Senator Moran (R-Kan.) convenes hearing to discuss VA Telemedicine

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, hosted a hearing on May 5 to hear testimony on telehealth use in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Representatives in the public and private sector discussed increasing access to healthcare, improving health outcomes, and lowering costs for veterans, specifically through telemedicine programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Moran, […]

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

State licensure requirements have been an onerous barrier to telemedicine access, innovation, and expansion, particularly along state borders. But there is good news for physical therapists hoping to practice across borders – the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), developed by the Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy (FSBPT), came into effect in April. Washington state […]

ATA’s new report on Medicaid coverage: Regional breakdown

The American Telemedicine Association recently released an updated report on the status of telemedicine coverage and reimbursement for state Medicaid programs. Oklahoma was among nine states awarded an overall grade of “A,” up from a “B” last year. Missouri, Kansas and 32 other states received a “B.” Here is a quick breakdown of what the […]

Telehealth likely to remain hot topic

As a new year and a new presidential administration begin, telehealth is poised to remain a hot issue on both the state and federal levels. Though the incoming Trump administration has not yet staked out any clear policy position on telehealth, telehealth advocates are hopeful that policy agendas set by the outgoing administration will help […]

National ECHO bill heads to House

On November 29, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed SB 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. Though it does not appropriate any funding, the act would authorize the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services to study the ECHO model developed by the University of New Mexico to evaluate its effectiveness on a […]

Skilled nursing facilities soon eligible for Universal Service Fund

In June President Obama signed legislation that added skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to the Rural Health Care Program (RHC) as an eligible healthcare provider. This means that SNFs can begin applying for funding from the Universal Service Fund on January 1, 2017. Among other things, the program helps subsidizes Internet access to make telehealth services […]

AMA taking steps to ensure quality of telemedicine

During last month’s annual American Medical Association (AMA) meeting, CEO James L. Madara, M.D. focused much of his keynote speech on emerging healthcare technologies and telemedicine. “Today we have really remarkable tools – robotic surgery, new forms of radiation treatment, targeted biologics, and we live in a time of rapid development in the digital world – […]

The VA announces plans to expand telemental health services around the country

The HTRC has previously reported on the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) commitment to implement telemedicine and their collaboration with the University of Kansas to utilize telemental health. At last month’s American Telemedicine Association annual conference (ATA) in Minneapolis, the VA announced plans to further expand their use of telemental health services across the country. When […]

Regulatory News- October 2015

  Patient advocates call for expanded Medicare coverage of telehealth The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) recently called on Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expanded telehealth coverage in order to increase access to healthcare. NPAF caseworkers say telehealth would help address this need for care since patients continue to report a lack of […]

Medicaid turns 50

This July, the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (HTRC) salutes Medicare and Medicaid on its 50th anniversary. First signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30th 1965, Medicare has served as a vital part of our health care system ever since. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that the Medicare reimbursement policy underwent the […]