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New Mexico Health Plans Launch Phone-Based Telehealth Service

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Some 40,000 New Mexico residents will soon have access to telehealth services through their phone. Health plans True Health New Mexico and New Mexico Health Connections have announced a partnership with MDLive that will enable members to...

FDA OKs mHealth Version of Neurorehabilitation Therapy Platform

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Federal regulators have approved a mobile health version of a neurorehabilitation therapy system that uses gamification to motivate patients undergoing therapy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for US distribution of...

OIG: HIV Telemedicine Program Doesn’t Violate Anti-Kickback Laws

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A healthcare provider offering free telemedicine equipment to a county health clinic for use in HIV treatment and support services won’t be sanctioned under federal anti-kickback laws, according to the Health and Human Services...

CMS Pitches Telehealth to Medicaid Programs Targeting Opioid Abuse

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is recommending telehealth and telemedicine to healthcare providers looking to leverage Medicaid funding for opioid abuse treatment. CMS made the pitch in a pair of guidance documents...

Medicare Advantage Members Are Using mHealth, But Their Plans Aren’t

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Medicare Advantage members are using mHealth tools to monitor chronic health conditions. However, the same can’t be said for their health plans. That disparity was picked up in HealthMine’s Medicare Report, based on a 2017...

FCC Increases Funding for Rural Healthcare Program

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to significantly increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program, an initiative that would improve telemedicine in rural...

Hollander: Don’t Measure Telehealth Value Against In-Person Healthcare

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Those trying to find value in telehealth by comparing a virtual visit to an in-person visit are getting it all wrong, according to Judd Hollander. The virtual visit, says Hollander, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation...

New Mobile Health Program Offers Pharmacy Access Through a Kiosk

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A mobile health program being tested in Arizona will use kiosks to connect consumers to pharmacy services, including prescription-filling and video access to a pharmacist. Six kiosks developed by MedAvail have been deployed in public...

Teladoc Eyes Global Telehealth Network With Advance Medical Deal

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Teladoc is looking to expand its reach with the acquisition of a Spain-based telehealth company that will open up markets in Latin America and Asia. The New York-based direct-to-consumer telehealth giant whose specialty to date has been...

St. Joseph’s Villa Uses Telehealth to Connect With Children in Crisis

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Sometimes a telehealth program’s best feature is its ability to start a conversation. At St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., a simple virtual visit platform has turned an eight-bed crisis stabilization center into an...

FDA Challenge Eyes Digital Health Technology to Combat Opioid Abuse

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Federal officials and healthcare organizations are ramping up efforts to use mHealth and telehealth to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week launched an effort to bring connected...

Texas Governor Lobbies for Statewide School Telehealth Program

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to expand an innovative school telehealth program across the state, giving at-risk students access to telemental health services before they pose a risk to themselves or others. The proposed expansion of...

Will a Payer’s New ER Policy Give Telehealth a Boost in Texas?

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A move by Texas’ largest health insurer to reduce unnecessary ER visits could provide a welcome boost to direct-to-consumer telehealth programs in the state. Beginning in June, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will begin...

Telehealth Holds Its Own in Helping Stroke Victims Recover Mobility

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Stroke patients who use telehealth to recover at home do just as well as those who undergo physical rehabilitation at a clinic. That’s the take-away from a study conducted by Dr. Steven C. Cramer at the University of California at...

mHealth Programs Look For Clinical Value to Medical Marijuana

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Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth to study whether medical marijuana can produce positive clinical outcomes. Up until now, much of the mobile health activity in this controversial field has focused on mHealth apps and tools that...

Telehealth May Save Money, But It’s Not Yet a Necessity for Consumers

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A typical telehealth visit can save the average consumer about $100. Now all that’s left is to convince the average consumer to take advantage of the option. That’s the take-away from research recently conducted by Regence,...

Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse

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Several Senators are launching an all-out effort to make telehealth and telemedicine services a pivotal strategy in tackling the nation’s opioid abuse crisis. While at least three pieces of legislation are already making their way...

Hospitals Turn to Telehealth to Connect With Transplant Patients

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The success of a telehealth program for people on home dialysis is prompting the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine to expand its horizons to transplant patients. UAB officials recently announced that the health...

Opening Up the OR: Using Telemedicine to Enhance Collaboration

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A Pennsylvania health system is seeing unexpected benefits in deploying telemedicine technology inside the operating room. Abington Hospital –Jefferson Health, which comprises two Abington-area hospitals, six outpatient clinics and...

North Carolina Lawmakers Ready to Take On New Telehealth Legislation

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North Carolina lawmakers are pushing ahead with a new bill to set payment and coverage parity standards for telehealth, while also requiring patient consent before any treatment. The bill, HB 967, follows up on legislation passed last...

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