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Maryland Seeks Providers for New School-Based Telehealth Programs

July 16, 2018 - Maryland officials are looking to expand the state’s school-based telehealth platform. The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has made available two $200,000 grants for new telehealth programs in the state, one to increase access to healthcare services in schools and the second to connect special education students to specialists. The MHCC has awarded roughly $700,000 in grants since...


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Delaware Medical Board Tightens Up Its Telemedicine Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Delaware’s Board of Medicine has tightened up its telehealth and telemedicine regulations. Following a public comment period, the board enacted new guidelines in June that clarify language in the state’s Medical Practice Act, which...

Medicare Expands Remote Patient Monitoring for Home Health Agencies

by Jessica Kent

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System so that home health agencies can include the cost of remote patient monitoring on the Medicare cost report form. CMS expects the...

Georgia’s First Mobile Telestroke Unit is Ready to Roll in Atlanta

by Eric Wicklund

Georgia is adding a new mobile health resource to its telemedicine service with the state’s first mobile stroke unit. The mobile stroke treatment unit, a specially equipped ambulance designed to bring telestroke care directly to the patient,...

FCC Votes to Increase Broadband Funding for Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in rural parts of the country will soon have more flexibility to use telemedicine, thanks to an increase in funding for broadband expansion projects. The Federal Communications Commission this week unanimously approved a...

Farm Bill to Increase Rural Telemedicine Awaits Senate Approval

by Jessica Kent

The House has passed the 2018 Farm Bill to increase funding for rural telemedicine and further combat the opioid crisis, and the bill is now awaiting Senate approval. The revised bill includes several amendments to improve health outcomes in...

2nd Michigan Hospital Forges Telehealth Partnership With Shriners

by Eric Wicklund

A second Michigan hospital is opening a telehealth unit to enable families to access care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. Officials at Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital announced this week that they will create a...

The Pentagon Issues a Call for an Enterprise Telemedicine Platform

by Eric Wicklund

The Pentagon is in the market for an enterprise telemedicine platform. The Military Health System (MHS) has asked the telehealth and telemedicine industry for ideas on how it can consolidate its many connected care programs onto one platform,...

Telehealth Gives Doctors a Chance to Be Where They’re Most Needed

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth technology is allowing Dr. John Bender to be in two places at once. And that makes a big different in care management and coordination for thousands of patients at his Colorado-based medical practice. Bender, senior partner and Chief...

FCC Increases Funding for Rural Healthcare Program

by Jessica Kent

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to significantly increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program, an initiative that would improve telemedicine in rural areas....

Hospitals Turn to Telehealth to Connect With Transplant Patients

by Eric Wicklund

The success of a telehealth program for people on home dialysis is prompting the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine to expand its horizons to transplant patients. UAB officials recently announced that the health system...

Opening Up the OR: Using Telemedicine to Enhance Collaboration

by Eric Wicklund

A Pennsylvania health system is seeing unexpected benefits in deploying telemedicine technology inside the operating room. Abington Hospital –Jefferson Health, which comprises two Abington-area hospitals, six outpatient clinics and two...

North Carolina Lawmakers Ready to Take On New Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

North Carolina lawmakers are pushing ahead with a new bill to set payment and coverage parity standards for telehealth, while also requiring patient consent before any treatment. The bill, HB 967, follows up on legislation passed last year that...

In a Competitive Market, Telehealth Can Be a Valuable Commodity

by Eric Wicklund

UPMC is using its telehealth and telemedicine network to attract new patients in central Pennsylvania – possibly to the detriment of one of its biggest competitors. The Pittsburgh-based health system recently announced an expansion of its...

AACN Updates Guidelines for Nurses in ICU Telemedicine Programs

by Eric Wicklund

The success and expansion of telemedicine programs across the country that focus on ICU care – also known as teleICU programs – has given rise to a new question: How should these programs be designed for nurses? The American Association...

Senators to FCC: Better Rural Connectivity Means More Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The Senate is challenging the Federal Communications Commission on two fronts in an effort to improve broadband and cellphone connectivity in rural areas – key ingredients to expanding telehealth and telemedicine programs to reach underserved...

A Telemedicine Program Links ICU Patients to Clinicians Down Under

by Eric Wicklund

An Atlanta health system is seeing enough good results from a telemedicine platform in Australia that it’s opening a second eICU Down Under. Officials at Emory Healthcare have announced a new remote intensive care partnership with Royal...

Providence St. Joseph Health Takes Telehealth Across the Enterprise

by Eric Wicklund

While telehealth providers were talking consolidation and enterprise platforms at this week’s American Telemedicine Association conference, Providence St. Joseph Health offered an example of how that should be done. The seven-state, 50-hospital...

At ATA18, Telemedicine Moves From a Possibility to a Necessity

by Eric Wicklund

For years, telehealth advocates have been touting virtual visits as being just as good as the in-person visit. Now they’re saying telemedicine is better. “Our focus is now on quality,” American Telemedicine President Peter Yellowlees,...

American Well, InTouch Health Announce Huge Telehealth Deals at ATA

by Eric Wicklund

The trend toward enterprise telehealth platforms over stand-alone programs took a significant step forward Monday with a pair of major news announcements. In moves timed to make a splash at the American Telemedicine Association's ATA18 conference...

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