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ATA Presses DEA to Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions for Prescribing

January 14, 2019 - The American Telemedicine Association is urging federal authorities to loosen the reins on regulations that restrict mental health professionals from prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. In a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the ATA called for changes to the Ryan Haight Act that would allow specially certified healthcare providers to prescribe...


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New Jersey Gets $2.3M to Expand Telehealth Programs for Children

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey healthcare providers are getting more than $2.3 million to expand telehealth and telemedicine programs to identify and treat children with behavioral and mental health issues. The state will use a five-year $2.225 million grant...

Telehealth Gives Patients a Real-Time Link to Mental Health Support

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas-based psychiatry clinic is using telehealth to help patients manage their health outside the doctor’s office. Carter Health Psychiatry & Wellness, located just south of Houston in Friendswood, has launched a remote...

Reimbursement Barriers Still Plague Telemental Health Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Federal and state efforts to boost telemental health may be blossoming – in particular for students, seniors and veterans – but “a lack of meaningful coverage and reimbursement rules” means the telemedicine...

Avera Adding 24/7 Telemental Health to eCARE Telemedicine Platform

by Eric Wicklund

Avera Health is using a grant of almost $8 million to expand its telehealth platform to support a 24-hour telemental health service. Announced on World Mental Health Day, the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based health system is getting $7.8 million...

Congress Mulls Expanding Telehealth to Help Veterans With PTSD

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is taking aim at veteran healthcare with a proposal to expand access to telehealth and telemedicine for those dealing with mental health issues like PTSD. The Enhancing Veterans Experience with Telehealth Services (eVETS) Act,...

Congress Takes Aim at Opioid Crisis With Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and Telemedicine programs that assist healthcare providers in treating people with substance abuse issues will be getting a significant upgrade, thanks to a massive bill passed by Congress and headed to President Donald...

HHS Grants to Help Native Americans Expand Telehealth Resources

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are earmarking more than $50 million to expand telehealth programs and other healthcare service to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes address opioid abuse. The funding, through the Health and Human Services...

Telehealth Can Connect the Dots Between Chronic Pain, Mental Health

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth advocates have argued that a connected health platform can help providers improve care management for patients with chronic pain. A New Jersey-based pain management and neurology clinic is putting that idea to the...

Fitbits For Physicians: New mHealth Project Targets Provider Stress

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables, long seen as a tool for helping patients manage their health, are now being tested as a care management tool for their doctors. Researchers at the University of Michigan, who have been analyzing stress levels of medical...

HHS Makes a Pitch for Telemedicine in Substance Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

The Health and Human Services Department wants to remind everyone that telemedicine can be an important tool in treating people with addiction and substance abuse issues. In a blog timed to coincide with Prescription Opioid and Heroin...

Stanford Researchers Use an mHealth Patch to Measure Teenager Stress

by Eric Wicklund

Stanford University is using an mHealth wearable in a new study looking for a connection between stress and depression in teenagers. Researchers in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science are using the Vital...

UK Schools to Test mHealth App for Mental Health Conversations

by Eric Wicklund

Hundreds of teachers in the UK will soon be testing an mHealth app designed to guide them in talking to students about mental health issues. Developed by the University of London’s Royal Holloway branch, MindAid is billed as a...

California Mulls Guidelines for School Telemental Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

California lawmakers are pushing a bill to develop a statewide policy for telehealth and telemedicine that will give students remote access to mental health services. AB 2315, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, calls on...

Illinois OKs Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health Via Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved legislation mandating the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse behavioral and mental health providers for telehealth. The bill was one of five signed into law this week by Rauner, all...

Virginia Commonwealth Tackles the Opioid Crisis With Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers across Virginia are using an innovative telemedicine program to collaborate in the battle against opioid abuse. Launched in May, the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program brings together practitioners...

New Connecticut Law Enables Providers to Prescribe Via Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Connecticut will soon be able to use telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Gov. Daniel Malloy’s signature on S.B. 302 reverses the state’s...

Pa. Payer Expands Telehealth Platform to Include Telemental Health

by Eric Wicklund

A central Pennsylvania health plan is adding telemental health to its telehealth offerings, following a recent surge in virtual visits. Capital BlueCross, which serves 21 counties in the Keystone State, is expanding its Virtual Care...

St. Joseph’s Villa Uses Telehealth to Connect With Children in Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes a telehealth program’s best feature is its ability to start a conversation. At St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., a simple virtual visit platform has turned an eight-bed crisis stabilization center into an...

Texas Governor Lobbies for Statewide School Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to expand an innovative school telehealth program across the state, giving at-risk students access to telemental health services before they pose a risk to themselves or others. The proposed expansion of...

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