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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to deploy teleICU program in August

Becker's Hospital Review, July 23, 2018 Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., is piloting a teleICU initiative, with plans for a full rollout in August, according to a Bennington Banner report. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center partnered with Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H., and Avera Health in Sioux Falls, S.D.,...

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Medicare’s New Virtual Care Codes: A Monumental Change and Validation of Asynchronous Telemedicine

Health Care Law Today, July 18, 2018 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just issued a proposed rule introducing monumental changes to the physician fee schedule, paving the way for asynchronous telemedicine and new technologies through a new set of virtual care codes.  Read more!

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Telemedicine in N.H.

nhpr, July 17, 2018 Telemedicine allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology.  In N.H.,  consulting a doctor through a video-chat has the potential to lower costs and help the state deal with the opioid crisis and rural healthcare shortages. Virtual house calls...

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Telehealth Advocates Respond to CMS ‘Virtual Visit’ Proposal

Healthcare Informatics, July 16, 2017 Among all the proposed changes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out last week, ones related to telehealth drew considerable interest. Although it can’t use its regulatory power to change the laws that restrict telehealth services paid for by Medicare to rural settings, the...

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CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship

CMS Press Release, July 12, 2018 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing Medicare. The proposed rules would fundamentally improve...

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FCC to launch $100M Connected Care Pilot Program

Health Data Management, July 12, 2018 The Federal Communications Commission intends to create a new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program supporting the use of telemedicine solutions for low-income and rural Americans, as well as veterans, in order to improve health outcomes, reduce costs and increase access to healthcare. FCC...

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Medicare Expands Remote Patient Monitoring for Home Health Agencies

mHealth Intelligence, July 9, 2018 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System so that home health agencies can include the cost of remote patient monitoring on the Medicare cost report form. CMS expects the changes to drive home health agencies’ adoption of emerging...

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Delaware Medical Board Tightens Up Its Telemedicine Regulations

mHealth Intelligence, July 9, 2018 Delaware’s Board of Medicine has tightened up its telehealth and telemedicine regulations. Following a public comment period, the board enacted new guidelines in June that clarify language in the state’s Medical Practice Act, which sets practice standards for virtual care.   The guidelines touch...

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New Connecticut Law Allows Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

The National Law Review, June 27, 2018 Connecticut has taken another step towards expanding the meaningful use of telemedicine in connection with treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.  SB 302, signed by Governor Dannel Malloy and effective July 1, 2018, allows providers to prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine for...

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Let’s make telemedicine available to all

recode, June 25, 2018 This is a contributed op-ed by Steven J. Corwin, M.D., president and chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian. With all of the partisan debate over health-care reform in Washington, D.C., it was easy to overlook an important bipartisan achievement that could benefit millions of patients. As part of the federal...

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