Advancing Telehealth Policy Across the Country
Chronic Disease Prevention, Data, Technology & Innovation, Health Care & Population Health
Technology & Telehealth
Public Policy Advocacy, Public Policy Development
Mei Wa Kwong, JD
The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) at the Public Health Institute is a state and national leader in developing and promoting policies to lower the cost of and improve access to care through broader adoption of telehealth or “connected health” technologies.
As the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, CCHP provides policy technical assistance, legislative tracking, and policy analyses to twelve regional telehealth policy resource centers nationwide, as well as to the general public. As part of this work, CCHP tracks and publishes State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Program Policies, which offers policymakers, health advocates, and other interested health care professionals a detailed compendium of state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies. For example, their Fall 2019 tracking revealed that all fifty states and Washington, DC provide reimbursement for some form of live video in Medicaid fee-for-service.
Considered one of the foremost experts on telehealth policy, CCHP has on staff some of the most knowledgeable telehealth policy experts in the United States, and its resources have been utilized by government agencies, the media, researchers and all sectors of the telehealth field. Thanks to CCHP’s materials, consultation and guidance, state and federal policymakers are able to craft better telehealth policy—helping to increase access to quality care for populations that need it most. CCHP has helped shaped Medicaid and Medicare by highlighting gaps and conflicting issues in existing policy, and their staff have provided expert assistance to legislators in states across the country including California, Nebraska, Utah, and Nevada.
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