Telehealth Buzz

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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Florida Medical Board to Do Away with Telehealth Guidelines

As we reported earlier this year, Florida recently passed a new bill that brought significant changes to the state’s current telehealth laws—so much so that, as mHealth Intelligence first reported, Florida’s medical board voted to completely do away with their telehealth guidelines in favor of the new law. It seems likely the medical board will, […]

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New Hampshire Opening the Door Wider for Telehealth

More great news from the states for telehealth advocates: New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu just signed a bill into law that changes what the state’s Medicaid program covers in regards to telehealth services. More specifically, the new law expands coverage to telehealth services delivered by primary care providers and pediatricians; previously, state law had constrained […]

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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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New York Expanding Telehealth Delivery Options

Early this month, it was reported that Maryland was considering a bill that would expand the list of providers able to utilize telehealth services to include social workers. The state found social workers play a vital role in helping people fight substance abuse, and that role can be even more impactful when combined with the […]

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Rite Aid to Now Offer In-Store Telehealth

As we noted in last week’s newsletter, a South Carolina hospital network recently reached an agreement with grocery store chain Publix to have telehealth kiosks in Publix stores and Publix pharmacies within hospitals. Now, it seems increasingly apparent that this partnership is part of a larger national trend. This past week, as Forbes first reported, […]

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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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