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Texas Medical Board votes to curtail telemedicine

Houston Chronicle, April 10, 2015 The Texas Medical Board voted Friday to severely restrict the practice of telemedicine in Texas, requiring physicians to conduct an in-person visit with a patient before providing a diagnosis or prescribing drugs by phone or video. The rules would allow telemedicine without a prior visit if a patient is at...

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House Bill Repealing the Medicare SGR Includes Telehealth Provisions

The National Law Review, April 7, 2015 Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) with broad bipartisan support. MACRA would permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for Medicare physician reimbursement and extend federal funding for the Children’s...

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Telehealth takes off in the Northeast

mHealthNews, March 12, 2015 At the beginning of the year, some analysts ventured that this might be the year that telehealth will take off. A pair of pilot projects springing up in the Northeast is lending weight to that prediction. New York's Mount Sinai Health System has announced a number of telehealth programs designed to push digital...

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Groups Praise New ACO Model’s Expanded Telehealth Coverage

iHealthBeat, March 12, 2015 Several health IT stakeholders say technology will play a key role in CMS' new "Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model," which will expand coverage of telehealth services, FierceHealthIT reports (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 3/11). Details of New ACO Model According to Modern Healthcare, the new model...

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Telehealth Promises to Reshape Health Care

Hospitals & Health Networks, March 10, 2015 Hospitals embrace powerful new tools to continuously connect to patients. Framing the Issue: Hospitals increasingly are turning to telehealth as a tool to increase patient access to care, manage care better and lower health care costs. 52 percent of hospitals used telehealth in 2013, and...

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State medical board licensing: Challenges for telemedicine

MultiBriefs: Exclusive, March 3, 2015 The pressures to reduce healthcare costs and improve access have never been greater. Everything from the Affordable Care Act to the "Silver Tsunami" of aging baby boomers requires a transformation of the healthcare delivery system. Telemedicine, having proven its value in rural and remote communities, is...

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VA looks to invest heavily in mHealth, telehealth

mHealthNews, March 2, 2014 elehealth and mHealth initiatives are playing a significant role in the proposed 2016 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs, with officials laying out more than $1 billion for specific telehealth programs and devoting more than half of the proposed IT budget for so-called "customized" programs. According to...

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New York Legislative Update

From the Center for Connected Health Policy and the Notheast Telehealth Resource Center: February 5, 2015 The following is a review of SB 7852 and pending amendments. Please click here to download a PDF of this review. On Dec. 29, 2014 New York State's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed landmark telehealth legislation (SB 7852) regarding...

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A guide to the nation’s Telehealth Resource Centers

mHealth News, January 22, 2015 Need help launching a telehealth program, or wondering what your state allows? There's a place for that. Fourteen, in fact. They're called telehealth resource centers, 12 of which cover specific regions and two serve as national centers. Started in 2006 through a grant from the Office for the Advancement of...

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New York State Signs Telehealth Parity Bill into Law

EHR Intelligence, January 12, 2014 New York State has joined more than half the nation in enacting a telehealth parity law requiring private insurers to cover remote care at the same rate as their public insurance counterparts.  The legislation, sponsored by State Senator Catharine Young (R-57th) and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will...

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