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Telehealth Bills Targeting Stroke Care, MA Plans Show Progress

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Two bills designed to improve telehealth and telemedicine access sailed through Congressional subcommittee reviews on Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine...

PCORI Eyes mHealth, Telehealth Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

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Three projects to test mHealth and telehealth platforms in the treatment of multiple sclerosis are slated to get more than $14 million in grant funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The studies are part of a five-program,...

UK Research Links mHealth to Better Treatments for Sleep Disorders

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mHealth therapy can help treat insomnia and mental health disorders arising from sleeplessness, according to a UK-based study. The study of some 3,755 college students between March 2015 and February 2016, detailed in The Lancet, found that Internet-based...

Congress Mulls Proposal to Boost Telehealth Coverage in MA Plans

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The latest telehealth bill surfacing in Washington DC targets Medicare Advantage plans. H.R. 3727, introduced on Sept. 11 by US Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif..) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), would enable...

AMGA Lobbies CMS to Give Telehealth More Medicare Opportunities

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The American Medical Group Association is lobbying for more Medicare acceptance of telehealth, by recommending five new CPT codes and a demonstration of the value of virtual coaching platform for those with diabetes. In a letter issued on Sept....

Telehealth Programs Look Past Reimbursement to Find Clinical Value

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Not content to wait for insurers to reimburse them for telehealth, some health systems are launching remote patient monitoring programs with an eye to avoiding unnecessary expenses. In Hudson, N.Y., Columbia Memorial Hospital is sending telehealth...

Will Europe Ban mHealth Devices in Corporate Wellness Programs?

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US businesses and health plans are keeping an eye on a proposed EU mandate that would prohibit the use of mHealth wearables in corporate wellness programs. The European Union’s Article 29 Working Party issued a 24-page data protection and...

Research Compares Telemedicine Abortions to In-Person Services

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Telemedicine abortions are as safe as those done by doctors in a clinic or hospital, according to the latest research from the University of California San Francisco. The large-scale study of some 20,000 patients comes at a time when 18 states...

Telehealth, mHealth Studies Show the Value of Proper Preparation

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A recent study found that a mobile health platform can cause an increase in office visits and a decrease in new business. Now telehealth advocates are saying that study could actually help the industry. Conducted by researchers at the University...

mHealth Wearables May be Moving Closer to Clinical Acceptance

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While healthcare providers are still reluctant to embrace wearables, British researchers have developed an algorithm that could make the mHealth devices more accurate. Researchers at the University of Sussex have reportedly developed an AI-based...

mHealth Messaging Offers Providers Vital Revenue Opportunities

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Healthcare providers aren’t using mHealth messaging to remind patients to pay their bills – an important digital health resource that could not only improve the revenue cycle but also boost patient engagement efforts. A new survey...

mHealth App Gives Doctors a Cardiac Care Support Tool

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North Carolina physicians are using an mHealth app that helps them plot the course of care for a patient suffering from cardiac distress. The Heart Pathways app, developed by researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, has been used...

mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

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An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the Pacify...

NQF Unveils Quality Measurement Framework Plan for Telehealth

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Telehealth and telemedicine can make a positive impact on the nation’s healthcare system if they demonstrate improvement in health outcomes, processes and cost, quality measures are widely accepted and the definitions of measurement are...

mHealth Hacking Threat Prompts FDA to Issue Pacemaker Recall

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing recalls for roughly 500,000 implantable pacemakers, saying the mHealth devices are susceptible to hacking. In an Aug. 29 directive, the FDA is urging anyone with pacemakers developed by Abbott...

Harvey’s Aftermath Brings mHealth, Telehealth to the Forefront

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Telehealth companies are opening their platforms to residents of Texas and Louisiana who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the first of what may be a months- or even years-long effort to include the technology in relief and recovery operations....

With Telehealth, R.I. Docs Open a Portal to the Entire Care Team

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For physicians using telehealth tools to connect with patients, that famed “aha” moment no longer comes when the technology is turned on. The real breakthroughs happen when a doctor begins an online conversation. “Now, out of...

New mHealth Projects Turn Amazon’s Alexa Into a Home Health Aide

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A UK community is launching an mHealth project that will use Amazon Alexa software and Google’s Echo device for senior care. The Hampshire County Council announced plans this week to place the digital health platform in the homes of 50...

Telehealth Extended to NY Adult Centers; Schools May Come Next

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New York’s governor has signed legislation extending telemedicine and telehealth to seniors in care centers, and could soon be extending the platform to schools and day care centers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law A1464, which...

Pharma Turns to mHealth to Help MS Patients With Care Management

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Healthcare providers and researchers are looking to mHealth to help people living with multiple sclerosis. The elevateMS (Evaluation of Evidence from Smart Phone Sensors and Patient-Reported Outcomes in Participants with Multiple Sclerosis) study,...

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