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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE
Telemedicine Shows Satisfaction and Safety, but Obstacles Remain Pharmacy Practice News As the technological barriers fall, telemedicine is poised to become increasingly widespread; however, several hurdles remain, particularly with respect to reimbursement and clinician adoption.
Can Telemedicine Help Your Aging Parents? Parent Care Planning Some studies have shown that during Telemedicine appointments, people are more relaxed, can communicate better with their doctors and can remember advice with greater accuracy.
KVC Launches Innovative USDA-Funded Telemedicine Project to Support Kids in Foster Care Consumer Electronics Net The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced it will invest in a KVC Kentucky project that uses rural telecommunications equipment to help expand access to education and improve health care.
Concierge Care Gets the Telehealth Treatment mHealth News The breakthrough came this week with the announcement that Ringadoc has launched a platform that will allow consumers to have a telehealth consult with their own doctor.
U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS
U.S. Lags Behind in Healthcare Innovation, Sebelius Says Modern Healthcare The federal government's top health official Thursday gave U.S. healthcare innovation a grade of Incomplete.
Florida Docs Gear Up for Fight Against Telemedicine Bill Modern Healthcare The Florida Medical Association, seeking to bolster its case against a telemedicine bill being considered in the state Legislature, released results of a survey showing Floridians are opposed to doctors licensed in other states treating Florida patients via telemedicine.
TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD
(Australia) Inquiry into Telehealth Services in Queensland My Sunshine Coast “Access to safe, quality health services is important for all of us. The committee wants to make sure that telehealth services in Queensland are on the right track.”
Telemedicine Breaks Down International Barriers mHealth News “The advent of telemedicine in a world without boundaries is no different than using Facebook or Skype around the world. We're just seeing this technology impact medicine.”
U.S. TELEMEDICINE LEGISLATION
(Hawaii) SB2469. Telehealth; Insurance; Health Care Providers; Reimbursement: Introduced January 21, 2014, Requires reimbursement for services provided through telemedicine to be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient.
(Maryland) SB198. Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine: This bill would amend the state’s law regarding Medicaid coverage of telemedicine. It would remove restrictions, such as requiring the use of telemedicine only in the case of providing for the treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke; in emergency department settings and when an appropriate specialist is not available. If passed, this bill would take effect October 1, 2014.
(Washington) HB1448. Regarding Telemedicine. Re-introduced January 13, 2014, this bill will be amending RCW 70.41.020 and 2 70.41.230; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; adding a new 3 section to chapter 48.43 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an 4 effective date.
S. 1932: Better Care, Lower Cost Act: Introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] in January 2014, the goal of this bill is to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare Better Care Program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, and for other purposes.
H.R. 6719 TeleHealth Promotion Act: Introduced by Rep. Thompson (D-Calif.) in late 2012, the goal of this bill was to prevent readmission and help with interstate licensing. It was introduced Dec. 30, 2012, but not enacted.
H.R. 3077: TELE-MED Act of 2013 (Introduced Sept. 10, 2013): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit certain Medicare providers licensed in a State to provide telemedicine services to certain Medicare beneficiaries in a different State.
H.R. 3306 Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013: Introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), along with Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). It was introduced on Oct. 22 with the goal of promoting and expanding the application of telehealth under Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.