Sunday, January 23, 2011

Telemedicine Bills Introduced

New York VP Pro Tempore David J. Valesky introduced SB 662 on January 5, 2011 to promote the development and accessibility of telehealth and telemedicine services especially in underserved geographic areas in the state. The legislation would also establish a New York State telehealth and telemedicine development and research grant fund.

AB 422 introduced January 5, 2011 by New York State Assembly Woman Aileen M. Gunther, would enable demonstration rates or payments to pay for telehealth services provided by certified home health agencies, long term home healthcare programs, and AIDS home care services. AB 422 would help to ensure the availability of technology-based patient monitoring communication and health management.

On January 5, 2011 (AB 548) was introduced by New York State Assemblyman Jeffry Dinowitz to provide a tax credit for the purchase of technology to be able to remotely monitor persons with Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia.

A bill (H 37) was introduced by Representative Suzi Wizowaty in 2011 in the Vermont legislature and would require all health plans including Medicaid to cover telemedicine services. A healthcare practitioner licensed in the state would be able to prescribe, dispense, or administer drugs or medical supplies, and provide treatment recommendations to a patient after examining the patient either in person or by the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment. Images and medical records would be able to be transmitted electronically and prescriptions could be issued via electronic means.

State Representative Naomi D. Jakobason introduced (HB 010) on January 12th in the Illinois General Assembly to enable the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to reimburse for telemedicine services when used by physicians, advanced practice nurses, FQHCs, or psychiatrists. The Department would establish the criteria for the services to be reimbursed and could also include appropriate facilities and equipment.