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Why alternate payment models could be a boon for telemedicine

Reimbursement for telemedicine services is one of the main roadblocks to the use of the technology. While payers have been reluctant to wade into the fray, new payment models offer promise for expanded use of telehealth, according to an article at the  American Journal of Managed Care.

Reimbursement for telehealth services remains sparse

Despite backing from the American Medical Association and some insurance companies, nearly 30 states don't allow reimbursement for telemedicine, a major limitation on wider adoption, according to an article in  USA Today.

FCC's Clyburn: Telemedicine shows promise for rural communities

Telehealth is showing promise for expanded care in rural communities, especially in states like Mississippi, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn said at a recent town hall discussion at Jackson State University.

Telemedicine beneficial for patients with musculoskeletal disease

Even if a patient has a condition that might seem like it would not lend itself to treatment and management through telemedicine, such as musculoskeletal disease, the technology can make a difference, according to Daniel L. Albert, M.D.

Are freestanding ERs about access or profit?

Freestanding emergency departments carry high costs despite their benefits, many of which could be achieved through other methods, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

CMS draft regs push ACOs to outline how, why they'll use technology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in new draft regulations for governing accountable care organizations unveiled Monday, calls on ACOs to describe how they plan to "encourage and promote" the use of technology--such as electronic health records, telehealth services and health information exchange services--to enhance care coordination.

USDA awards $8.6 million in telehealth grants to rural areas

Rural communities are getting a boost to improve healthcare and educational services with the help of millions of dollars in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

AMA backs compact for multistate licensure to ease use of telemedicine

The American Medical Association this week pledged its support for a compact developed by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to make it easier for physicians to obtain licenses in multiple states.

Survey indicates telemedicine adoption growth among healthcare execs

Executives in the healthcare industry are not shying away from implementing telemedicine policies, despite setbacks caused by regulations and reimbursement policies, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner LLP.

Iowa telemedicine guidance at odds with board of medicine rule

The Iowa Board of Medicine's recent guidance on telemedicine is at odds with a rule its passed last year,  The Des Moines Register  writes in an opinion piece