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Beyond “To Close Or Not To Close” Rural Hospitals

Health Affairs Blog, July 6, 2017 About 60 million Americans live in rural areas. And almost every health statistic shows they’re falling behind their fellow Americans who live in urban areas. Rural residents are less likely to have health insurance coverage through a job, have lower incomes, and have higher rates of death from heart...

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NCQA updates HEDIS measures to address opioids and telehealth

Healthcare Finance, July 5, 2017 The National Committee for Quality Assurance is updating its Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set or HEDIS scores for 2018 to include telehealth and to combat addiction risks associated with opioid use. Read more!

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The Emerging Role of Mobile Health in Oncology

Targeted Oncology, July 3, 2017 Advances in wireless technology have given rise to the development of mobile health (mHealth) platforms, also known as telehealth, telemedicine, eHealth, and digital health. These technologies offer a unique opportunity for healthcare providers to remotely deliver high-quality care. The possibilities are endless...

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HHS funding expands substance abuse, mental health services

Health Data Management, July 3, 2017 In an effort to combat mental illness and the opioid epidemic, the Department of Health and Human Services is making $195 million in funding available to community health centers nationwide to support behavioral health and substance abuse services, including increasing the use of health IT. “Addressing...

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Maine Joins Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

FSMB Press Release, June 28, 2017 Maine is the 22nd state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). Legislative Document 1359, “An Act to Adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact,” sponsored by Sen. Geoff Gratwick (D-Bangor), was enacted into law on June 24th. “We are pleased that Maine has joined 21 other states...

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Maine Enacts Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)

NCSBN News Release, June 27, 2017 Maine has joined Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming as a member of the eNLC.    Allowing nurses to have...

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New Jersey’s Telemedicine Regulations are Ready to Become Law

mHealth Intelligence, June 26, 2017 Telemedicine legislation headed to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s desk would, among other things, enable physicians to use telehealth to establish a doctor-patient relationship, ensure the same standards of care as an in-person visit, and ensure coverage and payment parity for private payers, state...

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220+ telehealth companies

Becker's Hospital Review, June 23, 2017 Telehealth is playing a bigger role in healthcare delivery today, broadening access to specialty care across the country, easing home health monitoring and simplifying chronic disease management. Click here for Becker's Hospital Reviews' list of more than 220 telehealth companies.

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Fox Hospital (NY) initiates telemedicine treatment

thedailystar.com, June 23, 2017 A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta recently treated its first patients using telemedicine, officials said. Telemedicine is desktop equipment that provides video-conferencing with built-in features that allow physicians to provide services from satellite locations, according to a media release from Fox...

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Report: Telehealth use not keeping pace with interest

Healthcare Dive, June 22, 2017 Dive Brief: While most Americans say they would consider using telehealth services, not many have actually had a virtual visit, a new Advisory Board survey shows. Of the nearly 5,000 respondents to the Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, 77% said they are open to virtual care solutions but only 19% had...

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