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Telehealth May Save Money, But It’s Not Yet a Necessity for Consumers

May 23, 2018 - A typical telehealth visit can save the average consumer about $100. Now all that’s left is to convince the average consumer to take advantage of the option. That’s the take-away from research recently conducted by Regence, which administers Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans to some 2.4 million members across the Pacific Northwest. And while the study found that consumers can save...


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Doctors’ Protests Plague UK’s Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

A direct-to-consumer telehealth service launched in London late last year is proving quite popular with residents – yet it’s also drawing protests from physicians who say their practices are being negatively affected. London-area...

Senate Bill Expands Rural Access to Telehealth in Iowa

by Jessica Kent

A bill approved by the Iowa Senate requires health insurers to cover both telehealth and in-person services equally and could expand rural access to telemedicine, particularly in specialty areas such as psychiatry. “Telehealth services...

Senators Want Telemedicine Up Front In The Opioid Epidemic Battle

by Eric Wicklund

A group of senators is urging the Trump Administration to allow healthcare providers to use telemedicine to tackle the nation’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic. In a letter to Robert W. Patterson, the acting administrator of the U.S. Drug...

Kansas Lawmakers to Debate Bill Banning Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

Kansas lawmakers are gearing up for debate on proposed telemedicine regulations that would, among other things, prohibit abortions by telemedicine. HB 2512, introduced on January 22, is the result of several months of negotiations between lawmakers,...

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...

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...

North Dakota Lawmakers Mull Video-Only Telehealth for First Visits

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers are grappling with a proposal to restrict telemedicine in first-time episodic patient care, a move that could prevent rural residents from accessing care online. The state Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee...

Telehealth Groups Urge Congress to Double Rural Broadband Funding

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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,...

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