UPMC extending telemedicine reach; Florida docs speak out against telemedicine;

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> UPMC is expanding its telemedicine reach, according to an article in Pittsburgh Business Times, by partnering with an Indiana company to provide medical services to clients in Afghanistan through telemedicine, the hospital recently announced. Article

> Florida doctors are gearing up for a fight against a telemedicine bill, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Medical Association. "FMA found overwhelming opposition in allowing out-of-state physicians and practitioners, those not licensed to practice medicine in the state of Florida, to participate in telemedicine," the announcement said. Announcement

> More than half of healthcare organizations have yet to implement business intelligence systems, according to a new survey by Hanover, Md.-based TEKsystems, a provider of IT staffing solutions. "Despite the acknowledged benefits that healthcare organizations would realize, the study finds that the vast majority have yet to implement a BI system," the announcement reads. Announcement

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> The Obama administration has imposed a 90-day limit on waiting periods for health insurance coverage in keeping with market reform protections added by the Affordable Care Act. Article

> Policymakers need more time to determine how best to handle health coverage for low-income children in the post-healthcare reform market, so Congress should extend funding for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before it ends next year. That was the message shared Thursday by members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), who cautioned against the belief that Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act would eliminate the need for CHIP. Article

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