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Medicare is Holding Telehealth Back: New GAO Study

Study after study, it seems, has pointed to the cost savings and enhanced health outcomes that could result from the broader implementation of telehealth and remote monitoring. But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization. As Health […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Promotes Telehealth for Chronic Disease Patients

It’s been well documented that a small percentage of patients account for a disproportionate amount of the spending on health care in the United States. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, for example, estimates that care for patients with chronic diseases like heart disease, COPD, and diabetes “accounts for approximately 75 percent of the […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Expand Telehealth Reimbursement

These days, it may not appear that the two parties in Congress can agree on much. But telehealth has long been an area that has seen strong bipartisan support, and the recent introduction of a new bill aimed at expanded use of telehealth technologies shows that that bipartisan spirit appears to still be alive. As […]

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“Repeal and Replace” Finally Heads to the House Floor

Whether you call it “Ryancare,” call it “Trumpcare,” or simply call it by its official legislative title (the American Health Care Act), one thing is all but certain: The legislation designed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is finally headed to the floor of the House this week (likely on […]

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Bill to Improve Medicare ACO Program Includes Telehealth Provisions

A bi-partisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week aims to improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) by modifying the rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). It includes telehealth provisions sought by providers, who were quick to praise the proposed legislation. The bill increases incentives for ACOs to focus on quality of […]

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AAFP Weighs in on Legislation Adding Telehealth Benefit to TRICARE

The American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP), which represents roughly 125,000 family physicians, has expressed concerns about a new telehealth benefit proposed for the TRICARE program. TRICARE provides health benefits to more than 8 million military personnel, retirees, and their dependents. The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 includes […]

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HHS Delivers Report to Congress on E-Health and Telemedicine

In a new report to Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) touts telehealth’s promise to increase access to quality care and improve outcomes and is cautiously optimistic about its ability to reduce costs. Congress requested the report from HHS in December 2015 as part of an appropriations bill. The request urged the […]

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Clinton Picks Telemedicine Champion as Running Mate, Senator Tim Kaine

Telehealth advocates had good reason to cheer when Hillary Clinton named her running mate recently. Clinton’s choice for vice president, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, has long been a strong believer in telehealth and its ability to improve access to healthcare. In July, Kaine and his fellow Virginia Senator, Mark Warner, announced that the U.S. Department […]

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HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS NOT WAITING FOR TELEHEALTH BILL

In the state of Florida, lawmakers have been debating telehealth for several years Several health care providers across the state have jumped a head of wavering lawmakers to implement programs which utilize virtual online connections with their patients. Tampa General Hospital will be launching a mobile app to help patients better connect with their doctors […]

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Proposed Federal Law Could Save Medicare an Estimated $1.8 billon

A bipartisan group of US Senators led by Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced legislation that would enable an expansion of telemedicine services covered by Medicare, and could result in substantial cost savings. The bill’s other sponsors are Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). The […]

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