Florida poised to tackle tele-health reimbursement
As 19 states have done before it, Florida is looking to become the 20th state to require private insurers to cover tele-health services, starting as early as 2015. A bill proposed by State Senator Arthenia Joyner would require reimbursement for remote consults, equivalent to an in-person session with a physician. The bill would also require the Florida Department of Health to conduct a study on “options for implementing telemedicine services and coverage, including multi-payer coverage and reimbursement, for stroke diagnosis, high-risk pregnancies, premature births, mental health services, and emergency services.”
As outlined in Joyner’s bill, the umbrella of “telemedicine services” covers a wide range of uses and includes “synchronous video conferencing, remote patient monitoring, asynchronous health images, or other health transmissions supported by mobile devices, such as mHealth, or other telecommunications technology used for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data, or exchange of medical education information by means of audio, video, or data communications.” The term telemedicine-services, the bill notes, “does not include an audio-only telephone call, e-mail message, or facsimile transmission.”
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