Telemedicine improving treatment of autistic children, saving money, reducing anxiety

Parents with autistic children face significant challenges. Autistic children often function best with a routine and controlled schedule and environment. When there are significant disruptions to the autistic child’s day, such as an unexpected trip to a doctor, the result can include sudden behavioral problems and strong reactions. In medicine, a prevailing thought and assumption […]

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Illinois Telemedicine Expansion: Physician payment and reimbursement

Telemedicine practices involves a new set of questions and answers insofar as physician payment and reimbursement for telehealth services. The laws that apply to traditional physician payment and reimbursement from insurance companies and U.S. government payers such as Medicare and Medicaid are not necessarily controlling law when it comes to telemedicine services. In some instances there are qualifications and requirements of physicians who use mobile health care in their practices and seek payment and reimbursement.

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Telemedicine: Illinois licensing issues

Telemedicine and new telehealth options are available to an increasing number of patients. In addition to hospitals and health care organizations, direct health care service providers are adopting telemedicine into their medical practices to serve and an increased number of patients. Telemedicine utilizes mobile apps and software allowing doctors and patients to meet in a virtual setting for certain types of services. In other settings, when meeting with your regular doctor, you might use mobile health care technology to bring in a specialist who would otherwise not be available due to schedules and distances. Routine doctor-patient interactions, such as follow up visits and general maintenance can be conducted using telemedicine, saving time and resources for patients who would otherwise need to drive distances to see their doctor. As more people learn of the benefits of telemedicine, there may be a patient preference to see a doctor who can see them in person or by mobile health care technology. In light of the benefits of telemedicine, there are certain legal issues arising in mobile health care. Practitioners should be aware and mindful of licensing issues.

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State licensing issues affecting telemedicine practice among several states

Historically, state licensing boards and organizations require health care professionals to become independently licensed by each state in which they chose to practice medicine.[i] Surely, there are metropolitan areas in our nation where several states make up a metropolitan area, particularly on the East Coast. The Chicago metropolitan area spans across state lines to include […]

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Illinois adopts multi-state licensing compact, streamlines procedures, benefits telemedicine practice

Becoming licensed to practice healthcare in multiple Midwestern states just became much easier as Gov. Bruce Rauner approved the cross-state licensure compact for telemedicine. Illinois is the 11th state to adopt The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (“Compact”)[i]. “The Compact represents a national solution built upon, and reinforcing, a system of state-based regulation proven to protect […]

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Telemedicine pitfalls to avoid at the state and federal levels

Mobile healthcare technology allows doctors and patients to connect in a virtual patient waiting room. Telemedicine, as many call it, has benefits as well as burdens on everyone involved. There are several state and federal regulatory operations, laws and policies overseeing the use of mobile health technologies. Not only users, but also providers of mobile […]

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Telemedicine Guidelines Adopted by the Federation of State Medical Boards

Imagine you have a cold or sore throat, something minor but you know you need to see a doctor to get the prescription you want to get better. Sometimes it is too difficult and our schedules are so demanding that it makes more sense to handle routine medical appointments using technology instead of driving to […]

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