Health plans in Maine will soon be required to provide reimbursement for telemedicine services, thanks to a bill signed into law last week by Governor John Baldacci. In a statement, he said:
Telemedicine offers opportunities to increase the accessibility of health care, ensure that appropriate medical information is available, reduces medical errors and reduces health care costs.This bill makes sense and I am pleased to sign it.
There’s nothing really wrong with this mandate, but on the other hand I doubt it will have much of an impact. Mainly physicians have yet to fully embrace telehealth and even when they use it they can be reluctant to charge.June 15, 2009