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Supreme Court Ruling On ACA Benefits Telemedicine, Says ATA

July 2, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a positive impact on the development and adoption of telehealth.  Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the ATA, says the ruling will further accelerate the deployment rate for telemedicine, mHealth, and other remote healthcare technologies.  

The association says the announcement lifts a cloud of uncertainty that has caused many health providers to delay decisions to modernize and invest in telemedicine. It also says the decision protects valuable investments in telemedicine made by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI.).

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, we can move forward with the modernization of our healthcare delivery system, integrating telemedicine to improve care, reduce costs and increase access for everyone in America," Linkous said in a statement.. "ATA will continue to work with Federal and state legislators from both parties, as well as all public and private payers, to adopt these proven, valued technologies into our healthcare system."

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