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  • Telehealth in the Spotlight as HHS Expands Bundled Payment Models

    mHealth Intelligence

    The proposed expansion of a bundled payment program may be a sign that federal officials are placing more confidence in telehealth as a standard of care. Health and Human Services Secrtary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that a bundled payment model for hip and knee replacements will be expanded to other surgical treatments for hip and femur fractures beyond hip replacement, and they’re launching a similar program for those undergoing treatment for a heart attack or bypass surgery. The model emphasizes telehealth as a means of supporting care once the patient has left the hospital. “Having a heart attack or undergoing heart surgery is scary and stressful for patients and their families,” Burwell said in a press release accompanying the 900-page proposal. “Today’s proposal is an important step to improving the quality of care Americans receive and driving down costs.

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  • Telemedicine Runs Into Crony Doctoring

    The Wall Street Journal

    Telemedicine has made exciting advances in recent years. Remote access to experts lets patients in stroke, neonatal and intensive-care units get better treatment at a lower cost than ever before. In rural communities, the technology improves timely access to care and reduces expensive medevac trips. Remote-monitoring technology lets patients with chronic conditions live at home rather than in an assisted-living facility. Yet while telemedicine can connect a patient in rural Idaho with top specialists in New York, it often runs into a brick wall at state lines. Instead of welcoming the benefits of telemedicine, state governments and entrenched interests use licensing laws to make it difficult for out-of-state experts to offer remote care. Recently proposed Republican health-policy reforms—in the “Better Way” proposal House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled in June—give priority to legislation that would encourage consumer choice through health-savings accounts. But the plan fails to address the underlying state regulatory framework that limits consumers’ options for care. Fortunately, Congress has the power to sweep away the barriers to interstate telemedicine that deny patients access to top specialists from around the country.

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  • A Breakthrough Moment For Telehealth

    Forbes

    Industries on the rise don’t always enjoy an unrestrained ascent into acceptance. There are good times and bad. Regulatory barriers, rough weeks in the marketplace and tough hits in the press can always be expected. But, sometimes, when an industry is doing the right work at the right time, you hit a groove. Such has been the last few weeks for telehealth.  Thanks to a tremendous week in policy making, telehealth is now nearing a “game over” moment in terms of states unilaterally accepting the value and legality of providing care via technology. Over the course of the last 18 months, nearly every state has upheld that the standard of care for physicians providing care via telehealth should be equal to that provided in person–that robust telehealth technologies can be used to both extend and create a treatment relationship. But a number of states have held on to dated regulatory language and left telehealth stakeholders wringing their hands.

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