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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...

Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

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A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

NewYork-Presbyterian Offers Pediatric Telehealth for Urgent Care

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NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Komansky Children’s Hospital has launched a new pediatric telehealth platform that further expands urgent care to the families in their health system. As part of NYP’s OnDemand suite of digital services,...

Licensing Compact Gives Doctors an Important Telehealth Tool

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Physicians looking to practice telemedicine in multiple states can now apply for a license in 18 of the 22 states in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. An ongoing dispute with the FBI is hindering the process in some states but not preventing...

Most Wired 2017 Hospitals Lead in Telehealth, Remote Monitoring

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The 2017 AHA Most Wired Hospitals survey revealed that a strong reliance on telehealth, remote monitoring, and mHealth tools is key for becoming a top health IT performer. The survey, representing approximately 39 percent of all hospitals in...

Lawmakers Want Medicare Changed to Expand Telehealth Services

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Legislators are ramping up their efforts to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth and telemedicine. The latest bill to take the spotlight is the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR 2550), re-introduced in May by a familiar group of pro-telehealth...

Microsoft’s New Broadband Strategy Includes a Nod to Telehealth

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Microsoft has announced plans to help improve rural America’s broadband capabilities, an ambitious project that could kick-start telemedicine projects to underserved communities. Unveiled Tuesday, “A Rural Broadband Strategy: Connecting...

VA, Air Force Expand Tele-ICU Program for Patient Care

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A collaboration between the VA’s Midwest Healthcare Network and the Air Force’s Medical Operations Agency will open a tele-ICU program to Air Force servicemen at five military treatment centers across the country. Through this new...

Building a School-Based Telehealth Program? Start With the Nurse

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The Medical University of South Carolina has an ambitious plan to double the number of school-based telehealth programs next year. To do that, they’ll need the school nurses in their corner. It’s not an easy task, says James T. McElligott,...

Telehealth Licensure Compact for Nurses is Almost Ready to Go

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Nurses will soon be able to practice telehealth in multiple states under one license. With recent votes by legislators in Texas, Maine and Delaware, 25 states have agreed to join the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The compact, overseen...

mHealth, Telehealth Are Making the House Call Meaningful Again

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mHealth and telehealth have often been pitched as replacements for the in-person healthcare encounter, but some providers and payers now see mobile health as a means of improving the face-to-face visit. In many cases, they’re reviving the...

Telehealth Supporters Lobby DC for Better Broadband Connectivity

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A new bill on Capitol Hill seeks to help urban healthcare providers expand telemedicine programs to rural areas by giving them access to federal funds for broadband connectivity. The bill is part of a full-court press by rural healthcare providers,...

Texas Telemedicine Law Prompts Feds to Close Medical Board Probe

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Federal officials have closed their investigation of the Texas Medical Board over charges the board sought to unfairly restrict telemedicine providers. The Federal Trade Commission voted 2-0 to end its probe shortly after Gov. Greg Abbot signed...

VA Hospitals Connect Via Tele-ICU, Remote Patient Monitoring

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Two VA hospitals across the country from one another have connected through tele-ICU technology and remote patient monitoring tools to enhance the care of veterans under intensive care. A partnership between Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System...

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