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VA Project Uses Telemedicine Tablets to Treat Veterans at Home

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A tablet equipped with store-and-forward mHealth technology is helping Veterans’ Affairs doctors in San Diego improve clinical outcomes for veterans with chronic wounds. It’s one of several mHealth and telehealth projects at VA hospitals...

Should Telehealth, Telemedicine Doctors Have Their Own Specialty?

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Telehealth and telemedicine are becoming so commonplace in health systems that they should have their own specialty. That’s the premise of a Nov. 27 opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association by New York Presbyterian...

FCC Eyes Expanded Broadband Funding for Telehealth, Telemedicine

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering increasing funding for broadband expansion to rural America, a move that would pave the way for more – and better - telehealth and telemedicine programs where healthcare access is limited....

OIG Expands Telehealth, Telemedicine Audits to Medicaid Claims

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Healthcare providers will be checking to make sure their telehealth and telemedicine programs comply with state Medicaid regulations following news that the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General will be...

UC Davis to Use Telemedicine to Treat Remote Disabled Children

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A California health system is getting a $2 million federal grant to launch a school-based telemedicine program for children with disabilities living in remote areas. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is giving the five-year...

FDA OKs Telemedicine Platform for Programming Cochlear Implants

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Federal regulators have approved the first telemedicine platform for remote management of hearing aids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week announced its approval of the remote programming feature for the Nucleus Cochlear Implant...

Telemedicine Success Often Hinges on Aligning Providers and Payers

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Sometimes a telemedicine service can offer too much value to let a little thing like reimbursement stand in the way. For a group of seven community health centers in Massachusetts, that service is teledermatology. Faced with an average wait...

MA Telehealth Bill Set For Passage; Others Aren’t So Fortunate

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A proposed bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans is set for passage, while other bills that would loosen Medicare’s restrictions on telemedicine and telehealth – including expanding telestroke services –...

New Survey Takes Telemedicine Beyond Pilots, Into Growth Phase

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Healthcare providers have moved beyond telemedicine pilots and our now looking to expand existing platforms, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner. The global law firm with a strong footprint in telehealth and mHealth released its...

Telehealth Gains Favor as a Coaching Platform for Chronic Care

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Healthcare providers who use telehealth or mHealth tools to coach patients with chronic conditions are seeing marked improvements in clinical outcomes. The latest to report this is Pack Health, a Birmingham, Ala.-based digital health coaching...

UK’s ‘GP At Hand’ Service Offers Patients mHealth Access to a Doctor

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Some 3.5 million London residents will soon be able to access healthcare on their smartphones around the clock in an mHealth pilot being rolled out by the UK’s National Health Service. The free program, called GP at Hand, will enable select...

VETS Act, Supporting Telehealth for Veterans, Now in Senate’s Hands

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Telehealth advocates are cheering the House’s unanimous approval this week of the VETS Act, saying it would give the nation’s veterans unfettered access to telehealth no matter where they live. “The passage of our bill in the...

CCHP’s State Telehealth Report Shows Gradual Advances in Coverage

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Nearly every state provides Medicaid reimbursement for video-based telehealth, according to the latest report from the Center for Connected Health Policy. In addition, 15 states cover store-and-forward or asynchronous services, and 21 states...

CMS Won’t Cover Telehealth in Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has once again declined to cover virtual coaching platforms in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, saying the mHealth and telehealth platform isn’t reliable enough to warrant reimbursement....

Support Grows for Bill Expanding Telehealth Access for Veterans

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A bill that would allow Veterans Affairs physicians to us treat veterans via telehealth no matter where they live has passed muster with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017...

Telehealth Groups Urge Congress to Double Rural Broadband Funding

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Calling it a “life and death issue for rural America,” some 35 healthcare providers and a coalition of schools, libraries and health centers are urging Congress to double the amount of funding for broadband expansion to boost telehealth...

Florida Hospital, Supermarket Chain Launch Telehealth Partnership

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An innovative telehealth partnership between a Florida health system and a supermarket pharmacy chain is creating new business lines for connected care. The BayCare Health System recently opened Public pharmacies at three hospitals – St....

Kansas Payers Push Back Against Telehealth Payment Parity

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Payers in Kansas are fighting proposals for payment parity in telehealth, saying a virtual visit shouldn’t be reimbursed at the same rate as in in-person visit. “Telemedicine services are not equivalent to in-person services and,...

The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

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A mobile health service started more than 30 years ago out of the back of a Volkswagen is using telehealth, mHealth devices and even drones to improve healthcare access and outcomes in one of the most underserved regions of America. The Health...

Telemedicine Workgroup Develops Curriculum for Teleneurology

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With teleneurology and telestroke services quickly becoming commonplace in health systems across the country, a workgroup has developed a standardized curriculum for healthcare providers using the telemedicine platform. A 12-member group of experts...

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