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Mary Free Bed Hospital Adds Telemedicine to Improve Care Coordination

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With a new telemedicine platform, Michigan’s Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is looking to take the “physical” out of physical rehabilitation. The 167-bed hospital, based in Grand Rapids, offers acute care...

Indian Health Adds Telemedicine to Opioid Abuse Treatment Strategy

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The federal agency responsible for coordinating care for Native American and Alaskan Indian populations is launching a telemedicine platform to improve access to opioid abuse disorder (OAD) treatment. Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief...

Ohio Hospital Using Telehealth to Tackle 911 calls, ER Overcrowding

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An Ohio hospital is partnering with the local fire department and Miami University Oxford to launch a telehealth program aimed at the most frequent users of the 911 emergency system. Middletown-based Atrium Medical Center and the...

Texas Eyes Telemedicine for Students, Sexual Assault Survivors

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A Texas legislator is looking to improve access to telemedicine for students with mental health issues and sexual assault survivors. Those proposals were included in a package of 11 bills filed this week by Texas State Senator Jane...

Rural Telehealth Project Examines Palliative Care, Population Health

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Three Southeast hospitals are partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a study to determine whether a telehealth platform can improve palliative care options for rural African-Americans. Community hospitals in Aiken,...

FDA Grants Emergency Clearance to mHealth Platform for Ebola Testing

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With reports of a new Ebola outbreak threatening Africa, the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first-ever fingerstick test for the deadly virus that can be read on an mHealth device. The DPP Ebola Antigen System,...

CMS Code Gives Docs a Chance to Use Store-and-Forward Telehealth

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Healthcare providers looking for new ways to implement telehealth and telemedicine are getting a Christmas present from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: a new code for asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth...

Kansas Faces Lawsuit Over Anti-Abortion Clause in Telemedicine Law

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A national women’s rights organization is taking Kansas to court over a clause in its newly enacted telehealth regulations that prohibits abortions via telemedicine. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit this week...

Licensure Compacts Gain Ground as a Means to Expand Telehealth

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More than 3,000 US physicians have received permission to practice in multiple states through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, giving them the opportunity to expand their practice through telehealth and telemedicine. According to...

USDA Report Highlights Challenges to Rural Telehealth Adoption

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New research from the US Department of Agriculture confirms what the healthcare industry has long suspected: Telehealth isn’t being used by those who need it the most. The USDA report, Rural Individuals’ Telehealth Practices:...

Mass General Launches New mHealth Platform for Research Studies

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Massachusetts General Hospital has announced plans to use an mHealth platform to collect digital health data and enhance collaboration between care providers and consumers taking part in research studies. The Boston hospital, one of the...

Ochsner, American Well Partner on Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

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The Ochsner Health System has joined the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement. The New Orleans-based health system, long known for its innovative work in telehealth and mHealth, is partnering with American Well to launch Ochsner...

FCC Faces New Pressure to Expand Broadband for Rural Telehealth

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Rural broadband advocates are looking to put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband services through TV white space technology, which could be used to expand telehealth and telemedicine services to remote...

UK Study Proves Value of mHealth Therapy in Insomnia Treatment

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A study conducted by the UK’s University of Oxford has found that people suffering from insomnia can improve their sleep patterns, brain function and psychological well-being through the use of mHealth. As reported in JAMA...

CMS Gives Telehealth a Nudge With Coverage for Virtual Check-Ins

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Last week’s release of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program offered good news for providers looking to implement telemedicine for virtual check-ins. While...

CHIME’s Most Wired Survey Finds Telehealth Still Needs a Boost

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Healthcare providers are using sophisticated patient portals to improve patient engagement, but they’re still lagging in connecting with patients for virtual care visits. According to the College of Health Information Management...

CMS to Reimburse Providers for Remote Patient Monitoring Services

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized plans to reimburse healthcare providers for certain remote patient monitoring and telehealth services. CMS this week issued its final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality...

DLT Grants Target Telehealth Programs From Maine to the Marianas

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Dozens of healthcare providers in 40 states and three US territories will be receiving federal funding to launch or expand telemedicine and telehealth programs. US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced $39.6 million...

Penn Medicine Study Uses mHealth to Monitor Kidney Disease Patients

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are adding mHealth wearables to a long-term study that aims to improve care management for people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Armed with a $17.5 million grant from the National...

Apple’s New mHealth Project Takes on Remote Patient Monitoring

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Several hospitals and health systems across the country will be participating in a massive mHealth study to determine whether an mHealth app and the Apple Watch can be used to improve care management and outcomes for patients undergoing...

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