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Is the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Good or Bad for Telehealth?

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Federal officials are stepping in to help the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact - even as critics call the effort “crony doctoring.” The cross-state licensure compact was launched in 2013 by the Federation of State Medical Boards,...

ADHD Study Ties mHealth Use to Clinical Improvements

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Community pediatric practices who use mHealth technology to treat children with ADHD are seeing clinical improvements, according to a new study. The study, detailed in the online journal Pediatrics, finds that doctors can use online tools to...

Telehealth in the Spotlight as HHS Expands Bundled Payment Models

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The proposed expansion of a bundled payment program may be a sign that federal officials are placing more confidence in telehealth as a standard of care. Health and Human Services Secrtary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that a bundled payment...

NewYork-Presbyterian Expands its Telehealth Platform to Providers, Patients

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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is debuting four new telehealth services, designed to serve both consumers and providers. The NYP OnDemand platform now includes a Digital Second Opinion service, Inter-Hospital Digital Consults and a Digital Emergency...

Medicare’s CCM Telehealth Program Gets a Bit of Good News

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Medicare’s Chronic Care Management (CCM) telehealth program is a hit with patients, according to the first reported patient satisfaction survey conducted since the program was put in place at the beginning of 2015. A survey of more than...

Telehealth Terminology: ‘Store-and-Forward’ Has its Fans - And Critics

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The ongoing battle in Arkansas over new telemedicine guidelines is shining a spotlight on “store and forward” technology. Long considered the alternative to real-time (or live interactive) telemedicine, store and forward (or asynchronous)...

mHealth’s Promise: Mobility With Meaning

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In California, a Silicon Valley startup is launching a mobile robot designed to keep seniors connected with their care providers – and in the future offer mHealth services like medication management. In Virginia, a medical instrument company...

Telemedicine to Help Rural Docs Tackle Opioid Abuse

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Federal officials are investing in telemedicine to fight the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic in three states. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is launching a three-year, $9 million effort to train rural healthcare...

Intermountain’s Critical Take on Telehealth

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Housed in a warehouse separate from the rest of the health system, Intermountain Healthcare’s tele-critical care program may very well prove that some of the best healthcare takes place away from the patient. The program, launched in 2014,...

More Telemedicine Grants Aimed at Fighting Drug Abuse

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Several programs targeting the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic are among 36 telemedicine projects receiving federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in announcing the USDA’s...

School Telehealth Program Offers a Different Route to ROI

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School-based telehealth programs are proving their value in a number of states. But in a twist from the norm, one school district has seen strong ROI in a platform for teachers and staff – and now wants to extend that service to its students....

CMS Gives Green Light to Digital Health Diabetes Prevention Program

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A diabetes-based preventive health program that would reimburse providers who use digital health has received the full blessing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS is proposing to expand its Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program...

South Carolina’s Prison Telehealth Deal is About More Than Healthcare

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A telehealth project designed to serve South Carolina’s prison population could save the state thousands of dollars a year in healthcare costs – and that’s not the only benefit. In a partnership announced this month by the South...

Digital Health Workshop Leads to Partnerships for Cedars-Sinai

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Cedars-Sinai has launched partnerships with three mHealth companies, all graduates of the health system’s recent Techstars Healthcare Accelerator. The Los Angeles-based health system is launching programs to help patients access post-acute...

ATA Gives the Nation a Passing Grade for Telemental Health

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The American Telemedicine Association is giving much of the nation a good grade for its support of telemental health. Eight states have received an A in the ATA’s latest state-by-state analysis of telehealth standards and licensure, released...

Teledermatology Scores Big With Doctors and Patients

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Community health centers in eastern and central Massachusetts will soon be using a teledermatology platform designed to improve the initial diagnosis of a skin lesion and cut wait times for an appointment that often takes weeks. The telemedicine...

USDA Telemedicine Grants Target Opioid Abuse

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Federal officials are using telemedicine grants to combat a growing opioid epidemic in three mid-Atlantic and southern states. About $1.4 million was pledged to five projects in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom...

mHealth Pilot Targets Underserved Women Veterans

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There are more than 5 million female Armed Forces veterans in the U.S., and 72 percent refuse to go to a VA hospital or clinic. An mHealth pilot awaiting Congressional approval would try to solve that problem. A pair of mHealth companies have...

Telemental Health in the Heartland

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A Wisconsin-based provider of behavioral health services is expanding its reach in the Midwest with a very simple formula – “just a therapist and a camera.” Wisconsin Lutheran Christian Family Solutions, based just outside of...

Arkansas Telemedicine Law Faces Flak Over ‘Originating Site’ Issue

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New telemedicine regulations in Arkansas are facing questions over where a patient has to be to have a virtual visit with a doctor. Executives of Wal-Mart and national trucking company J.B. Hunt say the new law, which is expected to be approved...

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