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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 But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization.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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CMS Clarifies Telemedicine Reimbursement Under Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified their requirements for state amendments for telemedicine services. According to CMS, states need not submit plan amendments for telemedicine coverage under Medicaid if they intend to pay for services provided via telemedicine in the same way they reimburse in-person visits. CMS approval is only needed […]

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TELEHEALTH REIMBURSEMENT: BY THE NUMBERS

Telehealth reimbursement continues to be a hot topic. From private payers to Medicaid, navigating and understanding telehealth coverage and reimbursement for each can be a challenge. Medicare reimbursed approximately $14 million total under its telehealth benefit for 2014, according to CTeL. This number represents .0025 percent of the total Medicare reimbursed for services that year. […]

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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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Telemedicine in Maryland: More Options for Medicaid Patients

Add Maryland to the list of states expanding their telemedicine programs.  Until this year, options for Medicaid patients seeking treatment through telemedicine were somewhat limited, as Maryland’s Medicaid program only provided reimbursement for telepsychiatry services.  Now, following the passage of new legislation, patients will be able to receive reimbursable treatment for stroke and heart disease, […]

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Webinar: 50 State Survey on Medicaid and Telemedicine Reimbursement

Join us Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 12 noon – 1:00 pm (EDT) when the Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) hosts its first July Brown Bag Webinar: **  CTeL 50 State Survey on Medicaid Reimbursement for Telemedicine Our presenters for this important webinar will be two members of the CTeL […]

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In Many States, Medicaid Innovation is Difficult, Including in Telehealth

Telehealth technology continues to advance by leaps and bounds, and according to current data, more and more Americans are taking advantage of it every year.  Yet as a new report makes clear, in many states, Medicaid statutes and regulations have yet to catch up to technology. As previously reported by iHealth Beat, the study, from […]

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In Upcoming Budget, Medicaid (though not Medicare) Appears Safe From Cuts

On Capitol Hill and in the White House, spending cuts are at the forefront of the agenda, with everyone expressing a different opinion about what should be on the chopping block. As Fierce Healthcare and The Hill report, the Medicaid program is not expected to see cuts anytime soon—while Medicare may not be so lucky.  […]

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Use of EHRs Can Save Medicaid Money, New Study Demonstrates

For many Medicaid patients, hospital emergency rooms are a place for frequent visits—visits that only serve to drive up overall health care costs.  Now, a new study from a Washington State-based physicians group has demonstrated sizable Medicaid cost savings from, among other factors, the use of EHRs with patients who heavily utilize hospital emergency departments. […]

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