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Telehealth Groups Urge Congress to Double Rural Broadband Funding

November 2, 2017 - Calling it a “life and death issue for rural America,” some 35 healthcare providers and a coalition of schools, libraries and health centers are urging Congress to double the amount of funding for broadband expansion to boost telehealth access. “Rural communities that encounter a severe shortage of doctors, aging populations, and a greater distance to medical experts are...


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Survey: Consumer mHealth Use is Growing, But Literacy is Lacking

by Eric Wicklund

Americans are turning to mHealth apps and online websites to shop for healthcare services and do their healthcare research, according to a new survey from UnitedHealthcare. The same survey found an alarmingly low percentage of consumers who understand...

CDC Grant to Help Florida Hospital Use Telemedicine for HIV Care

by Eric Wicklund

Florida’s UF Health Jacksonville will be using a $2.2 million federal grant to tailor a rural telemedicine program to treat patients with HIV in one of the state’s largest urban areas. The Jacksonville-based health system serves one...

Canadian Study Finds mHealth Isn’t Serving The Right Populations

by Eric Wicklund

In a study that mirrors healthcare attitudes in the US, a new survey finds that Canadians who use mHealth apps and digital health devices aren’t the ones who need them the most. The survey of more than 4,100 Canadians, by the government-funded...

Medicare Spending on Telehealth Increases, But Barriers Remain

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers may be using more telehealth and telemedicine than ever before, but Medicare Is still a significant barrier to growth. An analysis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services’ 2016 payments for telehealth and...

Telehealth Licensure Compact For Nurses To Go Live in January

by Eric Wicklund

Nurses will be able to apply for a license to practice telehealth in multiple states in five months. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has set Jan. 19, 2018 as the go-live date for the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)....

Feds to Probe Improper Telehealth Reimbursements Under Medicare

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are investigating whether physicians are receiving improper reimbursements for telehealth under Medicare Part B guidelines. The Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be checking...

Lawmakers Want Medicare Changed to Expand Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators are ramping up their efforts to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth and telemedicine. The latest bill to take the spotlight is the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR 2550), re-introduced in May by a familiar group of pro-telehealth...

Microsoft’s New Broadband Strategy Includes a Nod to Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Microsoft has announced plans to help improve rural America’s broadband capabilities, an ambitious project that could kick-start telemedicine projects to underserved communities. Unveiled Tuesday, “A Rural Broadband Strategy: Connecting...

Telehealth Licensure Compact for Nurses is Almost Ready to Go

by Eric Wicklund

Nurses will soon be able to practice telehealth in multiple states under one license. With recent votes by legislators in Texas, Maine and Delaware, 25 states have agreed to join the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The compact, overseen...

Telehealth Supporters Lobby DC for Better Broadband Connectivity

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill on Capitol Hill seeks to help urban healthcare providers expand telemedicine programs to rural areas by giving them access to federal funds for broadband connectivity. The bill is part of a full-court press by rural healthcare providers,...

Nurse Support is Crucial to School Telehealth Program Success

by Eric Wicklund

A school-based telehealth program in Sacramento is drawing complaints from the school nurses the program is designed to help. The dispute highlights a key ingredient in any new telehealth venture: Buy-in from everyone involved in the service,...

USDA Offers $500K in Grant Funding for Rural Telemedicine

by Thomas Beaton

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) within the USDA has announced that healthcare organizations can apply for grants between $50,000 and $500,000 for the purpose of expanding rural telemedicine programs to improve access to education and care....

Rural Telehealth Use Rises, But Challenges for PCPs Remain

by Thomas Beaton

Rural telehealth use has surpassed adoption in other care environments, but primary care providers (PCPs) continue to face organizational barriers when pursuing the implementation of telehealth solutions. Research from the Journal of the American...

HEART Act Targets Medicare Limits on Rural Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill making its way around Capitol Hill aims to improve access to telehealth services for people with heart disease and those in rural parts of the country. The Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, filed on May 3 by U.S....

CONNECT Act Returns, Targeting Telehealth Barriers in Medicare

by Eric Wicklund

A long-anticipated bill to expand telemedicine and telehealth services in Medicare has made it to Capitol Hill, adding to the growing list of digital health legislation in the nation’s capital. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary...

VETS Act Takes Aim at mHealth, Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill have reintroduced a bill that would ease restriction on telehealth and mHealth for veterans, especially those in rural areas. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 has been...

GAO Report: Telehealth Troubles Tied to Reimbursement Barriers

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers aren’t embracing telehealth and remote patient monitoring because they aren’t being reimbursed for those services, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO report, issued...

Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

83% of Healthcare Orgs to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth Tools

by Thomas Beaton

Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives...

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