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State coverage changes allow for more telemedicine

- Last modified: May 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

The state's Medical Assistance program now is covering an expanded range of so-called telemedicine options, according to a news release from Gov. Tom Corbett's office.

The practice uses technology such as interactive audio and video equipment, and it allows health centers and medical practitioners to reach more patients for diagnoses and treatments, particularly patients who live in rural parts of the state, according to the release.

One change removes the requirement that telemedicine consultations only can be performed with participation from the referring physician, the release stated.

Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, pays for health services for eligible individuals, according to the state Department of Public Welfare.

It covers about 2.1 million people in the state, according to the governor’s news release.

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