States most often reimburse for live video telemedicine: This and 5 more key findings on telehealth parity

The state of telehealth is widely varied across the country, as state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies are all distinct. Here are six key findings on telehealth policy trends, from the Center for Connected Health Policy's "State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies" report.

1. Forty-seven states and Washington, D.C., have some form of reimbursement for telehealth in their Medicaid policies. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Utah are the three states that do not have a written definitive reimbursement policy.

2. Live video consultations are most predominantly reimbursed, with all states, except for those listed prior, offering some type of live video reimbursement by Medicaid. However, what states reimburse for, and how they reimburse for it, is largely varied. Restrictions are often on specialty type as well as the type of services that can be reimbursed (office visit, inpatient consultation, etc.), the type of provider that can be reimbursed (physician, nurse, etc.) and the patient's originating site.

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Humana Research on Medication Adherence and Medicare Advantage Wins Prestigious Awards

Two researchers from Humana Inc. have been recognized for their research by the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Tristan Cordier, MPH, Manager on the Clinical Insights and Outcomes team in Humana’s Clinical Analytics department, won the award for Outstanding Oral Presentation at the group’s annual conference in February for his work on the impact of medication adherence on self-reported mental and physical health.

At the same conference, Sean Mendes, a Senior Actuarial Analyst on Humana’s Medicare Actuarial team, won Best Poster Presentation for work that assessed mortality rates among Medicare recipients. Mendes showed that members of Humana’s Medicare Advantage plan had a mortality rate that was 20 percent lower than they would be expected to if they were on traditional Medicare.

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WellCare Names Darren Ghanayem Chief Information Officer

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced today it has appointed Darren Ghanayem as senior vice president, chief information officer (CIO) effective April 18. As the company's top technology leader, Ghanayem will be responsible for further advancing WellCare's technology capabilities to support the company's focus on growth and innovation opportunities. Ghanayem will report to WellCare's CEO Ken Burdick and will serve as a member of the executive leadership team.

"Our IT capabilities continue to play a critical role in the success of our business," said Burdick. "Darren is a respected industry leader, and I expect his expertise will expand our technology capabilities to help us drive business results and better serve our provider partners and members."

Prior to joining WellCare, Ghanayem spent more than 15 years with Anthem, formerly WellPoint, Inc., where he provided leadership for a broad variety of technology initiatives. Most recently, he served as vice president of business transformation, where he delivered innovative solutions to improve health care for members and providers. Notably, in 2013, Ghanayem was recognized as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

"WellCare has built a strong IT foundation, and I look forward to working with the team to bring more innovation and new approaches to grow our IT capabilities," said Ghanayem.

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