Outside Section 189
Data Current as of: 8/6/2010
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative shall conduct a review and evaluation of the feasibility and efficacy of managing and treating patients with specified chronic medical conditions using the delivery of health care services and information via telecommunication, known as telehealth. The study shall include the cost effectiveness, quality improvements and hospital admission and readmission rates associated with utilizing telehealth in treating chronic medical conditions which require health care services of unusually high frequency, urgency or duration. The evaluation may include a demonstration project in consultation with home health agencies and manufacturers of telehealth monitoring devices. The collaborative shall submit a final report and recommendations for use of telehealth technology, with any drafts of legislation necessary to carry out those recommendations, by filing the same with the joint committee on health care financing and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than July 1, 2011.