May 25, 2017

Texas, The Last Frontier For Telehealth Opens For Business



Female doctor in her surgery office with headset in front of her laptop, an x-ray of a foot in hand, talking with a senior patient, telemedicine concept
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The legislation opens a market of 28 million people to telehealth companies

Texas would become the 50th and last state to legalize the ‘modern form’ of telehealth

The ability of telehealth companies to do business in Texas — the last major U.S. market stymying the growth of video doctor consultations — cleared a key hurdle when a bill widening patient access cleared that state’s House of Representatives.

The legislation opens a market of 28 million people to telehealth companies like American Well, MDLive and Teladoc, which have already been benefitting from expanding commercial coverage and employer health benefits administered and offered by large insurers like Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, UnitedHealth Group and most Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Shutterstock photo

The passage in the Texas House last week is the latest legislative momentum for telehealth, which offers access to physicians and patients via smartphone, tablet or computer. Employers and private insurers are already embracing the trend as a way to make healthcare more convenient and avoid costly and unnecessary trips to the emergency room or a more expensive physician’s office.”Unlike other companies who see telehealth […]

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