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House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

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As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

The MAVEN Project Gives Busy Health Clinics a Telehealth Resource

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A network of volunteer physicians is using telehealth to provide consults and mentorship to where it’s needed the most – health clinics serving the underserved. The volunteers offer their services for free under the MAVEN...

Telehealth Groups Back FCC’s Proposed Connected Care Pilot Program

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Healthcare groups are coming out in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, saying the proposed telehealth project could improve access to care for rural and remote Americans by...

Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans. The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W....

Ambulance Company Eyes mHealth Reliability With FirstNet Platform

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A private ambulance service serving three southern US states will soon be using mHealth and telehealth devices on a specially designed broadband network to improve care coordination and management. Acadian Ambulance, based in Lafayette,...

Planning a Hospital Strategy for Broadband, Telehealth Expansion

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As hospitals and health systems launch new telehealth and telemedicine programs, one of the major challenges is finding enough broadband to handle the service. “Unless broadband in the US improves, the promise of telehealth will...

VA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

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A telemedicine platform linking two small VA hospitals with infectious disease experts has helped staff at those hospitals improve their antibiotic stewardship. The pilot program, detailed this month in Infection Control and Hospital...

California Mulls Guidelines for School Telemental Health Programs

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California lawmakers are pushing a bill to develop a statewide policy for telehealth and telemedicine that will give students remote access to mental health services. AB 2315, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, calls on...

Consumers Are Avoiding the ER - But Not in Favor of Telehealth

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Hospitals and health systems are launching direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms to push people with non-acute health concerns away from the emergency department and toward virtual visits. But while new research suggests ED traffic is...

Wisconsin Program to Study Telehealth, mHealth for Senior Care

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is partnering with a network of senior living centers to test telehealth and mHealth platforms for senior care. UWM’s Partners for Health Program is working with Heritage Senior Living to enable...

Telemedicine Adds Value to an Orthopedic Bundled Payment Plan

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For orthopedic practices looking to improve post-acute care, a bundled payment plan that incorporates telemedicine can reduce expenses and improve patient outcomes. But it takes careful planning to create a good...

PA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Treat Sexual Assault Victims

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A telemedicine program that helps small hospitals treat sexual assault victims is gaining favor in Pennsylvania. The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, created last year by Penn State University's...

MUSC Plans a Statewide Telehealth Network for Palliative Care

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The Medical University of South Carolina is looking to launch a statewide telehealth platform for rural and remote healthcare providers needing assistance in palliative care. Backed by a three-year grant of almost $1.3 million from the...

Partners, Teladoc Launch Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

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Partners HealthCare is joining the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement with the launch of an on-demand virtual visit service for urgent care. The Boston-based health system is partnering with Teladoc Health on Partners HealthCare On...

California Eyes Medicaid Reimbursement for Telehealth Counseling

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse certain healthcare providers who use telehealth to deliver substance abuse counseling. AB 2861 mandates that...

New Telemedicine Center to Extend Connected Health Across Idaho

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Idaho’s largest health system is opening a “virtual hospital” to extend telehealth services to rural hospitals, doctor’s offices and patients in Idaho and eastern Oregon. Located in Boise, the 35,000-square-foot...

Telemedicine Gives SNFs a Tool to Improve Care, Cut Medicare Costs

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An after-hours telemedicine platform helped a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility eliminate almost 100 hospitalizations and save roughly $1.5 million in Medicare costs in one year. Those outcomes are included in a case study published...

Healthcare Providers Mull Clinical mHealth Applications for Alexa

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Voice-enabled digital assistants like Alexa are all the rage in the consumer market these days, but connected health experts are expecting providers to be cautious in developing mHealth applications for clinical use. Still, the interest...

Telehealth Can Give Caregivers Much-Needed Support, Peace of Mind

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Sometimes the most effective telehealth programs focus not on the patient, but on the caregiver. This past June, the National Institute on Aging awarded a three-year, $4.5 million grant to People Power to explore how a home-based...

Illinois OKs Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health Via Telehealth

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved legislation mandating the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse behavioral and mental health providers for telehealth. The bill was one of five signed into law this week by Rauner, all...

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