Parity laws next for Telemedicine
Telemedicine is continuing to gain traction in states across the U.S., as many are moving full steam ahead with new or improved legislation to bring this technology more quickly to the masses. Montana is no different. Due to a new parity law that took effect January 1st, 2014, healthcare service providers now are eligible to collect reimbursement for telemedicine services that mirror in-person services. The new law states that telemedicine coverage “must be equivalent to the coverage for services that are provided in-person by a healthcare provider or healthcare facility.” According to Sen. Edward Buttrey (R-Great Falls), “We are a unique state because we are so rural. People in the rural and remote corners of the state deserve to get quick, safe, adequate care and be reimbursed as if they were face-to-face with the physician.”
Many more states are expected to follow suit with similar parity laws, as clearly defined parameters for provider reimbursement are needed to ensure the full integration of telemedicine technology into the everyday patient care model.
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