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Telehealth Licensure Compact For Nurses To Go Live in January

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Nurses will be able to apply for a license to practice telehealth in multiple states in five months. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has set Jan. 19, 2018 as the go-live date for the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)....

mHealth, Social Gaming Combined in Concussion Treatment for Teens

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Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center are combining an mHealth app and gaming technology to help teens recover from a concussion. The two health systems have...

CMS Reimbursing For Telemedicine Even As It Scales Back Programs

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In a bit of good news-bad news for the telemedicine industry, federal officials said they will reimburse healthcare providers for their telemedicine expenses in a bundled payment program – even as they announced plans to scale back that...

Parkinson’s Patients, Doctors Find Value in Telehealth Visits

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A telehealth program for patients with Parkinson’s disease received high marks from both patients and doctors, according to a paper published this week in Neurology. Whether such a program can be sustained, researchers say, may depend on...

Survey Shows Senior Homes Aren’t Taking Telehealth Seriously

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A recent survey of vendor preferences among senior living providers finds that they aren’t using telehealth all that much – but they are taking a liking to mHealth. The survey by Ziegler indicates less than 10 percent of the 143 chief...

Abortion Access Study Ties Telemedicine to Reduced Care Costs

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Women who have access to abortion services via telemedicine could save thousands of dollars by using the platform for follow-up care instead of going to the nearest hospital ER. That’s the conclusion reached by Advancing New Standards in...

Telemedicine Could Help Medicaid Patients With Specialty Access

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New research indicates telemedicine consults for specialty referrals could improve much-needed access for Medicaid populations. It also could offer support to an innovative telehealth platform now being used in nine states to connect doctors,...

CMS Targets Telemedicine in Study to Curb SNF Hospitalizations

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Three skilled nursing facilities in Florida are launching a telemedicine platform in a federal study to determine the cost-effectiveness of an off-hours virtual care service. The study could help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

Alabama County Commission to Tackle Telehealth Engagement Issue

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An Alabama county commission is reversing its decision to end a telehealth program for almost 400 employees, saying rising healthcare costs are more damaging than low engagement. The Morgan County Commission rescinded its decision last week to...

Could Trump’s Opioid Emergency Boost Telemedicine, mHealth Use?

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President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement this week to declare a national emergency on opioid abuse could thrust telemedicine and mHealth into the spotlight. If and when it happens, the declaration would “enable the federal government...

Survey Finds Big Business is Refining its Telehealth Benefits

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The latest survey on big business and healthcare finds that they’re moving from making telehealth a benefit to finding specific uses for the new service. As with last year’s survey, the “Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care...

Telehealth Stands to Gain from Anthem’s ER Policy Expansion

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Anthem is expanding its strategy of denying payments for unnecessary ER visits, a move that could push more consumers across the country toward telehealth or mHealth services. The insurer, which administers Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14...

Telehealth Counseling Study Shows Value Against In-Person Visits

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A new study is reportedly one of the first to prove that telehealth counseling is just as good as in-person counseling for genetic test results. While the study, conducted in 2014 by researchers from four major health systems, focused on women...

Global Project to Develop mHealth Games for Clinical Treatment

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An international consortium is trying to jump-start the mHealth gaming industry with a project to develop digital health tools to help people with cognitive disabilities. The Panacea Gaming Platform (PGP) currently consists of 18 mHealth and...

Telehealth Project Helps Ostomy Patients Get Adjusted at Home

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A telehealth pilot being launched at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hopes to ease the stigma around ostomy and help patients adjust to living with ostomy bags. Developed by UAB Nursing School Instructor Tracie White, MSN, the pilot connects...

Telehealth, mHealth Help Pediatric Hospitals Connect With Kids

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A Baltimore children’s hospital is turning to telehealth and mHealth wearables to help its young patients with health, diet and lifestyle issues at home. Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital will be using Fitbits and Fitbit-connected scales...

Survey Suggests Employers Have Confidence in Telehealth, mHealth

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Are telehealth programs and mHealth tools giving employers more confidence that they can support employee healthcare needs despite rising costs and chaos in the nation’s capital? A new survey from global advisory company Willis Towers Watson...

American Telemedicine Association Announces CEO’s Departure

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Jonathan Linkous is stepping down after 24 years as the leader of the nation’s largest telehealth and telemedicine advocacy group. The American Telemedicine Association announced Linkous’ departure as CEO in a brief press release...

VA Wants its Doctors to Treat Veterans Anywhere With Telehealth

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Federal officials have unveiled a plan to give VA doctors the authority to treat veterans via telemedicine no matter where those veterans are located. In a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump this past week, Department of Veterans Affairs...

Healthcare Deal Targets Telemedicine for Military Deployments

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A Washington, D.C.-based health system known for its telehealth services to the maritime industry is bolstering its telemedicine platform to treat deployed military personnel around the globe. The partnership is the latest example of efforts...

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