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).
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.
Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross is now offering coverage for some telemedicine consultations.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent federal panel, recently addressed the question of whether expanded payments to doctors would spur adoption of telemedicine.
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.
Participants in a telemedicine-based specialty mentorship program reported finding its value increased over time, according to research published at Telemedicine and e-Health.
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.
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.
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.
Reimbursement for telehealth services is much lower than non-telehealth care, according to a recent policy brief from the Health Care Cost Institute.