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  • Report: Nearly Every State Has Updated its Telehealth Legislation Since Last Year

    MobiHealth News

    As telehealth becomes more prevalent among US healthcare institutions, states are rolling out or modifying their laws to better define regulatory frameworks specifically affecting remote delivery of care. In fact, every state but Connecticut and Massachusetts has made substantive legal changes to how telehealth is delivered in the past year, with some taking specific actions to better define the path of mental health-focused treatment, according to recent data on telemental regulations released by healthcare and life sciences firm Epstein Becker Green.

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  • New Jersey Extends Welcome to Telemedicine

    http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/telemedicine-new-jersey-christie-20171018.html

    To see the real possibilities of health-care reform, look beyond Washington’s endless and circular debate over health insurance. Look instead at New Jersey’s recent progress in telemedicine law. Washington’s health-care debate is mostly about differing visions of health insurance — Affordable Care Act vs. Republican repeal-and-replace vs. single-payer — rather than what sort of care those insurance systems buy. It’s like a family bickering over whether to finance large purchases with cash, a bank loan, or a credit card while devoting little thought to what they are buying. The insurance fight is largely about who pays how much for what, and who gets priority in claiming chunks of largely fixed quantities of medical resources. Thus, each system creates winners and losers. But today, new technologies and new ways of organizing medical resources can create far more winners than losers — while offering many ways out of this caliginous smog of disagreement. 

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  • Telehealth Final Report and Legislative Recommendations Approved

    WJCT

    The state Telehealth Advisory Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a final report and legislative recommendations to remove barriers to the use of telehealth.  Council Chairman Justin Senior, secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration, thanked panel members for their work over the last year and warned them not to get discouraged if the Legislature doesn't turn the proposals into law.  “If it doesn't happen, we'll come back next year and try to do it again,” Senior said.   Among other things, the report recommends that lawmakers require Florida health insurance plans, excluding Medicare plans, to provide reimbursement “parity” for health services provided through telehealth or in person.  The report includes a limit on the recommendation to make clear that the Legislature should “not require insurers to add additional service lines or specialties, mandate fee-for-service arrangements, inhibit value based payment programs, or limit healthcare insurers and practitioners from negotiating contractual coverage terms.”  

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