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Where does it hurt? Using Telehealth to Improve Community Broadband

The Daily Yonder, November 20, 2017 he high rate of rural hospital closures is one factor driving the increasing interest in telemedicine, which uses high speed internet services to connect patients with healthcare providers. What some may not understand is that the push for telehealth may very well be the secret to advancing broadband...

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Telemedicine Success Often Hinges on Aligning Providers and Payers

mHealth Intelligence, November 20, 2017 Sometimes a telemedicine service can offer too much value to let a little thing like reimbursement stand in the way. For Neighborhood Health Plan, a group of seven community health centers in Massachusetts, that service is teledermatology. Faced with an average wait time of four months to see a...

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New OIG Project Expands Telemedicine Audits to State Medicaid Programs

Health Care Law Today, November 20, 2017 Following on the heels of its plans to review Medicare payments for telehealth services, the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just announced a new project to review state Medicaid payments for telemedicine and other remote services....

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Medicare Advantage Telehealth Bill Set For Passage; Others Aren’t So Fortunate

mHealth Intelligence, November 16, 2017 A proposed bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans is set for passage, while other bills that would loosen Medicare’s restrictions on telemedicine and telehealth – including expanding telestroke services – are likely doomed. Read more!

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2 states expanded telehealth reimbursement this year, but Medicaid policies are still inconsistent

FierceHealthcare, November 7, 2017 State Medicaid programs are making incremental progress when it comes to telehealth reimbursement, but there are still broad discrepancies among state policies, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP). A biannual update to CCHP’s report on state telehealth laws and reimbursement...

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CMS, AMA Look for Common Ground on Remote Patient Monitoring

mHealth Intelligence, November 6, 2017 Fans of remote patient monitoring found a lot to like in new payment rules released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, continuing what many hope is a trend toward CMS support for mHealth and telehealth technology. Beginning in 2018, CMS will support clinicians who leverage...

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Top six ways telemedicine can help fight the opioid public health emergency, recently declared by President Trump

AMD Telemedicine Blog, November 6, 2017 The United States opioid addiction issue has again been brought to the forefront by President Trump's declaration of a state of public health emergency. Rural America has been hit especially hard by opioid addiction due to a variety of factors. Rural areas and small cities across the country have seen...

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In telemedicine, some say Berkshire County being left behind

The Berkshire Eagle, October 26, 2017 Massachusetts legislators appear to be on the same page in facilitating telehealth and telemedicine in the commonwealth. At least in the eastern part of the state. Telemedicine might include email communications between a patient and a doctor, remote patient monitoring using devices that transmit the...

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

Healthcare Informatics, October 25, 2017 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). CBO, a nonpartisan federal agency that provides budget and economic...

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Video Visits Bring Top Medical Advice to Patients

U.S. News, October 25, 2017 Savanna Edwards has been visiting Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando three to four times a year to treat her arthritis and amplified pain disorder. Her hometown 200 miles away lacks the specialized services she requires, which include help from a psychologist to manage the pain. Edwards, 16, has been able to...

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