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Washington Debrief: Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Access to Telehealth under Medicare

February 10, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
The bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced last week would begin to expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services.

CIOs Convene: Healthcare Leaders Discuss the Biggest IT Challenges Facing their Organizations in the Year Ahead (Part 2)

February 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Health IT leaders look at more challenges that were identified at the Fall CIO Summit in Arizona, such as healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A), cybersecurity best practices, and competing for patients.

New Legislation Introduced to Expand Use of Telehealth Under Medicare

February 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) services under Medicare with the goal of cost savings and quality care.

State-by-State Telemedicine Report Cards Shows Mixed Results

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
While more states have adopted policies improving coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine services, there is also a trend with state medical boards imposing more restrictive regulations which could be a barrier to more widespread use of telemedicine,...

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program: Semifinalists

February 1, 2016  |  the Editors of HCI
Inside, please find descriptions of the initiatives of the eight teams whom we have awarded semifinalist status in this year’s program.

CMS Issues Final Rule that Allows Use of Telehealth for Face-to-Face Medicaid Encounters

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week published a final rule that allows physicians to use telehealth as a face-to-face encounter with Medicaid patients, which is required before the authorization of home health services.

Washington Debrief: Feedback Offered to Senate HELP Committee on Draft HIT Bill

February 1, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
CHIME offered comments to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) draft health IT legislation last week, commending the committee for tackling many of CHIME’s policy priorities.

USC Picks Eight Partners for its Virtual Care Clinic

January 27, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The University of Southern California (USC) has announced eight partners for its Virtual Care Clinic (VCC), a digital healthcare model does not require patient or care providers to be present in the same place.

AHRQ Urged to Review More Studies, Broaden its Evaluation of Telemedicine’s Benefits

January 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) are urging the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to review international studies as well as individual studies in order to have more...

ATA to Launch Congressional Series on Federal Telemedicine Issues

January 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Starting next month, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will hold a bi-monthly briefing series for Congress, federal agencies, national organizations, and other interested stakeholders on current issues in telemedicine policy.

Survey: ACOs Still Cite Lack of Interoperability as Biggest Barrier

January 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent survey of 68 accountable care organizations (ACOs) found that despite steep investments in health information technology (HIT), ACOs still face interoperability challenges that make it difficult to integrate data across the healthcare continuum.

Consultants Weigh In: The Biggest Health IT Trends to Watch For in 2016

January 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
2016 already is shaping up to be a very interesting year for healthcare leaders and the health IT landscape. Harold (Hal) Wolf and Daniel Herman with The Chartis Group, a Chicago-based consulting firm, share their perspectives about the health IT trends and...


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