June 1, 2015
There's been a cluster of important telemedicine news in the past few days: the AMA is developing ethical guidelines for remote visits, a majority of states now have telemedicine parity laws in place, and details about Teladoc's business came to light through an SEC filing related to its hoped-for IPO.
This month the American Medical Association's ethics council will begin to craft a set of...
May 4, 2015
This week the American Telemedicine Association's annual event is taking place in Los Angeles and apart from the important pair of policy-focused reports the ATA published (more on that below), the other news coming out of the event so far is that American Well has expanded its scope and is now working to convince physicians to use its platform to connect with their existing patients.
March 12, 2015
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would follow up its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model with a new, Next Generation ACO Model. ACOs operating under the new model will take on more risk than their predecessors, potentially share more savings, and will have greater freedom to be reimbursed for telemedicine.
“The Next Generation ACO Model is one...
December 15, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association today rolled out a new service for accrediting live, direct-to-consumer telemedicine services. Applications open today for ATA members and will be available for nonmembers in the coming months.
"We also very strongly support the accreditation programs operating in the hospitals and that’s an important role," ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous told MobiHealthNews in an...
July 1, 2014
Jonathan Jagoda presented the compact at ATA 2014 in Baltimore in May.
The Federation of State Medical Boards has come forth with a proposal to expedite the process of doctors getting licensed in additional states, hopefully weakening one of the biggest regulatory barriers to the promulgation of telemedicine. The proposal takes the form of an "interstate compact", which is a legally binding...
June 10, 2014
Teladoc was one of the many signatories on one of the letters recently sent to incoming HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
After efforts to remove restrictions from CMS coverage of telehealth through legislative channels have stalled, telehealth stakeholders have sent a barrage of open letters to incoming US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging her to use her newfound...
April 29, 2014
One of the biggest difficulties for mobile and digital health companies (or health systems) focused on telemedicine is that they're usually attempting to provide a national service, but the regulations they must follow are determined on the state level -- for the most part by state medical boards. Recently, the Federation of State Medical Boards, an advisory group that issues guidance documents...
December 5, 2013
Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a number of incremental changes to how they will cover telehealth services in 2014. The American Telemedicine Association spends a lot of effort each year pushing CMS toward incremental change and wider coverage of telehealth. For 2014, the ATA sees a few important changes coming for Medicare patients...
December 4, 2013
WellDoc's technology has previously been integrated with a hospital's EHR during a pilot.
Eight healthcare and technology industry groups have sent a letter to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC), in the Department of Health and Human Services, asking that Meaningful Use Stage 3 guidelines include a requirement that electronic health records make use of patient generated data from remote...
October 31, 2013
Rep. Gregg Harper (R- Mississippi)
Calling Obamacare a contentious topic between Republicans and Democrats in the US House of Representatives would be something of an understatement. But that doesn't mean there's no bipartisan momentum in healthcare legislation. One bill currently in the House would expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage for telehealth, while another would restrict the FDA's...