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Health-planning group launches telemedicine-based screening program for diabetic patients in NNY

Watertown Daily Times, August 1, 2018 A new regional initiative to improve vision health for diabetic patients will be implemented in 28 sites across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Launched by the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization on Tuesday, the Telemedicine-Based Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program will screen...

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[MA] Lawmakers’ Failure To Pass Health Bill Leaves Telemedicine On Hold

WBUR, August 1, 2018 Massachusetts remains one of just 14 states lacking a telehealth parity law for private insurance coverage, a policy that would guarantee remote medical services would be covered as extensively as in-person care. Read more!

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How Telehealth Training Programs Drive Positive Patient Experience

Patient EngagementHIT, July 30, 2018 With the growing popularity of remote patient care, telehealth training may be the new frontier. As more provider deliver care using telehealth, they need to learn how to reframe their patient-provider communication skills to drive patient satisfaction with the tool. As of 2017, nearly three-quarters (71...

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Telepsychiatry program connects students with mental health care

Observer-Dispatch, July 23, 2018 The Bassett Healthcare Network is cutting through distance and backed-up appointment books to get quick care for children who need mental health treatment. A telepsychiatry program, which started in May, is linking children seeing counselors in the network’s school-based health centers with a Bassett child...

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to deploy teleICU program in August

Becker's Hospital Review, July 23, 2018 Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., is piloting a teleICU initiative, with plans for a full rollout in August, according to a Bennington Banner report. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center partnered with Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H., and Avera Health in Sioux Falls, S.D.,...

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Medicare’s New Virtual Care Codes: A Monumental Change and Validation of Asynchronous Telemedicine

Health Care Law Today, July 18, 2018 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just issued a proposed rule introducing monumental changes to the physician fee schedule, paving the way for asynchronous telemedicine and new technologies through a new set of virtual care codes.  Read more!

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Telemedicine in N.H.

nhpr, July 17, 2018 Telemedicine allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology.  In N.H.,  consulting a doctor through a video-chat has the potential to lower costs and help the state deal with the opioid crisis and rural healthcare shortages. Virtual house calls...

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Telehealth Advocates Respond to CMS ‘Virtual Visit’ Proposal

Healthcare Informatics, July 16, 2017 Among all the proposed changes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out last week, ones related to telehealth drew considerable interest. Although it can’t use its regulatory power to change the laws that restrict telehealth services paid for by Medicare to rural settings, the...

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CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship

CMS Press Release, July 12, 2018 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing Medicare. The proposed rules would fundamentally improve...

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FCC to launch $100M Connected Care Pilot Program

Health Data Management, July 12, 2018 The Federal Communications Commission intends to create a new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program supporting the use of telemedicine solutions for low-income and rural Americans, as well as veterans, in order to improve health outcomes, reduce costs and increase access to healthcare. FCC...

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