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New Group Lobbies for More Telehealth, mHealth in Medicaid Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Dozens of health technology companies have formed a non-profit aimed at lobbying for more telehealth and mHealth in Medicaid. Spurred by recent federal and state efforts to expand Medicaid programs targeting underserved populations,...

CHQI Unveils Its First Class of Accredited Telehealth Providers

by Eric Wicklund

One of two organizations providing telehealth accreditation has unveiled its first graduating class. Five telehealth providers – including two health systems – have been accredited under guidelines developed by the ClearHealth...

Indian Health Adds Telemedicine to Opioid Abuse Treatment Strategy

by Eric Wicklund

The federal agency responsible for coordinating care for Native American and Alaskan Indian populations is launching a telemedicine platform to improve access to opioid abuse disorder (OAD) treatment. Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief...

Texas Eyes Telemedicine for Students, Sexual Assault Survivors

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas legislator is looking to improve access to telemedicine for students with mental health issues and sexual assault survivors. Those proposals were included in a package of 11 bills filed this week by Texas State Senator Jane...

Rural Telehealth Project Examines Palliative Care, Population Health

by Eric Wicklund

Three Southeast hospitals are partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a study to determine whether a telehealth platform can improve palliative care options for rural African-Americans. Community hospitals in Aiken,...

CMS Code Gives Docs a Chance to Use Store-and-Forward Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking for new ways to implement telehealth and telemedicine are getting a Christmas present from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: a new code for asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth...

Mercy Virtual Uses mHealth Wearables to Create a New Model of Care

by Eric Wicklund

Officials at Mercy Virtual are hoping an mHealth patch that allows them to monitor patients in distant hospitals can also help them track patients at home. The St. Louis-based hospital, billed as the nation’s first free-standing...

Mass General Launches New mHealth Platform for Research Studies

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts General Hospital has announced plans to use an mHealth platform to collect digital health data and enhance collaboration between care providers and consumers taking part in research studies. The Boston hospital, one of the...

Ochsner, American Well Partner on Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The Ochsner Health System has joined the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement. The New Orleans-based health system, long known for its innovative work in telehealth and mHealth, is partnering with American Well to launch Ochsner...

CMS Gives Telehealth a Nudge With Coverage for Virtual Check-Ins

by Eric Wicklund

Last week’s release of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program offered good news for providers looking to implement telemedicine for virtual check-ins. While...

CMS to Reimburse Providers for Remote Patient Monitoring Services

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized plans to reimburse healthcare providers for certain remote patient monitoring and telehealth services. CMS this week issued its final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality...

Penn Medicine Study Uses mHealth to Monitor Kidney Disease Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are adding mHealth wearables to a long-term study that aims to improve care management for people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Armed with a $17.5 million grant from the National...

Apple’s New mHealth Project Takes on Remote Patient Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Several hospitals and health systems across the country will be participating in a massive mHealth study to determine whether an mHealth app and the Apple Watch can be used to improve care management and outcomes for patients undergoing...

Hospital-Hotel Partnerships Push DTC Telehealth to a New Population

by Eric Wicklund

A South Florida health system is pushing its two-year-old direct-to-consumer telehealth program out to the region’s tourist population. The six-hospital, Hollywood-based Memorial Healthcare System recently signed partnerships with...

Nemours Improves Care Management, Coordination With New mHealth Apps

by Eric Wicklund

The Nemours Children’s Health System has added mHealth to its cardiac care program, giving providers, patients and parents a connected health platform to improve care management and coordination outside the hospital. The...

Telemedicine Helps Patients and Providers in Texas College Program

by Eric Wicklund

Universities and academic medical centers are using telemedicine not only to improve patient access to care, but to train the next wave of healthcare providers to work in underserved parts of the country. Midwestern State...

Telehealth Providers Get Creative to Attract Virtual Care Traffic

by Eric Wicklund

One direct-to-consumer telehealth provider is using a new tactic to build business ahead of the busy cold and flu season. Doctor On Demand has launched a partnership with Walmart and consumer health company RB to offer a voucher for a...

Will Healthcare Providers See Value in Telehealth Accreditation?

by Eric Wicklund

Hospitals and health systems will adopt telehealth if the technology enables them to improve care outcomes, reduce waste and improve provider workflows. But do they feel that accreditation is part of the path to success? With a vast...

Partners HealthCare Launches Connected Health Center of Excellence

by Eric Wicklund

Partners HealthCare is launching a new resource center aimed at integrating mHealth and telehealth into patient-centered healthcare. The Boston-based health system unveiled the Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs during the opening day of its...

Kaiser Permanente Sees Good Results With Video-Based Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest health systems is seeing success with video-based telehealth, though only a small fraction of their patients are using the virtual care platform. Researchers at California-based Kaiser Permanente analyzed...

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