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A guide to the nation’s Telehealth Resource Centers

mHealth News, January 22, 2015 Need help launching a telehealth program, or wondering what your state allows? There's a place for that. Fourteen, in fact. They're called telehealth resource centers, 12 of which cover specific regions and two serve as national centers. Started in 2006 through a grant from the Office for the Advancement of...

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New York State Signs Telehealth Parity Bill into Law

EHR Intelligence, January 12, 2014 New York State has joined more than half the nation in enacting a telehealth parity law requiring private insurers to cover remote care at the same rate as their public insurance counterparts.  The legislation, sponsored by State Senator Catharine Young (R-57th) and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will...

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Telehealth bill signed, bringing distance care to many

Watertown Daily Times, January 9, 2014 Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell that expands the availability of telehealth services and requires insurers to cover the costs of those services has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Mrs. Russell made the announcement Thursday at a news conference at the...

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Telehealth, Health IT, and mHealth Policy: Considerations for Stakeholders

The National Law Review, January 7, 2015 In recent months, as the conversation about reforming the health care system has shifted from websites and coverage expansion to achieving greater delivery system efficiencies, cost containment, and quality improvement, the role of health care technology — specifically, telehealth, health information...

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Why alternate payment models could be a boon for telemedicine

FierceHealthIT, December 16, 2014 Reimbursement for telemedicine services is one of the main roadblocks to the use of the technology. While payers have been reluctant to wade into the fray, new payment models offer promise for expanded use of telehealth, according to an article at the American Journal of Managed Care. If healthcare...

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Study: Telehealth can save $100 or more per visit

FierceHealthIT, December 15, 2014  As telehealth services grow throughout the country, they provide both improved care and ways to cut costs. The average estimated cost of a telehealth visit saves about $100 or more compared to the estimated cost for in-person care, according to a study by Dale H. Yamamoto of Red Quill Consulting,...

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Reimbursement Lacking for Telehealth Despite Physician Shortage

iHealthBeat, December 8, 2014 Many telemedicine services, such as video visits with physicians, remain uncovered by insurance plans despite physician shortages throughout the U.S., USA Today reports. Background on Physician Shortage According to USA Today, 43 rural hospitals have closed since early 2010, making it harder for patients to...

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Does Telemedicine Work in ‘Hands-on’ Specialties?

Medscape, December 3, 2014 Editor's Note: While on-site at the American College of Rheumatology 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, Medscape spoke with Daniel L. Albert, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics at Geisel Medical School, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, about his...

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DLT Awards Grants for $20.4 Million

Federal Telemedicine News, November 23, 2014 On National Rural Health Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program has just awarded $20.4 million in FY 2014 grants. The grants provide access to medical services, improve educational opportunities, and supports Native American...

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Reimbursement, Regulation the Biggest Challenges to Telehealth

RevCycle Intelligence, November 12, 2014 A new study found that telehealth may be the next shift in healthcare, but it is an uphill battle. The use of telemedicine is growing in the healthcare landscape. The Affordable Care Act and the expansion of accountable care strategies places more weight on keeping patients out of hospitals and...

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