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Nemours Doctor Measures Telehealth Value in Patient Satisfaction

September 21, 2017 - To Dr. Alfred Atanda Jr., telehealth isn’t always about improving clinical outcomes. It’s also about making the best use of the patient’s and doctor’s time and reducing costs. Atanda, an orthopedic surgeon at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, has used a telehealth platform for roughly three years in his sports medicine practice. He sees...


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Telehealth, Telemedicine Guidelines Gain Momentum in Florida

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One of the last states to formally establish a telehealth policy has been busy this month. The Florida Telehealth Advisory Council, created by the state’s Legislature in March 2016, has put together a draft report that, among other things,...

Canadian Study Finds mHealth Isn’t Serving The Right Populations

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In a study that mirrors healthcare attitudes in the US, a new survey finds that Canadians who use mHealth apps and digital health devices aren’t the ones who need them the most. The survey of more than 4,100 Canadians, by the government-funded...

Texas Board’s New Telemedicine Rules Could Still Cause Problems

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Following up on legislative action taken earlier this year to align the state with the rest of the nation, the Texas Medical Board has proposed amending its telemedicine and telehealth rules that would loosen the reins on doctors wanting to treat...

Telehealth Will Only Benefit Seniors if They Know It’s Available

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Telehealth is touted as an important avenue for seniors looking to stay healthy and at home, yet almost 90 percent of seniors recently surveyed said they either don’t have access to telehealth through their Medicare plan or they don’t...

Study: States’ Private Payer Laws Are Harming Telehealth Growth

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Two-thirds of the states in the US may have laws to promote telehealth and telemedicine coverage by private payers, but many of those laws are weakly written, giving payers too much discretion to set their own ground rules and turning providers...

More Organizations Urge CMS to Boost Medicare Telehealth Coverage

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Healthcare organizations and advocacy groups are ganging up on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a bid to compel more telehealth and telemedicine coverage. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), American...

Telehealth Bills Targeting Stroke Care, MA Plans Show Progress

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Two bills designed to improve telehealth and telemedicine access sailed through Congressional subcommittee reviews on Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine...

PCORI Eyes mHealth, Telehealth Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

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Three projects to test mHealth and telehealth platforms in the treatment of multiple sclerosis are slated to get more than $14 million in grant funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The studies are part of a five-program,...

UK Research Links mHealth to Better Treatments for Sleep Disorders

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mHealth therapy can help treat insomnia and mental health disorders arising from sleeplessness, according to a UK-based study. The study of some 3,755 college students between March 2015 and February 2016, detailed in The Lancet, found that Internet-based...

Congress Mulls Proposal to Boost Telehealth Coverage in MA Plans

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The latest telehealth bill surfacing in Washington DC targets Medicare Advantage plans. H.R. 3727, introduced on Sept. 11 by US Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif..) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), would enable...

AMGA Lobbies CMS to Give Telehealth More Medicare Opportunities

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The American Medical Group Association is lobbying for more Medicare acceptance of telehealth, by recommending five new CPT codes and a demonstration of the value of virtual coaching platform for those with diabetes. In a letter issued on Sept....

Research Compares Telemedicine Abortions to In-Person Services

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Telemedicine abortions are as safe as those done by doctors in a clinic or hospital, according to the latest research from the University of California San Francisco. The large-scale study of some 20,000 patients comes at a time when 18 states...

Telehealth, mHealth Studies Show the Value of Proper Preparation

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A recent study found that a mobile health platform can cause an increase in office visits and a decrease in new business. Now telehealth advocates are saying that study could actually help the industry. Conducted by researchers at the University...

mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

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An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the Pacify...

NQF Unveils Quality Measurement Framework Plan for Telehealth

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Telehealth and telemedicine can make a positive impact on the nation’s healthcare system if they demonstrate improvement in health outcomes, processes and cost, quality measures are widely accepted and the definitions of measurement are...

Harvey’s Aftermath Brings mHealth, Telehealth to the Forefront

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Telehealth companies are opening their platforms to residents of Texas and Louisiana who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the first of what may be a months- or even years-long effort to include the technology in relief and recovery operations....

With Telehealth, R.I. Docs Open a Portal to the Entire Care Team

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For physicians using telehealth tools to connect with patients, that famed “aha” moment no longer comes when the technology is turned on. The real breakthroughs happen when a doctor begins an online conversation. “Now, out of...

Telehealth Extended to NY Adult Centers; Schools May Come Next

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New York’s governor has signed legislation extending telemedicine and telehealth to seniors in care centers, and could soon be extending the platform to schools and day care centers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law A1464, which...

Medicare Spending on Telehealth Increases, But Barriers Remain

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Healthcare providers may be using more telehealth and telemedicine than ever before, but Medicare Is still a significant barrier to growth. An analysis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services’ 2016 payments for telehealth and...

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