Future Healthcare Today cultivates the latest news and trends in the health IT industry, with a particular focus on health it. This week looks at emerging state guidelines, a move by CVS to expand service at its walk-in clinics, challenges to offering health it services to children with special needs and the effect of California’s health it law on access to medical marijuana.
All of this and more is in this latest health it roundup:
How new laws, guidelines impact the health it landscape
Coverage for telemedicine services has been rapidly growing across the U.S., and new laws and rules surrounding the technology will create new opportunities and challenges, Nathaniel Lacktman, an attorney at Foley & Lardner, writes in a post at Health Care Law Today.
For example, the Colorado Medical Board recently adopted new guidelines allowing patients to undergo health it visits without a prior in-person visit; patients also would not be required to be customers at a specific facility to use telemedicine.
And in Texas, a new law goes into effect September 1, that allows school-based telemedicine visits for children covered by Medicaid.
CVS teams with health it trio to boost access to MD care
Pharmacy giant CVS Health recently announced it will work with three leading health it companies to expand patients’ access to doctors, who will be able to provide consultations remotely via the Internet or over the phone.
Those companies, American Well, Teladoc and Doctor On Demand, will begin receiving referred CVS customers, as well as referring their own customers to 150 CVS walk-in clinics, in six states by the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the pharmacy chain.
Use of health it for children with special healthcare needs faces limitations
Telehealth effectively can provide services to children with special healthcare needs, but the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in California found it’s not being used to its full potential.
Researchers from RAND and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine also recently called telemedicine an underused technology in pediatric emergency settings.
Telehealth aims to boost medical cannabis
Thousands of new patients, including many in the Central Valley, are reportedly accessing medical marijuana through California’s Telehealth Advancement Act.
The emerging trend capitalizes on a new law that allows patients, without ever leaving the house, to “see” a doctor, obtain a prescription and have cannabis delivered right to their front door.
The state’s health it law, signed into law by the governor in 2011, has effectively opened up the world of medical marijuana to an entirely new demographic comprised of retirees, professionals, military veterans and middle-aged women.