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AMA Lobbies for More Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Programs

January 22, 2019 - The American Medical Association is once again lobbying for more telehealth in the Diabetes Prevention Program, arguing that digital health access to coaching and health and wellness resources could help roughly 84 million Americans avoid diabetes. In a story on the AMA’s website and a study published in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Spectrum newsletter, the...


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CMS Pushes Telehealth to Replace Some In-Person Visits in MA Plans

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Healthcare providers treating patients on Medicare Advantage plans may soon be able to use telehealth in place of in-person care when appropriate. The update was one of several unveiled Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Virginia Looks to Add Remote Patient Monitoring to Telehealth Law

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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...

ACP Supports Telemedicine Standards in Latest Ethics Manual Update

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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...

Walgreens, Microsoft Announce mHealth, Telehealth Partnership

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Microsoft is teaming up with Walgreens to create a connected health platform that includes telehealth stations, digital health tools and a “seamless ecosystem” that connects the consumer to providers, payers and others in the...

AMA Survey Finds Medical Practices Are Slow to Embrace Telehealth

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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...

ATA Presses DEA to Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions for Prescribing

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The American Telemedicine Association is urging federal authorities to loosen the reins on regulations that restrict mental health professionals from prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. In a letter to the U.S. Drug...

New York Considers Adding Telemedicine to Workers Comp Guidelines

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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

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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

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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...

CMS Pushes Telehealth, mHealth, But Are Providers Paying Attention?

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Many hospitals and health systems aren’t prepared to take advantage of new reimbursement opportunities for mHealth and telehealth. That’s the takeaway from a survey conducted by Reaction Data, which finds that providers...

mHealth Platforms Expand to Tackle Multiple Chronic Conditions

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mHealth companies who have focused on one chronic condition are now expanding their connected health platforms to treat other health issues. The latest to do so is Omada Health, a digital therapeutics company with a focus on...

UK’s NHS Makes mHealth, Telehealth a Priority in New 5-Year Plan

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The UK’s National Health Service is looking to make telehealth and telemedicine a standard of care in five years – a policy that the organization says could save 500,000 lives. Building on Prime Minister Theresa May’s...

Telehealth Helps CMS Bundled Payment Program Show Some Savings

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Mandatory bundled payment programs for joint replacement surgery can save a modest amount of money through the use of telehealth services for rehab, according to a recent analysis. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, an...

Intermountain Touts the Successes of its NICU Telehealth Program

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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...

North Dakota Lawmakers Ready to Rehash Telemedicine Standards Debate

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North Dakota lawmakers may soon be rehashing the debate over what constitutes an accepted doctor-patient relationship via telemedicine. The state’s Senate is poised to take up SB 2094, which mandates that a healthcare...

Clemson Expands Mobile Health Fleet to Reach Underserved Communities

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Clemson University’s health center is using a $100,000 to create a fleet of mobile health clinics aimed at improving access to care in underserved parts of South Carolina. Clemson’s James F. Sullivan Center, a nurse-managed...

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

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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

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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...

Kansas Judge Rules Against New Law Banning Telemedicine Abortions

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A Kansas judge has shot down efforts by state lawmakers to ban telemedicine abortions, the second victory for supporters of the connected care service in two weeks. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled on Dec. 31 that the new law banning...

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