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Telemedicine

ATA Lobbies Medicare for More Telehealth Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association is lobbying Medicare to reimburse physicians for a number of services conducted via telemedicine. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the ATA is asking that 35 of the American...

Texas Takes Heat for its Telemedicine Restrictions

by Eric Wicklund

The National Center for Policy Analysis is slamming Texas for the state’s efforts to curb telemedicine. The Washington D.C.-based think-tank singles out the Lone Star State and its officials in a new issue brief, calling the Texas...

Telemedicine Offers New Benefits for Schools

by Eric Wicklund

If you’re looking for the ROI in school-based telemedicine, don’t limit yourself to clinical outcomes. That’s the lesson being learned with the Telehealth for Tots clinic at Stephensville Elementary School, one of the more remote...

HealthSpot’s Demise Could Spell the End of Telemedicine Kiosks

by Eric Wicklund

HealthSpot, whose high-tech telemedicine kiosks have been a fixture at healthcare conferences, has apparently – and abruptly - shut down. The surprise news deals a blow to the kiosk industry, which had tried to position itself as a viable...

2016 Will be the Year of the Healthcare Consumer (Again)

by Eric Wicklund

2016 may well be the year of the consumer in healthcare. Wait a minute: That same prediction was made 12 months ago. Let’s try this again. Whereas 2015 saw the consumer and healthcare provider collaborate on care management, this coming...

Using Telehealth to Care for the Caregiver

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth clinic housed at the University of Southern California is using a $100,000 grant to expand its services to caregivers. The program at USC Telehealth is designed to help those who care for children and adult family members with special...

Will the CBO Give Telemedicine a Fair Shake?

by Eric Wicklund

With Congress soon to see proposed legislation that would allow more Medicaid coverage of telehealth services, some are wondering if those bills will get a fair shake from those in control of the purse strings. According to a recent story in...

States Take the Lead in Paying for mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

At the root of every mHealth project is one simple question: Who will pay for it? No one has a good answer to that. A recent report prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, prepared after a year-long study, questions whether...

Shriners Hospitals to Test Telemedicine for Orthopedic Consults

by Eric Wicklund

Shriners hospitals in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Galveston, Texas, will launch a telemedicine pilot next year to connect children with orthopedic specialists. The three hospitals will serve as hubs in the traditional “hub and spoke”...

Doctors Add an App to the Concussion Protocol

by Eric Wicklund

A New York health system is launching a ResearchKit-based study to determine if an app can help concussion patients during the critical six weeks after a diagnosis. The study by NYU Langone Medical Center focuses on charting patient-entered data...

Teladoc Wins Another Skirmish in Texas Telemedicine Tussle

by Eric Wicklund

Advocates for telephone-based telehealth services have won another court skirmish with a Texas judge’s refusal this week to drop Teladoc’s antitrust lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board. The ruling wasn’t entirely unexpected....

Video Visits Gaining Favor Among Providers and Patients

by Eric Wicklund

More than 80 percent of providers and patients are satisfied with video-based care as a means of reaching people in rural locations, according to a new survey. The University of Missouri School of Medicine survey, “User Satisfaction with...

Advice for the mHealth Coordinator? Plan Ahead, and Don’t Leave Anyone Out

by Eric Wicklund

Looking to launch a new telemedicine program? Don’t just think about one app, device or video visit platform, and don’t just make it for the patient, the doctor or the IT director. Map everything out, involve everyone in the process,...

AHRQ Calls for More Validation of Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Although there have been hundreds of reviews and hundreds of thousands of mentions since 2006, telehealth is still very much a cutting-edge technology – and not validated enough in most cases that legislators can draft adequate policies...

JAMA Report Shows Effectiveness of Mobile Telestroke Services

by Eric Wicklund

A study initiated by the Cleveland Clinic has found that stroke patients can be treated more quickly and effectively if the first responder has telemedicine access to a neurologist. Researchers reported a door-to-CT rate of 13 minutes on average...

Telemental Healthcare Soars to the Top of the To-Do List

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems seeking an entry point to telehealth are increasingly looking at telemental health services. That’s what Houston’s Texas County Memorial Hospital is doing. Armed with a grant from the Ozarks Independent Hospital Alliance,...

The Long and Winding Path to Telemedicine Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

The push is on to increase reimbursement for telemedicine, with both the American Medical Association and American Telemedicine Association looking to create more CPT codes. ATA officials announced this week that they’ll be submitting suggestions...

Tackling Sepsis With Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

An Illinois health system is using a $750,000 federal grant to develop a telemedicine platform to reduce severe sepsis and septic shock at rural hospitals. Peoria-based OSF Healthcare is using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...

Congress Set to See a Flurry of Telehealth Activity

by Eric Wicklund

A Senate bill introduced this past week would spur additional Medicare coverage of telehealth in rural areas by allowing more telehealth projects at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. It’s one of two pieces of telemedicine...

Mobile Healthcare Goes to College

by Eric Wicklund

America’s colleges and universities are taking a liking to mHealth. In Dallas, a healthcare startup is offering mHealth-enhanced house - er, dorm – calls to local college students. At the University of Southern Mississippi, meanwhile,...

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