Bill Would Stretch Medicare Telemedicine to Physical Therapy, Bigger Populations

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on August 15, 2014

Expanding the use of telemedicine under Medicare is the goal of a recently proposed piece of bi-partisan legislation. The bill, known as the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014, is designed to create more parity between telemedicine and traditional in-person care. U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the bill. In reference to their motivation, Thompson said, “By expanding telehealth services, we can make sure the best care and the best treatments are available to all Americans, no matter where they live.” Read further >

CMS Launches esMD Pilot, Heads Deeper Into Realm of Electronic Health Information

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on September 27, 2011

On September 15, 2011, CMS launched its new esMD pilot program, giving providers a new mechanism for submitting medical documentation. This launch marks the beginning of phase one of CMS’ initiative and CMS is hoping to make it significantly easier for providers to submit information, as well as easier for CMS’ recovery contractors to identify improper payments by reducing costs and time spent on these transactions. Read further >

Expanded Access to Coverage but Downward Pricing Pressures: Implications of Health Reform on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Cathy Betz
Written by Cathy Betz
on September 29, 2010

I believe it was Niels Bohr who said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” That quote could have easily come from wisecracking baseball legend Yogi Berra, who replied “Do you mean now?” when asked for the time. Read further >

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