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Planned Parenthood Sues Wisconsin Over Telemedicine Abortion Ban

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Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Wisconsin over its restrictive abortion laws – including a ban on telemedicine abortions. The 56-page lawsuit, filed this week in Madison by the national organization’s Wisconsin...

Survey Finds No Rhyme or Reason in Telehealth Rules for PTs, OTs

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A new analysis of state telemedicine and telehealth guidelines for physical and occupational therapists finds no discernible pattern of rules or regulations across the country – not even an agreement on what to call their...

AMA Lobbies for More Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Programs

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The American Medical Association is once again lobbying for more telehealth in the Diabetes Prevention Program, arguing that digital health access to coaching and health and wellness resources could help roughly 84 million Americans avoid...

mHealth Study Uses Wearables, AI to Detect Internalizing Disorders

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Healthcare providers and parents may someday be able to identify anxiety and depression in young children by tracking their activity with mHealth wearables. Researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan have...

CMS Pushes Telehealth to Replace Some In-Person Visits in MA Plans

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Healthcare providers treating patients on Medicare Advantage plans may soon be able to use telehealth in place of in-person care when appropriate. The update was one of several unveiled Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Virginia Looks to Add Remote Patient Monitoring to Telehealth Law

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Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would define remote patient monitoring and include it in the commonwealth’s telehealth and telemedicine guidelines. House Bill 1970 and Senate Bill 1221, both filed on January 9, define...

Fairview Health Launches mHealth Program for Cancer Care Management

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Minnesota’s Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health have launched an mHealth program for cancer patients that uses ingestible sensors and remote patient monitoring technology to improve care management during...

CDC Project Combines mHealth, Cash in Opioid Abuse Treatment

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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are getting more than $2 million test whether an mHealth app combined with financial incentives can help people struggling with opioid abuse. The US Centers for Disease...

Scripps-Fitbit Partnership Adds mHealth Wearables to All of Us Project

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The National Institutes of Health is launching an mHealth project to include digital data from wearables in the massive All of Us research program. The NIH has announced a partnership with Fitbit that will enable consumers using the...

ACP Supports Telemedicine Standards in Latest Ethics Manual Update

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The American College of Physicians has reinforced its support of telemedicine in establishing the doctor-patient relationship in first-time visits – as long as the virtual care platform includes audio-visual technology. That point...

Walgreens, Microsoft Announce mHealth, Telehealth Partnership

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Microsoft is teaming up with Walgreens to create a connected health platform that includes telehealth stations, digital health tools and a “seamless ecosystem” that connects the consumer to providers, payers and others in the...

AMA Survey Finds Medical Practices Are Slow to Embrace Telehealth

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Telemedicine and telehealth may be the norm rather than the exception in hospitals and health systems, but smaller medical practices still aren’t embracing connected care technology. A recent survey of some 3,500 physicians by the...

ATA Presses DEA to Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions for Prescribing

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The American Telemedicine Association is urging federal authorities to loosen the reins on regulations that restrict mental health professionals from prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. In a letter to the U.S. Drug...

New York Considers Adding Telemedicine to Workers Comp Guidelines

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New York may be taking a look at how telehealth can help the state’s worker’s comp system. Senate Bill 1042, introduced this week by state Senator Catharine Young proposes establishing a seven-member task force to examine how...

New Jersey Gets $2.3M to Expand Telehealth Programs for Children

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New Jersey healthcare providers are getting more than $2.3 million to expand telehealth and telemedicine programs to identify and treat children with behavioral and mental health issues. The state will use a five-year $2.225 million grant...

Telemedicine Licensure Compact is Now Live in Half The Country

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Healthcare providers in half of the United States now have the opportunity to practice telehealth in multiple states. Michigan’s inclusion in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), approved by lawmakers in 2018 and signed...

FDA OKs mHealth Wearable to Help Children Living With Epilepsy

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Federal regulators have cleared for use an mHealth wearable designed to detect epileptic seizures in children and immediately alert care team members. The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Embrace smartwatch,...

CMS Pushes Telehealth, mHealth, But Are Providers Paying Attention?

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Many hospitals and health systems aren’t prepared to take advantage of new reimbursement opportunities for mHealth and telehealth. That’s the takeaway from a survey conducted by Reaction Data, which finds that providers...

New Partnership Adds Genetic Testing to mHealth Coaching Platforms

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Healthcare providers are adding genetic testing and AI to their mHealth platforms in a bid to create more personalized health and wellness coaching services. The latest collaboration following this trend, announced this week, teams...

mHealth Platforms Expand to Tackle Multiple Chronic Conditions

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mHealth companies who have focused on one chronic condition are now expanding their connected health platforms to treat other health issues. The latest to do so is Omada Health, a digital therapeutics company with a focus on...

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