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AHA Says Telehealth Expansion Can Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

February 6, 2019 - The American Hospital Association is calling on the federal government to boost telehealth and telemedicine opportunities – including better reimbursement, financial support for new technology and improved access to broadband – for the nation’s struggling rural hospitals. “Rural hospitals are not just access points for care, they are cornerstones of care for the...


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Baltimore Launches mHealth Program to Reduce 911 Calls, ED Transports

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Maryland Medical Center is partnering with Baltimore city officials to launch an mHealth program aimed at reducing 911 calls and ER transports and improving care access and management for the city’s low-income...

CMS Pushes Telehealth to Replace Some In-Person Visits in MA Plans

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers treating patients on Medicare Advantage plans may soon be able to use telehealth in place of in-person care when appropriate. The update was one of several unveiled Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Home Health Provider Sees mHealth as a Channel to Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

A home health agency serving Medicaid recipients in western New York is using an mHealth platform to improve care coordination for it most fragile patients. And for Raul Vazquez, MD, chief executive officer of the Greater Buffalo United...

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,...

Remote Monitoring Gains Favor as an mHealth Platform for Senior Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers and payers are increasingly turning to remote patient monitoring programs for care management of seniors at home. Just this week, Senior Whole Health, a Massachusetts-based health plan for seniors with function...

Telemedicine Adds Value to an Orthopedic Bundled Payment Plan

by Eric Wicklund

For orthopedic practices looking to improve post-acute care, a bundled payment plan that incorporates telemedicine can reduce expenses and improve patient outcomes. But it takes careful planning to create a good...

Healthcare Execs Call Telehealth a Priority, But Are Still Reluctant

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare is inundated with surveys indicating health systems have launched a telehealth or telemedicine service or are planning on doing so. One of the latest finds that health system executives see the technology as a priority. That...

Making Telehealth a Valuable Part of Preventive Care Programs

by Eric Wicklund

An under-the-radar bill introduced in Congress last year could, if passed, pave the way for Medicare coverage of telehealth in preventive health programs. The Preventive Health Savings Act (S. 2164 and H B.. 2953) proposes to expand the...

CMS Targets Telemedicine in Study to Curb SNF Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

Three skilled nursing facilities in Florida are launching a telemedicine platform in a federal study to determine the cost-effectiveness of an off-hours virtual care service. The study could help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Most Wired 2017 Hospitals Lead in Telehealth, Remote Monitoring

by Thomas Beaton

The 2017 AHA Most Wired Hospitals survey revealed that a strong reliance on telehealth, remote monitoring, and mHealth tools is key for becoming a top health IT performer. The survey, representing approximately 39 percent of all hospitals...

In Value-Based Care, Telehealth’s Aim is Money Saved, Not Earned

by Eric Wicklund

To find value in a telehealth or mHealth program, healthcare providers must look not at how much money they’ll make, but how much they’ll save. At the St. Louis-based Mercy health system, this means sending home about 1,300...

Mercy Virtual’s President Talks Telemedicine, Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

For telemedicine to truly contribute value to healthcare delivery, it has to be invisible. That is, in a nutshell, the goal for Dr. Randall S. Moore, MD, MBA, president of Mercy Virtual. Billed as the nation’s only hospital without...

Payers, Providers Seek Common Ground on New Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Telemedicine-based ICU Care Boosts Outcomes, Saves Millions

by Eric Wicklund

Emory Healthcare has saved roughly $4.6 million in Medicare costs by deploying a telemedicine platform in its intensive care unit. The results come from a three-year audit of the Atlanta-based health system’s eICU program, which has...

Trinity Health Invests in Telehealth for Home Care

by Eric Wicklund

Trinity Health is adding an mHealth platform to its home healthcare ministry, which serves thousands of people across the country in an effort to keep them in their homes and out of the hospital. The 22-state, Michigan-based health system...

Telehealth Gives Trainers, Physical Therapists a Healthcare Niche

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to telehealth to bridge the gap between primary care and health and wellness.  In many cases, solo doctors and small clinics are partnering with local physical therapists. Patients are referred to a...

Can Telehealth Make Physical Therapy More Effective?

by Eric Wicklund

Duke University’s Clinical Research Institute has launched a new study to determine whether telehealth-based physical therapy works better than traditional therapy. Called VERITAS (Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-home Therapy: A...

mHealth Adds Social Factors to the Value-Based Care Discussion

by Eric Wicklund

The road to quality-based healthcare may be paved with clinical data, but it’s also decorated with social and cultural dynamics. To Garth Graham, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation, today’s healthcare providers have...

Using mHealth to Vault the Barriers to Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth may help healthcare providers move toward value-based care, but the road won’t be easy. For example, a primary care provider might use a digital health platform to improve clinical outcomes for patients, resulting in a...

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