Medicaid Patients in Florida Now Receive Higher Standard of Care Because of New Law Allowing Diagnostic Testing Results That Use Remote ‘Telemedicine’ Services

Medicaid Patients in Florida Now Receive Higher Standard of Care Because of New Law Allowing Diagnostic Testing Results That Use Remote ‘Telemedicine’ Services

Radisphere, the leading provider of standards-based radiology delivery solutions for health systems, today announced that Medicaid patients throughout the state of Florida will now benefit from improved healthcare because of a newly enacted law. The new law, HB 939, allows remote “telemedicine” technology to be used in interpreting diagnostic testing – such as radiology – as part of Florida’s Medicaid Program.

Recently signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, HB 939 authorizes the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to enroll out-of-state health care providers in the Medicaid Program if the providers are actively licensed Florida physicians who interpret diagnostic testing results through telecommunications and information technology (e.g., telemedicine) from a distance.

Prior to the enactment of HB 939, Radisphere and other radiology service providers could not enroll out-of-state radiologists in the Florida Medicaid program. The result was that Florida health systems and hospitals were unable to provide their Medicaid beneficiaries with the same standard of care that was offered to patients with private insurance or Medicare. Because of this new law, healthcare providers throughout the state of Florida can now use “teleradiology” to deliver quality, around-the-clock radiology care to Medicaid patients.