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Evers Signs Telehealth Legislation

Tuesday, November 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erik Kanter, Hoven Consulting
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Earlier this month, the State Senate and Assembly passed legislation to allow Medicaid providers to seek reimbursement for services provided via telehealth. Telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine, is a healthcare delivery model in which technology is utilized for healthcare providers to remotely speak to, treat, and monitor patients.

 

The legislation passed both houses of the legislature earlier this month on unanimous voice votes. The bill was heavily bipartisan from its inception.

 

WiAHC actively lobbied in support of the legislation. The bill innovatively assists in addressing nursing workforce issues. Utilizing telehealth could increase access and utilization of home health care, which means agencies could take on more patients. Additionally, due to the ability to deliver services remotely, nurses could see more patients daily without the burden of drive-time.

 

On November 25, Governor Tony Evers signed the legislation into law at a bill signing ceremony in Richland Center. While the bill was signed into law, it will not go into effect until the Department of Health Services is able to begin making such reimbursements. The legislation provides DHS with a year to implement the reimbursements. However, DHS can begin payments as soon as it is logistically able to. Please stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, the legislative language can be found here


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