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Title of Proposal:

Parity of telemedicine services

On behalf of:       

Dr. Kurt Elward

Describe the Idea or Issue:

Insurers and some health systems are increasingly using telemedicine services to provide care for their members. These opportunities are not provided to patient's primary care physicians, however, nor specialties such as oncology where telemedicine would benefit. Physicians are limited to becoming employees of telemedicine companies in order to serve their own patients.

We should advocate for inclusion of primary care physicians and at least some selected specialties to have the ability to provide and bill for telemedicine services with a) established CPT codes and b) independent of any services provided by third party vendors of health systems or insurers.

Desired Outcome:

1. Physicians can easily provide telemedicine services to their patients independently of third party vendors and receive payment for these services. This can be secured via direct negotiation with health systems

or insurers, or legislatively and through the Bureau of Insurance

2. MSV should showcase companies that can provide support needed for physicians to practice telemedicine.

Background/Supporting Information:

Telemedicine has become an increasingly significant aspect of new models of care for patients

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1067502705001969

https://www.advisory.com/research/market-innovation-center/the-growth-channel/2016/03/stanford-medicine-virtual-visits

Additional background materials in appendix.

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