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Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA Offers Maternity Telehealth Program

May 8, 2017 - Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia made a maternity telehealth platform available for all members on the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), as part of their existing maternity support program. With ever growing telehealth adoption rates, the BCBS program is the latest in a surge of initiatives and announcements of telehealth advancement. “Future Moms,” now offers expectant...


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Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA Offers Maternity Telehealth Program

by Thomas Beaton

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia made a maternity telehealth platform available for all members on the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), as part of their existing maternity support program. With ever growing telehealth adoption rates,...

Rural Telemedicine Visits Rose 45% Each Year for a Decade

by Thomas Beaton

From 2004 to 2014, rural telemedicine visits by mentally ill Medicare beneficiaries rose by 45 percent each year, according to research from Harvard Medical School and RAND Corporation.   The number of telemedicine visits increased from...

New Telehealth Training Center Aims to be a National Resource

by Eric Wicklund

According to healthcare providers attending last week’s American Telemedicine Conference in Orlando, one of the biggest challenges to launching a telehealth network is finding qualified staff. It’s a problem the National Academic...

71% of Healthcare Providers Use Telehealth, Telemedicine Tools

by Thomas Beaton

Provider telemedicine use has risen to an adoption rate of 71 percent, according to new research from HIMSS Analytics. The research, presented in two separate studies that analyzed inpatient and outpatient telemedicine, highlighted a jump in...

Examining the State of Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement

by Thomas Beaton

The majority of the United States offers Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth and related services, but reimbursement rules within each state can vary significantly, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).   CCHP's...

Telehealth Experts at ATA: Direct-to-Consumer Care Takes Time

by Eric Wicklund

Executives from three of the nation’s best-known telemedicine networks offered advice this weekend on how to set up a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform. First and foremost, they said, don’t expect consumers to come calling all...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health systems,...

GAO Report: Telehealth Troubles Tied to Reimbursement Barriers

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers aren’t embracing telehealth and remote patient monitoring because they aren’t being reimbursed for those services, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO report, issued...

83% of Healthcare Orgs to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth Tools

by Thomas Beaton

Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives...

Physicians Sour on States’ Telehealth Implementation Efforts

by Eric Wicklund

Some 44 percent of U.S. doctors say their state hasn’t done a good job implementing telehealth, while only 15 percent feel their state has done well or very well. The results come by way of the online physician community SERMO, which recently...

10 Guidelines to Launching a Successful Telemedicine Practice

by Eric Wicklund

Independent and family practice doctors looking to launch a successful telemedicine practice should not make choosing a vendor their top priority. K. Michael Rodriguez, MD, a family physician at Broadlands Family Practice in Ashburn, Va., and...

Upstate New Yorkers Beginning to Favor Telemedicine Services

by Thomas Beaton

A survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that around five out of ten adults are aware of telemedicine services, with 80 percent rating their telemedicine usage as “very good” or “excellent.” The results of...

Can Clinical, Commercial Uses Coincide on a Telehealth Platform?

by Eric Wicklund

A new partnership aims to combine clinical and retail dermatology services on one digital health platform, giving solo and small-practice doctors a new model for sustainability. SkyMD, a telehealth vendor designed to help dermatologists establish...

20% of Consumers Make Telehealth Prime Provider Criteria

by Thomas Beaton

One in five consumers would be willing to switch clinicians if a different primary care provider offered telehealth services, found a new survey by American Well. The survey also found that consumers in younger demographics, and consumers with...

Telehealth in New Jersey Hindered By a Lack of Awareness

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to launch a telehealth platform should be reminded to first make sure their potential patients know what it is and what it can do. That’s the dilemma facing New Jersey lawmakers, who are grappling with new legislation...

Telemedicine Success Requires an Alignment of Incentives (and Attitudes)

by Eric Wicklund

The physician at the head of a recent study on eICU benefits says the biggest challenge facing healthcare providers adopting telemedicine these days isn’t the technology. It’s the attitude. “If you apply the technology the way...

How Project ECHO Will Advance Rural Health through Telehealth

by Sheri Stoltenberg

As we leave 2016 behind and celebrate the New Year, we are seeing continued progress for telehealth and rural health initiatives. One of the biggest milestones is Congress’ passing of the bipartisan, bicameral bill S. 2873 (the counterpart...

21st Century Cures Act to Boost Medicare Telehealth Use

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The 21st Century Cures Act, enacted earlier this week, may have been a win for drug approval process reform and additional scientific research funding advocates. But the legislation may also help to increase Medicare telehealth use, stated URAC...

Kaiser CEO: Telehealth Outpaced In-Person Visits Last Year

by Eric Wicklund

Kaiser Permanente is seeing more patients online than in person, according to its CEO. The California-based health network, one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems, saw some 110 million people last year, with some 59 million...

Strong Patient Demand for Telehealth Motivated by Convenience

by Jennifer Bresnick

The convenience factor is a major driver for patients investigating the use of telehealth to consult with their providers, according to a survey by the American Telemedicine Association and WEGO Health.  The poll of 429 patients, conducted...

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