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How One SNF Used Telemedicine to Qualify for a Medicare Bonus

December 13, 2018 - A telemedicine platform that provides real-time virtual care has helped a Long Island skilled nursing facility reduce hospital transfers, improve patient care and staff morale – and earn more than $150,000 in Medicare bonuses for the coming year. Plainview, N.Y.-based Central Island Healthcare is among just 3 percent of the nation’s 15,000 SNFs to qualify for the maximum...


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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...

FDA Approves mHealth Platform for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth platform specifically designed to help healthcare providers treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). The US Food and Drug Administration’s this week granted clearance for reSET-O, an...

Long Island Hospital to Roll Out Mobile Telestroke Units Next Spring

by Eric Wicklund

Stony Brook University Hospital is preparing to launch two mobile telestroke units next spring on New York’s Long Island. The hospital has set aside $2.2 million to equip the mobile health units with telemedicine technology,...

For Small Hospitals, Telemedicine Can Be a Game-Changer in the ED

by Eric Wicklund

Rural hospitals who use telemedicine to improve care management in their Emergency Departments not only save money and preserve limited resources – they also boost staff morale and make it easier to hire new talent. That’s the...

VA Announces Telehealth Partnerships With Walmart, Philips, T-Mobile

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its “Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care” program with new telehealth and telemedicine partnerships. At this week’s “Anywhere to Anywhere Together” summit in...

For One Pediatric Practice, mHealth Progress is Small But Significant

by Eric Wicklund

Amid all the talk about low adoption rates and uncertain “tipping points” for telehealth, one point should be made clear: Any provider who finds success with connected care technology is proof that the technology works. And...

Anthem Launches DTC Telehealth Platform for Medi-Cal Members

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest Medicaid programs is launching a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform for its members. Anthem Blue Cross announced this week that its 1.2 million Medicaid members in California’s Medi-Cal program...

mHealth Treatment for Substance Abuse Now Available to Providers

by Eric Wicklund

The first mHealth platform to receive federal approval for the treatment of people with substance abuse issues is now available to providers as a prescription-based digital therapeutic. The reSET mHealth app, developed by Pear...

USC, Northwestern to Study Antibiotic Prescribing Via Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at two universities are launching a five-year study to determine whether telemedicine can help healthcare providers improve their medication management habits. Funded by a grant from the Health and Human Services...

mHealth Project to Use Smartphones to Tackle Pregnancy Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Texas is launching an mHealth project to track 1,000 pregnant women through the smartphones. Backed by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Health grant, researchers will use an mHealth app to...

Duke to Use mHealth Wearables to Help Freshmen Improve Health

by Eric Wicklund

Duke University will be arming incoming freshmen with smartwatches next year in an mHealth program that aims to improve student health outcomes. The WearDuke program, developed by Geoff Ginsburg, a professor of medicine, and Susanne Haga,...

Congress Facing Pressure to Pass Telehealth Bill for Senior Care

by Eric Wicklund

Connected care advocates are lobbying Congress to pass the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2018, which aims to reduce rehospitalizations at qualified skilled nursing facilities by giving them more...

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...

Mary Free Bed Hospital Adds Telemedicine to Improve Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

With a new telemedicine platform, Michigan’s Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is looking to take the “physical” out of physical rehabilitation. The 167-bed hospital, based in Grand Rapids, offers acute care...

Ohio Hospital Using Telehealth to Tackle 911 calls, ER Overcrowding

by Eric Wicklund

An Ohio hospital is partnering with the local fire department and Miami University Oxford to launch a telehealth program aimed at the most frequent users of the 911 emergency system. Middletown-based Atrium Medical Center and the...

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,...

FDA Grants Emergency Clearance to mHealth Platform for Ebola Testing

by Eric Wicklund

With reports of a new Ebola outbreak threatening Africa, the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first-ever fingerstick test for the deadly virus that can be read on an mHealth device. The DPP Ebola Antigen System,...

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