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Telehealth News Archive

2021

mHealthIntelligence September 30, 2021

FCC Announces Latest Awards From COVID-19 Telehealth Program

More than 70 healthcare organizations will receive funding from the Federal Communications Commission's COVID-19 Telehealth Program for projects aimed at expanding connected health platforms to improve access to care during the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence September 30, 2021

University of New England to Become Telehealth Education Hub

The US Health Resources and Service Administration has funded a project to increase telehealth distribution in rural areas of New England and has named the University of New England a telehealth education hub.

HealthcareITNews September 30, 2021

Most provider organizations boosting telehealth investments, survey finds

A new report from Amwell and HIMSS Analytics shows that hospital and health system leaders have embraced telemedicine and are preparing for a future filled with virtual care.

HealthcareITNews September 29, 2021

Women's healthcare startup Tia secures $100M for company growth

The hybrid virtual and in-person women’s health provider said it wants to expand its model to more than 100,000 members by 2023.

Telehealth.org September 29, 2021

Why You Should Care about PIPEDA As a Telehealth Provider?

As barriers to entry were lifted during the early days of the COVID pandemic, many telehealth providers have had the experience of working with clients and patients who are in foreign states and perhaps countries. For providers serving Canadian citizens, two important Canadian laws apply. Compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) is mandatory. See TBHI’s previous article about Email Privacy & Security Checklist: HIPAA, HITECH & PIPEDA for more information.

HealthcareITNews September 29, 2021

Virtual reality for pain management has potential, but hurdles remain

California Governor Gavin Newsom has extended an emergency order enacted in 2020 that protects physicians from HIPAA penalties should they accidentally expose patient data during the good faith provision of telehealth

mHealthIntelligence September 29, 2021

California Extends HIPAA Telehealth Waiver to End of PHE

California Governor Gavin Newsom has extended an emergency order enacted in 2020 that protects physicians from HIPAA penalties should they accidentally expose patient data during the good faith provision of telehealth

HealthcareITNews September 29, 2021

The future of the waiting room, and how telemedicine and mobile health could change it

The pandemic gave rise to telehealth and app-based scheduling – and new patient expectations. Long patient waits – and even waiting rooms themselves – may be things of the past, says one physician expert.

mHealthIntelligence September 29, 2021

Thomas Jefferson University Takes on Telehealth, mHealth Barriers

The Philadelphia-based university has launched the Jefferson Center for Connected Care, which aims to tackle the digital divide and address the barriers to care that telehealth and mHealth can both cause and conquer

mHealthIntelligence September 28, 2021

Telestroke Adoption Not Associated with Changes in Patient Outcomes

Harvard researchers did not find any association between telestroke adoption in hospitals and changes in annual stroke volumes and interhospital transfer rates.

CCHP September 28, 2021

New HHS-OIG Reports on Telehealth Challenges and Oversight in State Medicaid Programs

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) released two new telehealth reports, both related to the use of telehealth to deliver behavioral health services to Medicaid beneficiaries. HHS-OIG breaks up their study into two reports.

HealthcareITNews September 28, 2021

How CMS is boosting telehealth and RPM with new CPT codes

The inclusion of remote therapeutic monitoring codes in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule suggests that transformations in digital health policy initiated in response to COVID-19 are beginning to have some permanence.

Telehealth.org September 28, 2021

ADA Compliance: Is Your or Your Employer’s Website Within Regulations for ADA Accessibility?

Last year, there were more than 3,000 digital accessibility lawsuits filed. The number has increased by 23% from the year before. Internet users may sue healthcare organizations and practices with impairments and disabilities who allege site-use access barriers. These types of barriers can violate various state laws and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Businesses caught up in these types of lawsuits can ultimately pay millions and be bound by the settlement to create specific alterations to their websites. .

mHealthIntelligence September 28, 2021

HRSA Health Centers to Get $1B for Telehealth, Other Upgrades

The Biden Administration is awarding nearly $1 billion in American Rescue Plan funding through the HRSA to about 1,300 health centers across the country for capital improvements, including telehealth expansion.

