Tennessee telemedicine bill stalls in subcommittees

Legislation that pushes for increased coverage of telemedicine services has stalled in Tennessee subcommittees, the Nashville Business Journal reports.

The bill, HB 0923, was introduced to the state's House of Representatives in early February by Rep. Karen Camper (D-Memphis), who said that such technology can improve care for minorities while reducing overall costs. The legislation calls on insurance companies to reimburse healthcare providers who use telemedicine, and prohibits exclusion of such coverage by certain payers, nonprofit health service plans and HMOs.

Currently, 19 states require telemedicine coverage by private payers, according to the Business Journal. Article