Seven States Introduce Telemedicine Bills

Date: February 1, 2013||   0  Comments

According to the American Telemedicine Association, seven states and the District of Columbia have seen bills introduced in the past four weeks that address coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine services. To date, 16 states have mandated that all private payers in the state reimburse for telemedicine services if such services would be reimbursed through an in-person visit.

While their colleagues in Washington are starting to take interest in the promises of digital health, lawmakers in several states are forging ahead with their own legislative ideas.

According to the American Telemedicine Association, seven states and the District of Columbia have seen bills introduced in the past four weeks that address coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine services. To date, 16 states have mandated that all private payers in the state reimburse for telemedicine services if such services would be reimbursed through an in-person visit.

That increase in legislative interest was highlighted in a recent article written by ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous titled “Public Policy for Telehealth in 2013: It’s Time for Government to Lead or Get Out of the Way.” In it, Linkous said he expects this year to be one of significant growth for the telehealth movement.

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