On February 9, 2018, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which includes several key provisions that expand payment for telemedicine services under Medicare. Medicare covers almost 60 million Americans age 65 and over, as well as those under 65 who have disabilities.Read More »
To say those who live in rural America can have difficulty accessing mental health care, is an understatement. Two such barriers they face are transportation and the scarcity of providers in country settings. These combined issues place burdens on family physicians to provide mental health care when many patients truly need to see a psychiatrist.Read More »
If you’re reading this, you probably know someone – a family member, friend, or neighbor – who has overdosed from opioids. The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis paints a grim picture in its Final Report, issued on November 2, 2017: in the U.S., more than 175 lives are lost to […]Read More »
As Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria brought destruction to the U.S. within a 30-day period, medical professionals rushed in to help of all stripes and colors. In addition to the traditional on-the-ground relief efforts, a growing number of doctors, nurses and others provided care remotely through the phone, video, smartphone apps and other telemedicine modalities. […]Read More »
Medicaid provides coverage for healthcare services for individuals and families with incomes of up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The 2017 levels equate to $16,400 per year for individuals and $33,600 for a family of four.
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