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More Changes to Telehealth from CMS this Week and more Telehealth Buzz

More Changes to Telehealth from CMS this Week From the Press Release: Emergency departments can now use telehealth services to quickly assess patients. 80 additional services can now be furnished via telehealth. Providers can bill for telehealth visits at the same rate as in-person visits. Practitioners can now engage with new patients via telehealth. CMS […]

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New OK Bill Aims to Reduce Emergency Psych Admissions Using Telehealth & More in Today’s Telehealth Buzz

New OK Bill Aims to Reduce Emergency Psych Admissions Using Telehealth S.B. 1208 was introduced in the Oklahoma Senate by State Senator Michael Bergstrom. S.B. 1208 would connect police officers responding to mental health crisis situations with mental health specialists via telehealth to determine appropriate care. The bill is based on a successful two-year program […]

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2020: New Year, New You, and New Telehealth Bills

A new year brings so much possibility. For states that were not able to get telehealth legislation passed, 2020 brings a new chance for failed telehealth bills. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, Washington and South Dakota, for example, are both ringing in the New Year with telehealth bills from the previous legislative year that did […]

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PA Telehealth Act Stalled by Controversy

It seems like practically every state has introduced—and, in many cases, passed—some sort of telehealth legislation in the past year. Pennsylvania, however, is one of the last states holding out. In September, as mHealth Intelligence first reported, legislators introduced a telemedicine act (S.B. 857), “which seeks to establish definitions for telemedicine and telehealth, provide temporary […]

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North Carolina at a Telehealth Stalemate

It seems North Carolina will have to wait another day for telehealth reimbursement changes. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature had passed the Medicaid Transformation Bill, which included key telehealth provisions; however, Governor Roy Cooper (D) recently vetoed the effort. North Carolina’s legislature has been rife with conflict […]

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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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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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