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Telemedicine codes added to CMS final payment rules

FierceHealthIT, November 3, 2015 New telemedicine billing codes are featured in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rules for payments to physicians and hospitals, which were released late last week. Those codes, which take effect next year, include: CPT codes 99356 and 99357: These deal with prolonged care either...

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Six Ways to Take Advantage of New Hampshire’s New Telemedicine Law

The National Law Review, October 26, 2015 A physician in New Hampshire can now establish a valid doctor-patient relationship without needing a prior in-person exam. This is among several recent changes in New Hampshire’s telemedicine laws that offer new opportunities for telemedicine companies and healthcare providers, so long as they can...

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Changes to New York Telehealth Coverage Coming Soon

Health Care Law Today. October, 19, 2015 After New York became the 22nd state to enact a telemedicine commercial coverage statute, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment changing the statute. The amendment makes sweeping changes to telehealth coverage under New York Medicaid and commercial health insurance. With an effective date of...

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AMA Coding Workgroup to Accelerate Integration of Emerging Telehealth Services into Clinical Practice

AMA News, October 8, 2015 The American Medical Association (AMA) today took a significant step toward its goal of accelerating digital medicine into clinic practice with the foundational meeting of an AMA-sponsored workgroup charged with facilitating the integration of the latest technological advances in telehealth services into the Current...

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Telehealth Policy Picture Improving — But Slowly

Healthcare Informatics, September/October 2015 States fail to take comprehensive approach, advocates say Families in Delaware struggling with Parkinson’s disease often have to travel to Baltimore or Philadelphia for care because there are no Parkinson’s specialists in the state. Many of those patients have worked with Ray Dorsey, M.D.,...

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A look at telehealth adoption in the northeastern United States

The Public Sector View, September 24, 2015 In our last post on the Public Sector View, we sat down with Danielle Louder, the Program Manager for Technology Supported Initiatives with Medical Care Development’s Public Health division, to learn more about her organization and how they’re effectively utilizing and facilitating telehealth...

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Telepharmacy system to save Yale-New Haven Hospital time, money

Yale Daily News, September 24, 2015 The Smilow Cancer Hospital is preparing to incorporate Lawrence and Memorial Healthcare into its telepharmacy system, which uses video, audio and photo surveillance to supervise technicians preparing chemotherapy drugs from a central location in Smilow. The system, which has cut down the turnaround time...

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How Medical Care Development is changing lives with technology and telehealth

The Public Sector View, September 22, 2015 Telehealth implementations have long been lauded for their ability to deliver healthcare services to those that otherwise couldn’t access them. Whether it’s delivering mental health services to military veterans who are geographically isolated or far removed from healthcare providers, or delivering...

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NPAF Encourages Telehealth Services for Patients with Transportation Needs

National Patient Advocate Foundation, September 8, 2015 Citing lack of transportation as one of the top concerns of the patients served by the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand telehealth services as an important way to ensure...

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Internists Emphasize Importance of Balancing Benefits of Telemedicine Against Risks for Patients

American College of Physicians, September 8, 2015 The American College of Physicians (ACP) today emphasized the importance of balancing the benefits of telemedicine against its risks for patients. The summary to A Guide to the Use of Telemedicine in Primary Care Settings: An American College of Physicians Position Paper also noted that...

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