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New Bill Seeks to Expand Medicare Reimbursement for Telemedicine

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A bill to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services that has been kicked around on Capitol Hill since 2013 is once again in Congress’ hands. U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) has re-introduced the Telehealth Enhancement Act (H.R....

Iowa Telehealth Program Bolsters State’s Rural Healthcare Access

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Telehealth can transform rural healthcare access for patients that face geographic barriers and their associated healthcare costs, such as transportation, child care, and taking time off from work.   Innovative telehealth services can create...

CMS Considers Telehealth for New Models of Behavioral Healthcare

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Federal officials are looking at telehealth in their search for new models of care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health issues. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a September summit to develop...

Telehealth Licensure Compact for Nurses Gets the Green Light

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Nurses in 26 states will soon be able to practice telehealth in multiple states under one license. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed legislation last week making his state the 26th to join the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), triggering...

Healthcare Poised to Deliver on mHealth Promises of Google Glass

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Michigan-based Trinity Health is getting ready to test the new Google Glass EE (Enterprise Edition) in home healthcare visits, in a bid to bring new value to an mHealth wearable that spectacularly crashed and burned as a consumer device. Google’s...

Mayo Clinic Using mHealth to Target Sudden Death Events in Kids

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The Mayo Clinic is experimenting with wearable mHealth technology that could help save the lives of thousands of children. The health system is partnering with AliveCor to tailor the California-based company’s Kardia Mobile ECG platform...

NJ Telemedicine Law Delayed By Concerns About Veterinarian Use

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New Jersey’s new telemedicine regulations are being held up as state officials try to determine whether they pertain to veterinarians. Gov. Chris Christie met this week with healthcare and veterinary officials to discuss the ramifications...

mHealth Researchers Turn to Crowd-Funding in Parkinson’s Study

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Healthcare researchers are turning to crowdfunding to evaluate how mHealth sensors and smartphones can help those with Parkinson’s disease. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research...

Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Expand Telemental Health Services

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California’s Kaiser Foundation Health Plan will be expanding its telehealth platform for behavioral health services to meet long-standing complaints over a lack of access and follow-up care. The announcement by Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente...

House Committee Poised to Consider Medicare Telehealth Bill

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A bill seeking Medicare reimbursement for telestroke services could be headed to a Congressional vote this September. The FAST Act of 2017 (H.R. 1148) is included in the roster of Medicare-related bills to be reviewed this week by the House Energy...

Feds to Probe Improper Telehealth Reimbursements Under Medicare

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Federal officials are investigating whether physicians are receiving improper reimbursements for telehealth under Medicare Part B guidelines. The Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be checking...

mHealth is Put to the Test to Help Cancer Patients at Home

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Swedish researchers have launched a study to determine if an mHealth platform can improve recovery times for cancer patients by connecting them at home with their doctors during treatment. Based at the Karolinskaya Institute in Stockholm, the...

mHealth Sets its Sights on Lupus in New Apple ResearchKit Study

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The Lupus Research Alliance has partnered with Pfizer to launch an mHealth study on Apple’s ResearchKit platform. The partnership launched an app this past June on Apple’s mHealth-based clinical trial platform as part of its VALUE...

Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

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A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

Contest Finalists Envision Alexa as an mHealth Management Tool

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Amazon and Merck have announced five finalists in a contest to turn the Alexa digital assistant into an mHealth management tool for people with diabetes. A global tech giant, two mHealth startups and two university-based teams are vying for $125,000...

NewYork-Presbyterian Offers Pediatric Telehealth for Urgent Care

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NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Komansky Children’s Hospital has launched a new pediatric telehealth platform that further expands urgent care to the families in their health system. As part of NYP’s OnDemand suite of digital services,...

Licensing Compact Gives Doctors an Important Telehealth Tool

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Physicians looking to practice telemedicine in multiple states can now apply for a license in 18 of the 22 states in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. An ongoing dispute with the FBI is hindering the process in some states but not preventing...

Most Wired 2017 Hospitals Lead in Telehealth, Remote Monitoring

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The 2017 AHA Most Wired Hospitals survey revealed that a strong reliance on telehealth, remote monitoring, and mHealth tools is key for becoming a top health IT performer. The survey, representing approximately 39 percent of all hospitals in...

Lawmakers Want Medicare Changed to Expand Telehealth Services

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Legislators are ramping up their efforts to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth and telemedicine. The latest bill to take the spotlight is the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR 2550), re-introduced in May by a familiar group of pro-telehealth...

What Features are Needed to Make an mHealth App Effective?

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mHealth apps are used by both providers and patients to improve communication, promote health, and foster better self-management behaviors. Apps accessible from smartphones, tablets, and other devices have the potential to expand access to care...

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