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  • Policy Report: The Case Against Telemedicine Parity Laws

    John Locke Foundation

    North Carolina is one of 18 states that do not have a telemedicine parity law, which forces insurance companies to pay health care providers for services treated via telemedicine that are otherwise covered during an in-office visit. While most states have such laws, their unintended consequences perpetuate the worst features of our nation’s health care system. Parity laws may impede the creation of a treatment plan that meets the needs of individual patients, raise costs, and conceal the cost of care from the consumer. Telemedicine is thriving in nonparity states like North Carolina, suggesting that the cost and burdens imposed by telemedicine parity laws would likely exceed any benefit.

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  • Study: Telemedicine Consults Help Save About $500 Per Patient

    mHealth Intelligence

    A telemedicine consult platform for cardiology cases saved almost $500 per patient in Medicaid costs over in-person treatments, according to a newly released study.  In what’s being billed as the first published randomized study of the eConsult platform, researchers at Community Health Center and the University of Connecticut Health Center found that the telemedicine platform, which facilitates virtual consults with a specialist, yielded lower mean adjusted total costs of $655 per patient, or lower mean costs of $466 when adjusted for non-normality, compared to those using face-to-face consults over a six-month span.  In addition, the eConsult group reported reduced costs of $81 per patient for outpatient cardiac procedures, as well as improving access to care for underserved patients and reducing the rate of no-shows for providers.  “The results of our analysis show for the first time that when [primary care providers] are given an option to use eConsults for Medicaid beneficiaries, the total costs and the cost of outpatient cardiac tests and procedures at 6 months are significantly lower, by $466 and $81, respectively, compared with the traditional [face-to-face] approach,” the study, highlighted in the January issue of the American Journal of Managed Care, reported.

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  • Study Shows Telemedicine Potential in EDs

    Healthcare DIVE

    ED-based telemedicine is used in many rural hospitals to offer “specialty care and expertise to patients with critical time-sensitive conditions,” according to the report. The study reviewed information from more than 120,000 encounters at 14 rural hospitals in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Telemedicine is often promoted as a way to help remote patients and areas with physician shortages, but this study showed that telemedicine can help in-hospital, too. Though telemedicine is seen as a way to help rural healthcare, recent actions in Washington may hamper greater utilization.  The loss of net neutrality has raised alarms that rural health systems might slow telemedicine in places that need it most. The fear is that rural providers won’t be able to handle the costs associated with priority broadband access and rural hospitals might fall behind subscriber-based video streaming services with broadband servers blocking content and implementing fast lanes for preferred customers.  

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