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LOS ANGELES --With six new states recently approving telemedicine reimbursement parity in line with conventional medical services, leaders of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) expressed optimism about the future of telemedicine.
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Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the ATA, and the group's incoming president-elect, Reed Tuckson, M.D., told SearchHealthIT in this podcast recorded at the ATA's 20th Annual Telemedicine Meeting & Trade Show that telemedicine is now part of the healthcare mainstream.
"It's a show that's happening in the middle of a tsunami," Linkous said in the podcast, adding that some 25 states now have approved telemedicine reimbursement parity for healthcare services performed remotely.
Linkous said telemedicine has become a top priority for healthcare CEOs, and is also important to healthcare provider CIOs, though he said telemedicine is still more of a clinical service than an IT tool.
"It's really becoming increasingly obvious to the world that it's unfair to deny people life-saving techniques because of myopic views," Tuckson said, referring to efforts to restrict expansion of telemedicine services.
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