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Key Questions Before Partnering With Telehealth Specialty Providers

January 18, 2019  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC) has come up with 20 questions clinics should ask specialty telehealth providers when vetting different offerings

AMIA Supports NIST Efforts to Secure Telehealth RPM Ecosystem

January 9, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The American Medical Informatics Association has voiced support for a NIST project to develop guidance around security and privacy risks associated with remote patient monitoring.

Michigan Becomes 25th State to Join Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

January 9, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed two bills into law on the last day of December, making Michigan the 25th state to enact the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC).

Most Physicians Not Aware of CMS’s Expanded Virtual Care Provisions, Survey Finds

January 7, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians are not aware of recent changes by CMS to expand reimbursement for virtual care, but 63 percent said the increased telemedicine reimbursement would speed up implementation, adoption and use of telemedicine.

Research: Trends Point to Positive Increase in Telehealth Acceptance, Access

December 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Stakeholders’ recognition of telehealth benefits has continually increased, as doors are now opening for various subsets of medicine, including tele-mental health, according to new research from law firm Epstein Becker Gree

KLAS: EHR Integration, Enterprise Scalability Key Challenges Facing Telehealth Vendors

December 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Healthcare organizations report high satisfaction with their telehealth virtual care platforms, however there are significant differences in how broad the various platforms are and in the quality of the vendors’ service. What’s more, EHR integration is a key...

Study: Neonatal Telehealth Reduces Hospital Transfers, Saves Money

December 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Neonatal video-assisted resuscitation reduces transfers from hospitals without newborn intensive care units and provides significant cost savings, according to study published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

Can Telehealth Slow the Traffic Between Nursing Homes, Emergency Departments?

December 6, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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There are 1.3 million transfers from skilled nursing facilities to emergency rooms each year, and CMS estimates that two-thirds of those are avoidable. Could telehealth be part of the solution?

Telehealth, Interoperability Recommendations Outlined in Administration’s Health Reform Report

December 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Various health IT recommendations related to telehealth and interoperability were made on the part of the Trump administration as part of its report on reforming the nation's healthcare delivery system.

Study: Physicians’ Use of Telemedicine Still the Exception, not the Rule

December 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In 2016, 15 percent of physicians worked in practices that used telemedicine for patient interactions, such as diagnosing or treating patients, following up with patients, or managing patients with chronic conditions, according to an AMA study.

N.J. Physician Charged in Elaborate Telemedicine Fraud Scheme

November 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A New Jersey physician was arrested earlier this month for his role in a telemedicine scheme in which he prescribed expensive compounded medications to patients who did not need them, according to New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office.

How Virtual Care is Improving Access and Affordability of Healthcare

November 20, 2018  |  Lee Horner, CEO of Synzi, Industry Voice
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Recent CMS developments to expand virtual care access and reimbursement will help chronic care patients remain at home as they participate in the ongoing care needed to manage their conditions.

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.

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