Telemedicine

Information about telemedicine and advocacy efforts to expand and advance telemedicine as an important tool for the Massachusetts healthcare system.
The CONNECT for Health Act would expand access to telehealth for Medicare patients.
This conference will look at effective current strategies for improved ROI across an enterprise.
The state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) held its annual cost trends hearing last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka said at the HPC cost trends hearing last week that the Senate is crafting its own healthcare reform bill.
Governor Charlie Baker last Friday introduced the latest legislative proposal to reform the state’s healthcare system.
Legislation pending in the State House would quickly increase the supply of well-qualified nurses who would first have to undergo rigorous background checks, and then make the nurses available to fill vacancies in underserved areas.
Caregivers and patients spoke at a hearing before the Joint Committee on Financial Services last Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing regarding telemedicine.
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA), other members of the Massachusetts Telemedicine Coalition (tMED), along with caregivers and advocates, on Tuesday, October 1 will urge the Joint Committee on Financial Services to support HB991/
MHA will host a webinar, “Telemedicine in Massachusetts: Opportunities and the Current Regulatory Landscape,” on Friday, September 27th from 10-11:30 a.m.
MHA recently spotlighted Heywood Healthcare’s Tele Behavioral School Based Counseling Program, which highlights the tremendous potential of telemedicine to reach patients who often lack access to care – in ways that fit their lifestyles.
A recent study has found that the number of physicians who self-reported telemedicine as a skill doubled between 2015 and 2018 and continues to increase by approximately 20% per year.
The Department of Mental Health (DMH) released proposed revisions to its regulations governing DMH’s oversight of mental health facilities.
tMED joined with Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Tom Golden last Friday to file legislation that would adopt a comprehensive telemedicine framework for Massachusetts.

Resources

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