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Inclusion of Telemedicine in VA Overhaul Bill Draws Praise

Telemedicine, much to the delight of some health industry observers, is a prominent part of legislation allocating $16.3 billion to overhaul the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The proposed bill, which sailed through the House on a 420-5 vote, requires that all VA mobile vet centers and mobile medical centers have the capability to provide telemedicine services. The bill also requires an annual report be sent to Congress outlining the use of telemedicine by such centers.