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Bill Seeks Medicare Reimbursement for New Telehealth Programs

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Congress will revisit a bill that seeks to expand telehealth across the nation by improving Medicare reimbursements. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) have re-introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, after...

Telemedicine Success Linked to Workflow, Rather Than Technology

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Telemedicine is proving its value not because of new technology, but because of better workflows and collaboration. A program that placed telemedicine platforms into 15 primary care clinics at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services...

Telemedicine Abortion Debate Surfaces in West Virginia Senate

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West Virginia has become the latest state to consider banning telemedicine abortions. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Republican Senator Patricia Rucker introduced an amendment this week to House Bill 2509 that prohibits “the...

Ohio Board Relaxes Telemedicine Policies to Allow Prescribing

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Ohio physicians can use telemedicine to prescribe both non-controlled and controlled drugs – as long as they meet a long list of guidelines. The two rules passed earlier this month by the Ohio Medical Board, 4731-11-09 and 4731-11-01, enable...

Broadband Offers a Telehealth Lifeline to Rural Hospitals

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Telehealth can save a rural hospital more than $100,000 a year in healthcare and community costs, according to a new report from a collection of rural broadband providers. Compiled by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, “Anticipating...

mHealth Devices Get A.I. Support for Mobile Telestroke Units

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mHealth devices used in acute care will soon be integrated with an artificial intelligence platform, giving first responders and other clinicians real-time clinical decision support tools during emergencies. The partnership announced between...

Physicians Sour on States’ Telehealth Implementation Efforts

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Some 44 percent of U.S. doctors say their state hasn’t done a good job implementing telehealth, while only 15 percent feel their state has done well or very well. The results come by way of the online physician community SERMO, which recently...

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”...

10 Guidelines to Launching a Successful Telemedicine Practice

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Independent and family practice doctors looking to launch a successful telemedicine practice should not make choosing a vendor their top priority. K. Michael Rodriguez, MD, a family physician at Broadlands Family Practice in Ashburn, Va., and...

Telehealth Trends: Telemental Health, Direct-to-Consumer Care

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Healthcare providers are adopting telehealth for telemental health and psychiatry services, and they’re far more interested in direct-to-consumer care than in using the platform to talk to each other. Those conclusions come from the Advisory...

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...

VA Tests Telemedicine-based Collaborative Care for Rural Vets

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The Veterans Administration is testing a telemedicine-based collaborative care model on rural veterans in two states who are diagnosed with HIV. It builds on an earlier attempt to use the Project ECHO telemedicine model to improve access to care...

New Telehealth Platform Offers Grief Counseling to Military Survivors

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A telehealth vendor is partnering with a national support network to offer digital health grief counseling for families of military members who are killed while serving. The non-profit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is partnering...

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...

UC Riverside Testing Telemedicine Visits for MS Patients

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Healthcare providers have been using telemedicine to connect with patients at home who suffer from debilitating chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Now the University of California Riverside is testing...

mHealth-based Workplace Wellness Programs Face Congressional Scrutiny

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A bill quietly moving through Congress could have a significant impact on workplace wellness programs that use digital health tools. Opponents say HR 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, could undermine mHealth-based employee...

Telemedicine on Tap: ATA Readies for Telehealth 2.0

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With HIMSS17 in the rear-view mirror, healthcare providers are now setting their sights on the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth 2.0 conference next month. But don’t expect the same old news on pilot projects and real-world...

Upstate New Yorkers Beginning to Favor Telemedicine Services

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A survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that around five out of ten adults are aware of telemedicine services, with 80 percent rating their telemedicine usage as “very good” or “excellent.” The results of...

DTC Telehealth Prompts Use of Medical Services, Not Savings

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A new study from RAND found that 12 percent of telehealth use replaced office and emergency room visits while 88 percent represented new use of medical services. The team of RAND policy researchers examined claims information from 300,000 beneficiaries...

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