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Spectrum Health’s DTC Telehealth Service Tackles the Polar Vortex

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When the Polar Vortex swept across the Midwest at the end of January, Spectrum Health’s direct-to-consumer telehealth platform became an emergency healthcare resource for residents trapped inside by the bitter cold. The Grand...

Georgia Senate OKs Out-of-State Telemedicine, Telehealth Parity

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Georgia lawmakers are pushing forward with a pair of telemedicine bills that would enable providers in other states to deliver virtual care in the state, while mandating that payers cover telehealth services at the same rate as in-person...

New Telehealth Programs Look to Promote Integrated Care Management

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Health plans are moving past telehealth platforms that simply offer urgent care services and embracing a connected care philosophy that addresses all of the patient’s care. Two recent vendor announcements point to a trend in the...

Shriners Extends Telehealth Reach Into Kansas With Newton Partnership

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The Shriners Hospital network is expanding its reach into Kansas through a telemedicine partnership with Newton Medical Center. Shriners specialists in the network’s St. Louis hospital will soon be able to offer consults to patients...

UVA Launching 6 New Telehealth, mHealth Programs for Chronic Care

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The University of Virginia Health System is launching or expanding six telehealth and mHealth programs aimed at improving care management and coordination for people living with chronic diseases. The new programs, some of which build on a...

FDA Goes After mHealth Devices That Claim to Replicate Mammograms

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Federal officials are taking aim at the makers of mHealth devices that aim to replicate mammograms in mobile health settings. The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to Total Thermal Imaging, a California-based...

Stanford Children’s Health Looks Beyond Numbers to Propel Telehealth

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As telehealth programs across the country look to scalability and sustainability, they seem to put the focus on numbers: how many patients served, how much money saved, how many rehospitalizations avoided. This is how telemedicine is...

Arkansas Legislators: Telehealth Still Needs More Than a Telephone

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An Arkansas lawmaker’s effort to make telehealth “the least restrictive method to deliver healthcare services locally” has been shot down by colleagues who don’t believe the telephone is a good way to make that...

NYP Sees Telehealth Success After Adjusting to the Patient’s Preferences

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When NewYork-Presbyterian expanded its Express Care telehealth program last year to New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the online virtual care service didn’t catch on with residents. It was in danger of suffering the...

Could Telehealth Give Struggling Rural Hospitals a Path to Stability?

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New research shows that rural hospitals are struggling to stay afloat – and telehealth and telemedicine could throw them a much-needed lifeline. An analysis of financial data by the Navigant Consulting firm finds that one of every...

Marshfield Clinic to Use Remote Monitoring Platform for CHF Patients

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Wisconsin’s Marshfield Clinic Health System will be using a remote patient monitoring platform to improve care management at home for patients with congestive heart failure. The Wisconsin-based health system will be equipping...

New York Launches Telehealth Initiative to Improve Perinatal Care

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New York state officials are launching a “comprehensive telehealth initiative” aimed at improving access to perinatal care, particularly in rural parts of the state. The four-part program was unveiled this week by Gov. Andrew...

MD Anderson Launches mHealth Study Targeting Cancer-Related Fatigue

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The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is launching a clinical study to determine whether an mHealth app can improve care management and health outcomes for people living with cancer. M.D. Anderson is part of an international...

mHealth Study Will Test An App’s Ability to Help Smokers Quit

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Researchers at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine are launching a five-year study to determine whether a personalized mHealth app can help smokers kick the habit. Backed by a $2.7 million grant from the National Cancer...

Maryland Mulls Medicaid Reimbursement for Telemental Health Services

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Maryland lawmakers will soon be debating a bill that aims to reimburse psychiatric services delivered through telemedicine for residents on the state’s Medicaid program. HB 1200, submitted earlier this month, would require the...

Telemedicine Program Aims to Help Providers in Rural Appalachia

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The University of Virginia Health System is launching a telemedicine program to help primary care providers in remote Appalachia treat patients living with lung disease. UVA will be partnering with Stone Mountain Health Services and The...

Massachusetts Embraces Telemental Health for Medicaid Members

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Roughly 1.9 million Massachusetts residents on Medicaid will soon be able to access mental health services through telemedicine. MassHealth, the commonwealth’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Provider (CHIP) program,...

USDA Prioritizes Opioid Abuse Treatment in Next Telemedicine Grants

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The federal agency responsible for awarding millions of dollars in telehealth and telemedicine grants is prioritizing rural connected health programs that address opioid abuse in its next round of awards. The US Department of Agriculture...

CMS Eyes Reimbursements for Mobile Integrated Healthcare Programs

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Federal officials will be testing a new Medicare reimbursement model that supports telehealth and mHealth programs that replace Emergency Department visits. The Health and Humans Services Department’s Center for Medicare and...

Texas Health Resources Turns to mHealth to Meet Urgent Care Needs

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Texas Health Resources is giving new meaning to direct-to-consumer telehealth. The Arlington-based 24-hospital health system recently launched an urgent care mobile health program in which a team of providers in an mHealth-enabled SUV is...

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