Telehealth Bill Sheds Light On Insurance Reimbursement

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Telemedicine: A Growing Field of Medicine

By utilizing telemedicine with ClickAClinic, you can see a health care professional using your insurance.

By utilizing telemedicine with ClickAClinic, you can see a health care professional using your insurance.

Multiple organizations are looking to expand the current insurance reimbursement procedures for telemedicine providers across the country.  These organizations are looking to implement telemedicine services in an array of medical areas or at the very least, increase discussions of telehealth at a national level. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technology (CONNECT) for Health Act was proposed on February 3rd by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) Telemedicine is quickly growing in the health care industry, with Congress seeing legislation expanding and at least 67 organizations such as AARP, American Health Insurance Plans, The American Heart Association, and Kaiser Permanente lining up with support. With these organizations and the public pressuring the government to pass a budget-neutral bill, some say the Health Act bill doesn’t go far enough to meet the demands of current telehealth providers.

Improvements on Insurance Reimbursements

The House of Representatives has created a companion bill (Health Act 4442) that has received bipartisan support as well as the support of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). This bill should help fund reimbursements for health care providers creating a higher availability of medical professionals that will utilize telemedicine services. In the United States, 22 states as well as Washington DC already require health care providers to receive insurance reimbursements from private insurance companies for their telehealth services. These reimbursements enable more patients to have access to telemedicine health care services. As more people, patients and doctors alike, see how they can benefit from telemedicine, more laws will be passed in support of this useful tool that is revolutionizing how people view medicine.

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