Hospitals, Along with Providence and Regence, Team Up to Stop Bill Requiring Telemedicine Payments

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Source: The Lund Report

by Christopher David Gray

"Portland clinic chain ZoomCare is pushing a bill with the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon to require private insurance companies to pay for Skype diagnoses, but the hospital association wants the bill to wait for another session. If the law is enacted, its members could end up with fewer emergency room visits, and a significant loss of revenue"

"The Oregon hospital association, Regence BlueCross BlueShield and Providence Health System are working to stop a bill that would require insurance companies to pay for telemedicine services offered outside of hospitals."

"Clinics like Portland-based chain ZoomCare have led the way on telemedicine, diagnosing and treating over 27 common medical conditions via an interactive online video service like Skype. Ailments such as skin rashes, allergies and swimmer's ear can be addressed and medicine can be prescribed, all without a visit to a doctor's office."

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