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Virginia Looks to Add Remote Patient Monitoring to Telehealth Law

January 18, 2019 - Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would define remote patient monitoring and include it in the commonwealth’s telehealth and telemedicine guidelines. House Bill 1970 and Senate Bill 1221, both filed on January 9, define RPM as “the delivery of home health services using telecommunications technology to enhance the delivery of home health care, including...


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ACP Supports Telemedicine Standards in Latest Ethics Manual Update

by Eric Wicklund

The American College of Physicians has reinforced its support of telemedicine in establishing the doctor-patient relationship in first-time visits – as long as the virtual care platform includes audio-visual technology. That point...

AMA Survey Finds Medical Practices Are Slow to Embrace Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine and telehealth may be the norm rather than the exception in hospitals and health systems, but smaller medical practices still aren’t embracing connected care technology. A recent survey of some 3,500 physicians by the...

New York Considers Adding Telemedicine to Workers Comp Guidelines

by Eric Wicklund

New York may be taking a look at how telehealth can help the state’s worker’s comp system. Senate Bill 1042, introduced this week by state Senator Catharine Young proposes establishing a seven-member task force to examine how...

New Jersey Gets $2.3M to Expand Telehealth Programs for Children

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey healthcare providers are getting more than $2.3 million to expand telehealth and telemedicine programs to identify and treat children with behavioral and mental health issues. The state will use a five-year $2.225 million grant...

Telemedicine Licensure Compact is Now Live in Half The Country

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in half of the United States now have the opportunity to practice telehealth in multiple states. Michigan’s inclusion in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), approved by lawmakers in 2018 and signed...

Intermountain Touts the Successes of its NICU Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

An effective telemedicine platform will not only improve outcomes and reduce wasteful spending, but give smaller, rural hospitals the expertise to treat more of their patients and reduce stressful transfers to larger hospitals. That, in...

Telehealth Gives Patients a Real-Time Link to Mental Health Support

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas-based psychiatry clinic is using telehealth to help patients manage their health outside the doctor’s office. Carter Health Psychiatry & Wellness, located just south of Houston in Friendswood, has launched a remote...

Illinois Expands Reimbursement for Diabetes Care Via Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A new law taking effect in Illinois this week expands coverage for telehealth programs aimed at seniors living with diabetes. HB 5351, passed in May 2018 and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, amends the Illinois Insurance Code to...

Will Telehealth and mHealth Fulfill Their Potential in 2019?

by Eric Wicklund

With 2019 on the doorstep, healthcare leaders are looking for clues as to what the coming year will hold for telehealth and mHealth. And while most of the experts have long since tossed out the time-worn “tipping point”...

New Mexico Bill Adds Telemedicine to Assisted Suicide Debate

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill in New Mexico seeks to add telemedicine to the “right to die” debate. The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act (HB 90), introduced on Dec. 20 by State Rep. Deborah Armstrong, would enable qualifying...

EDs Face Obstacles in Integrating Pediatric Telemedicine Services

by Eric Wicklund

Only about 8 percent of the nation’s Emergency Departments have pediatric telemedicine units, according to new research. And while connected care platforms have been found to improve care management and clinical outcomes, some health...

Ochsner Adds Remote Patient Monitoring for Cardiac Implant Patients

by Eric Wicklund

The Ochsner Health System is launching a new remote patient monitoring service aimed at improving care management for patients with implanted cardiac devices. The New Orleans-based health system, one of the nation’s most progressive...

Penn Medicine Launching Telemedicine Platform for Brain Tumor Consults

by Eric Wicklund

Penn Medicine a telemedicine program to expand the reach of its specialists in offering second opinions on brain tumor diagnoses. The health system’s nationally recognized Penn Brain Tumor Center will soon be using a connected care...

UAB Using $4.6M Grant to Apply Telehealth to Physical Therapy Program

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting a $4.6 million federal grant to integrate a telemedicine platform into a novel music-enhanced physical therapy program for people with disabilities. Through a partnership with the YMCA of...

Reimbursement Barriers Still Plague Telemental Health Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Federal and state efforts to boost telemental health may be blossoming – in particular for students, seniors and veterans – but “a lack of meaningful coverage and reimbursement rules” means the telemedicine...

Long Island Hospital to Roll Out Mobile Telestroke Units Next Spring

by Eric Wicklund

Stony Brook University Hospital is preparing to launch two mobile telestroke units next spring on New York’s Long Island. The hospital has set aside $2.2 million to equip the mobile health units with telemedicine technology,...

For Small Hospitals, Telemedicine Can Be a Game-Changer in the ED

by Eric Wicklund

Rural hospitals who use telemedicine to improve care management in their Emergency Departments not only save money and preserve limited resources – they also boost staff morale and make it easier to hire new talent. That’s the...

VA Announces Telehealth Partnerships With Walmart, Philips, T-Mobile

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its “Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care” program with new telehealth and telemedicine partnerships. At this week’s “Anywhere to Anywhere Together” summit in...

Are Payers to Blame for Low Provider Telehealth Adoption Rates?

by Eric Wicklund

An analysis of payer compliance with Texas’ telehealth and telemedicine law finds that many insurers aren’t being transparent about what they do and don’t cover. And that may be contributing to the low national adoption...

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