State garners top rating for telehealth use

New Jersey is officially progressive.

In telehealth.

A Los Angeles-based consulting firm, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, released a state-by-state analysis of the efforts to incentivize and reimburse telehealth use by the Medicaid population.

New Jersey received a “progressive” mark for all the rated categories, standing alongside a handful of other states, including Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada and Washington.

The categories the states were judged on include: practice standards and licensure; coverage and reimbursement; eligible patient settings; eligible provider types; eligible technologies; and service limitations.

States were rated progressive, moderate or restrictive, in categories and overall.

The attention given to telehealth is increasingly important as providers seek to keep patients healthy and prevent costly health visits. It’s something the market is listening to, according to Manatt.

“Driven by consolidation and late-stage capitalization, a few clear industry leaders are emerging in each of the direct-to-consumer and provider-to-provider telehealth verticals, with some starting to offer products across both,” according to the company’s newsletter in June. “Telehealth vendors are also increasingly interfacing with leading electronic medical record platforms and peripheral devices. This should generate further health system adoption, as provider organizations will only need to contract with one or two vendors that can comprehensively serve their needs and integrate with their existing technology platforms.”

New Jersey passed laws to support the use and reimbursement of telemedicine in July 2017, signed by then-Gov. Chris Christie.