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Examining the State of Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement

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The majority of the United States offers Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth and related services, but reimbursement rules within each state can vary significantly, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).   CCHP's...

Providers Must Negotiate Telehealth Reimbursement With Payers

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Healthcare providers looking to launch a new telemedicine or mHealth program may find an unexpected ally in commercial health plans. While only 31 states and the District of Colombia mandate that private payers cover telehealth visits as they...

Telehealth Experts at ATA: Direct-to-Consumer Care Takes Time

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Executives from three of the nation’s best-known telemedicine networks offered advice this weekend on how to set up a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform. First and foremost, they said, don’t expect consumers to come calling all...

ATA Survey: Parents Like Telehealth for Primary Care Needs

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Parents surveyed by a national pediatric health network say they know about telemedicine and are willing to use it to address primary care issues, but they’re hesitant to use it to manage chronic conditions. That divide separates two of...

Do Medication Adherence Apps Deliver on Functionality Promises?

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Medication adherence apps have the potential to help patients remember to take their medicines, but not all of these apps provide the necessary functionalities to do so. A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found...

UK Tries Again With a Library of Certified Mobile Health Apps

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After four years of wrangling, the UK’s National Health Service has unveiled its library of certified mobile health apps – containing only one approved app. The NHS Digital Apps Library is designed to showcase mobile health tools...

Payers, Providers Seek Common Ground on New Telehealth Services

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Healthcare providers are finding that telehealth reimbursement goes well beyond finding the right CPT code. With each state and even the federal government offering different and sometimes conflicting definitions for telemedicine and telehealth,...

mHealth Apps for Cancer Survivors Aren’t Meeting Their Needs

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Mobile health apps designed for cancer survivors aren’t as effective as they should be, according to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. A 2016 analysis of dozens of mHealth apps by researchers from CPIC and Stanford University...

Wearable Device Detects Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes with Sweat

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A wearable device can analyze the chemical constituents of a patient’s sweat to accurately diagnose cystic fibrosis or diabetes.  The device could have significant implications for patient monitoring and the development of new treatments...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

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Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health systems,...

Hospital Wayfinding App Improves Patient Experience at Mercy

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Mercy Health - Cincinnati is aiming to improve the patient experience by rolling out an in-hospital wayfinding app for Apple and Android devices, making it easier for visitors to find everything from their physician to their parking spot. The...

Medtronic-Garmin Deal Gives Wearables New mHealth Capabilities

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Medtronic has announced another integration with a popular consumer-facing fitness wearable, adding weight to efforts to combine remote patient monitoring with health and wellness. The Ireland-based medical technology giant last week announced...

MA Invests $10M in Digital Health, Medical Device Research Lab

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The Massachusetts Governor’s Office and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) are each investing $5 million in a new digital health and medical device research lab centered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  ...

GAO Report: Telehealth Troubles Tied to Reimbursement Barriers

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Healthcare providers aren’t embracing telehealth and remote patient monitoring because they aren’t being reimbursed for those services, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO report, issued...

CA Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Portal Extends to NY

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NuggMD, a California medical marijuana telemedicine portal that connects physicians to 40,000 patients, is expanding cross-country to increase patient access to the portal. On April 18th, the company extends their services to New York State,...

Digital Health Champion Crowned in XPrize Tricorder Challenge

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A handheld mHealth device capable of conducting dozens of diagnostic tests has won the XPrize Tricorder Challenge. Final Frontier Medical Devices, a Philadelphia-based team led by emergency room doctor Basil Harris, MD, PhD, and his brother George,...

ATA’s Practice Guidelines Target Telestroke, Telemental Health

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The American Telemedicine Association has launched two practice guidelines to help healthcare providers launching telemedicine services. The practice guidelines for telestroke and child and adolescent telemental health “advance the science...

Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

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Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service Replaces the Office Visit

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Rush University Medical Center has launched a store-and-forward telemedicine platform for non-emergency cases, giving patients an effective alternative to the doctor’s office or retail clinic visit. Rush SmartExam is the Chicago-based hospital’s...

Amazon Alexa Challenge Envisions an mHealth Care Management Tool

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Amazon and Merck are joining forces in a challenge designed to turn Alexa into an mHealth care management tool for people with type 2 diabetes. The Alexa Diabetes Challenge offers a $125,000 prize to the mHealth innovator who can best develop...

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