CCHP’s policy analyses and research projects educate decision makers about telehealth’s optimal role in the evolving health care landscape.
Telehealth technologies are tools to expand access, particularly among underserved communities, and improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of health care systems. CCHP’s projects provide guidance and educational resources to catalyze telehealth’s role in health care reform.
Current projects include:
- 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.
- 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.
A full list of CCHP’s projects can be found in the navigation bar to the left.