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  • New Report Charts Slow Progress for Telehealth Reimbursement

    mHealth Intelligence

    Telehealth is slowly becoming an accepted means of delivering healthcare, according to the latest state-by-state analysis of the Center for Connected Health Policy. An update of the CCHP’s fourth annual report, issued in March, finds that three states have added store-and-forward telehealth to their Medicaid programs and three have added some form of remote patient monitoring since that time. Of special note, Hawaii has mandated, as of 2017, that liability insurers provide malpractice insurance for providers using telehealth at the same rate for in-person services. “This may inspire other states to introduce similar legislation in the future,” the report stated. The August edition of CCHP’s “State Telehealth laws and Medicaid Program Policies,” a 244-page update of the organization’s March report, notes that states are moving slowly, and in a piecemeal fashion, toward telehealth adoption and reimbursement. In all, it said, 44 states have introduced more than 150 telehealth-related pieces of legislation this year. The CCHP, one of 14 federal telehealth resource centers scattered across the country, notes that while some states are moving forward, others are enacting laws “to restrict or place limitations on telehealth delivered services.”

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  • Opioid Crisis in Rural Areas May be Tackled Through Telemedicine

    The Washington Post

    Robert Devereaux is a family physician in this southwest corner of Virginia, where problems surrounding prescription opioid use far outstrip the capacity of psychiatrists and addiction specialists to treat them. When he found crushed fragments of painkiller pills inside the nose of an older patient with chronic back pain, the most Devereaux could do was refuse to prescribe more. “There are a lot of patients in denial. … It’s a lot of families that have suffered horribly from this,” he said, sitting in his one-story clinic in the small town of Pearisburg. “The mental health issues aren’t going to go away.” But some health professionals, as well as the federal government, think technology could offer a solution — by using video chat to connect patients in need with faraway physicians who know how to treat addiction. Their telemedicine effort is part of a larger initiative to fight the opioid epidemic in hard-hit rural areas such as Appalachia. This summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture directed $1.4 million to five pilot projects in southwest Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. One will be run by Carilion Clinic, the health system that operates Devereaux’s practice, along with other hospitals and medical practices in the region. This is an obvious potential direction to move in,” said Colleen Barry, a professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins University and co-director of its Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research. “There are some real opportunities and some pretty significant challenges.” 

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  • CCHP Releases Update to 4th Edition of 50 State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report

    An updated version of the fourth edition of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s (CCHP) State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report will be available tomorrow, Sept. 27, 2016.  CCHP’s report is the most comprehensive report on state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies available and contains the most current and up to date information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The full report will be available at no cost to the public on CCHP’s website, which also includes a state-by-state interactive map to more easily access this information.  CCHP also will make available an updated easy to read two-page fact sheet and infographic summarizing the report’s key findings.