Future Healthcare Today cultivates the latest news and trends in the health IT industry, with a particular focus on health it. This week’s roundup looks at how states are implementing successful health it programs to broaden access to patients.
Telemedicine Parity Statewide: A Numbers Game
Delaware became the 29th state in the U.S. to adopt payment parity this week. Payment parity for telemedicine requires health insurance companies to pay for telemedicine at the same rate for in-person services. This progress comes in the midst of ongoing efforts by some U.S. congressional representatives to push a nationwide health it parity law.
Delaware’s law goes a little farther than similar laws in other states, according to Nathaniel Lacktman’s article in The National Law Review, “The changes to Delaware’s Insurance Code are more provider and patient-friendly than some other states because it mandates both coverage parity and payment parity.”
Telehealth Broadens Psychiatry Medical Reach across Kansas
In Kansas, there simply are not enough psychiatrists and advanced nurse practitioners to serve patients in-need – especially in remote areas of the state. That is why the Helen Ross McNabb Center leveraged a series of grants to adopt new health it technology that will broaden the reach of the ones already here. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, use of the technology lets the providers who write prescriptions do remote medication management in adjacent counties when they’re not physically there.
Telemedicine Reaches the Maryland Shore
Receiving specialized treatment for long-term conditions like Type 1 diabetes can be an all day affair, especially if you don’t live close to a treatment facility. That is the case for a family, that travels from the shores of Delaware to the University of Maryland.
Leveraging a telemedicine solution, the family now has remote access to diabetes specialists out of Children’s National in Washington D.C. Dr. Fran Cogan, one of the specialists, hold routine virtual visits with about 70 patients who otherwise wouldn’t receive the same level of care, according to this 47 ABC story. Read more about the telemedicine solution here.
Telemedicine Kiosks Open Across Northeast Ohio
In Ohio, patients three years old and up can now be treated for minor and common health conditions such as the flu, skin conditions, earaches and more using telemedicine kiosks which are now located inside of Rite Aid stores.
Robert Thompson, executive vice president of pharmacy for Rite Aid said he’s “encouraged by the beta launch with thousands of patients using telemedicine for the first time for both wellness and sick visits,” according to this article.
“We believe that as we move forward in the changing healthcare environment in our country we need to offer more health and wellness solutions for our customers,” Thompson said.