Telemedicine in schools can be a powerful tool to increase access to health care for children in need. Diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases in children decreases morbidity and mortality in adulthood. Yet, as of 2013, 1 out of 8 children were uninsured in Texas, limiting their access to health care. With telemedicine, medical providers use communications technology to deliver medical services remotely. The advancement of telemedicine in Texas is dependent upon reimbursement for medical care provided during a telemedicine encounter.
Our featured speaker for this event, Texas state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, authored HB No. 1878, which provides Medicaid reimbursement for physicians who provide telemedicine services in schools. This event highlighted the challenges in advancing policies to support sustainability of telemedicine in Texas, and discussed innovative telemedicine programs around the state.
Lunch was provided.
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