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Telehealth Services

HHS Makes a Pitch for Telemedicine in Substance Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

The Health and Human Services Department wants to remind everyone that telemedicine can be an important tool in treating people with addiction and substance abuse issues. In a blog timed to coincide with Prescription Opioid and Heroin...

New Bill Takes Aim at Originating Site Restrictions for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Even as new legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic snakes its way through Capitol Hill, members of Congress are introducing new bills designed to make telehealth and telemedicine a pivotal tool for Medicaid-based...

Occupational Therapists Find Scant Support for Telehealth Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth has the potential to help many healthcare specialties, including occupational therapy. But the path to launching a connected health platform isn’t that easy. That’s what Cynthia Abbott-Gaffney discovered. A...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

The MAVEN Project Gives Busy Health Clinics a Telehealth Resource

by Eric Wicklund

A network of volunteer physicians is using telehealth to provide consults and mentorship to where it’s needed the most – health clinics serving the underserved. The volunteers offer their services for free under the MAVEN...

Telehealth Groups Back FCC’s Proposed Connected Care Pilot Program

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare groups are coming out in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, saying the proposed telehealth project could improve access to care for rural and remote Americans by...

Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans. The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W....

Planning a Hospital Strategy for Broadband, Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

As hospitals and health systems launch new telehealth and telemedicine programs, one of the major challenges is finding enough broadband to handle the service. “Unless broadband in the US improves, the promise of telehealth will...

VA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform linking two small VA hospitals with infectious disease experts has helped staff at those hospitals improve their antibiotic stewardship. The pilot program, detailed this month in Infection Control and Hospital...

Wisconsin Program to Study Telehealth, mHealth for Senior Care

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is partnering with a network of senior living centers to test telehealth and mHealth platforms for senior care. UWM’s Partners for Health Program is working with Heritage Senior Living to enable...

PA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Treat Sexual Assault Victims

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine program that helps small hospitals treat sexual assault victims is gaining favor in Pennsylvania. The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, created last year by Penn State University's...

MUSC Plans a Statewide Telehealth Network for Palliative Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Medical University of South Carolina is looking to launch a statewide telehealth platform for rural and remote healthcare providers needing assistance in palliative care. Backed by a three-year grant of almost $1.3 million from the...

Partners, Teladoc Launch Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

Partners HealthCare is joining the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement with the launch of an on-demand virtual visit service for urgent care. The Boston-based health system is partnering with Teladoc Health on Partners HealthCare On...

California Eyes Medicaid Reimbursement for Telehealth Counseling

by Eric Wicklund

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse certain healthcare providers who use telehealth to deliver substance abuse counseling. AB 2861 mandates that...

New Telemedicine Center to Extend Connected Health Across Idaho

by Eric Wicklund

Idaho’s largest health system is opening a “virtual hospital” to extend telehealth services to rural hospitals, doctor’s offices and patients in Idaho and eastern Oregon. Located in Boise, the 35,000-square-foot...

Telemedicine Gives SNFs a Tool to Improve Care, Cut Medicare Costs

by Eric Wicklund

An after-hours telemedicine platform helped a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility eliminate almost 100 hospitalizations and save roughly $1.5 million in Medicare costs in one year. Those outcomes are included in a case study published...

PCORI Directs $31M in Grants Toward Innovative Telehealth Projects

by Eric Wicklund

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is putting more than $31 million into programs that will use telehealth and telemedicine to improve access to treatment. The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit created by Congress in...

KU Uses Telehealth to Tackle Dangerous Post-Transplant Weight Gain

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth pilot program developed by the University of Kansas Medical Center helped kidney transplant patients reduce weight gain and improve diet and exercise in the crucial months following a transplant, reducing the chances of organ...

Best Buy Targets Senior Telehealth Market with GreatCall Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Another big retailer is looking to develop mHealth tools and services for the senior care space. Best Buy’s planned acquisition of GreatCall gives the Minnesota-based consumer electronics company, which launched its Assured Living...

South Carolina Telehealth Network to Benefit from Broadband Funds

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Communications Commission’s June vote to increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program was seen as a victory for states and healthcare providers looking to expand telehealth and...

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