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By Jonah Comstock 04:00 pm May 16, 2016
UnitedHealthcare has been offering video visits through Doctor on Demand and American Well for nearly six months now, since the start of the year. At a panel at the American Telemedicine Association conference in Minneapolis, representatives from all three companies reported on their experiences with the partnership and also shared some thoughts about the future of telemedicine. Karen Scott,...
By Jonah Comstock 01:55 pm February 3, 2016
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...
By Jonah Comstock 01:09 pm February 1, 2016
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has released the latest edition of its telemedicine state-by-state score card reports. There’s good news and bad news. In the area of coverage and reimbursement, 11 states and the District of Columbia saw their grades improve since September 2014, when ATA released the first editions of these reports, and only two saw their grades decline. But in the...
By Brian Dolan 08:28 am 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. While...
By Jonah Comstock 08:57 am 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...
By Jonah Comstock 09:54 am 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...
By Jonah Comstock 09:18 am 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...
By Jonah Comstock 10:02 am 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...
By Brian Dolan 04:37 am 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...
By Neil Versel 05:00 am September 12, 2013
Will Falk of PricewaterhouseCoopers Mobile health, digital health, wireless health and telehealth, meet virtual health. That's the umbrella term preferred by Will Falk, managing partner for healthcare at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada and executive fellow at the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation in Toronto, who believes that virtual care is slowly taking over medicine. "The virtualization of...