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Ohio Medicaid to Cover Telemedicine

Posted in Legislation, Rulemaking, Telehealth/Telemedicine

Many thanks once again to our colleague, Sylvia Brown, for her assistance in authoring this post. Last week, Ohio Governor John R. Kasich signed into law H.B. 123 (Gonzales, Watchmann), a bill to provide Medicaid coverage for telehealth services.  The law requires the state’s Medicaid department to establish standards for covering services that are provided through telehealth. … Continue Reading

Legislation Would Permit Hidden Cameras In Nursing Homes

Posted in Legislation

Many thanks to our colleague, Robin Amicon, for submitting the following guest post. New legislation was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives that would give nursing home residents the right to install and use electronic monitoring devices in their rooms in order to capture incidents of abuse or neglect.  House Bill 298, introduced on October… Continue Reading

Telehealth Legislation Would Provide Financial Incentives for Adoption, Increased Use

Posted in Legislation, Telehealth/Telemedicine

Many thanks to our colleague, Sylvia Brown, for submitting the following guest post. Healthcare providers will be able to receive financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for providing telehealth services to patients if recently proposed federal legislation becomes law.  The Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013, H.R. 3600, contains financial incentives tied to some of the… Continue Reading

HITECH Meaningful Use: Optimization and Expansion

Posted in Behavioral Health, Legislation, Meaningful Use

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) made available an estimated $27 billion in federal incentive payments to medical professionals and hospitals when they adopt certified Electronic Health Records (“EHRs”) and demonstrate meaningful use of the EHRs.  Eligible Professionals (“EPs”) can receive as much as $44,000 through Medicare, or as much… Continue Reading