Updated: Telehealth Reimbursements are Growing! Is your state on the list?
The Current "State" of Telehealth Reimbursement:
Latest Update April, 2013 (referenced from ATAwiki):
States with the year of enactment: Arizona (2013)*, California (1996), Georgia (2006), Hawaii (1999), Kentucky (2000), Louisiana (1995), Maine (2009), Maryland (2012), Michigan (2012), Mississippi (2013), Montana (2013), New Hampshire (2009), New Mexico (2013), Oklahoma (1997), Oregon (2009), Texas (1997), Vermont (2012), Virginia (2010)
States with proposed/pending legislation: In 2013, Arizona (ENACTED), Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi (ENACTED), Missouri, Montana (ENACTED), New Mexico (ENACTED), New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and the District of Columbia
*No statewide coverage. Applies to rural areas only.
October, 2012: States that reimburse for telehealth services: Maryland became the 13th state to require private sector insurance companies to pay for telehealth services. Maryland joined California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Virginia in mandating that private payers cover telehealth services that are considered medically necessary and would otherwise be covered when provided face-to-face.
Telehealth in Recent News:
- As other states pass telemedicine laws, TN bill stalls (Nashville Business Journal 4/15/13): Bills that championed telemedicine were introduced at state legislatures across the country this session. Several states, including neighboring Mississippi, passed and enacted the bills into law, most of which require insurers to cover telemedicine services to some extent, but in Tennessee, similar legislation has stalled in subcommittees. In total, 19 states now have laws mandating coverage of telemedicine services by private insurers in some form. For the 31 states that don't have some form of "parity" laws, it only becomes an issue when insurers don't cover or reimburse telemedicine on their own, said Gary Capistrant, senior director of public policy at Washington, D.C.-based American Telemedicine Association.
- Senior care goes high-tech(San Antonio Express news 3/29/13): Residents at Las Colinas of Westover Rehabilitation, a short- and long-term care facility that opened in February, use telehealth solutions such as computer tablets to communicate with staff and relatives who are not on the premises.
- Video conferencing helps tuberculosis patients(Computerworld 4/9/13): Vivid Solutions has rolled out a pilot to trial videophones in the home to meet the World Health Organisation requirement that sufferers of tuberculosis - a highly communicable disease - must be observed taking their medication.
- A Kansas Telemonitoring Success Story on Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis: (The Heartland Telehealth Resource Center: 9/20/2012) ATA features Kansas telemedicine success story- Emphasizing the power of home monitoring, the forum showcased the work of Mitzi Scotten, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Scotten presented a Kansas telemonitoring success story, describing her work with children with cystic fibrosis (CF).
- VA, HHS team up on telehealth (MedTech Media Government Health 9/13/12): Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki have announced a joint effort to expand care delivery to veterans living in rural areas. Through this new initiative, supported by $983,100 in grants, the two agencies will promote collaboration between VA facilities, and private hospitals and clinics, seeking to improve access and coordination of care through telehealth and health information exchanges in rural areas.
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