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2020: New Year, New You, and New Telehealth Bills

A new year brings so much possibility. For states that were not able to get telehealth legislation passed, 2020 brings a new chance for failed telehealth bills. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, Washington and South Dakota, for example, are both ringing in the New Year with telehealth bills from the previous legislative year that did […]

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Fighting Pregnancy Depression with mHealth

Depression during pregnancy is on the rise, the results of a 2019 survey show. This does not mean that more women are experiencing depression during pregnancy today than previously; rather, technology has made it easier to identify depression, which in turn means higher reported rates of mental health issues. Regardless, as Bloomberg first reported, health […]

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North Carolina at a Telehealth Stalemate

It seems North Carolina will have to wait another day for telehealth reimbursement changes. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature had passed the Medicaid Transformation Bill, which included key telehealth provisions; however, Governor Roy Cooper (D) recently vetoed the effort. North Carolina’s legislature has been rife with conflict […]

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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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Wisconsin Making Telehealth More Accessible

Even more good news from the states for telehealth advocates: Wisconsin is looking to update its Medicaid coverage for telehealth, as well as make changes to its policies regarding payment and coverage parity. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, in-the-works legislation is garnering support from lawmakers in both political parties, and should be filed by the […]

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CMS Proposes New Telehealth Coverage Codes

In last week’s newsletter, we talked about the new fee changes coming to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) physician fee schedule in 2020. Interestingly enough, as the National Law Review first reported, CMS did not receive any requests to add telehealth services to Medicare; rather, they took it upon themselves to include […]

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North Carolina Considers Important Telehealth Changes

Add North Carolina to the list of states exploring the possibility of expanded telehealth coverage. As the Winston-Salem Journal first reported, Senate Bill 361 is making its rounds quickly through the state’s legislature. It passed the necessary House committees, and now awaits hearing on the House floor. The bill that originated in the Senate, however, […]

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Connecticut’s Department of Social Services to Cover More Telehealth

Not only are potential telehealth-related policy changes coming at the federal level (see the previous item about the proposed changes to Medicare’s physician fee schedule), but states throughout the country are also continuing to push telehealth to the front of the discussion as well. The latest example (as the National Law Review first reported): Connecticut […]

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Medicare Proposes Changes for 2020 Calendar Year

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are proposing new rule changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2020. These changes include updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions (with some telehealth provisions included as well). The agency rolled out the new proposal for the physician fee schedule (PFS) just this […]

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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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