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  • Kansas Lawmakers Wade Into Telemedicine Insurance Controversy

    CJonline.com

    A committee of the Kansas Legislature examined complexities Friday of expanding the reach of telemedicine despite apprehension among insurance companies about reimbursement costs for care. More than 30 states, including four bordering Kansas, have sought to improve access to health care in rural areas by enacting laws requiring insurance plans to cover delivery of remote medical services provided via telecommunications systems.During the 2017 legislative session, Kansas lawmakers considered two bills that would mandate companies offering coverage for telemedicine care to pay the same rate to providers as they would for in-person care. Companies not involved in telemedicine wouldn’t be subject to the payment law. Neither bill made it out of the House, and the issue was kicked to an interim panel expected to make recommendations to the 2018 Legislature. Eve-Lynn Nelson, director of the Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth at the University of Kansas Medical Center, told state legislators on a joint House and Senate health committee that specialists at the medical center witnessed the advantages for patients every day.  

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  • Report: Nearly Every State Has Updated its Telehealth Legislation Since Last Year

    MobiHealth News

    As telehealth becomes more prevalent among US healthcare institutions, states are rolling out or modifying their laws to better define regulatory frameworks specifically affecting remote delivery of care. In fact, every state but Connecticut and Massachusetts has made substantive legal changes to how telehealth is delivered in the past year, with some taking specific actions to better define the path of mental health-focused treatment, according to recent data on telemental regulations released by healthcare and life sciences firm Epstein Becker Green.

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  • New Jersey Extends Welcome to Telemedicine

    http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/telemedicine-new-jersey-christie-20171018.html

    To see the real possibilities of health-care reform, look beyond Washington’s endless and circular debate over health insurance. Look instead at New Jersey’s recent progress in telemedicine law. Washington’s health-care debate is mostly about differing visions of health insurance — Affordable Care Act vs. Republican repeal-and-replace vs. single-payer — rather than what sort of care those insurance systems buy. It’s like a family bickering over whether to finance large purchases with cash, a bank loan, or a credit card while devoting little thought to what they are buying. The insurance fight is largely about who pays how much for what, and who gets priority in claiming chunks of largely fixed quantities of medical resources. Thus, each system creates winners and losers. But today, new technologies and new ways of organizing medical resources can create far more winners than losers — while offering many ways out of this caliginous smog of disagreement. 

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