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MA Telehealth Bill Set For Passage; Others Aren’t So Fortunate

November 16, 2017 - A proposed bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans is set for passage, while other bills that would loosen Medicare’s restrictions on telemedicine and telehealth – including expanding telestroke services – are likely doomed. The Increasing Telehealth Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 3727) is included in this year’s Medicare extenders package, which...


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New Survey Takes Telemedicine Beyond Pilots, Into Growth Phase

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Healthcare providers have moved beyond telemedicine pilots and our now looking to expand existing platforms, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner. The global law firm with a strong footprint in telehealth and mHealth released its...

Telehealth Gains Favor as a Coaching Platform for Chronic Care

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Healthcare providers who use telehealth or mHealth tools to coach patients with chronic conditions are seeing marked improvements in clinical outcomes. The latest to report this is Pack Health, a Birmingham, Ala.-based digital health coaching...

UK’s ‘GP At Hand’ Service Offers Patients mHealth Access to a Doctor

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Some 3.5 million London residents will soon be able to access healthcare on their smartphones around the clock in an mHealth pilot being rolled out by the UK’s National Health Service. The free program, called GP at Hand, will enable select...

VETS Act, Supporting Telehealth for Veterans, Now in Senate’s Hands

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Telehealth advocates are cheering the House’s unanimous approval this week of the VETS Act, saying it would give the nation’s veterans unfettered access to telehealth no matter where they live. “The passage of our bill in the...

CCHP’s State Telehealth Report Shows Gradual Advances in Coverage

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Nearly every state provides Medicaid reimbursement for video-based telehealth, according to the latest report from the Center for Connected Health Policy. In addition, 15 states cover store-and-forward or asynchronous services, and 21 states...

CMS Won’t Cover Telehealth in Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has once again declined to cover virtual coaching platforms in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, saying the mHealth and telehealth platform isn’t reliable enough to warrant reimbursement....

Support Grows for Bill Expanding Telehealth Access for Veterans

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A bill that would allow Veterans Affairs physicians to us treat veterans via telehealth no matter where they live has passed muster with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017...

Telehealth Groups Urge Congress to Double Rural Broadband Funding

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Calling it a “life and death issue for rural America,” some 35 healthcare providers and a coalition of schools, libraries and health centers are urging Congress to double the amount of funding for broadband expansion to boost telehealth...

Florida Hospital, Supermarket Chain Launch Telehealth Partnership

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An innovative telehealth partnership between a Florida health system and a supermarket pharmacy chain is creating new business lines for connected care. The BayCare Health System recently opened Public pharmacies at three hospitals – St....

Kansas Payers Push Back Against Telehealth Payment Parity

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Payers in Kansas are fighting proposals for payment parity in telehealth, saying a virtual visit shouldn’t be reimbursed at the same rate as in in-person visit. “Telemedicine services are not equivalent to in-person services and,...

The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

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A mobile health service started more than 30 years ago out of the back of a Volkswagen is using telehealth, mHealth devices and even drones to improve healthcare access and outcomes in one of the most underserved regions of America. The Health...

Telemedicine Workgroup Develops Curriculum for Teleneurology

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With teleneurology and telestroke services quickly becoming commonplace in health systems across the country, a workgroup has developed a standardized curriculum for healthcare providers using the telemedicine platform. A 12-member group of experts...

Telehealth Barriers Should Be Defined by Access, Not Geography

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Telehealth and telemedicine programs aren’t catching on in urban America because reimbursement models are targeting the wrong metric. That’s the opinion of researchers from Princeton University and Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson...

Survey: Consumer mHealth Use is Growing, But Literacy is Lacking

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Americans are turning to mHealth apps and online websites to shop for healthcare services and do their healthcare research, according to a new survey from UnitedHealthcare. The same survey found an alarmingly low percentage of consumers who understand...

CDC Grant to Help Florida Hospital Use Telemedicine for HIV Care

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Florida’s UF Health Jacksonville will be using a $2.2 million federal grant to tailor a rural telemedicine program to treat patients with HIV in one of the state’s largest urban areas. The Jacksonville-based health system serves one...

Joint Commission Steps Back From Proposed Telemedicine Standards

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The Joint Commission is scrapping proposed telehealth amendments to its accreditation standards that would have forced health systems to obtain patient consent and predict a patient’s financial responsibility prior to services rendered....

Telehealth in The Nation’s Capital: DC Board Mulls Regulations

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Healthcare regulators in the District of Columbia are moving closer to telemedicine legislation that would enable healthcare providers to establish a doctor-patient relationship as long as they first get the patient’s permission to use...

UMMC Earns National Telehealth Center of Excellence Designation

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been named a National Telehealth Center of Excellence, the second health system to earn the federal distinction. Jackson-based UMMC was recognized for its 14-year-old telehealth and telemedicine...

HIMSS Makes Its Pitch for Telehealth Legislation, Rural Broadband

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One of the nation’s largest healthcare IT organizations is throwing its weight behind a telehealth bill stuck in Congress and investments in broadband infrastructure that would push telemedicine and mHealth into rural America. The Healthcare...

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