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  • Telehealth Tussle in Mississippi Takes a New Turn

    mHealth Intelligence

    A dispute between the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and Teladoc is heating up, thanks to proposed legislation that would negate the board’s year-long effort to place restrictions on certain telehealth consults.The state board had proposed new rules last year that would have forced telehealth providers to establish a formal relationship with a healthcare provider in the state and use only secure video conferencing when prescriptions are issued. As opposition surfaced, the board withdrew the proposal and announced it would reconsider them after completing an economic impact statement. While that statement hasn’t been completed yet, State Sen. Terry Barton on January 26 introduced a bill that would effectively nullify the board’s proposed changes.  S.B. 2071 calls on the state to amend its definition of telemedicine covering first-time consults to make telehealth an option.

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  • Telehealth Rallies Behind the CONNECT Act

    mHealth Intelligence

    Long-anticipated and heavily hyped, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act targets a big roadblock in the healthcare ecosystem’s adoption of telehealth – Medicare, and its confusing and sometimes antiquated restrictions for telehealth access and reimbursement. If approved, it would give providers the freedom to experiment with telehealth in alternative payment models and incentive programs and expand remote patient monitoring programs for chronic care, remote and underserved populations. Senate bill  S.2484  sponsored by Sens. Brian Schatz (D- Hawaii), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mark Warner, (D-Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran ((R-Miss.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), essentially gathers most of the strong points of previous bills and consolidates them into one targeted piece of legislation designed to remove the barriers that have kept health systems from adopting telehealth technology. A companion bill in the House is being co-sponsored by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). “Telehealth is the future of healthcare.  It saves money and improves health outcomes,” Schatz said in a press release.  “Our bipartisan bill puts us on a path to transform healthcare delivery, making it less costly and more convenient for patients and providers.”

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  • Latest Telemedicine Bill Could Save $1.8B by Waiving Medicare Restrictions

    MobiHealth News

    A bipartisan group of US Senators led by Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced new telemedicine legislation that would move to waive restrictions on Medicare telehealth coverage that many consider antiquated or arbitrary. In addition to a coalition of six senators and three representatives, the bill has the support of the American Medical Association, the American Telemedicine Association, and a number of other industry groups, health systems, and tech vendors.  “Telehealth is the future of health care,” Schatz said in a statement. “It saves money and improves health outcomes. Our bipartisan bill puts us on a path to transform health care delivery, making it less costly and more convenient for patients and providers.”

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