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  • Summary date: Mar 28 2013 - View Summary

    Requires the Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Insurance, the Division in the Department of State Treasurer that is responsible for the State Health Plan, and others, to create an interagency task force to study (1) advancing the use of telemedicine (using synchronous vide conferencing, remote patient monitoring, and asynchronous health images or other health transmission supported by mobile devices or other telecommunications technology by a health care provider to deliver services related to the diagnosis or treatment of a patient at a site other than where the provider is located) in the state by requiring health insurers, health maintenance organizations, the state's Medicaid Plan, and the State Health Plan to provide the same coverage and reimbursement for services delivered through telemedicine as provided for services delivered through in-person consultation and (2) implementing a health home initiative for Medicaid enrollees and others with multiple chronic conditions to enable health care providers to communicate with one another using health information technology to address the patients' needs in a collective, comprehensive, and cost-effective manner. Requires a report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services by December 1, 2014.