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Through grant & telemedicine, Boston Medical Center expanding access to epilepsy care

Boston Medical Center Press Release, November 17, 2016 Boston Medical Center (BMC) has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to high quality care for underserved populations of children and youth with epilepsy and related disorders. BMC's Comprehensive Epilepsy...

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CMS Releases Final CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule with Several Telehealth Policy Changes

Center for Connected Health Policy, November 15, 2016 The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released their final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2017.  The final rule includes the addition of several codes for reimbursement regarding end-stage renal disease related services for dialysis; advance care planning;...

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High-quality mHealth apps can be blended into care

AMA Wire, November 15, 2016 The AMA has adopted a wide-ranging set of policies designed to help integrate the burgeoning field of mobile health applications and devices—dubbed mHealth—into clinical practice. More than 165,000 mHealth apps are available to patients, according to a September 2015 report from the IMS Institute for...

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(NJ) Event shines spotlight on telemedicine and potential for cost savings

NJBIZ.com, November 9, 2016 Telemedicine is starting to play an important role in health care, and a majority of U.S. residents have said they are comfortable using the technology, according to the American Medical Association. In fact, the medicine world is well past the point of trying to figure out how telehealth fits in, and is now...

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New AHA/ASA Statement on Telemedicine in Stroke

Medscape, November 9, 2016 The American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) has released a new scientific statement on quality measures and outcomes for use of telemedicine in stroke. The document — which is endorsed by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Telemedicine Association — was published...

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HRSA Releases Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant

Federal Telemedicine News, November 9, 2016 On November 2, 2016, HRSA www.hrsa.gov posted the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) HRSA-17-016 “Rural Health Network Development Planning Program” (Network Planning) with the closing date for applications to be January 03, 2017. The estimated program funding is to be $2,400,000. The...

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Exciting Updates in the Telehealth Policy World

Center for Connected Health Policy Newsletter, November 8, 2016 Click here for an update on telehealth policy from CCHP. Highlights include: Senate Finance Committee Releases Draft of CHRONIC Act of 2016 CMS Finalizes Telehealth Changes in CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule WellCare Health Plans Conducts Remote Monitoring Pilot...

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New York Presbyterian taps American Well to subtly power their app-based virtual visits

mobihealthnews, November 7, 2016 New York Presbyterian as added a new capability to its suite of digital health tools with the integration of American Well into its NYP OnDemand app, offering patients video consultations via two clinic services called Digital Urgent Care and Virtual VisitNow. This is the latest feature in the NYP OnDemand...

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Using Telehealth, mHealth to Fight the Flu

mHealth Intelligence, November 2, 2016 Healthcare providers may have a new cure for the flu this winter: The virtual visit. mHealth tools and platforms have for years been used to identify outbreaks of the flu and other highly infectious viruses and direct doctors and drugs to where they’re most needed. But now some health systems and...

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CMS Finalizes Rule to Implement MACRA, Marginally Incorporates Telehealth

CCHP Newsletter, October 25, 2016 Last week CMS released its final rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that was approved last year.  The bill, signed into law on April 16, 2015, ended the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), and many previous payment incentive programs.  In its place, MACRA established two...

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