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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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  • Telehealth Barriers Should Be Defined by Access, Not Geography

    mHealth Intelligence

    Telehealth and telemedicine programs aren’t catching on in urban America because reimbursement models are targeting the wrong metric. That’s the opinion of researchers from Princeton University and Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University, who say Medicare payment policies focus on geography rather than access. While rural health systems struggle with access problems related to distance and travel, they say, urban systems are dealing with availability barriers. “[W]hile geography is an important aspect of access to healthcare, it fails to accurately capture the relationship between supply (providers) and demand (patients) within an area,” the researchers – Yash S. Huilgol of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well-Being and Aditi U. Joshi, Brendan G. Carr and Judd E. Hollander of Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University – said in a recent Health Affairs blog. “We are concerned that while rural America has access problems because there are not enough doctors, urban America has access problems because there are not enough appointments.”  

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  • Hawai'i Telehealth Summit: Statewide Resource

    Hawai'i Public Radio

    Telehealth connects a patient and a doctor using computer technology through the internet.  It improves access to care and efficiency and is one of the top priorities for Department of Health Director, Dr. Ginny Pressler.  "We such incredible technology today.  To me it’s not right for particularly elderly, disabled, frail or sick people to have to go to their doctor and have to get there and park; their family member who is taking them has the day off from work.  It doesn’t have to be like that.  I mean, there’s still some things that need to be done in a doctor’s office, face-to-face, but so much of what ‘s going on in healthcare today can be done using technology.”  Hawai’i law also requires health insurance plans and Medicaid to reimburse physicians for telehealth treatment at the same rate as an office visit.  Emergency rooms on the Big Island and the Queens Medical Center on O’ahu are also connected.  Jason Halsey, an accounts manager for telehealth equipment, says a base clinic computer costs about 15-thousand dollars and can be outfitted with other accessories.

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