Washington Lawmaker Will Try Again for Telehealth Payment Parity

华盛顿议员提交远程医疗支付平价法案

2020-01-10 08:20:06 mHEALTH INTELLIGENCE

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A Washington lawmaker is preparing to resubmit bills aimed at mandating payment parity for telehealth and expand school-based telehealth programs. The two bills were part of a four-bill package submitted in 2019 by Republican State Sen. Randi Becker, a longtime advocate of connected health. They ultimately failed to reach a vote, though two others – one establishing training procedures for healthcare providers using telemedicine and another targeting provider credentialing – were passed and signed into into law. Becker told a local newspaper that payment parity would compel more healthcare providers to offer services in the state and prod those already in the state to try out virtual care technology. Abortion Debate May Doom Pennsylvania’s Latest Telehealth Bill Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Expanding Medicaid’s Telehealth Coverage Congress to Once Again Tackle Medicare Restrictions on Telehealth “I expect that it’ll go through this year. It’s happening in all sorts of other states,” she told the Nisqually Valley News. “We need that to get doctors willing to invest in the technologies to see patients that way.” The idea of mandating that healthcare payers cover telehealth services at the same rate they cover in-person services isn’t entirely popular, with payers often arguing that they should be the ones to set reimbursement rates. Some 42 states and the District of Columbia have laws that set guidelines for telehealth reimbursement, according to a recent report from the law firm of Foley & Lardner, but only about a dozen states have enacted payment parity laws, while others have created guidelines by which payers and providers can negotiate specific rates for telehealth services. Last October, California became the latest state to enact payment parity, passing a bill that requires payers to reimburse providers for telehealth services “on the same basis and to the same extent” that they cover in-person services. The second telehealth bill expected to be filed by Becker would, based on the language of last year’s bill, direct the University of Washington to use a virtual platform to train school staff on how to identify students at risk of suicide, substance abuse or violence. UW would use the Project ECHO program, creating a hub-and-spoke telemedicine platform so that participants could log on for regularly scheduled interactive training sessions hosted by experts at the university. Also, the bill mandates that all school nurses, school social workers, school psychologists and school counselors complete a training program of at least three hours on identifying at-risk students that includes guidance on using telemedicine. That program would also be incorporated into the certification process for teachers. Tagged Connected Health mHealth Reimbursement School-Based Telehealth Telehealth Reimbursement Telehealth Strategies Telemedicine Reimbursement
华盛顿的一位议员准备重新提交法案,旨在规定远程医疗的支付平价,并扩大基于学校的远程医疗项目。 这两项议案是共和党参议员2019年提交的四项议案方案的一部分。Randi Becker 长期倡导健康联系。他们最终未能获得投票,但另外两人——一人为使用远程医疗的医疗保健提供者建立培训程序,另一人为目标提供者认证——获得通过并签署成为法律。 贝克尔对当地一家报纸说,支付平价将迫使更多的医疗服务提供者在该州提供服务,并促使那些已经在该州的人尝试虚拟护理技术。 堕胎辩论5月,宾夕法尼亚州最新的电信健康法案 威斯康辛州长签署法案扩大医疗补助的远程医疗保险范围 国会再次处理医疗保险对远程医疗的限制 “我希望今年能完成。她对《尼瓦利山谷新闻》表示:“其他各州都在发生这种情况。”“我们需要这一点,让医生愿意投资于这种技术,从而让病人看到这种情况。” 要求医疗保健人员以与其个人服务相同的费率支付远程医疗服务的想法并不完全流行,因为付款人经常辩称,他们应该是制定偿还率的人。根据 Foley & Lardner 律师事务所最近的一份报告,大约有42个州和哥伦比亚特区有制定远程医疗报销指导方针的法律,但只有大约12个州制定了支付平价法律。而其他一些国家则制定了准则,规定支付者和提供者可以就远程保健服务的具体费率进行谈判。 去年10月,加州成为最新一个制定支付平价的州,通过了一项法案,要求付款人“在相同的基础上并在相同程度上”偿还电信健康服务提供商的电话健康服务费用。 根据去年法案的措辞,贝克尔提出的第二项远程医疗法案将指示华盛顿大学( University of Washington )使用一个虚拟平台,培训学校员工如何识别面临自杀、滥用药物或暴力风险的学生。UW 将使用项目 ECHO 计划,创建一个集线式远程医疗平台,让参与者可以登录,定期安排由大学专家主持的交互式培训课程。 此外,该法案还要求所有学校护士、学校社会工作者、学校心理学家和学校辅导员完成至少3个小时的培训计划,以确定风险学生,包括使用远程医疗的指导。该方案还将纳入教师认证程序。 标记 连接健康 mHealth 报销 基于学校的远程医疗 远程医疗报销 远程保健战略 远程医疗报销

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