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Appalachia Project to Study Relationship Between Increased Broadband Access, Improved Cancer Care

December 13, 2017  |  David Raths
The Federal Communications Commission and the National Cancer Institute have joined forces to focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption in rural areas can improve the lives of rural cancer patients.

Legislation to Modernize VA Health System Includes Telehealth Licensing Provision

December 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced new legislation designed to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system and includes a provision that would allow physicians to practice telemedicine across state...

HHS OIG to Review Medicaid Telehealth Payments

November 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) plans to review Medicaid payments for telehealth services to gauge compliance with reimbursement requirements.

FDA Approves First Telehealth-Enabled Cochlear Impact

November 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first telehealth option to program cochlear implants remotely.

Survey Indicates Major Jump in Telemedicine Adoption in Past Three Years

November 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
A new survey shows broad acceptance of telemedicine services among health care executives and providers compared to just three years ago as 76 percent of healthcare professionals said their organizations currently offer or plan to offer telemedicine services.

Health IT Now Supports House’s Passage of VETS Act

November 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Health IT Now coalition has released a statement supporting the House’s passage of the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act), bipartisan legislation that aims to expand telehealth services provided by the Department of Veterans...

Health IT Now Calls for Trump, Congress to Take More Steps to Fight Opioid Crisis

October 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Health IT Now, a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes, called for both the Trump Administration and Congress to use “every tool at their disposal...

President Trump’s Opioid Emergency Declaration to Expand Telemedicine Access

October 26, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
News media reports confirmed that President Trump was set to declare a public health emergency around the opioid crisis on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26; among the impacts will be the expansion of access to telemedicine services for those affected

CBO Estimates Medicare Telestroke Bill Would Cost $180 Million Over a Decade

October 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Legislation that would expand the use of telehealth services for Medicare stroke patients located in non-rural areas would cost the federal government $180 million over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Telemedicine Pilot Aims to Connect EMS with Trauma Centers in Rural West Texas

October 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Commission on State Emergency Communications are collaborating on a program to implement telemedicine between EMS providers and a select group of trauma centers in rural West Texas.

Medtronic, American Well Team Up to Integrate Telehealth Capabilities

October 19, 2017  | 
Medtronic and American Well announced a partnership to offer a telehealth solution focused on the unique needs of the complex, chronic, co-morbid patient population.

UF Health Receives $2.2 Million CDC Grant for Telemedicine Project

October 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
UF Health Jacksonville in Florida will be using a $2.2 million federal grant to launch a telemedicine program aimed at improving care for patients living with HIV in an urban setting.

Market Report: Telehealth Vendors Need to Improve Integration with EMRs

October 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Within the telehealth vendor market, American Well and Avizia are currently the most widely adopted, yet very few virtual care vendors have delivered on their promises of integration, according to a new market report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.

Healthcare Providers Moving Forward with Telehealth, Despite Reimbursement, Cost Concerns

October 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Almost 60 percent of healthcare provider organizations with telehealth programs plan to expand the number of service lines or specialties served, and the organizations report patient convenience among the top benefits, according to a study released by KLAS...

Avizia Acquires Virtual Care Provider Carena

October 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Avizia, a Reston, Va.-based telehealth solutions provider, has announced it has acquired Carena, a Seattle-based leading virtual care provider.

UMMC, MUSC Recognized as Telehealth Centers of Excellence

October 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within HHS, has designated the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Medical University of South Carolina as the only two national Telehealth Centers of Excellence.

VA Issues Proposed Rule to Allow Home-Based Telemedicine for Veterans

October 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a proposed rule this week that would allow VA healthcare providers to provide medical care via telehealth across state lines and regardless of the location of the provider of the beneficiary.

Senate Unanimously Passed Legislation Expanding Medicare Telehealth Services

September 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday evening unanimously passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services for chronic care patients in Medicare.

Baptist Health Corbin Launches Tele-ICU Clinical Services

September 25, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Baptist Health Corbin has launched tele-ICU clinical services in its organization with the aim to provide more advanced technology as well as 24/7 intensivist oversight of the hospital's ICU patients.

Study: Telemedicine Can Lower Costs for Health Systems by $24 per Patient

September 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
A new study of telemedicine visits by Nemours Children's Health System found that patients and families who use telemedicine for sports medicine appointments saved an average of $50 in travel costs and 51 minutes in waiting and visit time. Each telemedicine...

With Patient Input as North Star, University of Michigan Urology Builds Telemedicine Program

September 20, 2017  |  Sarah Kwon
Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., and his colleagues at the University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine have been listening--really listening--to patients enrolled in their urology video visit program--and are making use of what they're hearing

Most Medicare Plan Members Unsure if Telemedicine is Offered

September 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly six in 10 (57 percent) of Medicare health plan members aged 65 and over said they are unsure if their health plan offers telemedicine, while another 31 percent said that telemedicine is not offered by their plan, according to a recent survey.

Legislative Roundup: Bill to Reduce MU Burdens, Telehealth Legislation Moves Forward

September 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health on Wednesday approved a bill, H.R. 3120, designed to ease meaningful use requirements on physicians and the bill will now move forward to the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

Health IT Providers Offer Free Services for Hurricane Irma Victims

September 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Several health IT solution providers announced over the weekend that their services will be offered to customers free of charge in the hurricane Irma-affected areas.

How Telepsychiatry is Carving Out its Healthcare Niche

September 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In many states across the U.S., telepsychiatry—once considered “voodoo” by some—is now becoming more accepted and relied upon among the healthcare community

NQF Committee Details Telehealth Quality Measure Framework

September 5, 2017  |  David Raths
A National Quality Forum committee has created a framework for telehealth quality measurement and identified 16 existing NQF-endorsed measures that can be used initially to measure the impact and quality of telehealth.

Telehealth Loses a Champion

August 23, 2017  |  David Raths
Telehealth lost a great advocate when Mario Gutierrez, executive director of the Center for Connected Health Policy, passed away last week.

Google Glass Isn’t Just for Remote Scribes

August 22, 2017  |  David Raths
Creating a remote presence for specialists is critical for a Canadian province with a population of about a million people scattered over a territory roughly the size of France.

E-Visits May Have Unintended Consequences for Docs, New Research Finds

August 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Physicians who adopt e-visits often see increases in office visits and phone consultations, a reduction in new patients being seen by providers, and no noticeable improvements in patient health, according to new research.

Consumers Showing Increased Interest in Virtual Care

August 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Sixty percent of U.S. broadband households are interested in remote care that would take place online or by telephone, according to connected health research from Park Associates.


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