Legislation recently passed in Congress that President Obama is expected to sign into law is designed to better support providers working in remote and underserved regions and expand the use of telemedicine.
But a major goal of the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act is to expand across the nation a telemedicine program called Project ECHO that started in New Mexico, with the hope that Medicare will start to better support telehealth technologies, says Thomas Ferrante, an associate attorney in the law firm Foley & Lardner. Medicare, he notes, only paid about $17.6 million for telehealth in 2015 while other private and public payers have increasingly expanded reimbursement for services provided remotely.
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