The American Telemedicine Association is calling on the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage to include telemedicine services for women with high-risk pregnancies.
ATA: Telemedicine in Medicaid can improve neonatal care
The proposed expansion would create an electronic “birthing network” that would include telemedicine coverage for maternal-fetal and neonatal care, according to a news release from the Washington-based association.
The proposed new program would focus on conditions including pre-term labor, gestational hypertension, mild preeclampsia and gestational diabetes mellitus, the statement said.
According to the ATA statement, the network would be modeled on the nearly decade-old ANGELS program by the University of Arkansas. A study commissioned by the ATA and performed by Alavere Health, a Washington-based healthcare consulting firm, found that such a program would yield $186 million in cost savings over a 10-year-period, the statement said. It called for the federal government to kick-start the program with a 90% federal contribution in its first two years of operation.
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