March 20, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, my daily briefing – Telehealth Tipping Point all members – took a look at some of the recent changes in regulations that are expanding the possibilities, and easing provider and consumer access to telehealth services (see Military Removes State Licensure As Behavioral Telehealth Requirement all members and New California Legislation Opens Medi-Cal To Expanded Telehealth-Based Services ). And the possibilities have continued to expand.
More recently, the Vermont House of Representatives announced the preliminary approval of the Bill H.37 requiring all health insurance plans, including Medicaid, to provide the same level of coverage for “telemedicine” as they do for in-person service (see House Approves Bill to Make Health Care More Accessible) – and Michigan is following closely behind California’s recent moves, which recently proposed a bill to remove the requirement for face-to-face office visits (see House Bills 5408 and 5421 ) .
Maryland, which currently has no Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine, introduced a bill that requires insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations, including Medicaid and state employee health benefits, to provide identical coverage for in-person and telemedicine services (see Senate Bill 781 ).
This change in policy is no longer a trickle, but a steady flow signaling the common use of telehealth technology as a service delivery tool on par with traditional face-to-face treatment, and supported at both the state and federal levels (see Telehealth Rules, Regulations & Reimbursements: An Update On Medicare & Medicaid Policies ).
We’ll continue to keep you posted on changes in telehealth regulation and reimbursement as they hit the market. For a deeper dive, join my colleague Aida Porras, OPEN MINDS senior associate, on October 18 for her briefing, “The New World Of Service Delivery: How To Make Telehealth Part Of Your Future” at the 2012 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute.
Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS
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