight: Telehealth on Access to Specialists

New Study Results Impact of Telehealth on Access to Specialists Among Medicaid Enrollees Access to specialists such as dermatologists is often limited for Medicaid enrollees. Teledermatology has been promoted as a potential solution, however, its impact on access to care at the population level has rarely been assessed. A recent study by RAND Corporation looked […]

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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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Physician Self-Referral and e-Health Law – Ongoing Debate

Writing an opinion for the Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) Viewpoint, two physicians point to the need for an overhaul of laws relevant to physician self-referral in light of the explosive growth in this practice and it’s impact on Medicare and Medicaid costs, as reported by the Government Accounting Office (GAO). The Robert […]

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NY Governor Cuomo Signs Telehealth Bill into Law

Legislation that expands the availability of telehealth services and requires insurers to cover the costs of those services has been signed into New York law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, as reported in the Watertown Times and other media outlets. Sponsored by NY State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, the law ensures that health care practitioners […]

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CTeL October Brown Bag: Telemedicine Legal and Regulatory Primer

“We’re thinking of starting a telemedicine program.  What issues do we need to think about?” Not a day goes by at The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) when we don’t get a call with this question. Or sometimes it is more ominous.  “We’ve started our telemedicine program.  What issues do […]

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