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Telehealth in Rural America: House Subcommittee Hears Testimony

For many of the more than 60 million people living in rural communities throughout the United States, telehealth serves as a literal lifeline, connecting patients with health care services when the number of physicians is limited and hospitals continue to close at staggeringly high rates. Last week, as Health Data Management first reported, the House […]

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Trumpcare and Telemedicine: Possible Cuts Raise Concerns

For numerous students and their families in rural and underserved communities, the more than 2,000 school-based health centers in the United States, many of which use telemedicine to care for patients, provide a lifeline. Yet despite their popularity among the communities they serve, school-based telemedicine programs could be one of the many potential casualties of […]

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Positive Results from Medicaid Care Coordination Program

For any patient, the world of specialty care can be a challenging one to navigate. That can be particularly true for Medicaid patients in need of specialist care, given that they often face long waits for appointments, with a limited pool of providers willing to treat them. But one telehealth program has demonstrated tremendous success […]

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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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New Harvard mHealth Partnership Targets Medicaid Patients

In today’s smartphone-obsessed world, could mobile technologies be the key to unlocking better health outcomes for Medicaid patients—including those with costly chronic health conditions? Recent studies have shown the positive impact that mHealth utilization can have on certain patients with or at risk of developing chronic diseases, and now, researchers at Harvard University are partnering […]

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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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