The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is a public interest organization that develops and advances telehealth policy solutions to promote improvements in health and health care systems.
Established in 2008 by the California Health Care Foundation, CCHP is dedicated to integrating telehealth virtual technologies into the health care system through advancing sound policy based on objective research and informed practices. CCHP actively researches and analyzes important telehealth policy issues, engages influential public and private sectors through analyses and reports, and provides key telehealth policy resources nationwide.
Originally focused exclusively on California telehealth policy, CCHP garnered extensive attention with its Telehealth Model Statute Report, which became the basis for the California Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011 (AB 415). This Act now allows all licensed health professionals to utilize telehealth, removes restrictions and barriers to providing telehealth, and expands the locations where telehealth can take place.
CCHP is a project of the Public Health Institute, a non-profit, private organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world.
State and National Telehealth Policy
In 2012, CCHP’s scope grew to include national telehealth policy issues as it became the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center (NTRC-P). In this capacity CCHP serves as an independent center of excellence in telehealth policy providing technical assistance to twelve federally funded telehealth regional resource centers. These centers provide a range of technical and informational support to telehealth providers and organizations nationwide. This project is made possible by Grant #G22RH30365 from the Office of the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. CCHP encourages collaboration among policymakers, researchers, industry leaders, health advocacy organizations, and other influential groups to advance telehealth policy solutions at the state and federal levels.
Current CCHP projects include:
- Analysis and Impact Study on Telehealth Private Payer Laws - One of the most common forms of telehealth-related state legislation has been “private payer parity” laws. While such legislation has gained momentum and popularity, there has not been any comprehensive analysis of the impact of these laws related to the expanded use and payment for telehealth services. Additionally, many of the private payer parity laws fail to address the impact on its Medicaid program, and whether these requirements extend to private payers that serve Medicaid patients. CCHP will conduct a study to assess and describe telehealth private payer parity laws; assess the relative impact the laws have had on private and public payers; and develop recommendations for improving private payer parity laws.
- Developing a Roadmap for eConsult Sustainability - CCHP will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the policies and practices related to the use of eConsult, a web-based system of communication between a primary care physician (PCP) and a specialist, as means of confronting the shortage of specialty care services in California. A roadmap will be produced that will outline the policy barriers and potential solutions for overcoming them.
- State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies – This annually updated scan of telehealth laws and Medicaid regulations in all fifty states and District of Columbia includes a PDF report and an up-to-date interactive map.