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Telehealth Tackles Medicaid’s Challenges with eConsult Program

May 26, 2017 - A first-of-its-kind telehealth program launched in Connecticut two years ago is reducing unnecessary spending, improving care coordination for the hard-to-reach Medicaid population and making primary care doctors more confident in their abilities, simply by using online messaging to determine if specialist referrals are necessary. The eConsult program developed by Community Health Center in...


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NETRC Conference: Telehealth on the Path to Mainstream Adoption

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Healthcare providers looking to mainstream their telehealth programs are making one big mistake: They’re putting telehealth on a pedestal. “To some extent we have been held to a higher standard than traditional healthcare,”...

Nurse Support is Crucial to School Telehealth Program Success

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A school-based telehealth program in Sacramento is drawing complaints from the school nurses the program is designed to help. The dispute highlights a key ingredient in any new telehealth venture: Buy-in from everyone involved in the service,...

USDA Offers $500K in Grant Funding for Rural Telemedicine

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The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) within the USDA has announced that healthcare organizations can apply for grants between $50,000 and $500,000 for the purpose of expanding rural telemedicine programs to improve access to education and care....

The Secret to Sustainability in Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

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Healthcare providers often launch a direct-to-consumer telehealth service in hopes of pulling in new patients. A new study now estimates how much business that platform might generate. A health system launching a virtual care platform can expect...

Telehealth-friendly CHRONIC Care Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

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A bill that would boost telehealth services for chronic care treatment is headed to a Senate vote after breezing through a committee review this week. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC)...

Study Supports Safety, Effectiveness of Telemedicine Abortions

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A three-year study in Ireland and Northern Ireland has apparently proven the effectiveness and safety of abortions by telemedicine. The study, published online in the UK-based BMJ by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, uses data...

Telehealth Partnerships Focus on Innovative ROI in Upstate NY

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For the two administrators responsible for guiding new telehealth projects to fruition across upstate New York, ROI doesn’t always mean reimbursement. Sometimes a new telemedicine program has to look beyond money for value. “You need...

Telehealth Program Brings Video Consults to Rural NY Schools

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Bassett Healthcare Network has acquired a new telehealth platform to connect with 15 school-based health centers (SBHC) to bring telehealth to students in rural New York state. Bassett Healthcare operates six hospitals and severs 46 school districts...

ATA, CHQI to Develop National Telemedicine Accreditation Standards

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A partnership between ATA and the ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) aims to build national telemedicine accreditation standards that enhance telemedicine transparency, patient outcomes and safety, and regulation. Under the partnership, ATA's...

Texas Legislators Vote to Enact New Telemedicine Regulations

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Texas legislators are tantalizingly close to passing legislation that would allow direct-to-consumer telehealth in the Lone Star State, while also giving doctors the leeway to use telemedicine to meet new patients. House Bill 2697, sponsored...

FCC Seeks Input on Broadband Expansion for mHealth, Telehealth

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Federal officials are seeking advice from the telemedicine and mHealth community on how to improve broadband access for healthcare. The Federal Communication Commission and its Connect2Health Task Force are accepting comments through May 24 (reply...

EHR Integration, Analytics Lead Hospitals to Enterprise Telehealth

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Telehealth and telemedicine for many hospitals is moving from a departmental approach to a more centralized method that allows hospitals to capitalize on EHR integration and analytics-driven decision making. A new report from REACH Health found...

Providers Visualize New mHealth, Telehealth Uses for the Video

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With so many mHealth and telehealth platforms focused on care delivery through video, healthcare providers are finding new ways to put that form factor to use. Much like the AT&T commercial in which Mark Wahlberg notes that entertainment...

Rural Telehealth Use Rises, But Challenges for PCPs Remain

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Rural telehealth use has surpassed adoption in other care environments, but primary care providers (PCPs) continue to face organizational barriers when pursuing the implementation of telehealth solutions. Research from the Journal of the American...

HEART Act Targets Medicare Limits on Rural Telehealth, RPM

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A new bill making its way around Capitol Hill aims to improve access to telehealth services for people with heart disease and those in rural parts of the country. The Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, filed on May 3 by U.S....

Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth: One Hospital’s Virtual Care Plan

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A small southern Maine hospital is using direct-to-consumer telehealth to put the community back into its community health mission. York Hospital’s new Virtual Care service aims to give local residents a more convenient connection to the...

Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA Offers Maternity Telehealth Program

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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,...

Telehealth Looks to Digital Diagnostics to Improve Virtual Care

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With direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms popping up all over the country these days, healthcare providers are now looking at combining virtual care with lab tests. Health systems and consumer-facing telehealth vendors see point-of-care testing...

mHealth, Telehealth Providers Target Growing Senior Care Market

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Telehealth and mHealth providers are adopting new platforms to meet the needs of a growing senior population and position themselves for the lucrative remote patient monitoring market. With the Baby Boomer generation set to retire and wanting...

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