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CHQI Launches ATA-Endorsed Telemedicine Accreditation Program

March 22, 2018 - ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) recently announced that it is accepting applicants for its newly unveiled Telemedicine Accreditation Program (TAP), the only telemedicine accreditation program endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). TAP’s goal is to promote access to safe, quality, and competent healthcare regardless of the telemedicine model, modality, or the type...


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Judge Tosses Challenge to South Carolina’s Ocular Telehealth Ban

by Eric Wicklund

South Carolina’s law prohibiting telemedicine-based eye exams will remain on the books, following the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Opternative. U.S. District Court Judge DeAndrea Gist Benjamin has thrown out a lawsuit filed on behalf...

Draft Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Are Ready for Review

by Eric Wicklund

A partnership launched by the American Telemedicine Association has unveiled a draft set of standards for a new telemedicine accreditation program. ClearHealth Quality Institute’s Telemedicine Accreditation Program Standards was unveiled...

Kaiser Study Gives Telemedicine High Marks in Stroke Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Some 20 hospitals in northern California are using telemedicine carts to treat stroke patients almost twice as fast as the national average for stroke treatment. The hospitals, all part of the Kaiser Permanente network, are using the Stroke EXPRESS...

Should Telehealth, Telemedicine Doctors Have Their Own Specialty?

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine are becoming so commonplace in health systems that they should have their own specialty. That’s the premise of a Nov. 27 opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association by New York Presbyterian...

Telemedicine Workgroup Develops Curriculum for Teleneurology

by Eric Wicklund

With teleneurology and telestroke services quickly becoming commonplace in health systems across the country, a workgroup has developed a standardized curriculum for healthcare providers using the telemedicine platform. A 12-member group of experts...

Joint Commission Steps Back From Proposed Telemedicine Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The Joint Commission is scrapping proposed telehealth amendments to its accreditation standards that would have forced health systems to obtain patient consent and predict a patient’s financial responsibility prior to services rendered....

Telehealth in The Nation’s Capital: DC Board Mulls Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare regulators in the District of Columbia are moving closer to telemedicine legislation that would enable healthcare providers to establish a doctor-patient relationship as long as they first get the patient’s permission to use...

Texas Board’s New Telemedicine Rules Could Still Cause Problems

by Eric Wicklund

Following up on legislative action taken earlier this year to align the state with the rest of the nation, the Texas Medical Board has proposed amending its telemedicine and telehealth rules that would loosen the reins on doctors wanting to treat...

NQF Unveils Quality Measurement Framework Plan for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine can make a positive impact on the nation’s healthcare system if they demonstrate improvement in health outcomes, processes and cost, quality measures are widely accepted and the definitions of measurement are...

American Telemedicine Association Announces CEO’s Departure

by Eric Wicklund

Jonathan Linkous is stepping down after 24 years as the leader of the nation’s largest telehealth and telemedicine advocacy group. The American Telemedicine Association announced Linkous’ departure as CEO in a brief press release...

Texas Telemedicine Law Prompts Feds to Close Medical Board Probe

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have closed their investigation of the Texas Medical Board over charges the board sought to unfairly restrict telemedicine providers. The Federal Trade Commission voted 2-0 to end its probe shortly after Gov. Greg Abbot signed...

ATA, CHQI to Develop National Telemedicine Accreditation Standards

by Thomas Beaton

A partnership between ATA and the ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) aims to build national telemedicine accreditation standards that enhance telemedicine transparency, patient outcomes and safety, and regulation. Under the partnership, ATA's...

ATA’s Practice Guidelines Target Telestroke, Telemental Health

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association has launched two practice guidelines to help healthcare providers launching telemedicine services. The practice guidelines for telestroke and child and adolescent telemental health “advance the science...

Montana Bill Seeks to Establish Telemedicine Practice Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The latest state to consider telemedicine practice standards also happens to be one of the nation’s largest and least populated. Montana Rep. Kirk Wagoner (R-Montana City) has introduced legislation to “put sideboards on the...

ATA Seeks Input on New Telemedicine Practice Guidelines

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association is making three news sets on telemedicine practice guidelines available for public review, giving healthcare providers another resource as they move to launch new telehealth services. The ATA is collecting...

mHealth, Telemedicine Experts Appointed to NQF’s Telehealth Committee

by Eric Wicklund

A who’s who of telemedicine and mHealth experts is helping the National Quality Forum map out a framework for measuring the success of telehealth projects across the country. The NQF’s Telehealth Framework to Support Measure Development...

New Standards Validate Telemedicine in Stroke Care

by Eric Wicklund

Telestroke is finally getting its own guidance document. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have released a scientific statement on quality measures and outcomes for the use of telemedicine in stroke cases, marking...

A Telehealth Primer: 5 Tips to Making the Virtual Visit a Success

by Eric Wicklund

Not every doctor can “do” telehealth. As more and more health systems adopt audio-visual platforms and train their doctors and nurses to use the technology, they’re discovering one little problem: One’s “bedside...

7 Tips for Including Patient Safety in Telemedicine Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems have been slow to adopt telemedicine due to concerns over patient safety. But executives at Partners Healthcare’s Center for Connected Health say the technology has done more good than harm and should be embraced more readily....

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