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Groups Sue Anthem Over Telehealth-Friendly ER Review Policy

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A national payer’s policy of screening ER visits to promote telehealth and mHealth options is being challenged in court. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) have...

Virginia Commonwealth Tackles the Opioid Crisis With Telemedicine

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Healthcare providers across Virginia are using an innovative telemedicine program to collaborate in the battle against opioid abuse. Launched in May, the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program brings together practitioners...

Vanderbilt Uses Telemedicine to Extend Transplant Center’s Reach

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is using telemedicine to extend the reach of its kidney transplant program and give Tennessee residents the opportunity to be screened for a transplant and receive continuing care closer to home. The...

CMS Makes a ‘Landmark Change’ in RPM, Telehealth Reimbursement

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled its proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, with several amendments designed to boost remote patient monitoring and telehealth...

Telemedicine Gives Specialists a Chance to Exercise Their Skills

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Telemedicine advocates have long argued that virtual care is equal to in-person care. But for some specialists augmenting their “day job” with eConsult services, that telehealth platform enables them to do more than they...

Army Ready to Test Telemedicine Platform for Emergency Transports

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The US Army is testing a telemedicine platform designed to transmit critical data from the field to the hospital, enabling providers there to better prepare for incoming patients. The connected care service might someday be used by health...

Rite Aid Eyes Telehealth Kiosks in New Deal With InTouch Health

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Rite Aid is taking another shot at telehealth kiosks. The national pharmacy chain, which saw its first foray into kiosks go south two years ago with the demise of HealthSpot, has agreed to a telehealth partnership with California-based...

Maryland Seeks Providers for New School-Based Telehealth Programs

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Maryland officials are looking to expand the state’s school-based telehealth platform. The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has made available two $200,000 grants for new telehealth programs in the state, one to increase...

CMS Proposes More Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth, RPM

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The federal government is once again moving toward acceptance of telehealth and remote patient monitoring with new rules on how Medicare reimburses providers for their use of connected health technology. The Centers for Medicare &...

InTouch Health Joins Newly Launched Global Telehealth Program

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One of the nation’s largest telehealth companies is joining forces with a newly-formed international non-profit to support connected care projects around the world. The World Telehealth Initiative launched this week “with the...

FCC Eyes Support for Telehealth, RPM Projects Serving Rural America

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Federal authorities are proposing to launch a $100 million program to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past success in treating rural...

Are State Medicaid Programs Doing Enough to Support Telemedicine?

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Roughly 40 percent of the nation’s Medicaid programs are taking a progressive approach to telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement, according to a new analysis. At the same time, about 20 percent of state programs are classified as...

How One VNA Uses mHealth to Boost Care Management and Coordination

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mHealth technology works best when it improves care management and coordination for patients going through transition. For the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, the largest provider of post-acute and community-based healthcare in...

Delaware Medical Board Tightens Up Its Telemedicine Regulations

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Delaware’s Board of Medicine has tightened up its telehealth and telemedicine regulations. Following a public comment period, the board enacted new guidelines in June that clarify language in the state’s Medical Practice Act,...

AMA Announces Winners of Mobile Health Data Sharing Challenge

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The American Medical Association is honoring three mHealth startups for developing “cutting edge” platforms that make use of mobile health data. The three were chosen as the best from 36 entries in the AMA Health Care...

Using mHealth as a Care Management Tool for Bariatric Patients

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Healthcare providers are studying whether a mobile health platform can help patients who have undergone bariatric surgery in managing their weight and addressing mental health issues that sometimes appear after the operation. In a study...

STSI Touts mHealth for Cardiovascular Care Management at Home

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A connected care platform using clinical grade wearables and an mHealth app can accurately measure cardiovascular “vital signs” at home, according to new research from the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). In...

Telehealth Licensure Compact for Physical Therapists is Ready to Go

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Physical therapists in Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee will soon be able to use telehealth to treat patients in other states. The three states will go live on July 9 under the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, which allows PTs and...

How One Urgent Care Clinic Uses Telehealth to Find its Niche

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Health systems often see direct-to-consumer telehealth as a means of competing with retail and stand-alone urgent care services.  Now one Texas-based urgent care network is using virtual care technology to carve its own niche in the...

New Connecticut Law Enables Providers to Prescribe Via Telemedicine

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Healthcare providers in Connecticut will soon be able to use telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Gov. Daniel Malloy’s signature on S.B. 302 reverses the state’s...

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