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Rural Tele-Health: Moving toward Innovation, Transformation, and the Triple Aim

RAC Monitor, April 26, 2017 Could “dialing up” the use of tele-medicine or telehealth help achieve rural health sustainability? In a new report dated March 30, 2017, The Rural Broadband Association found that the use of telemedicine has four powerful economic benefits, for rural providers, producing results that Congress, the Centers for...

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NY’s Actions on Telemedicine

Federal Telemedicine News, April 26, 2017 Legislatively the use of telemedicine may move forward since New York State Senator Sue Serino www.nysenate.gov/senators/sue-serinosponsored a bill passed in March in the N.Y. Senate with the potential to dramatically increase access to healthcare for seniors living in senior living...

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3 lessons for direct-to-consumer telehealth

FierceHealthcare, April 25, 2017 As more healthcare providers are launching telehealth programs, hospital executives and vendors have a few words of wisdom—namely, exercise patience. Direct-to-consumer telehealth is making a push to offer more healthcare services to patients that are intrigued by the convenience of the technology. Last...

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Providers Must Negotiate Telehealth Reimbursement With Payers

mHealth Intelligence, April 25, 2017 Healthcare providers looking to launch a new telemedicine or mHealth program may find an unexpected ally in commercial health plans. While only 31 states and the District of Colombia mandate that private payers cover telehealth visits as they reimburse for in-person visits, health plans will negotiate...

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NewYork-Presbyterian adds more telepsychiatry, express care services

mobihealthnews, April 24, 2017 NewYork-Presbyterian has revealed a pair of new telemedicine options for psychiatric and express care services that build out its existing NYP OnDemand telehealth suite. NYP went live with Express Care at its Columbia University Medical Center, which replaces in-person encounters with a video visit to slash...

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Report: Despite progress, telehealth still faces disparate Medicaid policies

FierceHealthcare, April 24, 2017 Medicaid regulations in all but two states offer reimbursement for some form of telemedicine, but those policies vary widely from state to state, often limiting the services available to patients.  Massachusetts and Rhode Island were the only two states with Medicaid reimbursement for live video telehealth...

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Telehealth Experts at ATA: Direct-to-Consumer Care Takes Time

mHealth Intelligence, April 24, 2017 Executives from three of the nation’s best-known telemedicine networks offered advice this weekend on how to set up a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform. First and foremost, they said, don’t expect consumers to come calling all at once. “You’re definitely going to be underwhelmed before...

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Telehealth’s payment conundrum persists as innovation marches forward

FierceHealthcare, April 18, 2017 Proponents of telehealth have nearly run out of breath talking about how virtual care can improve quality and reduce costs, and for good reason—published studies combined with anecdotal evidence from providers show that virtual care can serve as a critical tool for population health. And yet one major piece...

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Prescribing Controlled Substances Without an In-Person Exam: The Practice of Telemedicine Under the Ryan Haight Act

The National Law Review, April 17, 2017 As providers are becoming more comfortable with delivering care via telemedicine technologies, many of them are looking to explore services other than low acuity triage consults. One area of patient service opportunity – and particular confusion – is prescribing controlled substances via...

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Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring Use in Medicare and Selected Federal Programs

U.S. Government Accountability Office, April 14, 2017 Does Medicare pay when beneficiaries use two-way video visits to get care from their doctors? It depends. Medicare pays for some two-way video visits—referred to as "telehealth"—if the patients connect from rural health facilities. Generally, Medicare doesn’t pay for telehealth in urban...

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