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New Telehealth Training Center Aims to be a National Resource

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According to healthcare providers attending last week’s American Telemedicine Conference in Orlando, one of the biggest challenges to launching a telehealth network is finding qualified staff. It’s a problem the National Academic...

Telehealth Licensure Compact Goes Live for Physical Therapists

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Physical therapists in 10 states will soon be able to use telehealth to expand their practices and give consumers more access to mobile healthcare services. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature on HB 1278 this week means 10 states have...

71% of Healthcare Providers Use Telehealth, Telemedicine Tools

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Provider telemedicine use has risen to an adoption rate of 71 percent, according to new research from HIMSS Analytics. The research, presented in two separate studies that analyzed inpatient and outpatient telemedicine, highlighted a jump in...

VETS Act Takes Aim at mHealth, Telehealth Access for Veterans

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Legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill have reintroduced a bill that would ease restriction on telehealth and mHealth for veterans, especially those in rural areas. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 has been...

Chronic Care mHealth Apps Benefit from Patient Feedback

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A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that integrating patient feedback into the chronic care mHealth app development process can increase usage, adoption, and the value of apps used to encourage self-management...

Examining the State of Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement

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The majority of the United States offers Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth and related services, but reimbursement rules within each state can vary significantly, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).   CCHP's...

Providers Must Negotiate Telehealth Reimbursement With Payers

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Healthcare providers looking to launch a new telemedicine or mHealth program may find an unexpected ally in commercial health plans. While only 31 states and the District of Colombia mandate that private payers cover telehealth visits as they...

Telehealth Experts at ATA: Direct-to-Consumer Care Takes Time

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Executives from three of the nation’s best-known telemedicine networks offered advice this weekend on how to set up a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform. First and foremost, they said, don’t expect consumers to come calling all...

ATA Survey: Parents Like Telehealth for Primary Care Needs

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Parents surveyed by a national pediatric health network say they know about telemedicine and are willing to use it to address primary care issues, but they’re hesitant to use it to manage chronic conditions. That divide separates two of...

Payers, Providers Seek Common Ground on New Telehealth Services

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Healthcare providers are finding that telehealth reimbursement goes well beyond finding the right CPT code. With each state and even the federal government offering different and sometimes conflicting definitions for telemedicine and telehealth,...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

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Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health systems,...

GAO Report: Telehealth Troubles Tied to Reimbursement Barriers

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Healthcare providers aren’t embracing telehealth and remote patient monitoring because they aren’t being reimbursed for those services, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO report, issued...

CA Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Portal Extends to NY

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NuggMD, a California medical marijuana telemedicine portal that connects physicians to 40,000 patients, is expanding cross-country to increase patient access to the portal. On April 18th, the company extends their services to New York State,...

ATA’s Practice Guidelines Target Telestroke, Telemental Health

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The American Telemedicine Association has launched two practice guidelines to help healthcare providers launching telemedicine services. The practice guidelines for telestroke and child and adolescent telemental health “advance the science...

Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

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Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service Replaces the Office Visit

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Rush University Medical Center has launched a store-and-forward telemedicine platform for non-emergency cases, giving patients an effective alternative to the doctor’s office or retail clinic visit. Rush SmartExam is the Chicago-based hospital’s...

83% of Healthcare Orgs to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth Tools

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Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Goes Live in 7 Member States

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Members of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact are now accepting applications from physicians interested in practicing telehealth across state lines. The Federation of State Medical Boards has announced that the compact went live on Thursday,...

Congress to Revisit Telehealth for Chronic Care Legislation

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Congress will get another crack at expanding telehealth for chronic care with the return of a Senate bill seeking better Medicare coverage of remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary...

Alaska Lawmakers Link Telehealth Growth to Better Broadband

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Alaska legislators are asking for federal help in expanding the state’s broadband network to support more telemedicine and telehealth services. House Joint Resolution 14, which passed by a 33-6 vote this week, calls on the Federal Communications...

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