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Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Expand Telemental Health Services

July 20, 2017 - California’s Kaiser Foundation Health Plan will be expanding its telehealth platform for behavioral health services to meet long-standing complaints over a lack of access and follow-up care. The announcement by Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente follows an agreement with the California Department of Managed Health Care “to correct identified issues with the plan’s oversight...


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House Committee Poised to Consider Medicare Telehealth Bill

by Eric Wicklund

A bill seeking Medicare reimbursement for telestroke services could be headed to a Congressional vote this September. The FAST Act of 2017 (H.R. 1148) is included in the roster of Medicare-related bills to be reviewed this week by the House Energy...

mHealth is Put to the Test to Help Cancer Patients at Home

by Eric Wicklund

Swedish researchers have launched a study to determine if an mHealth platform can improve recovery times for cancer patients by connecting them at home with their doctors during treatment. Based at the Karolinskaya Institute in Stockholm, the...

Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

Building a School-Based Telehealth Program? Start With the Nurse

by Eric Wicklund

The Medical University of South Carolina has an ambitious plan to double the number of school-based telehealth programs next year. To do that, they’ll need the school nurses in their corner. It’s not an easy task, says James T. McElligott,...

VT Health System Offers Tele-ICU, Specialized Telemedicine Care

by Thomas Beaton

A health system in Vermont launched a new telemedicine initiative that increases access to Tele-ICU and other forms of highly specialized patient care. Southwestern Vermont Medical System (SVMS) partnered with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System...

Mercy Virtual’s President Talks Telemedicine, Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

For telemedicine to truly contribute value to healthcare delivery, it has to be invisible. That is, in a nutshell, the goal for Dr. Randall S. Moore, MD, MBA, president of Mercy Virtual. Billed as the nation’s only hospital without beds,...

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 monitoring...

Telemedicine Gives ERs an Instant Link to Psychiatric Consults

by Eric Wicklund

In busy emergency departments across the country, doctors are turning to telemedicine to provide one vital service they can’t often handle: the psychiatric consult. Roughly 13 percent of all ER visits require a mental health consult, according...

AHA: FCC Should Expand Telehealth, Broadband to Rural Regions

by Thomas Beaton

More funding for telehealth providers and an expansion of broadband infrastructure into rural regions will support a growing demand for access to care, said the American Hospital Association (AHA) in comments to the FCC related to the Rural Health...

URMC Offers Free In-Home Telemedicine to Parkinson’s Patients

by Thomas Beaton

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) launched a new telemedicine program that will provide free care to 500 Parkinson's patients in rural communities. The Parkinson's Disease Care, New York (PDCNY) program is a largely virtual...

Telehealth Tackles Medicaid’s Challenges with eConsult Program

by Eric Wicklund

A first-of-its-kind telehealth program launched in Connecticut two years ago is reducing unnecessary spending, improving care coordination for the hard-to-reach Medicaid population and making primary care doctors more confident in their abilities,...

NETRC Conference: Telehealth on the Path to Mainstream Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to mainstream their telehealth programs are making one big mistake: They’re putting telehealth on a pedestal. “To some extent we have been held to a higher standard than traditional healthcare,”...

The Secret to Sustainability in Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often launch a direct-to-consumer telehealth service in hopes of pulling in new patients. A new study now estimates how much business that platform might generate. A health system launching a virtual care platform can expect...

Study Supports Safety, Effectiveness of Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

A three-year study in Ireland and Northern Ireland has apparently proven the effectiveness and safety of abortions by telemedicine. The study, published online in the UK-based BMJ by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, uses data...

Telehealth Partnerships Focus on Innovative ROI in Upstate NY

by Eric Wicklund

For the two administrators responsible for guiding new telehealth projects to fruition across upstate New York, ROI doesn’t always mean reimbursement. Sometimes a new telemedicine program has to look beyond money for value. “You need...

Telehealth Program Brings Video Consults to Rural NY Schools

by Thomas Beaton

Bassett Healthcare Network has acquired a new telehealth platform to connect with 15 school-based health centers (SBHC) to bring telehealth to students in rural New York state. Bassett Healthcare operates six hospitals and severs 46 school districts...

FCC Seeks Input on Broadband Expansion for mHealth, Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are seeking advice from the telemedicine and mHealth community on how to improve broadband access for healthcare. The Federal Communication Commission and its Connect2Health Task Force are accepting comments through May 24 (reply...

Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth: One Hospital’s Virtual Care Plan

by Eric Wicklund

A small southern Maine hospital is using direct-to-consumer telehealth to put the community back into its community health mission. York Hospital’s new Virtual Care service aims to give local residents a more convenient connection to the...

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 rates,...

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