American Telemedicine Association Proposes Program That Would Save an Estimated $186M

The American Telemedicine Association has proposed legislation that would expand telemedicine and save an estimated $186 million over the next 10 years, according to an ATA news release.

The ATA's proposed legislation would provide telemedicine for Medicaid beneficiaries with high-risk pregnancies and neonatal care needs. Medicaid enrollees would receive care through a birthing network that would use telemedicine technologies to help treat pre-term labor, gestational hypertension, mild preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus and other conditions.

The proposal, which is partly based on the University of Arkansas ANGELS Program's birthing network, would employ a shared savings approach and a 90 percent contribution from the federal government in the first two years to encourage provider and state adoption.

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