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for: ‘Telemedicine Regulations’

New Bill Addresses Reimbursement for Therapy Professionals & more Telehealth Buzz

New Bill Addresses Telehealth Reimbursement for Therapy Professionals A new bill, the Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Response Act, would expand the list of healthcare providers able to treat patients via telehealth. US Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA), Troy Balderson (R-OH), and French Hill (R-AR) introduced the bill last week to address the exclusion of therapy professionals, such […]

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Members of Congress urge CMS to allow telephone-only mental health care during COVID-19 & more Telehealth Buzz

Bipartisan Effort to Expand Access to Tele-mental Health for Medicare Recipients Last week U.S. Reps. John Katko (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Grace Napolitano (D-CA) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services urging the agencies to expand Medicare-covered telehealth services. The CARES Act […]

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Telehealth in D.C.? New City Council Bill Would Facilitate Expanded Usage

For many people, telehealth might seem like the kind of thing that would disproportionately benefit patients in rural areas–small-town patients who would otherwise have to drive long distances in order to visit a specialty provider, for example. But telehealth has equal potential when it comes to addressing health care disparities among patients living in underserved […]

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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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FTC Investigates Texas Medical Board for Possible Antitrust Violations

In a significant development for state medical boards, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has confirmed it is investigating the Texas Medical Board (TMB) over antitrust concerns, POLITICO reports. Earlier this month, the FTC and Department of Justice filed a joint amicus brief siding with Teladoc in its federal antitrust lawsuit against the Board.  The brief […]

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Arkansas Loosens Telemedicine Restrictions

It’s official: Doctors in Arkansas can now treat a first-time patient using a telemedicine platform as long as they perform a “face-to-face” examination using real-time video technology. The new rule went into effect August 26. However, at least for the time being, patients must be located in a healthcare facility during telemedical encounters, although care […]

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