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CCHP Report Shows States are Still Looking for Value in Telehealth

mHealth Intelligence, October 24, 2018 The Center for Connected Health Policy's latest comprehensive report on state-by-state telehealth legislation and reimbursement finds little has changed in the connected health market in a year.   One advance in the northeast region was a clarification of Medicaid rules for reimbursement in Maine; such a...

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Physician Resistance to CMS Proposal for Virtual Check-Ins

Center for Connected Health Policy, October 16, 2018 On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposal of revisions to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2019. The proposal includes reimbursement for a virtual check-in service intended to “restore the doctor-patient relationship” by...

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Senate passes bill to address opioid crisis, expands telemedicine scope

mobihealthnews, October 4, 2018 Yesterday the senate overwhelmingly passed a new opioid bill in a 98-1 vote, with only Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) voting against it and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) not voting. The vote expands telemedicine services to people with opioid abuse disorder, exempting it from certain requirements. It also modifies the...

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Congress Continues Fighting Opioid Epidemic Through Legislation

Center for Connected Health Policy, October 2, 2018 Congress continues with legislation designed to combat the national opioid epidemic with the introduction of H.R. 6781, the Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act, sponsored by Rep. Suzan DelBane (D-WA). The bill was introduced mid-September, almost a week prior to the Senate passing of the...

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5 Need-to-Know Leaps in Telehealth

HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2018 The stars are aligning for the next phase of growth in telehealth. Many states have resolved parity issues, CMS is proposing payment changes in 2019 to accommodate telehealth visits, and Next Generation ACOs include a telehealth waiver. With significant progress on the reimbursement front, the...

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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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