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Telehealth Services

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...

Dignity Health, UCSF Move to Consolidate Their Telehealth Platforms

by Eric Wicklund

Two San Francisco-based health systems are joining forces to coordinate their mHealth and telehealth programs onto one enterprise-wide platform. Dignity Health, which comprises 40 hospitals and 400 healthcare sites in California, Arizona...

CVS, Teladoc Partner on Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

The direct-to-consumer telehealth battle is heating up, with the announcement that CVS will offer round-the-clock care for non-urgent issues through its mHealth app. CVS Health’s MinuteClinic is offering video visits through its CVS...

Johns Hopkins, US Navy Collaborate on New Telemedicine Program

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Navy is working with Johns Hopkins University to launch a telemedicine program at its Pensacola, Fla. base. Through a pilot program called Connected Corpsmen in the Community (CCC), health engineers from JHU’s Applied...

Telemedicine Program Brings Diabetic Eye Exams to Upstate New York

by Eric Wicklund

A long-awaited telemedicine program will soon enable healthcare providers in northern New York to screen patients for diabetic retinopathy. Funded by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and state funds secured by a local...

A Georgia Non-Profit Looks to Market Telehealth to Rural America

by Eric Wicklund

The Global Partnership for Telehealth has launched a new strategy to increase adoption of connected health technologies in rural and remote parts of the country. It’s marketing its own telemedicine solution. The Georgia-based...

FCC Approves Connected Care Program Featuring Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved a $100 million program designed to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past...

Microsoft Grant Targets Rural Telehealth Projects in 3 States

by Eric Wicklund

A Colorado startup is receiving grant funding from Microsoft to expand its school-based telehealth platform to bring connected health services to underserved communities in California, Texas and Maine. Numbers4Health got its start by...

Hospitals Are Finding ROI in Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

by Eric Wicklund

New research from a Washington, DC-based think tank suggests that remote patient monitoring will soon become a standard of care, as health systems use telehealth and mHealth to better manage a growing chronic care population and reduce...

New York City-based FQHC Launches Its First Mobile Health Unit

by Eric Wicklund

A New York City-based federally qualified health center has converted a Winnebago van into a mobile health unit in an effort to improve access to care in underserved communities. Ryan Health, formerly the William F. Ryan Community Health...

Walgreens Launches An Online Marketplace for Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Walgreens has launched an mHealth platform designed to give its members online access to healthcare services, including telehealth. The “Find Care Now” digital health service, unveiled this week by the Deerfield, Ill.-based...

Congress Looks to Give SNFs More Telemedicine for Senior Care

by Eric Wicklund

In the latest effort by Congress to compel Medicare to embrace telehealth, a group a lawmakers have submitted a bill that would enable skilled nursing facilities to adopt connected health technology. The Reducing Unnecessary Senior...

Anthem Creates a New mHealth Resource on Members’ Mobile Devices

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s second largest payer is giving its member access to mHealth services from their mobile devices. Anthem, which manages Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in more than a dozen states, is making its LiveHealth Online service...

Virginia Commonwealth Tackles the Opioid Crisis With Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers across Virginia are using an innovative telemedicine program to collaborate in the battle against opioid abuse. Launched in May, the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program brings together practitioners...

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