Tag Archives: Parity Act

Payers Embracing Telemedicine Cost Savings, Ramping Up Reimbursement in 2016

Often considered the primary obstacle to telemedicine implementation, reimbursement changes are now better viewed as one of the most prominent drivers of telemedicine expansion. Payers are finally beginning to realize what many providers have known for some time – telemedicine brings cost savings and improved patient-member satisfaction.… Continue reading this entry

Telehealth Commercial Coverage and Parity Laws: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

There will always be differences among state laws on telehealth coverage, but what is remarkable is the rapidly increasing pace at which states have been adopting coverage statutes in the last few years, with currently 29 states plus Washington D.C. having enacted coverage laws. Here’s what telehealth providers and companies might expect to see from … Continue reading this entry

Examining Payment Parity in Telehealth Laws

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Many states are enacting laws requiring commercial health plans to cover medical services provided via telehealth to the same extent they cover medical services provided in-person. These laws are intended to promote innovation and care delivery in the private sector by catalyzing healthcare providers and plans to invest in and use the powerful telehealth technologies available … Continue reading this entry

Congress Wows With Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015, But Will It Succeed?

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and co-sponsors Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) announced, on July 7, 2015, the introduction of the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015, forward-looking, bi-partisan legislation intended to modernize the way Medicare pays for telehealth services. Containing three implementation phases over a four year … Continue reading this entry

Delaware Enacts Telehealth Commercial Insurance Parity Law

Note: This is a companion piece to our parallel article discussing the various Delaware telemedicine scope of practice requirements in the Act. Declaring “liberty and independence” from the constraints of brick and mortar health care, Delaware became the 29th state to enact a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute. The legislation (HB-69) was sponsored by Representatives Short, … Continue reading this entry

Will the Mid-Term Elections Help Telemedicine Reimbursement?

Our recent survey of senior-level health care executives reinforced that lack of reimbursement remains the primary barrier to providers in adopting telemedicine services. Of our respondents, 41 percent indicated that their organizations receive no reimbursement for telemedicine visits. While telemedicine’s impact on increased access and quality of patient care seems clear – especially in areas deemed a … Continue reading this entry