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AMA to Discuss mHealth App Data Security Guidelines

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mHealth app security tops the agenda at this week’s American Medical Association meeting, with delegates expected to vote on an 11-point policy that would strengthen privacy and transparency efforts. A report prepared by the AMA’s...

5 Keys to a Secure mHealth Messaging Platform

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A new survey finds that health systems can follow all the rules for protecting patient data in mHealth messaging platforms, but that won’t work if their employees have a cavalier attitude toward security. About half of healthcare providers...

Organization Vows to Tackle mHealth’s Murky Meanings

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The organization that recently defined “store-and-forward” telehealth says this is the first salvo in an ongoing battle to make the industry meaningful. The healthcare landscape is littered with outdated or vague words and phrases,...

Pennsylvania Joins Telehealth-Friendly Licensing Compact for Doctors

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Pennsylvania has joined the group of states supporting the telehealth-friendly Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which goes into effect in just over two months. Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature last week on legislation unanimously approved...

Payers urge CBO to Give Telemedicine a Fair Shake

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Nearly a dozen national health plans have asked the Congressional Budget Office to pay more attention to telemedicine when scoring Congressional bills on Medicare. In a letter to CBO Director Keith Hall, 11 health plans say telemedicine programs...

New Jersey Moves to Regulate Telehealth

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One of the last states to regulate telehealth is moving forward with legislation that would permit video visits and consults and store-and-forward technology – but not healthcare delivered by phone, e-mail or text message. The New Jersey...

FTC Sides With Teladoc in Texas Telehealth Battle

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Teladoc is gaining new support in its battle with the Texas Medical Board over proposed telehealth restrictions. The Federal Trade Commission last week sent a 44-page letter to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court that criticizes Texas medical officials...

The Future of mHealth May be Health Industry Collaboration

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mHealth stakeholders may wish to consider investing in partnerships with other members of the health IT industry, suggests a new white paper from the law firm Hogan Lovells in partnership with the EBD Group. According to the report, the mHealth...

AAFP Criticizes CMS on Telemedicine Reimbursement Restrictions

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The American Association of Family Physicians is taking CMS to task for elements of the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule that hinder telemedicine reimbursements for store-and-forward, observational care and ED services. "In light of...

FDA Steps Back from ‘Low Risk’ mHealth Regulation

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Federal officials won’t regulate activity trackers and other mHealth devices and apps that focus on “general wellness” – though they may intervene if the products in question touch on clinical applications. The long-awaited...

ONC Report Exposes mHealth’s Security Flaws, But Who Should Fix Them?

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Federal oversight of consumer health information isn’t keeping up with the fast-moving mHealth ecosystem, according to a new report. And it’s up to the healthcare industry to close those privacy and security gaps. That’s the...

Text Messaging Ban Reinstated for Providers

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Federal officials are once again banning healthcare providers from using text messaging tools until at least late this year. The Joint Commission, which lifted its ban on text messaging this past May, has announced that it needs more time to...

Massachusetts Drops Parity from Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

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Massachusetts legislators are debating telemedicine legislation that would, among other things, give insurers leeway to negotiate reimbursement rates - or not reimburse at all. A reworked bill recently issued by the commonwealth’s Joint...

Arkansas Telemedicine Proposal a ‘Good Compromise’

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A proposal to allow telemedicine encounters between a doctor and a new patient are headed to the Arkansas state legislature – although a last-minute amendment could keep one of the nation’s largest telehealth vendors out of the loop....

AMA Tries Again to Set Telemedicine Ethics

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The American Medical Association is once again ready to wade into telemedicine ethics. After punting the issue last June and again in November, the AMA’s House of Delegates will begin debate this weekend on guidelines that define “the...

What the Joint Commission’s Guidance on Texting Means for Physicians

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The Joint Commission recently issued new guidance to give physicians and other independent practitioners the ability to not just communicate via text, but to actually use secure texting platforms to deliver orders. This is a major change from...

Arkansas May Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions

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One of the last states to restrict initial telemedicine encounters may be changing its tune. The Arkansas Board of Medicine is eyeing an amendment to its current codes that would, if approved, allow a physician to establish a valid relationship...

WHO Creates mHealth Adoption Research Standards Guide

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mHealth adoption and tool development has seen a surge as patients seek convenient and cost-effective methods to manage their own health and wellness. With that, testing for new mHealth tools and interventions for chronic disease management has...

Alaska May Open its Doors to Telemedicine

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Alaska lawmakers are uniting behind a bill that would, for the first time, enable the state’s Medicaid participants to access telemedicine services from out-of-state providers. SB 74 “could be a major change that will affect the entire...

9 Connected Health Recommendations to Help Seniors Aging in Place

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A White House advisory council is calling on the federal government to support connected health technologies and platforms for America’s aging population. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), in an...

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