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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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Questions to Ask Your Telemedicine Malpractice Carrier

Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, August 28, 2015 We often receive questions at The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) on the legal and regulatory issues impacting telemedicine. We recently received a question asking for suggestions on what questions a practitioner should ask a malpractice insurer when...

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Telehealth at the state level: A little help, please?

mHealthNews, August 20, 2015 An island-based lobsterman using telehealth to see his wellness coach? A group of seniors connecting via video with a physical therapist in one distant location and a tai chi trainer in another to improve their mobility and prevent falls? These situations might be unique to Maine, but drop in on a telehealth...

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Are Your Telehealth Practice Business Associate Agreements Compliant?

Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, August 13, 2015 By law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities – health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers. However, recognizing that most providers, especially so in telehealth, use supporting...

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Sen. King Calls for More Investment in Telemedicine

MPBN News, August 13, 2015 Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King is calling for increased federal investment and support for telemedicine. During a roundtable discussion today at the University of Maine in Orono, King said that, in addition to greater federal investment, he'd like to see regulatory changes that can improve access to vital health care...

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Examining payment parity in telehealth laws

mHealth News, August 10, 2015 any states are enacting laws requiring commercial health plans to cover medical services provided via telehealth to the same extent they cover medical services provided in-person. These laws are intended to promote innovation and care delivery in the private sector by catalyzing healthcare providers and plans to...

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Technology Stemming from Tragedy

The Rural Monitor, August 5, 2015 For Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH), a rural Federally Qualified Health Center, a telehealth program was a solution inspired by tragedy. In 2004, one of FLCH’s RNs was traveling to a Migrant Head Start site to provide services to children, when she was fatally struck by another car. Two years later, an...

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Various telehealth definitions, policies ‘confusing’ for providers

FierceHealthIT, August 4, 2015 While 48 states and the District of Columbia all have definitions of telehealth or telemedicine written into law or their Medicaid program, differences in those definitions are creating "confusing environments" for end users, according to a new report by the Center for Connected Health Policy. The report,...

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