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Telehealth Wins in Budget Deal; Fares Less Well in Pres. Budget

The 115th Congress continues to be a promising one for telehealth advocates, as last week’s passage of legislation to fund the government (and avert a shutdown) contained several pieces of very good news. As Fierce Healthcare and others first reported, the $400 billion continuing resolution incorporated the provisions of the bipartisan CHRONIC Care Act, which […]

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House Spending Measure Includes CHRONIC Care Act Provisions

Potential good news from Capitol Hill for telemedicine advocates: The House’s stopgap spending bill, which the chamber passed on Tuesday, includes the provisions of a key piece of telemedicine legislation. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, the continuing resolution would incorporate the provisions of the CHRONIC Care Act, which has earned the endorsement of a number of telemedicine advocacy […]

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Telehealth and Preventive Care? New Bill Could Open the Door

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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Telehealth in Urban Areas? Health Affairs Op-Ed Highlights Need

When it comes to the debate over telehealth reimbursement, advocates frequently tend to focus on the benefits that increased reimbursement could bring to rural, underserved communities—places where, by having access to telehealth care, patients could theoretically avoid having to drive long distances to see a specialty provider, or where small-town hospital closures have left residents […]

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HIMSS Shares “Wish List” With Congress

It’s been a busy year for telehealth and health IT on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than two dozen pieces of telehealth-related legislation, and one telehealth-friendly bill (the CHRONIC Care Act) even passing the Senate. But the 115th Congress isn’t over yet, and advocates want to keep the […]

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CHRONIC Care Act Passes the Senate

Telehealth advocates can point to their first (partial) legislative victory with the Senate passage of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act. As mHealth Intelligence, MobiHealthNews, and others first reported, the bipartisan bill unanimously passed the upper chamber earlier this week. “The CHRONIC Care Act is a culmination of a bipartisan, committee-wide effort, which […]

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The Push For Telehealth Reimbursement: Advocates Lobby CMS

In a year during which efforts to expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services have gained new momentum, more and more advocates are taking their case directly to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As mHealth Intelligence first reported, a variety of different health care advocacy organizations have submitted comments to the agency in support of […]

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Does Your Plan Cover Telemedicine? Most Don’t Know

With more and more patients, providers, and health care organizations seeking to utilize telemedicine services, a new survey has shed light on widespread uncertainty among patients about whether or not their insurance plans actually provide telemedicine coverage. As Markets Insider first reported, data from a HealthMine survey showed that the majority (57 percent) of Medicare plan members […]

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House Committees Advance Key Telehealth Bills

Two House of Representatives committees this week advanced key bipartisan pieces of telehealth legislation, giving the push for expanded reimbursement additional momentum in a Congress that’s already been busy when it comes to the introduction of telehealth bills. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, two bills—the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act and the Increasing Telehealth Access in Medicare Act—cleared […]

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Medicare Spending on Telehealth Grew in 2016, But is Still Low

Good news/bad news when it comes to Medicare and telemedicine: While the program spent more money on reimbursement for telehealth services in the past year than they ever had in the past, Medicare’s spending on it still only accounts for a small percentage of its overall budget. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, recently released data from the […]

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