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UK Research Links mHealth to Better Treatments for Sleep Disorders

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mHealth therapy can help treat insomnia and mental health disorders arising from sleeplessness, according to a UK-based study. The study of some 3,755 college students between March 2015 and February 2016, detailed in The Lancet, found that Internet-based...

Congress Mulls Proposal to Boost Telehealth Coverage in MA Plans

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The latest telehealth bill surfacing in Washington DC targets Medicare Advantage plans. H.R. 3727, introduced on Sept. 11 by US Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif..) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), would enable...

AMGA Lobbies CMS to Give Telehealth More Medicare Opportunities

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The American Medical Group Association is lobbying for more Medicare acceptance of telehealth, by recommending five new CPT codes and a demonstration of the value of virtual coaching platform for those with diabetes. In a letter issued on Sept....

Research Compares Telemedicine Abortions to In-Person Services

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Telemedicine abortions are as safe as those done by doctors in a clinic or hospital, according to the latest research from the University of California San Francisco. The large-scale study of some 20,000 patients comes at a time when 18 states...

Telehealth, mHealth Studies Show the Value of Proper Preparation

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A recent study found that a mobile health platform can cause an increase in office visits and a decrease in new business. Now telehealth advocates are saying that study could actually help the industry. Conducted by researchers at the University...

mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

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An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the Pacify...

NQF Unveils Quality Measurement Framework Plan for Telehealth

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Telehealth and telemedicine can make a positive impact on the nation’s healthcare system if they demonstrate improvement in health outcomes, processes and cost, quality measures are widely accepted and the definitions of measurement are...

Harvey’s Aftermath Brings mHealth, Telehealth to the Forefront

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Telehealth companies are opening their platforms to residents of Texas and Louisiana who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the first of what may be a months- or even years-long effort to include the technology in relief and recovery operations....

With Telehealth, R.I. Docs Open a Portal to the Entire Care Team

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For physicians using telehealth tools to connect with patients, that famed “aha” moment no longer comes when the technology is turned on. The real breakthroughs happen when a doctor begins an online conversation. “Now, out of...

Telehealth Extended to NY Adult Centers; Schools May Come Next

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New York’s governor has signed legislation extending telemedicine and telehealth to seniors in care centers, and could soon be extending the platform to schools and day care centers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law A1464, which...

Medicare Spending on Telehealth Increases, But Barriers Remain

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Healthcare providers may be using more telehealth and telemedicine than ever before, but Medicare Is still a significant barrier to growth. An analysis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services’ 2016 payments for telehealth and...

mHealth Survey: Providers Are Slowly Embracing the Value of Video

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With the advent of mobile devices in the healthcare space, providers are using streaming video in a number of different ways to improve care coordination and patient engagement while reducing healthcare costs. A new survey, however, wonders if...

Mass. Health Systems Lobby for Telehealth Parity, State Support

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Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services. At a recent roundtable, representatives of several health systems lamented that the...

Telehealth Offers a Vital Resource to Maine’s Island Residents

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The success of telehealth has always been closely tied to the idea of bringing healthcare to those who have problems with access. To the 700 or so residents of several islands off Maine’s Downeast region, that success is tied to a video...

Telemedicine May Prove Valuable in Rural Sexual Assault Cases

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A new program in Pennsylvania plans to use telemedicine to help nurses identify and treat sexual assault victims. The Penn State College of Nursing is using a Justice Department grant to launch the program through the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault...

mHealth Tools Help Doctors Diagnose Cleft Palates From A Distance

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A Harvard-led study touting the benefits of a smartphone in helping doctors diagnose cleft lip or palate makes yet another case for the advantages of mHealth tools and platforms in remote areas like developing countries. The study, reported in...

Telehealth Licensure Compact For Nurses To Go Live in January

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Nurses will be able to apply for a license to practice telehealth in multiple states in five months. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has set Jan. 19, 2018 as the go-live date for the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)....

mHealth, Social Gaming Combined in Concussion Treatment for Teens

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Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center are combining an mHealth app and gaming technology to help teens recover from a concussion. The two health systems have...

CMS Reimbursing For Telemedicine Even As It Scales Back Programs

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In a bit of good news-bad news for the telemedicine industry, federal officials said they will reimburse healthcare providers for their telemedicine expenses in a bundled payment program – even as they announced plans to scale back that...

Parkinson’s Patients, Doctors Find Value in Telehealth Visits

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A telehealth program for patients with Parkinson’s disease received high marks from both patients and doctors, according to a paper published this week in Neurology. Whether such a program can be sustained, researchers say, may depend on...

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