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Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

HealthITBuzz, September 18, 2018 Combating the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  We are making progress. Just last week we released the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)data, which showed significantly more people received treatment for...

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Stony Brook Medicine Telehealth: Access to Quality Healthcare Made Easier

Stony Brook Medicine Blog, September 14, 2018 Increasing access to high-quality health care and improving health outcomes are key to ensuring an exceptional patient experience. In a time when consumers are getting much of their information on-demand, they are also starting to expect more convenience from healthcare. With increased mobility...

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Telemedicine movement to benefit Schenectady homeless, disabled

Times Union, September 11, 2018 When a mother was worried her child's stomach pains might be appendicitis, she opened an app on her phone and was connected to Keith Algozzine. The head of a growing concierge medicine business called United Concierge Medicine, Algozzine is a board certified physician assistant who still practices emergency...

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AMA Adds Connected Health CPT Codes, Pushes for Medicare Payment

RevCycle Intelligence, September 7, 2018 The American Medical Association (AMA) updated the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set in 2019 to include new codes for connected health services in an effort to encourage CMS to pay for the services. The 2019 CPT code set contains 335 code changes that will go into effect for medical...

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VA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

mHealth Intelligence, September 7, 2018 A telemedicine platform linking two small VA hospitals with infectious disease experts has helped staff at those hospitals improve their antibiotic stewardship. The pilot program, detailed this month in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, is similar to the Project ECHO telehealth...

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New partnership means faster prescriptions for Bennington hospital patients

WCAX, September 6, 2018 Medical staffers at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington now have more time to get prescriptions for patients. It's thanks to a new partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Connected Care Center. The new partnership allows for overnight telepharmacy coverage. It brings together telepharmacy services...

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Partners to let patients access care through video visits

Health Data Management, August 28, 2018 Partners HealthCare is expanding its caregiving footprint, enabling patients to connect to providers through a secure video visit. The Boston-based integrated delivery system is deploying what it calls Partners HealthCare On Demand, enabled through technology from Teladoc Health. Read more!

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Telemedicine Gives SNFs a Tool to Improve Care, Cut Medicare Costs

mHealth Intelligence, August 27, 2018 An after-hours telemedicine platform helped a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility eliminate almost 100 hospitalizations and save roughly $1.5 million in Medicare costs in one year. Those outcomes are included in a case study published in the August edition of the American Journal of Managed...

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PCORI Directs $31M in Grants Toward Innovative Telehealth Projects

mHealth Intelligence, August 22, 2018 The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is putting more than $31 million into programs that will use telehealth and telemedicine to improve access to treatment. The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit created by Congress in 2010 has approved a $13.3 million grant to West Virginia...

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Draft Revised ANA Core Principles on Connected Health

American Nurses Association, August 2018 ANA Department of Policy and Government Affairs seeks public comment to the proposed Principles update, ANACore Principles on Connected Health. This document is a draft update of the ANA Core Principles on Telehealth (1999), through the lens of connected health, with the continued intent to protect...

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