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WorldClinic Founder: Telehealth Needs a New Revenue Model

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Why is telehealth struggling to find its footing? Dan Carlin blames the billing code. “We’re still in an age where the vast majority of healthcare still exists in billing codes,” says the founder and CEO of WorldClinic, a New...

Using Telemedicine to Boost HEDIS, Reduce Risk and Fight Blindness

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A Missouri-based health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve quality measures for value-based care – and uncovering undiagnosed retinopathy in dozens of diabetic patients that could lead to blindness. CoxHealth, a five-hospital...

Using Telehealth, mHealth to Advance Value-Based Care

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Healthcare’s march toward value-based care is complicated. And with roughly three-quarters of the industry still focused on volume, it’s safe to say the revolution isn’t happening overnight. But some forward-thinking health...

Telehealth Helps Rural Hospitals Keep Their ER Patients (And Revenues)

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center is the only level 1 trauma center in Mississippi. This means the hospital sees many patients transferred from rural hospitals who don’t have the rescources to treat them. The Jackson-based hospital...

mHealth Group Wants to Define Store-And-Forward Telehealth

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mHealth proponents have drafted a definition for “asynchronous” telehealth, and they’re hoping federal officials will use it when dealing with MACRA issues and CPT codes. The Connected Health Initiative (CHI), a group organized...

Kaiser CEO: Telehealth Outpaced In-Person Visits Last Year

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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...

A Telehealth Primer: Start Small, Make Adjustments, Scale Up

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Some of the best telehealth projects start small, prove their value, then scale up to make an even bigger impact on the community. Such is the case with Brookwood Baptist Health, a five-hospital system in central Alabama that launched a virtual...

In the Northeast, Telehealth Gets Creative - With Good Results

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From a Maine clinic providing healthcare-by-boat to remote islanders to a health system in New York’s Finger Lakes region worried about travel costs and safety, telehealth comes in many ways, shapes and forms in the Northeast. In fact,...

Momentum Grows for Telehealth Licensing Compacts

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With more and more telehealth networks operating across state lines, several professional groups are calling for an easier way for clinicians to obtain permission to practice in multiple states. “Many providers on the phone with a patient...

Strong Patient Demand for Telehealth Motivated by Convenience

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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...

ATA to Providers: Use Telehealth to Compete Against Retail Clinics

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Telehealth can be a powerful tool in reducing costs and improving outcomes. For traditional health systems, it also might be the perfect antidote to that new urgent care clinic down the street. With the advent of so-called direct-to-consumer...

ATA: Payment Reform Tops the List of Telemedicine Trends

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New payment models are the top priority in telemedicine these days – and they’ll be the linchpin in the healthcare industry’s move to value-based care. That’s the viewpoint of the American Telemedicine Association, which...

New Report Charts Slow Progress for Telehealth Reimbursement

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Telehealth is slowly becoming an accepted means of delivering healthcare, according to the latest state-by-state analysis of the Center for Connected Health Policy. An update of the CCHP’s fourth annual report, issued in March, finds that...

AMA: Physicians Are ‘Enthusiastic’ About mHealth

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Physicians are “enthusiastic” for the adoption of digital health tools and platforms, according to a new study by the American Medical Association. But for most technologies, that enthusiasm hasn’t yet translated into actual...

Taking Telehealth to Rural America

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In a remote part of Georgia where healthcare is only found in the local ambulance service or community center, a new telehealth project is looking to take hold. The Hancock County Healthcare Access Initiative aims to equip staff at the Community...

Avera Tabbed to Provide Telehealth to Indian Health Services Network

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Avera Health has signed a contract to provide telehealth services to several rural Midwest health systems plagued by access issues and reports of substandard care. The one-year, $6.8 million contract will enable the South Dakota-based health...

Telehealth Providers Make a Play for Online Psychiatry Services

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Telehealth providers are targeting the nation’s growing mental health crisis with online platforms that allow providers to speak with patients in their own homes, where they’re more comfortable and likely to be more at ease speaking...

USDA Announces Funding for 7 New Telemedicine Projects

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Seven more telemedicine programs are receiving grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture, continuing a federal effort to bring much-needed healthcare services to rural regions beset by access issues and struggling with opioid abuse....

Using mHealth to Connect With Students in Crisis

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In 2008, Colorado State University saw eight suicides over two semesters. Now the school is looking to mHealth to keep that from happening again. The Fort Collins-based university, with an enrollment of about 33,000, has launched an online portal...

Delaware Board Tries to Limit Telehealth Use for Nutritionists

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Another state agency is trying to prevent healthcare providers from using telehealth to meet new patients. The Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is proposing an amendment to the state’s year-old telehealth law that would limit first-time...

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