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Hollander: Don’t Measure Telehealth Value Against In-Person Healthcare

June 8, 2018 - Those trying to find value in telehealth by comparing a virtual visit to an in-person visit are getting it all wrong, according to Judd Hollander. The virtual visit, says Hollander, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University and Associate Dean for Strategic Health Initiatives at SJU’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, doesn’t...


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North Carolina Lawmakers Ready to Take On New Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

North Carolina lawmakers are pushing ahead with a new bill to set payment and coverage parity standards for telehealth, while also requiring patient consent before any treatment. The bill, HB 967, follows up on legislation passed last year that...

At ATA18, Telemedicine Moves From a Possibility to a Necessity

by Eric Wicklund

For years, telehealth advocates have been touting virtual visits as being just as good as the in-person visit. Now they’re saying telemedicine is better. “Our focus is now on quality,” American Telemedicine President Peter Yellowlees,...

American Well, InTouch Health Announce Huge Telehealth Deals at ATA

by Eric Wicklund

The trend toward enterprise telehealth platforms over stand-alone programs took a significant step forward Monday with a pair of major news announcements. In moves timed to make a splash at the American Telemedicine Association's ATA18 conference...

Consumers Like Telehealth, But Still Prefer Face-to-Face Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are eager to have their doctors use telehealth – but many haven’t tried the technology themselves, and they’re not convinced it’s as good as an in-person exam. Those somewhat contradictory points, made in a survey...

Feds Take CMS to Task Over Improper Telehealth Reimbursements

by Eric Wicklund

About three of every 10 Medicare reimbursements for telehealth in 2014-15 were made in error, according to a recent audit by federal regulators. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department of the Inspector General announced last week that an...

Despite EMR Hangups, Hospitals Are Embracing Enterprise Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are moving away from individual telehealth and telemedicine programs and migrating toward an enterprise-wide platform. And they’re doing it while battling disparities in payment and EMR platforms that can’t handle...

CHQI Launches ATA-Endorsed Telemedicine Accreditation Program

by Jessica Kent

ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) recently announced that it is accepting applicants for its newly unveiled Telemedicine Accreditation Program (TAP), the only telemedicine accreditation program endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association...

Telemedicine Projects Deliver Two-Way Specialty Bedside Care

by Jessica Kent

Two new telemedicine projects, initiated at Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation and Weeks Medical Center, will use two-way communication to give patients access to real-time specialty care at the bedside. The Northwell Health...

CT Employers, Payers Oppose Fixed Rates for Telehealth Services

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A recent hearing to discuss a bill to allow Connecticut physicians to provide telepsychiatry services saw employers and health plans in the state opposing a measure to pay for these telehealth services at the same rate as in-person services....

Telehealth, mHealth Put The Spotlight on Interoperability at HIMSS18

by Eric Wicklund

For telehealth and mHealth enthusiasts, HIMSS18 was like a healthcare version of The Bachelor – it was all about making the right connection. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference and exhibition,...

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 they haven’t...

HIMSS18 Shines a Spotlight on mHealth, Telehealth Programs, Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth will be on full display during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference next month in Las Vegas. HIMSS18, scheduled to take place March 4-9, is expected to draw thousands of healthcare...

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 window...

Telehealth, mHealth Integration Are Highlighted in New Partnerships

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth providers are starting 2018 with a bang, with a trio of announcements aimed at the integration of direct-to-consumer and clinical telehealth and global expansion. Two of the bigger names in the industry, American Well and Philips,...

Are Providers, Payers Putting Enough Into Telehealth Education?

by Eric Wicklund

New research finds that healthcare providers are turning to telehealth and telemedicine more and more to meet business goals, rather than consumer demand. At the same time, many consumers say they haven’t tried telehealth and don’t...

The Year in Review: Telehealth, mHealth Made Their Mark in 2017

by Eric Wicklund

From Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley, telehealth, telemedicine and mHealth – and the other half-dozen terms for this fast-moving industry – found its way into the American consciousness in many different forms during 2017. While Congress...

2017: A Look Back At The Year In State Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Some 63 pieces of legislation focusing on telehealth or telemedicine were approved by 34 state Legislatures this year, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy. The various bills cover a wide variety of digital health issues, from...

Health System Executives Are Optimistic About Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Less than half of the health systems surveyed in a new report are getting reimbursed for remote patient monitoring or virtual care – but that isn’t stopping them from launching new telehealth and telemedicine programs. “The...

New Survey Takes Telemedicine Beyond Pilots, Into Growth Phase

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have moved beyond telemedicine pilots and our now looking to expand existing platforms, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner. The global law firm with a strong footprint in telehealth and mHealth released its...

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