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FCC commissioners boost Rural Health Care Program cap to $571M

Health Data Management, June 15, 2018 The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of a proposal by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to increase the annual cap from $400 million to $571 million for the Rural Health Care Program, which provides telecommunications and broadband services to rural communities supporting telemedicine. Read more!

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Key first steps taken to unleash digital medicine’s potential

AMA Wire, June 15, 2018 This year, physicians have more opportunity to use new technology that can improve patient care with additional codes approved by the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel for chronic care remote physiologic monitoring and internet consultations in the pipeline. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

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[D-H] Partnership Brings Telemedicine to Berlin [NH] Hospital

Business NH Magazine, June 14, 2018   Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) in Berlin is partnering with Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Center for Connected Care to provide tele-neurology and tele-psychiatry services via telemedicine to patients in northern New Hampshire needing consultations and treatment. In the emergency department or...

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Telehealth success varies by setting, according to AHRQ

Healthcare Dive, June 4, 2018   An AHRQ review looked at 145 studies to evaluate the effectiveness of telehealth consultations for inpatient, emergency and outpatient care. Researchers found overall results generally showed telehealth was either better or showed no difference then comparators on some outcomes. However, more research...

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State Medicaid Programs Are Seeing the Value of Telehealth at Home

mHealth Intelligence, May 15, 2018 State lawmakers are coming around to the concept of allowing Medicaid members to access telehealth and telemedicine services from their own homes. In its spring 2018 update of the State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, the Center for Connected Health Policy reports that 10 states have...

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VA Finalizes ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Telehealth Program For Vets

mHealth Intelligence, May 11, 2018 A national telehealth program to connect veterans and healthcare providers no matter where either is located is set to become official. The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted former Secretary David Shulkin’s ambitious connected care initiative in the Federal Register, finalizing a plan to improve...

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ARC, Oneida-Lewis Chapter Launches Telehealth

WKTV, May 10, 2018 With just one touch of a button, a new kind of technology is changing the way the Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter is providing care for people with developmental disabilities. It's a part of a telehealth program called project NVITE -- or Non-Virtual Individualized Telehealth Experience. It connects clients of the Arc to...

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CMS unveils strategy to improve rural healthcare

Healthcare Dive, May 9, 2018 CMS on Tuesday announced its first Rural Health Strategy, which looks to improve access to and quality of care in rural areas. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the effort looks to “apply a rural lens to the vision and work of the agency” and was the culmination of input from rural providers and...

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Virtual doctor visits are getting more popular, but questions remain about who pays

The Washington Post, May 6, 2018 Tucked into the federal budget law Congress passed in February was a provision that significantly expands the use of telemedicine — long a hyped health-care reform and now poised to go mainstream within five to 10 years. “There’s much broader recognition of the benefits,” said Mei Wa Kwong, executive...

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The Joint Commission: Reduction in Requirements

The Joint Commission Blog, May 3, 2018 Effective July 1, 2018, several Joint Commission elements of performance (EPs) for Ambulatory Health Care accreditation will no longer apply to services provided via a telehealth platform. These changes represent a 25 percent reduction in applicable standards for telehealth surgical and telehealth...

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