Statewide telehealth efforts gaining momentum

If recent headlines are any indication, telehealth is becoming more of a priority for several states throughout the nation of late. In Mississippi, for instance, state legislators approved a bill last week that would allow insurance companies to reimburse physicians who consult with rural doctors using telemedicine, The Commercial Appeal reported.

State Rep. Charles Busby, a Republican, told the newspaper that the cost for installing telemedicine equipment for facilities in the state is down to roughly $12,000 per facility, from a high of $40,000. According to the newspaper, rural providers who have used telehealth to work with specialists to date often have not been paid for such efforts.

Meanwhile, in Maryland last week, state officials introduced legislation that would require the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to reimburse for telemedicine services. State Sen. Catherine Pugh (D) sponsored the bill.

Source: FierceHealthIT

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