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College Students Struggle to Access Out-of-State School Providers During COVID-19

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2020

In late May the Washington Post featured an article on the hardship faced by college students who rely on their schools for mental health assistance, and are now unable to access the services because they have returned home to another state where the providers are not licensed to practice.  The article notes that several schools are limiting clinical therapy to students who either live in-state or are in a state where interstate telehealth is legal.  As a result, student body representatives from over 130 universities across the country signed onto a letter addressed to State Medical Licensing Boards to encouraging them to mandate an update of interstate licensing requirements so that mental healthcare providers can meet the needs of their students who happen to be residing in different states as a result of COVID-19.  This is a developing issue, and CCHP will continue to monitor it and provide updates as they become available.

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‘I can’t imagine going back’: Medicare leader calls for expanded telehealth access after Covid-19

Published Tuesday, June 9, 2020
President Trump’s top Medicare official said Tuesday that expanded access to telemedicine should continue after the coronavirus pandemic recedes and that officials are examining ways to act without waiting for legislation from Congress. “I can’t imagine going back,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and more»

IRHA Names New CEO

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2020
IRHA Names New CEO Cara A. Veale, DHS, OTR, FACHE IRHA names new CEO following major search, experienced rural professional Cara Veale to succeed Don Kelso Daviess Community Hospital senior administrator selected following extensive search and review of more than 50 candidates. TERRE HAUTE, Indiana – Completing an intense process, including an more»

Why COVID-19 Could Reshape the Future of Health Care

Published Friday, May 29, 2020
As the U.S. scrambled to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented joint effort developed among federal and state governments, regulators, hospitals, suppliers and health-care providers. Out of necessity, institutions altered how they function—and how they cooperate—to save lives. Although the pandemic exposed flaws and weaknesses in the more»

As the Country Reopens Safety Concerns Rise

Published Thursday, May 28, 2020
The third COVID-19 Black Book Market Research/ Sage Growth Partners (SGP) survey of U.S. consumers, conducted from April 28 to 29, repeated questions found in the first two surveys and added a number of questions that helped us explore new areas of interest. The 591 consumers who responded continue to feel anxious, though levels have dipped down slightly to more»

Telehealth’s future is bright. Here’s what it’ll look like in 2025

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2020
You’re sitting at the table eating dinner when you receive a notification. A woman wearing a light blue top fills the screen of your phone with a video message. “Hello, this is Diane in Dr. Halpern’s office,” the woman says. “The computer saw that your blood sugar and heart rate numbers went out of range yesterday and today. more»

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report

Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Spring 2020 update from the National Center for Connected Health Policy CCHP’s comprehensive assessment and compendium of state Medicaid telehealth policies and laws covers all fifty states and the District of Columbia. CCHP’s semi-annual State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies report offers the nation’s most current summary more»

Tennessee Health Plan Makes COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage Permanent

Published Friday, May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020 - A Tennessee health plan is making its telehealth coverage permanent, saying lessons learned during the Coronavirus pandemic have proven the value of connected health services. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced this week that coverage of virtual visits with in-network providers will continue past the ongoing national emergency. The more»