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Telehealth, Telemedicine Reimbursement Score Big in New Budget Deal

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Telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement scored huge successes in the budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump, with one senator saying the law does more for Medicare coverage of telehealth than any past legislation. The...

Telemedicine Gives Northwell Health a Better Path to Organ Donations

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New York’s largest health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve the organ donation process – a digital health boost that is easing the workload for nurses and giving them more time for bedside care and...

Mobile Health Program Helps Chicago Reach Underserved Adolescents

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Mobile health units are being deployed across the country to address a number of mHealth and population health concerns, from women’s health, dental services and flu coverage to healthcare services for schools, underserved and...

FCC Under Pressure to Boost Broadband Support for Rural Telemedicine

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One of healthcare’s heavy hitters is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to support primary care telemedicine in rural America by boosting resources for broadband expansion. Arguing that improved broadband access will...

Senators Want Telemedicine Up Front In The Opioid Epidemic Battle

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A group of senators is urging the Trump Administration to allow healthcare providers to use telemedicine to tackle the nation’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic. In a letter to Robert W. Patterson, the acting administrator of the U.S....

Kansas Lawmakers to Debate Bill Banning Telemedicine Abortions

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Kansas lawmakers are gearing up for debate on proposed telemedicine regulations that would, among other things, prohibit abortions by telemedicine. HB 2512, introduced on January 22, is the result of several months of negotiations between...

Telehealth Licensure Gives Physical Therapists a Chance to Grow

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Physical therapists will soon be able to use telehealth to reach patients in other states. Officials with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBT) have set mid-2018 as the go-live date for the Physical Therapy Licensure...

Spectrum Health Tackles the Flu With Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

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With a flu epidemic in full swing, Michigan’s Spectrum Health system is using a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform to reduce the strain on local emergency departments and doctor’s offices and improve treatment options and...

Utah Lawmakers, Payers Grapple Over Telemental Health Legislation

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Utah lawmakers are grappling with proposed legislation that would require insurers to cover telemental health consults. HB 139, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason (R.-Sandy), would mandate that the state’s Medicaid program and private...

Digital Health Study Targets Virtual Coaching in Diabetes Prevention

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A Nebraska hospital is recruiting 500 patients for a study on the effectiveness of a digital diabetes prevention program that includes mHealth interventions. The University of Nebraska Medical Center will recruit patients for the project,...

Judge Tosses Challenge to South Carolina’s Ocular Telehealth Ban

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South Carolina’s law prohibiting telemedicine-based eye exams will remain on the books, following the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Opternative. U.S. District Court Judge DeAndrea Gist Benjamin has thrown out a lawsuit filed on...

Draft Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Are Ready for Review

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A partnership launched by the American Telemedicine Association has unveiled a draft set of standards for a new telemedicine accreditation program. ClearHealth Quality Institute’s Telemedicine Accreditation Program Standards was...

Telehealth Gives Senior Centers a Gateway to Patient Engagement

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Senior centers across the country are deploying a wide range of telehealth and mHealth technologies to keep their residents active and engaged. One such example is Front Porch, a Glendale, Calif.-based non-profit comprising 10...

Allergists’ Association Supports Telemedicine for Specialty Care

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Healthcare specialists who focus on allergies could use telehealth or telemedicine to improve clinical outcomes, reduce access and travel issues for their patients and boost their bottom line by treating more people, according to the...

How Are States Using Telemedicine to Tackle the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

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With the nation in the grip of an opioid abuse crisis, doctors and pharmacists see telemedicine and telehealth as an opportunity to improve outcomes by improving the distribution and management of controlled substances. But the U.S. Drug...

Mobile Health Units Are Latest Telehealth Tool to Fight Opioid Abuse

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Six mobile health units are providing telehealth services in western New York in an effort to combat the state’s drug abuse crisis. Funded by a $1.7 million grant, Buffalo-based BestSelf Behavioral Health deployed four vehicles in...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Poised to Consider Ban on Ocular Telehealth

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The ongoing battle between state lawmakers and telemedicine supporters over online eye exams has reached Pennsylvania, where a bill establishing guidelines for telemedicine use and coverage includes a provision banning ocular...

Telemedicine Programs Feature Prominently in Latest USDA DLT Grants

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Federal officials are targeting telemedicine programs to improve mental health counseling and tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic in the latest round of Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants. In all, the U.S....

New ECHO Telemedicine Project Targets Diabetes Care Coordination

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Primary care providers in Florida and California will soon be using telemedicine to improve care management and coordination for patients with Type 1 diabetes. Armed with a $1.6 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley...

Licensing Compact Goes Live, Opening Door to Telehealth for Nurses

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Licensed nurses in 29 states can now use telehealth to treat patients in other states, under terms of the Enhamced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). Under the eNLC, overseen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, registered...

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