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Feds to Probe Improper Telehealth Reimbursements Under Medicare

July 19, 2017 - 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 to see whether healthcare providers are providing telehealth services to Medicare Part B patients at an approved originating site. The Centers for...


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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...

Broadband Offers a Telehealth Lifeline to Rural Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth can save a rural hospital more than $100,000 a year in healthcare and community costs, according to a new report from a collection of rural broadband providers. Compiled by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, “Anticipating...

Physicians Sour on States’ Telehealth Implementation Efforts

by Eric Wicklund

Some 44 percent of U.S. doctors say their state hasn’t done a good job implementing telehealth, while only 15 percent feel their state has done well or very well. The results come by way of the online physician community SERMO, which recently...

Continua: Telehealth Platform Saved Lives After Japan Earthquake

by Eric Wicklund

A four-year study of survivors of the 2011 Japan earthquake has found that a remote monitoring platform conforming to Continua standards can reduce cardiac stress and improve long-term patient monitoring. The study, published last year in the...

Telehealth in New Jersey Hindered By a Lack of Awareness

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to launch a telehealth platform should be reminded to first make sure their potential patients know what it is and what it can do. That’s the dilemma facing New Jersey lawmakers, who are grappling with new legislation...

Lawsuit Challenges South Carolina’s Ban on mHealth Eye Exams

by Eric Wicklund

The developer of an mHealth app for eye exams is suing state officials in South Carolina, where the company is banned from issuing prescriptions based on its online tests. Chicago-based Opternative says the South Carolina Department of Labor,...

ATA to Providers: Use Telehealth to Compete Against Retail Clinics

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth can be a powerful tool in reducing costs and improving outcomes. For traditional health systems, it also might be the perfect antidote to that new urgent care clinic down the street. With the advent of so-called direct-to-consumer...

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