Arkansas Legislators Reject Telemedicine Bill

March 25, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The Arkansas House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have allowed telemedicine companies to offer video-based care to state residents.

For U.S. Physicians, the Healthcare Policy Train Has Already Left the Station

March 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
With two tremendously significant healthcare policy developments taking place within the same week, no one can doubt any longer the broad direction of federal healthcare policy—especially for practicing physicians

BREAKING NEWS ANALYSIS: SGR Repeal Legislation Would Replace Current Value-Based Program with Sweeping New MD Incentive Payment System

March 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
A first analysis by Healthcare Informatics of the “SGR repeal” legislation introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 to repeal Medicare’s SGR formula for physician payment finds a proposal for sweeping changes in Medicare physician payment

Mount Sinai Launches Telehealth Initiatives

March 16, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The New York City-based Mount Sinai Heath System has announced the launch of various telehealth initiatives, aiming to improve care without having patients set foot in a doctor’s office.

Report: VA Telehealth Program Failed to Enroll Most Needy Patients

March 11, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) did a review of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) home telehealth program, saying it had missed opportunities for expansion of enrollment.

Russ Branzell on CMS’ New ACO Concept: “Next Logical Step”

March 11, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed the next generation in the accountable care organization (ACO) concept this week, which will include more risk based on quality measures, and potentially, more reward. CHIME CEO Russell Branzell...

Rural Mental-Health Telehealth Initiative Receives $100,000 in Funding

February 26, 2015     Gabriel Perna
A telehealth initiative in Idaho providing mental health services to a remote population of at-risk patients is receiving a $100,000 grant from Premier Inc., the Charlotte, N.C.-based healthcare alliance.

Two Healthcare Orgs to Connect on Cancer Care Through Telehealth

February 20, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The Calif.-based Stanford Health Care’s Cancer Center and the Corvallis, Ore.-based Samaritan Health Services are using telemedicine technology to allow local oncologists and other clinicians to connect to present complex or rare cancer cases and discuss...

Dr. Prakasam’s Excellent Social Media Adventure

February 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
It was inspiring to read the recent interview with Dr. Gnanagurudasan Prakasam, whose innovative, social media-based program for children with diabetes is making a difference in Sacramento, California

Survey: Patients Open to Tech, but Few Use Health IT Tools Now

February 13, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Patients are increasingly becoming more willing to engage with their providers through modern technology, but the industry is only at the starting line of connected health, according to new research from Salesforce.

When You’ve Got Telehealth…"Snow Problem”

January 30, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Massachusetts General Hospital used telehealth to service snowed in Bostonians this past week so they didn’t miss an outpatient visit. It’s high time we bring direct-to-consumer telehealth to the forefront…there’s just one caveat.

Survey: Patients Interested in Using Telemedicine Services

January 28, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Among patients who have not used a telemedicine service, 75 percent express interest in using one in lieu of an in-person medical visit, according to new research from the Austin, Tx.-based electronic health record (EHR) selection group Software Advice.
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