Future Healthcare Today cultivates the latest news and trends in the health IT industry, with a particular focus on health it. In this week’s Roundup, we look at how both Alaska and Florida are opening their doors to telemedicine, PCAST touts health it as the key to keep the aging population connected and a new bill that would regulate telemedicine and who pays for it.
All of this and more in this latest health it roundup:
Alaska May Open its Doors to Telemedicine
Alaska lawmakers are uniting behind a bill that would enable the state’s Medicaid participants to access telemedicine services from out-of-state providers. Alaska is currently one of only two states that does not allow telemedicine to be practiced across state lines, which this bill would change.
PCAST Touts Telehealth, Wearable Sensors as Key to Keep the Aging Population Connected
A new report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology claims technologies such as health it and wearable sensors should be put to work to help more elderly Americans stay healthy and connected as they age. The report also calls on federal agencies to make changes, specifically pointing to health it as something with clear benefits for seniors living remotely or with limited mobility.
Telehealth Gains Favor in Florida
Florida is now one of the many states embracing telemedicine. The State’s House and Senate recently passed legislation to create a Telehealth Advisory Council. The council’s main goal is to produce a report that outlines how telemedicine can be expanded in the state and what barriers to adoption might need to be removed.
Legislators Considering Bill That Would Regulate Telemedicine and Who Pays For It
Massachusetts state legislators are considering a bill that would require insurance companies to reimburse telemedicine at the same level as in-person visits. The bill would allow doctors to treat patients remotely in different states and ensure that all Medicaid and state employee health plans cover the telemedicine services, including patient-to-doctor and doctor-to-doctor consultations.
Mid-Atlanta Telehealth Resource Center Showcases Telemedicine Successes
MATRC is highlighting compelling stories about rural health it successes to support long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. The solutions featured include, videoconferencing, store-and-forward data, images or videos, remote patient monitoring and mHealth (mobile health) applications. Viewers can watch and vote for their favorite programs.