Telehealth Buzz

States that cover Medicaid Telehealth Services?

Question: How many states cover telehealth services through Medicaid? Answer: Thirty-nine states reimburse for telehealth services through Medicaid. Those states include:Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, […]

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CTeL is Asking for Your Help to Identify the Top Legal and Regulatory

CTeL is launching our telehealth legal and regulatory agenda for 2011. And we need your help in setting priorities for the legal and regulatory issues that you want to hear about. Please take a moment to give us your input.  We want to know your “telemedicine priority” list for 2011′s legal and regulatory issues. The […]

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CMS Solicits Participation in Satisfaction Survey on Medicare Contractor Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the agency is conducting its annual survey of performance issues related to CMS’s Medicare Contractors. CMS administers it’s fee-for-service (FFS) program through Medicare FFS contractors. Acting as CMS’s agents, these contractors execute the operational aspects of the Medicare program, by processing claims and providing other functions […]

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CMS Solicits Nominations for Members of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced the solicitation of nominations for Members of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC).   The Committee will consist of approximately 100 appointed members, including six patient advocates (standard voting members) and six industry representatives (non voting members). The MEDCAC Committee will: Review and evaluate […]

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CMS Solicits Nominations for Members of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced the solicitation of nominations for Members of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC).   The Committee will consist of approximately 100 appointed members, including six patient advocates (standard voting members) and six industry representatives (non voting members). The MEDCAC Committee will: Review and evaluate […]

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Ochsner Medical Center Brings Tele-Stroke Care to Rural Louisiana

In the case of a stroke, seconds can save lives.  Ochsner Medical Center, in Louisiana, has created a tele-stroke program that will begin “to offer live, off-site stroke consultations to 10 hospitals in Southeast Louisiana.” According to Ken Rardin, president and CEO of Remote Evaluation of Acute is CHemic (REACH), “Ochsner Health System is a […]

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HHS Awards $8 million in Community Health Center Grants

The Health Resources and Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded almost “$8 million for existing Community Health Center Cooperative Agreements.”  This funding was provided through the Affordable Care Act (e.g. healthcare reform legislation). According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “These Health Center Cooperative Agreements help build on the […]

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CMS Announced Final Additions to Telehealth Reimbursement Codes

November 2, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has finalized all additions to its telehealth reimbursement codes. These codes were originally introduced in June 2010. These additions will be effective as of January 1, 2011. Please find attached the CMS Final Rule for Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2011.

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Telemedicine Trialed for Obstetric Consultations

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has launched a pilot project to advance material health efforts in rural Tennessee. According to the article, “Maternal fetal medicine specialists and healthcare professionals at Regional Obstetric Consultants of Chattanooga and Knoxville offer care to women with high-risk pregnancies. However, women living in the valleys and mountains of Eastern Tennessee frequently would miss appointments due to travel time. These missed appointments could result in increased health-related problems in both mother and child.”

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City opens gates for Nepal, forms telemedicine link

South Asian countries are exploring the use of telemedicine in efforts to expand access to care for those living in Nepal. India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Preneet Kaur, expressed her excitement for this project and added that “the inclusion of Pakistan for such a tele-consultation and education is in the pipeline.”

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