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Nevada Lawmakers Drop Telehealth from Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

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Nevada lawmakers have yanked telehealth provisions out of a proposed bill setting standards for physician-assisted suicide, the second state to do so this year. SB 165, which would permit physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to a...

The Congressional Telehealth Caucus Plans its Connected Health Strategy

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With telehealth and telemedicine bills scattered across Capitol Hill like cherry blossoms in the springtime sun, a group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle is looking to help Congress develop a cohesive connected health...

State Lawmakers Debate Telemedicine Abortions, Phone-Based Telehealth

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Legislators in Arkansas and Nebraska are debating two of telehealth’s more controversial concepts this week – phone-based virtual consults and telemedicine abortions. In Arkansas, that state’s House of Representatives...

Mercy Care Launches Telehealth Platform to Help Seniors at Home

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An Arizona health plan has launched an mHealth program aimed at giving seniors an alternative to the 911 call. Mercy Care is partnering with Philips and DispatchHealth in the connected care program. Seniors in the program can activate...

Complex Medicaid Rules Limit FQHC, Safety-Net Telehealth Use

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Reimbursement and other policy and organizational issues are keeping safety-net clinics and federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) from telehealth adoption and use, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation. This comes even...

Johnson Aims to Make Telehealth an Imperative at ATA19 Conference

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Telehealth and telemedicine advocates have been struggling for years to boost adoption of connected care technologies among healthcare providers. Now Ann Mond Johnson is pushing forward with her strategy: Invite everybody to the...

Telemedicine Helps SNFs Connect Patients to Mental Health Services

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A national provider of behavioral healthcare services for long-term care facilities is using telemedicine to address an urgent need for mental health care. Texas-based Deer Oaks, which works with some 1,400 LTCFs in 27 states, is using...

Congress to Try Again on Medicare Coverage for Telemental Health

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Congress is taking another stab at legislation that would expand telehealth access for Medicare beneficiaries seeking mental health services at home. The Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act (HR 1301), reintroduced last month by Reps....

Fitbit, Solera Health Extend mHealth Partnership After DPP Success

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An Arizona-based integrated health network known for its mHealth programs is partnering with Fitbit to launch a connected health platform aimed at improving care management through behavior change and positive reinforcement. Solera Health...

2nd Florida Health System Launches a Telehealth Deal With Publix

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A second Florida health system has forged a partnership with Publix to put telehealth kiosks in supermarkets. Flagler Health+, a St. Augustine-based health network based around Flagler Hospital, plans to open kiosks in in three Publix...

FDA OKs mHealth Platform to Help Care Providers Treat Concussions

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Federal regulators have given their approval to an mHealth platform that uses virtual reality technology to improve care management for people suffering from a concussion. The US Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough...

Houston Methodist Launches a Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

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Houston Methodist has added direct-to-consumer telehealth to its mHealth app, giving residents access to virtual urgent care services. Officials at the Houston-based health system say the 24-hour service, available through the...

Michigan School District Uses Grants to Launch a Telehealth Program

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A southeast Michigan school district is using two $100,000 grants to launch a telehealth program that put telemedicine kiosks in each elementary school. Monroe Public Schools used the first grant, coming last spring from the Community...

New Medicaid Telehealth Standards in Massachusetts Draw Criticism

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Massachusetts may have opened the doors to Medicaid coverage for certain telemental health services this year, but a new analysis by a national law firm finds that the guidelines for telemedicine use may be more restrictive than...

Congress Eyes Another Shot at Telehealth for SNFs with RUSH Act Return

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A proposal to give skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) more incentives to use telehealth and telemedicine will be heading back to Congress soon. Politico reported last week that lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a...

Children’s of Alabama to Use mHealth to Help Families After Discharge

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The nation’s third largest children’s hospital is launching an mHealth program to monitor infants with complex heart defects after they’ve been discharged. Children’s of Alabama is partnering with Locus Health on...

Arizona Senate OKs Telemedicine Expansion to Meet PCP Shortage

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Arizona’s Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would expand telemedicine coverage in a state with a growing shortage of primary care physicians. The Senate this week passed SB 1089, which adds asynchronous (store-and-forward)...

MAVEN Project Partners With VSee to Boost Telemedicine Platform

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A non-profit that provides eConsults to Federally Qualified Health Centers and other community health clinics is upgrading its telemedicine platform. The MAVEN (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network) Project announced a partnership this...

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...

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