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New Resource Helps mHealth App Developers Understand HIPAA

March 27, 2017 - Healthcare providers and mHealth app developers trying to understand the complexities of HIPAA now have a new resource at their disposal. The Connected Health Initiative, an offshoot of ACT | The App Association, has launched an interactive tool designed to help mobile health application developers figure out compliance with the privacy and security guidelines of the Health Insurance Portability...


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AHRQ Seeks Data on Telehealth Value for Acute, Chronic Care

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is looking for more evidence that telehealth can help in the management of patients with acute and chronic conditions. The agency is looking for “scientific information submissions”...

mHealth Apps for Cardiac Care Sanctioned for Misleading Claims

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Three companies marketing mHealth apps for cardiac care have been sanctioned for “misleading claims and irresponsible privacy practices.” New York Attorney General Eric G. Schneiderman announced settlements with the three companies...

Idaho Revises Anti-Abortion Telemedicine Legislation

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Idaho’s Senate has voted to amend two-year-old telemedicine legislation that prohibits doctors from using an online platform to prescribe abortion-causing drugs. The Senate voted 28-7 this week to approve HB 250, which “[a]mends existing...

Defining Digital Health: What Makes an ‘Effective’ mHealth Program?

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How does the healthcare system measure the effectiveness of a digital health program? The Connected Health Initiative, which last year sought a consensus definition for asynchronous telemedicine, is ready to tackle more confusing mHealth...

North Carolina lawmakers eye telemedicine payment parity

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Lawmakers in North Carolina – a state with a long track record of telemedicine and mHealth innovation – are poised to debate a bill that would establish reimbursement parity for payers. H.B. 283 would mandate that health plans cover...

WV Passes Bill to Increase Patient Access to Telemedicine

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On Monday the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of West Virginia Practical Medicine Act, a bill that would significantly increase telemedicine use in the state pending state senate approval. House Bill 2509 would...

Texas Ready to Take on New Telemedicine Rules

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Texas lawmakers are ready to review a bill that would define telehealth and telemedicine and enable clinicians in the state to use the platform to establish a physician-patient relationship. Submitted this week by State Sen. Perry Schwertner,...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Closer to Reality for Nurses

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A national effort to enable nurses to practice telehealth across state lines may go into effect before the end of the year. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing reports that 10 states have approved legislation adopting the enhanced...

Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

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Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to allow...

Utah Senator Chooses Telemedicine’s Value Over Politics

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Utah senators are trying to de-politicize a telemedicine bill by removing language that would have banned so-called abortions-by-telemedicine. The Senate Standing Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 this week to approve an amended...

Washington May Let Consumers Choose Their Telemedicine Site

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Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would, among other things, give the consumer the freedom to choose where to access telemedicine services. In 2015, the state established healthcare locations – hospitals, medical...

ATA Sees Telemedicine Momentum in New Report Cards

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The latest report cards from the American Telemedicine Association show an upswing in support for telemedicine across the country, with a few bumps in the road. The ATA’s reports – one focused on coverage and reimbursement and the...

Texas, Utah Move Forward With New Telemedicine Rules

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The battle in Texas to ease one of the country’s most restrictive telemedicine laws may be ending, with a compromise bill reported to be heading to the Legislature. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, told the Houston Chronicle...

Arkansas Moves to OK Telehealth at Home

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Arkansas lawmakers are moving toward new telehealth regulations that would resolve an “originating site” issue that caused problems last year. But they may be wading into new problems with school-based programs. The state Senate’s...

ONC Challenge Aims to Put mHealth App Security in the Patient’s Hands

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Federal officials are looking for an online tool that would enable consumers to instantly access the privacy practices of whatever mHealth app or device they’re using. The Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge builds on efforts by the Office...

WEDI Brief Outlines Challenges to Telehealth Reimbursement

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Healthcare providers face many challenges in launching and sustaining a telehealth program – including finding the right CPT codes, if they exist, for reimbursement. In many cases, a telehealth or telemedicine procedure is so new, a proper...

How Project ECHO Will Advance Rural Health through Telehealth

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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...

Joint Commission Clarifies Text Messaging Rules for Doctors

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The Joint Commission is clarifying its guidance on text messaging for providers, saying clinicians can use a HIPAA-compliant platform to send messages to each other but can’t text patient care orders. The commission reportedly made...

Michigan’s New Telehealth Law Requires Patient Consent

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Michigan lawmakers have approved telehealth legislation that enables healthcare providers to use the technology with the patient's consent. S.B. 753, introduced in February by State Sen. Peter MacGregor, passed unanimously in the House on...

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