Tucked into the federal budget law Congress passed in February was a provision that significantly expands the use of telemedicine — long a hyped health-care reform and now poised to go mainstream within five to 10 years.
Patients are becoming consumers in health care.
The two-fold purpose of this program is to use telehealth networks to increase access to behavioral health care services in rural and frontier communities and to conduct evaluations of those efforts to establish an evidence-base for assessing the effectiveness of tele-behavioral health care for patients, providers, and payers. Applications are due 6/25/2018.
It stands to significantly improve senior care.
The CMS has made a commitment to keep rural communities in mind when developing regulations.
The FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to review and potentially expand funding for the Rural Health Care Program.