Barriers to telehealth are falling with increasing regularity. In last week’s victory, part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision for Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and similar long-term disorders will be treated after usual benefits expire. According to FiercehealthIT, “Under the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP), service members transitioning into civilian life receive 180 days of health insurance coverage. The new bill would cover an additional 180 days for health services provided through telemedicine.”
The new bill was proposed and ushered into passage by Glenn “GT” Thompson, (R-Pa.) Thompson previously pushed through the 2011 STEP Act, the landmark bill that allowed Defense healthcare providers to legally practice across state lines. A similar bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would give Medicare providers the same authority.
Barriers are steadily falling. The year 2014 promises to be a strong one for telehealth expansion.