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First ever telemedicine regs proposed for nation's capital

The District of Columbia Department of Health has proposed rules for telemedicine practice, the first such regulations for the nation's capital, according to  The National Law Review (NLR).

Blues plans embrace telemedicine reimbursement

In an attempt to bring more convenient healthcare options to their members, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans across the country are starting to reimburse more telemedicine services.

Independence Blue Cross to cover telehealth visits

Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross is now offering coverage for some telemedicine consultations. 

MedPAC concerned increased telehealth reimbursement could lead to unnecessary consults

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent federal panel, recently addressed the question of whether expanded payments to doctors would spur adoption of telemedicine.

Kaiser Permanente's Angie Stevens: ACA a factor in our telehealth growth

​Despite already having used video visits for a number of years, adoption by both clinicians and patients remains a challenge for Kaiser Permanente, according to Angie Stevens, Kaiser Permanente executive director of telehealth IT.

Providers find telehealth-based mentorship program valuable

Participants in a telemedicine-based specialty mentorship program reported finding its value increased over time, according to  research  published at  Telemedicine and e-Health.

University of Cincinnati uses 'device-agnostic' telestroke program to connect docs to ER

Through a telestroke and image exchange platform, the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center is connecting doctors in the emergency room to physicians at other hospitals.

Better research required for effective use of teleheath

Telehealth research tends to be overly positive, as it is often based on short-term projects, according to a paper published at  Journal of Medical Internet Research,  which suggests that future research should study the impact and effective use of telehealth.  

Mississippi docs oppose telephone-based telemedicine bill, cite need for visual component

The Mississippi State Medical Association and more than 60 state physicians and medical students are opposing a bill in the state House that would allow out-of-state physicians to treat patients by telephone, reports  The Vicksburg Post.

Report: Reimbursement for telehealth 40 percent less than for non-telehealth care

Reimbursement for telehealth services is much lower than non-telehealth care, according to a recent policy brief from the Health Care Cost Institute.