Although telemedicine has made many technological advancements in the past decade, it still faces several legal and financial barriers to widespread use and acceptance. Chief among these are poor reimbursement policies; according to the American Telemedicine Association, 29 states earned an “F” for coverage and reimbursement standards. States have attempted to rectify some of these payment barriers with state telehealth parity acts, which require that telehealth visits be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person visits. On July 7th, Deleware became the 29th State to enact telehealth parity laws.
Congress is now considering a nation-wide telehealth parity act. Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) has sponsored the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015 in the House, along with co-sponsors Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Diane Black (R-TN), and Peter Welch (D-VT). The Act is intended to modernize the way Medicare reimburses telehealth services and to expand coverage for Medicare beneficiaries.
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