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mHealth, Telehealth Groups Lobby CMS for Better RPM Reimbursement

June 11, 2018 - Close to 50 healthcare organizations and vendors are lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve reimbursement opportunities for remote patient monitoring. In a letter delivered this morning to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the group called on CMS to modify and add Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that would enable Medicare reimbursement of mobile health...


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Jefferson Health Tests an mHealth Wearable for Pneumonia Detection

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Jefferson Health’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center are studying whether an mHealth wearable used to monitor breathing in asthma patients can be adapted to detect signs of pneumonia in patients with lung cancer. The researchers...

New mHealth Technology Platform Aims to Validate Remote Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Several mHealth companies are joining forces to create a clinician-facing platform for assuring data integrity and patient identification in remote patient monitoring programs. The OpenMedReady framework is being developed by Philips, Qualcomm...

Is mHealth Monitoring for Hypertension Safer Than the Doctor’s Office?

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that using mHealth to monitor blood pressure may actually be more accurate and safer than blood pressure readings taken in a doctor’s office. A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds...

DoD Unveils mHealth Program to Monitor Service Members’ Health

by Eric Wicklund

The Defense Department is launching a new remote patient monitoring project that aims to monitor the health of armed service members through their smartphones. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a DoD department responsible...

Temple Launches Telehealth Program For Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Temple University is launching a nationwide telemedicine program targeting care management for people suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The Temple Lung Center at Temple University Hospital, which performed a nation-high 131...

mHealth Wearables Are Put to The Test in Schizophrenia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Psychiatrists are taking a closer look at remote patient monitoring technology to help patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. mHealth devices that can measure a patient’s moods in real time “represent a valuable method for gathering...

Using Telehealth to Help Patients With Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems in Massachusetts and North Carolina are launching remote patient monitoring programs to determine whether a telehealth approach to medication adherence can improve health outcomes and reduce ER visits and hospitalizations in high-risk...

Cedars-Sinai Study Finds mHealth, RPM Aren’t Changing Outcomes Yet

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth sensors in smartwatches, fitness bands and other wearables aren’t improving patient outcomes in remote monitoring programs, according to a new study conducted at Cedars-Sinai. But researchers say the issue is one of volume rather...

VA Puts Telehealth to Work in ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Care Initiative

by Eric Wicklund

With Congressional approval in hand, the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with plans for a national telehealth network for veterans. The VA recently awarded a $260 million contract to 1Vision LLC, a subsidiary of HMS Technologies,...

Philips Strengthens RPM Platform With New Telehealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Philips is strengthening its remote patient monitoring platform with the acquisition of a telehealth company specializing in population health technology. The company’s deal with VitalHealth, a Dutch company launched in 2006 out of the...

Alaska’s Largest PCP Launches an mHealth Program for Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

Alaska’s largest primary care group is prescribing mHealth technology to thousands of residents living with diabetes in a unique remote monitoring program designed to improve care management outcomes and drive down costs. Anchorage-based...

CMS, AMA Look for Common Ground on Remote Patient Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Fans of remote patient monitoring found a lot to like in new payment rules released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, continuing what many hope is a trend toward CMS support for mHealth and telehealth technology....

mHealth Study Gives Smartphones a Failing Grade on Foot Ulcer Care

by Eric Wicklund

Australian researchers have found that an mHealth platform that relies on photographs taken by a smartphone isn’t enough to properly treat a diabetic foot ulcer. Roughly 3.4 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes around the world develop...

AMGA Lobbies CMS to Give Telehealth More Medicare Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Group Association is lobbying for more Medicare acceptance of telehealth, by recommending five new CPT codes and a demonstration of the value of virtual coaching platform for those with diabetes. In a letter issued on Sept....

Telehealth Programs Look Past Reimbursement to Find Clinical Value

by Eric Wicklund

Not content to wait for insurers to reimburse them for telehealth, some health systems are launching remote patient monitoring programs with an eye to avoiding unnecessary expenses. In Hudson, N.Y., Columbia Memorial Hospital is sending telehealth...

Telehealth Project Helps Ostomy Patients Get Adjusted at Home

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth pilot being launched at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hopes to ease the stigma around ostomy and help patients adjust to living with ostomy bags. Developed by UAB Nursing School Instructor Tracie White, MSN, the pilot connects...

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...

Top 10 Remote Patient Monitoring Companies for Hospitals

by Thomas Beaton

To enhance care delivery and improve patient outcomes for conditions that need constant surveillance, hospitals are increasing their use of remote patient monitoring solutions. Integrated remote monitoring solutions with messaging and alert systems...

mHealth Companies Fined for Medicare Fraud on Wearable Monitors

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials say the developers of an mHealth wearable forced doctors to bill Medicare for remote patient monitoring services that were more expensive than necessary. The U.S. Department of Justice has levied a $13.45 million fine against...

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