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Telehealth, mHealth Help Pediatric Hospitals Connect With Kids

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A Baltimore children’s hospital is turning to telehealth and mHealth wearables to help its young patients with health, diet and lifestyle issues at home. Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital will be using Fitbits and Fitbit-connected scales...

Survey Suggests Employers Have Confidence in Telehealth, mHealth

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Are telehealth programs and mHealth tools giving employers more confidence that they can support employee healthcare needs despite rising costs and chaos in the nation’s capital? A new survey from global advisory company Willis Towers Watson...

American Telemedicine Association Announces CEO’s Departure

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Jonathan Linkous is stepping down after 24 years as the leader of the nation’s largest telehealth and telemedicine advocacy group. The American Telemedicine Association announced Linkous’ departure as CEO in a brief press release...

VA Wants its Doctors to Treat Veterans Anywhere With Telehealth

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Federal officials have unveiled a plan to give VA doctors the authority to treat veterans via telemedicine no matter where those veterans are located. In a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump this past week, Department of Veterans Affairs...

Healthcare Deal Targets Telemedicine for Military Deployments

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A Washington, D.C.-based health system known for its telehealth services to the maritime industry is bolstering its telemedicine platform to treat deployed military personnel around the globe. The partnership is the latest example of efforts...

CBO Analysis Highlights ROI Challenge Faced by Telehealth Bills

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A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a bill that would expand telestroke services may have hit upon a common roadblock in the advancement of telehealth and telemedicine legislation: The government won’t always see a quick ROI. The...

Telemedicine Laws Gain Momentum With Passage in 2 More States

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Two more states now have telemedicine laws on the books, adding to the ranks of states clearly defining what can and can’t be called telehealth and telemedicine. Minnesota’s new regulations became law on August 1. S.F. 1353, unanimously...

Legislators Urge FCC to Open Up TV Airwaves for Telemedicine

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Congress and telemedicine advocates are jumping on the bandwagon to open up so-called TV white space for telehealth and other uses. A bipartisan group of 43 members of Congress is urging the Federal Communications Commission to designate unused...

Congress is Coming at CMS From All Angles With Telehealth Bills

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With the CONNECT for Health Act showing no signs of positive momentum on Capitol Hill, telehealth-friendly legislators are trying a new tactic: Introduce several telemedicine bills aimed at different facets of Medicare, with the hope that at...

CMS Urged to Include mHealth in Diabetes Prevention Program

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Digital diabetes coaching providers are joining forces in an effort to convince the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include mHealth in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. Some virtual coaching is included in the MDPP, which...

mHealth Messages Can Help New Mothers Protect Infants From SIDS

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An mHealth platform can help new mothers protect their children against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), possibly even saving lives, according to a recent study. Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, Yale University...

New Bill Seeks to Expand Medicare Reimbursement for Telemedicine

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A bill to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services that has been kicked around on Capitol Hill since 2013 is once again in Congress’ hands. U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) has re-introduced the Telehealth Enhancement Act (H.R....

Iowa Telehealth Program Bolsters State’s Rural Healthcare Access

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Telehealth can transform rural healthcare access for patients that face geographic barriers and their associated healthcare costs, such as transportation, child care, and taking time off from work.   Innovative telehealth services can create...

CMS Considers Telehealth for New Models of Behavioral Healthcare

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Federal officials are looking at telehealth in their search for new models of care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health issues. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a September summit to develop...

Telehealth Licensure Compact for Nurses Gets the Green Light

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Nurses in 26 states will soon be able to practice telehealth in multiple states under one license. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed legislation last week making his state the 26th to join the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), triggering...

NJ Telemedicine Law Delayed By Concerns About Veterinarian Use

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New Jersey’s new telemedicine regulations are being held up as state officials try to determine whether they pertain to veterinarians. Gov. Chris Christie met this week with healthcare and veterinary officials to discuss the ramifications...

Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Expand Telemental Health Services

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California’s Kaiser Foundation Health Plan will be expanding its telehealth platform for behavioral health services to meet long-standing complaints over a lack of access and follow-up care. The announcement by Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente...

House Committee Poised to Consider Medicare Telehealth Bill

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A bill seeking Medicare reimbursement for telestroke services could be headed to a Congressional vote this September. The FAST Act of 2017 (H.R. 1148) is included in the roster of Medicare-related bills to be reviewed this week by the House Energy...

Feds to Probe Improper Telehealth Reimbursements Under Medicare

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Federal officials are investigating whether physicians are receiving improper reimbursements for telehealth under Medicare Part B guidelines. The Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be checking...

mHealth is Put to the Test to Help Cancer Patients at Home

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Swedish researchers have launched a study to determine if an mHealth platform can improve recovery times for cancer patients by connecting them at home with their doctors during treatment. Based at the Karolinskaya Institute in Stockholm, the...

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