Conrad's bill would do four things:
* Make telehealth services eligible for Medicare reimbursement.
* Ask the secretary of Health and Human Services to study state-to-state licensure barriers for health professionals who provide services through telehealth.
* Require annual telehealth reports to Congress from the Federal Joint Working Group on TeleHealth.
* Provide grants and loans to rural hospitals, clinics, universities, libraries and other organizations to develop telehealth networks and foster rural economic development.
—Rebecca Lentz, "Conrad bill to support telemedicine," Bismarck Tribune, March 4, 1997
—"Satellites to deliver advanced multimedia services to Canadians," Canada NewsWire, December 16, 1997
—Ben Fiber, "Tele-Health will serve doctors and patients," The Globe and Mail, March 4, 1983
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