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Telehealth on the Rise at the VA

Federal Telemedicine News, February 21, 2016 The FY 17 budget for the Veterans Administration (VA) is requesting $182.3 billion. The request for the medical care budget is $68.6 billion to be provided to over 922,000 veterans. Some of the major spending categories are $12.2 billion for care in the community, $8.5 billion for long term care,...

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The Payment Reform Landscape: How Does Telehealth Fit Into A High-Value Purchasing Strategy?

Health Affairs Blog, February 12, 2016 Employers and other health care purchasers will continue to seek new ways to procure high-value care for their member populations as long as the cost of health care continues to rise and quality remains uneven. Over the last five years, there have been significant reforms to how we pay providers for...

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Activity Heats Up: Northeast Telehealth Policy Updates

NETRC News, February 4, 2016 We've jumped into the new year at full speed, especially as it comes to telehealth policy and regulation! Below is a look at some of what we are watching: Connecticut:  More providers have been reaching out now that CT's private payer parity law went into effect January 1. We have heard from some colleagues...

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New York and Vermont Fine-Tune Parity Coverage with New Telehealth Bills

American Telemedicine Association News, January 20, 2016 New York lawmakers have introduced three new bills to enhance telehealth coverage under numerous insurance plans: SB 6367 would allow telehealth coverage under worker’s compensation and motor vehicle insurance; AB 8200/SB 5852 would allow coverage parity for telehealth provided...

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North country patients benefit from telemedicine during winter months

Watertown Daily Times, January 11, 2016 For north country residents who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, winter can be a double-edged sword. The cold, dark days of the season can take a toll on one’s mental health, and at the same time, heavy snowfall and icy road conditions can prevent those who are experiencing symptoms of...

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Massachusetts announces plan for digital health hub in Boston

mobihealthnews, January 7, 2016 Leaders of the city of Boston and the commonwealth of Massachusetts came together today at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a new public-private partnership aimed at enhancing the profile of digital health in Boston.  The City of Boston will work with Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech...

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Massachusetts Uses Telemedicine Technology to Expand Access to Behavioral Health Services

Lexology (blog post from Mintz Levin), January 6, 2016 Recognizing the importance of telemedicine, a committee of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission recently voted on a grant program that will award up to $500,000 each for two telemedicine pilots that target the behavioral health needs of children, homebound seniors, and people with...

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States Begin 2016 with Expansion of Telehealth Services

The National Law Review, January 6, 2016 As we enter into the new year, the health industry continues to see expanded access to telehealth services.  After a whirlwind 2015 in which we saw over 200 telehealth-related bills introduced in 42 states, New York and Connecticut emerge as the first states in 2016 to implement laws that expand...

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N.Y Awards $2.35 Million to URMC

Federal Telemedicine News, January 3, 2016 Over the next five years, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) www.urmc.rochester.edu Office for Aging Research and Health Services (OARHS) will receive $2.35 million from the New York State Department of Health to establish a Finger Lakes Center for Excellence in Alzheimer’s...

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Maine Seacoast Mission brings islanders care by boat

Boston Globe, December 28, 2015 Part old-fashioned island mission, part newfangled telemedicine provider, the Sunbeam brings health services to the frozen Maine coast At noon on a sunny December day, the Sunbeam, flagship of the Maine Seacoast Mission, pulls into the harbor at Matinicus Island. Islanders on the dock wave, then call out to the...

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