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Telemedicine

Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA Offers Maternity Telehealth Program

by Thomas Beaton

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia made a maternity telehealth platform available for all members on the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), as part of their existing maternity support program. With ever growing telehealth adoption...

Rural Telemedicine Visits Rose 45% Each Year for a Decade

by Thomas Beaton

From 2004 to 2014, rural telemedicine visits by mentally ill Medicare beneficiaries rose by 45 percent each year, according to research from Harvard Medical School and RAND Corporation.   The number of telemedicine visits increased...

71% of Healthcare Providers Use Telehealth, Telemedicine Tools

by Thomas Beaton

Provider telemedicine use has risen to an adoption rate of 71 percent, according to new research from HIMSS Analytics. The research, presented in two separate studies that analyzed inpatient and outpatient telemedicine, highlighted a jump...

Providers Must Negotiate Telehealth Reimbursement With Payers

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to launch a new telemedicine or mHealth program may find an unexpected ally in commercial health plans. While only 31 states and the District of Colombia mandate that private payers cover telehealth visits as...

Telehealth Experts at ATA: Direct-to-Consumer Care Takes Time

by Eric Wicklund

Executives from three of the nation’s best-known telemedicine networks offered advice this weekend on how to set up a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform. First and foremost, they said, don’t expect consumers to come...

ATA Survey: Parents Like Telehealth for Primary Care Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Parents surveyed by a national pediatric health network say they know about telemedicine and are willing to use it to address primary care issues, but they’re hesitant to use it to manage chronic conditions. That divide separates...

Payers, Providers Seek Common Ground on New Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are finding that telehealth reimbursement goes well beyond finding the right CPT code. With each state and even the federal government offering different and sometimes conflicting definitions for telemedicine and...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health...

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...

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...

Telemedicine Gets a Passing Grade in School Concussion Study

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform works just as well as a physical trainer in diagnosing concussions during a sporting event, according to a long-awaited study. In a two-year project conducted on the sidelines of Northern Arizona University...

Telemedicine Success Linked to Workflow, Rather Than Technology

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine is proving its value not because of new technology, but because of better workflows and collaboration. A program that placed telemedicine platforms into 15 primary care clinics at the Los Angeles County Department of Health...

Telehealth Trends: Telemental Health, Direct-to-Consumer Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are adopting telehealth for telemental health and psychiatry services, and they’re far more interested in direct-to-consumer care than in using the platform to talk to each other. Those conclusions come from the...

VA Tests Telemedicine-based Collaborative Care for Rural Vets

by Eric Wicklund

The Veterans Administration is testing a telemedicine-based collaborative care model on rural veterans in two states who are diagnosed with HIV. It builds on an earlier attempt to use the Project ECHO telemedicine model to improve access...

Defining Digital Health: What Makes an ‘Effective’ mHealth Program?

by Eric Wicklund

How does the healthcare system measure the effectiveness of a digital health program? The Connected Health Initiative, which last year sought a consensus definition for asynchronous telemedicine, is ready to tackle more confusing...

UC Riverside Testing Telemedicine Visits for MS Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have been using telemedicine to connect with patients at home who suffer from debilitating chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Now the University of California Riverside is...

Telemedicine on Tap: ATA Readies for Telehealth 2.0

by Eric Wicklund

With HIMSS17 in the rear-view mirror, healthcare providers are now setting their sights on the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth 2.0 conference next month. But don’t expect the same old news on pilot projects and...

WV Passes Bill to Increase Patient Access to Telemedicine

by Thomas Beaton

On Monday the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of West Virginia Practical Medicine Act, a bill that would significantly increase telemedicine use in the state pending state senate approval. House Bill 2509...

Upstate New Yorkers Beginning to Favor Telemedicine Services

by Thomas Beaton

A survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that around five out of ten adults are aware of telemedicine services, with 80 percent rating their telemedicine usage as “very good” or “excellent.” The...

Telemedicine Gives Rural Children a Lifeline to Specialist Care

by Eric Wicklund

In America’s heartland, large cities and health systems are few and far between. So if a child needs a healthcare specialist, telemedicine may be a literal life-saver. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, 26 of the...

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