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2nd Michigan Hospital Forges Telehealth Partnership With Shriners

June 21, 2018 - 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 virtual care platform linking the hospital to Shriners hospitals in Cincinnati and Chicago. The connected care platform will enable families to meet with...


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Pa. Payer Expands Telehealth Platform to Include Telemental Health

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A central Pennsylvania health plan is adding telemental health to its telehealth offerings, following a recent surge in virtual visits. Capital BlueCross, which serves 21 counties in the Keystone State, is expanding its Virtual Care telehealth...

Coalition Aims to Help Dentists, Orthodontists Use Telemedicine

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A new telemedicine association has formed to help orthodonists and dentists integrate connected care technology into their offices. The American Teledentistry Association (ATDA), launched in May, is “an effort to shape the conversation...

The Pentagon Issues a Call for an Enterprise Telemedicine Platform

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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

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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...

New Mexico Health Plans Launch Phone-Based Telehealth Service

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Some 40,000 New Mexico residents will soon have access to telehealth services through their phone. Health plans True Health New Mexico and New Mexico Health Connections have announced a partnership with MDLive that will enable members to call...

FDA OKs mHealth Version of Neurorehabilitation Therapy Platform

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Federal regulators have approved a mobile health version of a neurorehabilitation therapy system that uses gamification to motivate patients undergoing therapy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for US distribution of the...

OIG: HIV Telemedicine Program Doesn’t Violate Anti-Kickback Laws

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A healthcare provider offering free telemedicine equipment to a county health clinic for use in HIV treatment and support services won’t be sanctioned under federal anti-kickback laws, according to the Health and Human Services Department’s...

CMS Pitches Telehealth to Medicaid Programs Targeting Opioid Abuse

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is recommending telehealth and telemedicine to healthcare providers looking to leverage Medicaid funding for opioid abuse treatment. CMS made the pitch in a pair of guidance documents issued this...

Medicare Advantage Members Are Using mHealth, But Their Plans Aren’t

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Medicare Advantage members are using mHealth tools to monitor chronic health conditions. However, the same can’t be said for their health plans. That disparity was picked up in HealthMine’s Medicare Report, based on a 2017 survey...

FCC Increases Funding for Rural Healthcare Program

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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....

Hollander: Don’t Measure Telehealth Value Against In-Person Healthcare

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Those trying to find value in telehealth by comparing a virtual visit to an in-person visit are getting it all wrong, according to Judd Hollander. The virtual visit, says Hollander, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Philadelphia’s...

New Mobile Health Program Offers Pharmacy Access Through a Kiosk

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A mobile health program being tested in Arizona will use kiosks to connect consumers to pharmacy services, including prescription-filling and video access to a pharmacist. Six kiosks developed by MedAvail have been deployed in public locations...

Teladoc Eyes Global Telehealth Network With Advance Medical Deal

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Teladoc is looking to expand its reach with the acquisition of a Spain-based telehealth company that will open up markets in Latin America and Asia. The New York-based direct-to-consumer telehealth giant whose specialty to date has been telephone-based...

St. Joseph’s Villa Uses Telehealth to Connect With Children in Crisis

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Sometimes a telehealth program’s best feature is its ability to start a conversation. At St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., a simple virtual visit platform has turned an eight-bed crisis stabilization center into an indispensable...

FDA Challenge Eyes Digital Health Technology to Combat Opioid Abuse

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Federal officials and healthcare organizations are ramping up efforts to use mHealth and telehealth to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week launched an effort to bring connected health...

Texas Governor Lobbies for Statewide School Telehealth Program

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to expand an innovative school telehealth program across the state, giving at-risk students access to telemental health services before they pose a risk to themselves or others. The proposed expansion of the...

Will a Payer’s New ER Policy Give Telehealth a Boost in Texas?

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A move by Texas’ largest health insurer to reduce unnecessary ER visits could provide a welcome boost to direct-to-consumer telehealth programs in the state. Beginning in June, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will begin screening ER...

Telehealth Holds Its Own in Helping Stroke Victims Recover Mobility

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Stroke patients who use telehealth to recover at home do just as well as those who undergo physical rehabilitation at a clinic. That’s the take-away from a study conducted by Dr. Steven C. Cramer at the University of California at Irvine....

mHealth Programs Look For Clinical Value to Medical Marijuana

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Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth to study whether medical marijuana can produce positive clinical outcomes. Up until now, much of the mobile health activity in this controversial field has focused on mHealth apps and tools that connect...

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