But physicians who serve on the
"It's patently unfair," said
Lawmakers this spring passed a bill (HB 23) that creates a regulatory framework for telehealth, including authorizing the state to register doctors and collect fees. But a constitutional amendment required the Legislature to include the new fees in a separate piece of legislation (HB 7067).
"We felt the fee was too low," said Scott, whose group represents doctors across the state.
According to the latest available data, it is expected to cost the state
Telehealth, a term insurance companies have coined, involves using the internet and other technology to provide services to patients remotely. Telehealth, or telemedicine as physicians prefer to call it, is not a type of health care service but rather is a mode to deliver services.
Physicians have argued the way to increase telehealth participation is to ensure payment parity, which would require insurance companies to reimburse for telehealth services no differently than if the services were delivered in person.
Insurance companies and managed-care plans are waiting for the
He said, though, that the company is "excited" to offer telehealth services to customers.
"It provides them with additional choice, convenience and access to care," he said, adding that by the beginning of next year telehealth services will be available to most Florida Blue individual and group insurance members.
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