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Health Reform: Cost and Quality

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For states with large rural populations, telehealth has emerged as a cost-effective alternative to traditional face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient. Telehealth is defined as “the use of technology to deliver health care, health information or health education at a distance.”

 

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Cost and Financing Reforms:  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes several steps to manage costs and encourage or require efficiencies. NCSL has numerous reports that illustrate ways to save money while aiming at better quality care. These include provisions for Medical Homes, marketing transparency, pharmaceutical changes, insurance rate review and consumer rebates.  States also have defined their own cost reform programs, using federal pilot programs or public-private partnerships not tied to federal structures.  

 
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