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Nevada Lawmakers Drop Telehealth from Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

March 21, 2019 - Nevada lawmakers have yanked telehealth provisions out of a proposed bill setting standards for physician-assisted suicide, the second state to do so this year. SB 165, which would permit physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to a patient under specific circumstances, had included a clause that would have allowed a virtual care platform in place of certain in-person services. But...


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Telemedicine Helps SNFs Connect Patients to Mental Health Services

by Eric Wicklund

A national provider of behavioral healthcare services for long-term care facilities is using telemedicine to address an urgent need for mental health care. Texas-based Deer Oaks, which works with some 1,400 LTCFs in 27 states, is using...

New Medicaid Telehealth Standards in Massachusetts Draw Criticism

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts may have opened the doors to Medicaid coverage for certain telemental health services this year, but a new analysis by a national law firm finds that the guidelines for telemedicine use may be more restrictive than...

MAVEN Project Partners With VSee to Boost Telemedicine Platform

by Eric Wicklund

A non-profit that provides eConsults to Federally Qualified Health Centers and other community health clinics is upgrading its telemedicine platform. The MAVEN (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network) Project announced a partnership this...

Georgia Senate OKs Out-of-State Telemedicine, Telehealth Parity

by Eric Wicklund

Georgia lawmakers are pushing forward with a pair of telemedicine bills that would enable providers in other states to deliver virtual care in the state, while mandating that payers cover telehealth services at the same rate as in-person...

Shriners Extends Telehealth Reach Into Kansas With Newton Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

The Shriners Hospital network is expanding its reach into Kansas through a telemedicine partnership with Newton Medical Center. Shriners specialists in the network’s St. Louis hospital will soon be able to offer consults to patients...

Stanford Children’s Health Looks Beyond Numbers to Propel Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

As telehealth programs across the country look to scalability and sustainability, they seem to put the focus on numbers: how many patients served, how much money saved, how many rehospitalizations avoided. This is how telemedicine is...

NYP Sees Telehealth Success After Adjusting to the Patient’s Preferences

by Eric Wicklund

When NewYork-Presbyterian expanded its Express Care telehealth program last year to New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the online virtual care service didn’t catch on with residents. It was in danger of suffering the...

New York Launches Telehealth Initiative to Improve Perinatal Care

by Eric Wicklund

New York state officials are launching a “comprehensive telehealth initiative” aimed at improving access to perinatal care, particularly in rural parts of the state. The four-part program was unveiled this week by Gov. Andrew...

Maryland Mulls Medicaid Reimbursement for Telemental Health Services

by Eric Wicklund

Maryland lawmakers will soon be debating a bill that aims to reimburse psychiatric services delivered through telemedicine for residents on the state’s Medicaid program. HB 1200, submitted earlier this month, would require the...

Telemedicine Program Aims to Help Providers in Rural Appalachia

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Virginia Health System is launching a telemedicine program to help primary care providers in remote Appalachia treat patients living with lung disease. UVA will be partnering with Stone Mountain Health Services and The...

Massachusetts Embraces Telemental Health for Medicaid Members

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly 1.9 million Massachusetts residents on Medicaid will soon be able to access mental health services through telemedicine. MassHealth, the commonwealth’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Provider (CHIP) program,...

USDA Prioritizes Opioid Abuse Treatment in Next Telemedicine Grants

by Eric Wicklund

The federal agency responsible for awarding millions of dollars in telehealth and telemedicine grants is prioritizing rural connected health programs that address opioid abuse in its next round of awards. The US Department of Agriculture...

New Telehealth Bills Address Coverage, Store-and-Forward, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

Lawmakers in several states are pushing forward with bills to amend existing telehealth and telemedicine rules – most notable changing them to improve payer coverage and include remote patient monitoring and asynchronous...

Telemedicine Pioneer Qualcomm Life Sold, to be Renamed CapsuleTech

by Eric Wicklund

One of the early pioneers of the remote patient monitoring movement is changing owners – and its name. Qualcomm announced this week that it’s selling its Qualcomm Life business to Francisco Partners, a San Francisco-based...

Telemedicine Extends Palliative Care to the Outpatient Setting

by Eric Wicklund

A lot of time and effort is expended in creating a care plan for life-limiting illnesses after those illnesses have taken hold. But palliative care experts say that care coordination and management could be better planned out through...

VA Hits Telemedicine Milestone With 1 Million Video Visits in ‘18

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has reported reaching a major milestone in its efforts to improve veterans’ access to care through telemedicine and telehealth. According to the VA, more than 1 million healthcare encounters...

Federal Grants to Boost Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers

by Eric Wicklund

More than 100 school-based health centers across the country are getting federal funding to develop telehealth and mHealth platforms for mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services. The US Department of Health...

Arizona Lawmakers Look to Expand Telemedicine Definition, Coverage

by Eric Wicklund

Arizona lawmakers are moving forward with proposed legislation that would expand coverage for telemedicine and add more healthcare services, including asynchronous telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The state Senate and House...

Oklahoma May Use Telemedicine to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Oklahoma lawmakers are mulling a telemedicine pilot program aimed at training rural healthcare providers to treat patients living with Alzheimer’s. SB 437 would, if approved, create a Project ECHO platform. Project ECHO (Extension...

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