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Telehealth Report Reveals Varied Progress Across 50 States

April 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
CCHP’s report, its fifth edition, covers state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies available and contains current information for all 50 U.S. states.

GAO: Medicare Coverage Restrictions, Payment Holding Back Telehealth

April 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
While telehealth and remote patient monitoring can provide benefits for patients who cannot easily travel long distances for care, the most significant barriers still are payment and coverage restrictions, according to a new report from the GAO.

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Now Taking Applications from Docs

April 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has officially began accepting applications from qualified physicians who wish to obtain multiple licenses from participating states.

Banner Health’s Breakthrough in Redesigning Care Delivery for Complex Chronic Populations

April 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Deborah Dahl, vice president, patient care innovation at Phoenix-based Banner Health, outlines the steps that health system took to build a successful telehealth and remote patient monitoring program to improve health outcomes for complex chronic patients.

Pew Research: Americans Have Mixed Feelings on Broadband Adoption Policies

April 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Americans have mixed views on two policies designed to encourage broadband adoption, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Blues in Michigan Work to Promote Telemedicine

April 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network of Michigan are working with 23 physician organizations with the aim to promote telemedicine services, according to a report in Crain’s Detroit Business.

In Tacoma, CHI Franciscan Leverages IT to Transform Care Delivery

April 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
At Tacoma, Wash.-based CHI Franciscan Health, the initiatives being implemented by the Care Transformation team are resulting in significant positive impacts on patient outcomes, avoided healthcare costs and unprecedented system efficiencies.

Survey: 83 Percent of Healthcare Executive Leaders Plan to Invest in Telehealth in 2017

April 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Telemedicine executives are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the telehealth industry and are planning near-term investments to keep pace with rapid transformation and growth of the industry, according to findings of the American Telemedicine...

Emory Healthcare Saves $4.6M with Tele-ICU Program

April 6, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Atlanta’s Emory Healthcare saved Medicare $4.6 million during a 15-month span by deploying a telehealth program in its ICU.

Maryland Sees Promise in Remote Patient Monitoring Pilots

April 6, 2017  |  David Raths
The Maryland Health Care Commission sees potential in three projects explored the effect of remote patient monitoring on patient populations with varying health conditions and in different settings.

Bipartisan Senate Bill Calls for Expanded Telehealth Services and Coverage

April 4, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced last week the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act legislation that would require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to test the effect of including telehealth services in...

Jefferson Health Launches Teladoc Telehealth Platform

March 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health has partnered with Teladoc, Inc. to launch a telehealth platform to support the health system’s telehealth needs for its comprehensive network of outpatient and inpatient care.

Report: Adoption of Telehealth Can Generate Cost Savings for Rural Communities, Hospitals

March 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The adoption of telehealth technologies in rural areas can result in significant cost savings for hospitals and their communities due to transportation cost savings, lost wages savings, hospital cost savings and increased revenues for local labs and pharmacies,...

U.S. Lags on Adoption of Telehealth, According to Survey of Physicians

March 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Only 4 percent of U.S.-based physicians think that their state has done “very well” implementing telehealth technologies and only 15 percent responded “well” when evaluating their state’s efforts to implement telehealth, according to a survey by Sermo.

UPMC Rolls out Telemedicine App for Pennsylvania Patients with 24/7 Service

March 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Health Plan recently launched a new smartphone-enabled UPMC AnywhereCare platform that allows patients to receive remote care from emergency room professionals 24 hours a day and with reduced copays.

AHRQ Seeking Data on Use of Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations

March 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is calling for public data on projects that have examined the value of telehealth for acute and chronic care.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Telehealth Reaches the Tipping Point

March 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Now is the time for health systems to develop enterprise telemedicine strategies, before they get left behind, industry leaders say.

BayCare Health System, Publix Partner on Telehealth Sites in Central Florida

March 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
BayCare Health System, based in Clearwater, Florida, is collaborating with Publix Pharmacy, headquartered in Lakeland, Fla., to create “telehealth sites” at Publix locations in four central Florida counties-Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk.

UC Riverside Launches Telemedicine Pilot Project to Treat MS Patients

March 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Researchers at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside have received a grant from Genetech, a biotechnology company, to develop and pilot-test a new home-based telemedicine program geared toward treating multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

Health Affairs: Is Direct-To-Consumer Telehealth Saving Money?

March 8, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
New research published in Health Affairs has found that while direct-to-consumer telehealth may increase access by making care more convenient for certain patients, it may also increase utilization and healthcare spending.

Just 6 Percent of Upstate New Yorkers Use Telemedicine, Survey Finds

March 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Just 6 percent of adults from upstate New York reported that they have used telemedicine, according to a recent survey commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Senators Tout Telehealth in Letter to Sec. Price

February 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Several U.S. senators have sent a letter with bipartisan support to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price regarding healthcare in rural America, and how health IT has helped navigate challenges.

The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Innovation in Clinician Workflow Co-Winner: Avizia

February 14, 2017  |  Kayt Sukel
The 2017 co-winner in the category of Clinician Workflow is Avizia, a Reston, Va.-based company that offers a comprehensive telemedicine platform.

State-by-State Telemedicine Report Card Indicates Progress, and Ongoing Barriers

February 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The telemedicine policy landscape continues to be complex, as decades of evidence-based research highlighting positive patient compliance, clinical outcomes and increasing telemedicine utilization have been met with a mix of strides and stagnation in state-based...

Accenture: Consumer Demand for Virtual Health Services Growing

February 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Most U.S. consumers are willing to use a wide range of virtual health services, thus increasing the pressure on providers and payers to expand delivery options for on-demand health services, according to a new survey from Accenture.

FCC Launches Advisory Committee to Help Close Nation’s Digital Divide

February 1, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee to explore ways to accelerate deployment of high-speed Internet access nationwide and to close the digital divide.

N.C. School-Based Telehealth Program Grows Into National Model

February 1, 2017  |  David Raths
In its sixth year of providing school-based care via telehealth in four counties of North Carolina, the nonprofit Center for Rural Health Innovation’s Health-e-Schools program expands partnerships and impact.

ATA Releases Three New Guidelines for Practice of Telemedicine

January 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has released three new guidelines for the practice of telemedicine for treatment of stroke, pediatrics and mental health for children and adolescents.

Consumers Increasingly Willing to Try Telehealth, New Survey Finds

January 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
About one in five consumers said they would switch their current primary care provider (PCP) if another PCP in their area offered telehealth visits, according to American Well’s latest survey.

Teladoc Hits Milestone of Two Million Patient Visits

January 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Telehealth service vendor Teladoc announced that it passed the two million patient-visit mark back in December.


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