Maryland, Tennessee Expand Coverage of Telemedicine Services

Maryland and Tennessee have both passed laws aiming to increase the use of telemedicine in the state by increasing reimbursements.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, Maryland's Medicaid program will expand its reimbursement for telemedicine services beyond use in instances involving cardiovascular disease, stroke, in the emergency department or to provide access to a specialist. The legislation, signed into law April 14, would also provide coverage for services rendered through store-and-forward telemedicine as well as remote patient monitoring.

In Tennessee, a parity law was recently passed that would require health insurers to cover services delivered remotely via telemedicine at the same rate as the same service delivered in person. The law applies to services provided by both in- and out-of-network providers.

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