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As reported by iHealthBeat on Tuesday, April 26th:

The American Telemedicine Association is asking CMS to waive certain Medicare  telehealth regulations in the recently proposed rules governing accountable care  organizations, Modern Physician reports.
In a letter to CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, the  association said CMS’ proposed ACO regulations included “restriction-riddled”  telehealth rules, which among other things would not allow Medicare  reimbursement for more than 12 telehealth-aided services, including analysis of  computer-based clinical data and hospital discharge services (Carlson, Modern  Physician, 4/25).
The association proposed five changes to the rules that would allow:
  • Videoconferencing services for the 35 million Medicare beneficiaries living  in metropolitan areas;
  • Medical images to be stored and forwarded for beneficiaries who reside  outside Alaska or Hawaii;
  • Physicians to judge when use of telehealth is appropriate;
  • Home-based videoconferencing services; and
  • Therapy services otherwise covered under Medicare to be delivered via  telehealth services (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 4/26).

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