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Survey Identifies Barriers to Acceptance of Telemedicine Video Calls

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Survey has identified surmountable barriers to the widespread acceptance of telemedicine video encounters. From the survey of 263 respondents, 38 percent responded ‘very likely’ to accept an invitation to see their provider via a video call, and 28.1 percent ‘somewhat likely.’ The primary factors found to affect willingness to […]

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Telemedical Liability

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) legal resources team member Joseph McMenamin, MD JD, McMenamin Law Offices, PLLC spoke before the American Medical Association (AMA) State Legislative Strategy Conference in January on legal issues that physicians and clinicians need to consider when adopting telehealth practices. He outlined three important steps […]

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State Legislatures Moving to Enable Telemedicine

This month Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into state law a bill expanding telehealth services. As reported in the Denver Business Journal, the new law “… requires insurers to reimburse healthcare providers for telehealth services statewide.”   Previously, state law required reimbursement only in counties with 150,000 residents or fewer.  Now all Colorado payers will be […]

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Insurance, Direct to Consumer Telemedicine Device Speakers

Early Bird Extended through February 28th!   Speaker Spotlight! The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) April 2015 Summit Agenda has been released and Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) telemedicine will be the focus: DTC Telemedicine–What’s Next: Policy, Innovation, and the Markets. The April 9-10, 2015 conference agenda will include topics, such as: Insurance […]

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Tracking State-Level Telehealth Proposals – A Three State Snapshot

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) monitors state and federal regulatory activity impacting the practice of telemedicine.   With legislatures meeting throughout the country, often in compressed time schedules for their sessions, telemedicine proposals are coming forward “fast and furious.” Not unlike Federal laws and Congress, thousands of bills are introduced […]

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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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House Bill Introduced to Promote Telehealth Through ACOs

Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives  to build upon the progress of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in shifting the reimbursement of healthcare providers away from the traditional “fee for service” model to a focus on improving the health outcomes of patients. The ACO Improvement […]

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CMS Proposes New Telehealth Reimbursement Options

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the agency’s proposed rule for the CY2015 Physician Fee Schedule.   The 609 page document contained proposals specifically related to CMS’s reimbursement of telemedicine services through Medicare. CMS proposes adding the following services and related reimbursement codes: Psychotherapy services  CPT codes 90845, 90846, and 90847 Prolonged […]

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Telehealth Parity in Hawaii: New Legislation Signed into Law

In what has been a busy year for telemedicine advocates in a number of states, a newly enacted Hawaii measure will now ensure that services provided via telemedicine are reimbursed at the same rate as those provided in person.  As reported by the governor’s office, Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) signed into law Senate Bill 2469 […]

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