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Medi-Cal Telehealth Proposal Called ‘Remarkable Step Forward’

October 30, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is proposing significant changes to its telehealth policy in the state’s Medicaid program known as Medi-Cal.

CMS Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Under Medicare Advantage Plans

October 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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CMS is proposing to implement several sections of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, including expanding telehealth benefits under Medicare Advantage plans.

Study Shows Effectiveness of Tele-Rehabilitation Platform

October 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Duke Clinical Research Institute has teamed up with a virtual rehabilitation therapy company to test how its digital rehabilitation platform delivered physical therapy following total knee replacement surgery.

MUSC Telehealth Leaders Share Their Roadmap to Success

October 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Three key telehealth leaders at the Medical University of South Carolina share lessons learned in building a robust program of telehealth services to serve patients across the state.

Seven Companies, Four Individuals Indicted in Billion-Dollar Telemedicine Fraud Conspiracy

October 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Four individuals and seven companies have been indicted in a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced this week.

With $6.3M PCORI Contract, UPMC Health Plan to Study Tech-Based Approach to Chronic Disease

September 25, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care was recently awarded a $6.3 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study different care delivery models to improve outcomes for patients with chronic disease and a co-existing...

Senate Passes Opioid Response Bill with Substantial Health IT Elements

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The U.S. Senate yesterday passed The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which includes numerous important health IT provisions, by a vote of 99-1.

Survey: Healthcare Organizations Report Gaps in Disaster Preparedness Plans

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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As Hurricane Florence churns toward the East Coast this week, disaster preparedness is a timely topic, yet a new survey finds that only 72 percent of healthcare providers report their organizations have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place covering...

CPT Codes Updated to Reflect HIT Advancements

September 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set, with changes reflecting new technological shifts in the industry.

Partners HealthCare, Teladoc Partner for Urgent Care Video Visits

August 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Boston-based Partners HealthCare announced that it has recently deployed a new telehealth initiative around urgent care video visits.

PCORI-Funded Study to Test Telehealth for Behavioral Therapy in Rural Areas

August 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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PCORI is funding a study to expand the depression treatment options available to primary care treatment providers in rural West Virginia to include easy-to-implement and cost-effective electronic cognitive behavioral therapy.

Making Care Connections Happen: How Intermountain Healthcare is Moving the Needle on Virtual Care

August 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In March, Intermountain Healthcare announced the launch of one of the nation’s largest virtual hospital services. One of the organization’s senior leaders discusses why the health system went in this direction.

CVS Health’s MinuteClinic Launches New Telehealth Offering

August 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CVS’ MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, is rolling out a new telehealth healthcare offering for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs.

Physicians Still Reluctant to Embrace Virtual Tech, Survey Finds

July 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While consumers and physicians agree that virtual healthcare holds great promise for transforming care delivery, physicians still remain reluctant to embrace the technologies, according to a new Deloitte Center for Health Solutions survey.

Telehealth Advocates Respond to CMS ‘Virtual Visit’ Proposal

July 16, 2018  |  David Raths
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Telehealth advocates applaud a CMS proposal to pay for brief e-visits, but they ask whether providers are going to determine it is worth it to invest in telehealth systems.

Analysis: Many States Continue to Have Restrictive Telemedicine Policies

July 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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State Medicaid programs are evolving to accelerate the adoption of telemedicine models, this evolution is occurring more quickly in some states than others, according to a recent analysis by Manatt Health.

Making Inroads into Telehealth: How One “Sub-Sector” of Healthcare Continues to Evolve (Part 2)

July 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A longtime healthcare executive touches on how recent legislations could impact the telehealth sector, how providers and payers are feeling about telehealth today, all while offering predictions for the future.

NCQA Updates HEDIS Quality Measures, New Measure Addresses Opioid Use

July 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released new technical specifications for the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), for 2019, including four new measures.

At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Next-Door Neighbor Georgia Offers Lessons in Rural Telemedicine Advances

June 28, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Suleima Salgado of the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Georgia Department of Health shared with attendees insights on the advances her office has made in improving rural health via telemedicine

Telehealth and Cancer Care

June 15, 2018  |  Emily Walsh
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Perhaps the greatest telemedicine impact has been felt within the cancer community through the continued development of teleoncology.

Making Inroads into Telehealth: How One “Sub-Sector” of Healthcare Continues to Evolve (Part 1)

June 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In Part 1 of a two-part feature on the telehealth landscape, a partner at Alston & Bird discusses how providers are—and will continue to—fight through the many barriers that exist in the telehealth landscape.

Teladoc Acquires Advance Medical for $352M

June 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Teladoc, Inc. has acquired Advance Medical, one of the largest virtual care providers outside of the U.S., the companies announced this week.

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Digital Health Journey Continues its Evolution

May 29, 2018  |  Pamela Tabar
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Population health and digital health endeavors are heating up across the country, but many good lessons can be learned from projects that began early and grew along with technology. One of the biggest lessons? It’s not all about IT.

Industry Organizations Praise Senate Passage of VA Mission Act

May 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 92-5, a major Veterans Affairs (VA) reform bill that includes health IT-related provisions to improve health data exchange between VA healthcare providers and community care providers.

Connected Health Initiative Outlines Federal Policy Recommendations

May 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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ACT | The App Association's Connected Health Initiative (CHI) recently submitted a letter to the White House outlining a number of recommendations for telehealth and connected health technologies.

VA Issues Telehealth Rule that Waives State Provider Licensing Requirements

May 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule that allows VA providers to offer telehealth services from anywhere in the country to veterans nationwide, waiving state provider licensing requirements that limit access to care.

Connecting Docs in Colorado

May 10, 2018  |  Pamela Tabar
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When primary care and mental healthcare delivery are both paramount, innovation needs to happen at every place the patient arrives. This mantra, born out of a statewide telehealth initiative, is transforming care in Colorado.

Florida County Addresses Behavioral Health Shortage with Free Telehealth Services

May 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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To address a shortage of behavioral healthcare providers in Polk County, Florida, county officials launched a program to provide uninsured and low-income county residents with free access to behavioral health providers via telehealth services.

World Health Care Congress 2018: NewYork-Presbyterian CEO Expresses Great Hope for Telemedicine, Virtual Care

May 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Steven J. Corwin, M.D., president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, said that telemedicine is the single healthcare innovation that he thinks has the best chance to turn around the troubling trends of rising costs and poor access.

Telehealth Platform Consolidation Continues with InTouch Purchase of Reach Health

May 1, 2018  |  David Raths
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In the second telehealth vendor consolidation announced this week, InTouch Health announced it has agreed to acquire Reach Health, which provides enterprise telemedicine systems for multiple specialties and settings of care.

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