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Telepharmacies Give Providers a Growing Rx for Success

mHealth Intelligence, June 1, 2016 Once used solely for filling prescriptions online, health systems are finding new uses - and benefits - for telepharmacy platforms. In rural communities across the country, it’s often more difficult to find a pharmacist than it is to find a doctor. Now healthcare providers are using telemedicine...

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US Agriculture Secretary Visits NH to Discuss Opioid Crisis

MyChamplainValley.com, May 9, 2016 U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the leader of the Obama Administration’s national initiative on rural opioid abuse, visited Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Monday to see what it’s doing to help fight the region's opioid epidemic. "I know how important this is personally. My mom, prescription...

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Telemedicine Program Will Extend Parkinson’s Care Throughout NYS

PRNewswire, May 4, 2016 A new program launched by neurologists at UR Medicine will expand access to care and serve as a national model for the management of Parkinson's disease and other chronic illnesses.  The Parkinson's Disease Care, New York (PDCNY) program will be a largely virtual network providing free care to as many as 500 underserved...

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Project ECHO Poised to Become a National Telehealth Model

mHealth Intelligence, April 29, 2016 A ground-breaking telehealth project launched in 2011 to push hub-and-spoke videoconferencing platforms out to rural providers may become a national initiative. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which seeks to...

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AHA: Limited coverage, geographic restrictions pose major barriers to telehealth adoption

FierceHealthIT, April 27, 2016 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must include telehealth in value-based payment models and lift geographic restrictions on its use, a new brief published by the American Hospital Association argues. Currently, the AHA points out, limited coverage remains a major hurdle to more robust adoption...

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Rochester Physician Presents Telemedicine Report at Senate Briefing

CTeL News, April 26, 2016 Dr. Kenneth McConnochie, University of Rochester Medicine, addressed Capitol Hill to advocate for Medicaid funding for telemedicine. Telemedicine saves both time and money and provides medical access in areas previously under served. An estimated 15 million U.S. children live in areas where there is a shortage of...

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Maine’s Leading Home Health Agency Reduces Readmissions by 75%

MarketWatch, April 26, 2016 HomeHealth Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine (HHVN) achieves a dramatic 75% reduction in overall 30-day hospital readmissions for chronic disease patients. Of the 474 patients placed on the HRS Patient Connect® Platform from April 2015 to April 2016, there was a 4.2% 30-day readmission rate. The state average in...

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Nurses’ Group Lobbies for Telemedicine Licensure

mHealth Intelligence, April 4, 2016 A licensing compact that would allow nurses to practice telemedicine across state lines has now been adopted by six states. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, a Chicago-based non-profit consisting of 59 nursing boards, is hoping its new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact and Advanced Practice...

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Sea change in health care creates a wave of new options for Islanders

MV Times, March 30, 2016 This week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) introduced Telehealth, a program that will enable its 2.8 million members, which include many Islanders, to see a doctor for non-emergency health care, 24/7, via streaming video on a smartphone, computer, or tablet. “Blue Cross defines Telehealth as the...

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Massachusetts Issues Telemedicine RFP

Federal Telemedicine News, March 29, 2016 On March 2, 2016, the Massachusetts Office for Administration and Finance via their Health Policy Commission (HPC), issued an RFP for their “Telemedicine Pilot Initiative” to provide state residents with community-based access to behavioral health services. According to HPC, since 2010,...

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