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  • VT Legislature Approves Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

    mHealth Intelligence

    Legislation that has been passed by the Vermont House and Senate aims to extend and regulate telemedicine reimbursement within the state. The bill includes new requirements for payers to reimburse telemedicine services, and modifies regulations related to how payers could charge beneficiaries. If Governor Phil Scott (R) signs the legislation, S.50 will come into effect on October 1, 2017 and will apply to Medicaid  and all other health insurance plans. Under the bill, the Department of Vermont Health Access (VHA) must ensure that both the treating clinician and the hosting facility are reimbursed for the services rendered, unless the health care providers at both the host and service sites are employed by the same entity. Along with guaranteeing clinician and facility reimbursement, payers will be required to treat telemedicine as if it were an in-person visit between a beneficiary and a provider. 

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  • Telehealth-friendly CHRONIC Care Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

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    A bill that would boost telehealth services for chronic care treatment is headed to a Senate vote after breezing through a committee review this week. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S.870), sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), also got some good news from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO gave the bill a favorable score in its preliminary cost estimate, saying it would neither add to nor decrease Medicare spending over the next decade. The CHRONIC Care Act targets Medicare payment reform, a popular catchphrase in Washington D.C. these days. Its goal is to push Medicare costs down by improvement chronic disease management services and care coordination at home. 

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  • Telehealth Partnerships Focus on Innovative ROI in Upstate NY

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    For the two administrators responsible for guiding new telehealth projects to fruition across upstate New York, ROI doesn’t always mean reimbursement. Sometimes a new telemedicine program has to look beyond money for value. “You need to find partnerships,” says David Johnson, telehealth network program coordinator for the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. “And then you get them thinking about different forms of ROI. Oftentimes it’s the death of a project … when you bring up reimbursement.” Johnson and Katy Cook, telemedicine project coordinator for the Adirondack Health Institute, oversee some 33 active telehealth and telemedicine projects in the North Country Telehealth Partnership, covering a vast, 11-county expanse of New York that’s home to some of the most remote and underserved regions east of the Mississippi. Johnson and Cook will be talking about their challenges and successes at the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center’s regional conference next week. “Taking Telehealth Mainstream” will take place May 23 and 24 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Andrew Solomon, the NETRC’s project manager, says the work down by Johnson and Cook is an example of how partnerships are springing up around the country to improve healthcare services and access where providers and funding are in short supply. The NETRC is part of the national Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, which consists of 12 regional and two national centers. 

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