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Telemedicine as a Tool to Provide Family Conferences with Critically Ill Patients

NETRC Webinar: September 23, 2014 Presenter: Prema Menon, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care Dr. Menon is a board certified Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician with expertise in End-of-Life communication in the intensive care unit (ICU). She...

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States Graded on Telemedicine Policy

ATA, September 9, 2014 The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today released two critical state policy reports which identify gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and in physician practice standards and licensure. These first-of-their-kind reports identify and compare state policies on a report card, assigning each state grades ranging from...

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Stakeholders concerned licensure compact fails to boost telemedicine access

Fierce Health IT, September 8, 2014. The Federation of State Medical Boards' finalized model interstate licensure compact, unveiled last Friday, does not do enough to boost telemedicine access in a meaningful way, according to James Turner, senior policy counsel for the Health IT Now Coalition. Turner, in a statement released shortly after the...

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Maryland invests in cloud-based telehealth to improve correctional health care, cut costs

Government Technology, May 21, 2014. The state of Maryland has invested in telemedicine to reduce costs of medical care at its correctional facilities.  In a recent presentation, the executive director of clinical services for their system is projecting a clear return on investment, mostly in the form of reduced costs in staff time to transport...

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Industry groups to Congress: Telemedicine licensing ‘out of date’

Fierce Health IT, June 18, 2014.  In letters sent in June to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Health, the American Telemedicine Association and Health IT Now both encourage passage of the Telehealth for Medicare (TELE-MED) Act of 2013, saying the legislation would increase patient access to healthcare by...

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VA reduces admissions by 35% due to telemedicine services

EHR Intelligence, June 23, 2014.    A new study published by Adam Darkins, Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services at the Veterans Administration, highlight the growth in use of telehealth by the VA and a number of favorable outcomes.  In 2013, utilization grew to 1.8 million episodes of care to over 608,000 patients, and, among home health...

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Using robots in rural hospitals

Federal Telemedicine News, June 29, 2014.  An article and white paper from the Kansas Health Institute illustrated uses by some small rural hospitals of  sophisticated telemedicine robots to help ease the shortage of specialists in their areas and in one instance boosting the bottom line at a critical access hospital. Read more

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Are Apple, Google, Intel, and Samsung setting the stage for behavioral health via smart device and the “Quantified Self?”

Telemental Health Institute Blog, June 21, 2014.  Telemental health leader Marlene Maheu explores in a three-part essay where the technology of personal health sensors and apps for mobile devices is leading us.  The high tech companies would love for the health monitoring data now in consumer managed siloes to be integrated into the digital...

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Medical Boards draft plan to ease path to out-of-state and online treatment

  New York Times, June 29, 2014. Officials representing state medical boards across the country have drafted a model law that would make it much easier for doctors licensed in one state to treat patients in other states, whether in person, by videoconference or online. Read more

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CMS proposes expanded telehealth coverage for 2015

Fierce Health IT, July 3, 2014. Annual wellness visits and psychotherapy are among four services the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to add to the list of services that can be provided to Medicare beneficiaries via telehealth, according to a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year...

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