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Medicare Expands Remote Patient Monitoring for Home Health Agencies

July 9, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System so that home health agencies can include the cost of remote patient monitoring on the Medicare cost report form. CMS expects the changes to drive home health agencies’ adoption of emerging technology and promote quality care in Medicare. “Today’s...


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FCC Increases Funding for Rural Healthcare Program

by Jessica Kent

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to significantly increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program, an initiative that would improve telemedicine in rural...

Telehealth Services Expand Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

by Jessica Kent

The Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), an integrated mental health system for veterans and their families, recently announced that they will soon offer low or no cost telehealth services across Washington state to help reduce the epidemic of...

mHealth Veteran Named CEO of The American Telemedicine Association

by Eric Wicklund

A Chicago-based mHealth entrepreneur described as a “pioneer in healthcare” has been named the new CEO for the American Telemedicine Association. Ann Mond Johnson will take over the post on March 5, assuming leadership of an...

Connecticut Health Systems Launch New Telemedicine Consult Program

by Eric Wicklund

One of New England’s largest health plans is investing in a telemedicine platform that enables patients and their primary care providers to access specialty consults. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has awarded $32,000 in grants to two...

Iowa Telehealth Program Bolsters State’s Rural Healthcare Access

by Thomas Beaton

Telehealth can transform rural healthcare access for patients that face geographic barriers and their associated healthcare costs, such as transportation, child care, and taking time off from work.   Innovative telehealth services...

NewYork-Presbyterian Offers Pediatric Telehealth for Urgent Care

by Thomas Beaton

NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Komansky Children’s Hospital has launched a new pediatric telehealth platform that further expands urgent care to the families in their health system. As part of NYP’s OnDemand suite of digital...

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...

Wearable Device, mHealth, Telehealth Markets Expected to Grow

by Thomas Beaton

The total valuation of the wearable device, mHealth, and telehealth markets is expected to grow due to accelerated adoption of these tools by providers, hospitals, and patients, according to several market reports. mHealth solutions that...

Tele-ICU Offers Flexibility, Speed, Personalized Patient Care

by Thomas Beaton

Tele-ICU, or the use of telemedicine within intensive care units, is emerging as a viable solution to improve the speed and personalization of care for patients in critical condition. At North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH), providers...

Telepharmacy Reduces Rural Care Disparities for Diabetics

by Thomas Beaton

Telepharmacy, or the practice of using telemedicine to help patients administer their medications, helped diabetics in rural care settings significantly reduce weight, glycated hemoglobin (A1c) measures, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)...

Video Visits for Insomnia Less Effective than Live Consults

by Thomas Beaton

A study out of the University of North Texas (UNT) found that online video visits to receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic insomnia were less effective than receiving treatment directly from a therapist or similar...

Hospitals Expand Home Telemedicine, Remote Monitoring

by Thomas Beaton

Hospital-based telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities that extend access to specialty care and other services are becoming increasingly an increasingly popular option for patients and providers. The use of telemedicine and remote...

Emergency Room Telemedicine Consults Help Pediatric Patients

by Thomas Beaton

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in Somerset, NJ is the latest hospital to offer emergency room telemedicine consults to improve access to care for high-acuity patients. The hospital can now connect patients  at...

Primary Care Telemedicine Produces High Patient Satisfaction

by Thomas Beaton

A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that patients who were offered primary care telemedicine during a pilot program in Pennsylvania experienced high satisfaction with the service. JeffConnect, an initiative...

Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA Offers Maternity Telehealth Program

by Thomas Beaton

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia made a maternity telehealth platform available for all members on the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), as part of their existing maternity support program. With ever growing telehealth adoption...

Upstate New Yorkers Beginning to Favor Telemedicine Services

by Thomas Beaton

A survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that around five out of ten adults are aware of telemedicine services, with 80 percent rating their telemedicine usage as “very good” or “excellent.” The...

DTC Telehealth Prompts Use of Medical Services, Not Savings

by Thomas Beaton

A new study from RAND found that 12 percent of telehealth use replaced office and emergency room visits while 88 percent represented new use of medical services. The team of RAND policy researchers examined claims information from 300,000...

Demand for Virtual Health is High, but Do Providers Deliver?

by Thomas Beaton

Despite strong consumer demand for virtual health services, only one in five patients participating in a new Accenture survey have been able to access remote care tools.  Virtual health tools provide greater convenience for...

20% of Consumers Make Telehealth Prime Provider Criteria

by Thomas Beaton

One in five consumers would be willing to switch clinicians if a different primary care provider offered telehealth services, found a new survey by American Well. The survey also found that consumers in younger demographics, and consumers...

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