The Obama administration has announced a series of regulations that could be eliminated in an effort to save businesses about $10 billion over the next five years. One of the proposed rule rollbacks aims to make it easier for health care providers to use telehealth [as in videoconferencing] to treat Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas by removing the need to credential physicians at each remote medical center. Item from iHealthBeat: White House effort to roll back rules aims to facilitate telehealth.
[Update 30 August] Jon Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), in his blog cites CMS as estimating that the elimination of duplicative credentialing and privileging for telemedicine will result in roughly $13.6 million in net savings. In Federal terms, that’s 5 cents. But more importantly it seems to have gotten a few in this present Administration (other than Aneesh Chopra) thinking about telemedicine and those face-to-face video chats with your PCP. Or at least the ATA will have you think so. We’ll be waiting for the rest….LinkousThink 26 August.