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Study: Retail Telehealth Offers As Many Challenges As Opportunities

December 4, 2018 - The emergence of retail telehealth networks and the looming presence of big-name players like Amazon and Walmart in the healthcare space means consumers are on the cusp of true anytime, anywhere care. But is this a good thing? A new report by some experts in the connected care field – including Partners HealthCare’s Joseph Kvedar and former American Telemedicine Association...


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False Telemedicine Sessions at Center of Federal Fraud Crackdown

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Law enforcement officials are beginning to catch up to healthcare providers who see telehealth as a means of stealing from the government. The latest case comes out of San Diego, where a nurse practitioner pled guilty this week to taking...

Indian Health Adds Telemedicine to Opioid Abuse Treatment Strategy

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The federal agency responsible for coordinating care for Native American and Alaskan Indian populations is launching a telemedicine platform to improve access to opioid abuse disorder (OAD) treatment. Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief...

CCHP Report Shows States Are Still Looking For Value in Telehealth

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Anyone looking for that fabled tipping point in telehealth reimbursement and adoption will have to wait a bit longer. The latest edition of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies...

FCC Chief Touts mHealth Advances During Connected Health Keynote

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Federal officials reaffirmed the government’s interest in expanding broadband connectivity and bringing telehealth tools to bear on the opioid abuse epidemic during this week’s Connected Health Conference in Boston. Federal...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

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As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

CMS Overhaul of ACO Rules Includes a Nod to Telehealth’s Value

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A federal effort to revamp the rules around Accountable Care Organizations includes a few nods to telehealth and telemedicine, giving healthcare providers hope that connected care platforms will become more prominent in an overhauled...

CMS Makes a ‘Landmark Change’ in RPM, Telehealth Reimbursement

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled its proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, with several amendments designed to boost remote patient monitoring and telehealth...

CMS Proposes More Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth, RPM

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The federal government is once again moving toward acceptance of telehealth and remote patient monitoring with new rules on how Medicare reimburses providers for their use of connected health technology. The Centers for Medicare &...

Are State Medicaid Programs Doing Enough to Support Telemedicine?

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Roughly 40 percent of the nation’s Medicaid programs are taking a progressive approach to telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement, according to a new analysis. At the same time, about 20 percent of state programs are classified as...

Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse

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Several Senators are launching an all-out effort to make telehealth and telemedicine services a pivotal strategy in tackling the nation’s opioid abuse crisis. While at least three pieces of legislation are already making their way...

Is CMS Giving Telehealth Its Due In Its New Rural Health Strategy?

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CMS is making telehealth and telemedicine a cornerstone in its first Rural Health Strategy. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled the first-ever program this past week, releasing a five-point, eight-page initiative to...

Debating the Pros And Cons of Licensure Compacts for Telehealth

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Interstate medical licensure compacts, which enable healthcare providers to more easily apply for and receive permission to practice medicine in other states, have been touted as a means of expanding telehealth and telemedicine....

Telehealth, Telemedicine Reimbursement Score Big in New Budget Deal

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Telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement scored huge successes in the budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump, with one senator saying the law does more for Medicare coverage of telehealth than any past legislation. The...

Draft Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Are Ready for Review

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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...

How Are States Using Telemedicine to Tackle the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

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With the nation in the grip of an opioid abuse crisis, doctors and pharmacists see telemedicine and telehealth as an opportunity to improve outcomes by improving the distribution and management of controlled substances. But the U.S. Drug...

Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

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Missouri lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would loosen the reins on telehealth, potentially making the Show Me State one of the most lenient in the country. HB 1617, sponsored by State Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), would,...

Making Telehealth a Valuable Part of Preventive Care Programs

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An under-the-radar bill introduced in Congress last year could, if passed, pave the way for Medicare coverage of telehealth in preventive health programs. The Preventive Health Savings Act (S. 2164 and H B.. 2953) proposes to expand the...

Senate Passes VETS Act, Enhancing Telehealth Access for Veterans

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Veterans will soon be able to access healthcare no matter where they live through a telehealth connection. The Senate has unanimously passed The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 (S.925), following the...

CMS Clarifies Texting Rules Amid Rumors of mHealth Message Ban

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has re-affirmed its position on physician texting following news reports that the agency was moving to ban the mHealth messaging platform. In a Dec. 28 Survey & Certification Letter to...

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