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Telehealth Legislation Needed to Support Growing Demand for Behavioral Healthcare

Telehealth Legislation Needed to Support Growing Demand for Behavioral Healthcare

Due to expanded health insurance coverage, reduced stigma, and better awareness, more and more Americans are seeking mental health services. However, the number of psychiatrists available to provide these services has not grown significantly. This growth in demand, without a corresponding growth in supply, has negatively impacted healthcare access to psychiatric care, especially in rural areas. Telehealth can help address this need. 

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The Preventative Health Savings Act Could Lead to Increased Coverage for Telehealth
Expanding Teleheatlh Reimbursement in 2018

Expanding Teleheatlh Reimbursement in 2018

Early last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Included in these changes are new billing codes, expanding the telemedicine services paid for by Medicare. Providers can now specifically bill for telehealth services, such as health risk assessments, care planning for chronic conditions, and crisis-related psychotherapy.  

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New Report from Center for Connected Health Policy Shows Progress Towards Increased Telehealth Reimbursement

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. 

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VA Proposes Allowing Telehealth Providers to Bypass State Licensing Laws to Reach More Veterans