One of the reasons why the Florida Medical Board is desperately trying to block telemedicine for medical marijuana patients all comes down to money and deals between the medical board, Rick Scott and the medical insurance companies. We all knew it had nothing to do with the citizens well being after all such a proposal puts people at greater risk of loss, injury and even loss of life. But these guys don’t care about you, they only care about keeping good relations with the big money insurance groups.
New Federal Telemedicine Grants Announced; Florida Not Listed
“Although the majority of states in the United States have a telehealth commercial insurance coverage statute, Florida continues to lack a law ensuring that commercial health plans will not deny covered medical services when provided via telemedicine technology. Some Florida hospitals and providers have taken the initiative and successfully embedded telemedicine into their patient care delivery models. Results have shown significant increases in quality of care, patient satisfaction, and institutional cost-savings. But without a deliberate step forward to incentivize the Florida market statewide, these telemedicine benefits will remain isolated to patients of a select few hospitals and providers.
But zero dollars were awarded to Florida, and this was not the first time Floridians missed out on telemedicine grants.
It is unclear how many Florida entities applied for a 2016 DLT grant, but the result is that Florida’s health care sector again missed another opportunity for promoting and developing telemedicine programs in the Sunshine State.
Florida is making some recent efforts to build consensus among policymakers on telehealth, the most important of these efforts is the issue of commercial insurance coverage for telehealth services. The Florida Telehealth Advisory Council will have its first meeting on October 18, 2016. The Council, composed of 15 representatives of various sectors within the health care industry, was created as a result of legislation passed in the 2016 Session. The Council is charged with conducting a survey of Florida health care providers and producing a report and recommendations to the Legislature and Governor by October 31, 2017″.
posted by Nathaniel.M.Lacktman www.healthcarelawtoday.com Sept 22, 2016