New Report from Center for Connected Health Policy Shows Progress Towards Increased Telehealth Reimbursement
This month the Center for Connected Health Policy released their report, State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies: A Comprehensive Scan of the 50 States and District of Columbia. Although this report focuses primarily on Medicaid, the trends are consistent with those in the larger industry. Perhaps most notably, Medicaid is becoming less restrictive regarding telehealth reimbursement. For example, in Maryland, Medicaid now covers asynchronous dermatology, radiology, and ophthalmology telehealth services. More states also now allow for the home to be the "originating site" for telehealth care and reimbursement, allowing patients to connect with providers from the comfort of their own homes. This report shows that while state laws, regulations, and policies continue to differ considerably, progress continues to be made in broadening the application of telehealth and expanding reimbursement for telehealth services.