HealthcareITNews September 27, 2021

HHS watchdog: State oversight needed for behavioral telehealth

The Office of Inspector General found that many states do not conduct monitoring specific to telemedicine – despite reporting concern about fraud, waste and abuse.

JDSUPRA September 27, 2021

Telehealth Awareness Week: Insights on Telehealth

In support of the American Telemedicine Association's Telehealth Awareness Week (September 19-25, 2021), Jones Day's Digital Health team shared key insights on various legal topics applicable to telehealth.

mHealthIntelligence September 27, 2021

Researchers Develop an mHealth Wearable That Can Deliver Vaccines

Researchers at Stanford and UNC have developed an mHealth wearable that can take the sting out of vaccine delivery, improve the effectiveness of the vaccine and be mass-produced for distribution in underserved regions.

Foley & Lardner LLP September 26, 2021

New Studies Show Efficacy of Telemedicine in Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment, as More Health Plans Explore Partnerships

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has experienced a troubling rise in alcohol consumption with parallels to an increased number of individuals struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Enter a new wave of telemedicine-based virtual AUD treatment providers that reach providers and patients in a uniquely modern way.

CCHP - Webinar September 24, 2021

Telehealth & Medicaid – Medicaid Telehealth Policy & Data, Evaluations, & Stakeholders-

COVID-19 has spurred Medicaid programs to expand their telehealth policies. It has also encouraged them to examine the effects and impacts of such policies and engaging stakeholders more often than before. Learn about the efforts some Medicaid programs have made in collecting data and working with other groups as they work on solidifying the next steps in their telehealth policy development.

mHealthIntelligence September 24, 2021

New Healthcare Platform for Black Americans Will Include Telehealth, mHealth

A new effort by several large corporations to address access and health equity issues among Black Americans will include telehealth and mHealth services.

mHealthIntelligence September 23, 2021

Addiction Recovery Specialists Find Unexpected Advantages to Using Telehealth

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Addiction Recovery Program is one of many across the country that has turned to telehealth to treat patients and their families during the pandemic. And they're seeing good results with a virtual platform.

HealthcareITNews September 23, 2021

Providence forms philanthropy initiative to tackle health equity, IT innovation

The new Providence National Foundation is targeting technologies and strategies for wider access to personalized care, including telehealth, genome sequencing, data mapping and more.

mHealthIntelligence September 23, 2021

Telehealth May Improve Outcomes for Children with Chronic Conditions

There is a high probability that using telehealth to treat children with chronic conditions can improve patient outcomes and reduce health system costs, University of Texas researchers found.

Telehealth.org September 23, 2021

Recent HIPAA Security Rule Update: Recognized Security Practices

As many readers will recall, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was relatively “toothless” until the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009 was enacted to impose and collect financial penalties for violations. Both of these laws have continued to evolve, which equates to adding new definitions requirements, and sanctions. The current change has to do with the definition of how to decide whether or not a covered entity or business associate had “recognized security practices” in place for at least 12 months prior to being disciplined.

Telehealth.org September 23, 2021

Telehealth Fraud: What Are the Risks with Offering Telehealth Services Now?

With the many perks of telehealth, such as allowing the healthcare industry to stay open and available for patients throughout the pandemic, its use has also made it ripe for potential abuse.

Telehealth.org September 23, 2021

Online CBT for Insomnia: Is Telehealth CBTi as Effective as In-Person Treatment?

Chronic insomnia, defined as dissatisfaction with sleep quality or duration, affects 10 to 15% of adults in the United States. Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for insomnia is widely known. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, also known as CBTi, is a scientifically researched insomnia treatment that addresses the physiological and psychological issues present in insomnia. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends CBTi as the first-line therapy for insomnia. CBTi was traditionally offered in-person in the past, but due to the forced and adoption of telehealth and telemedicine services during the global pandemic, online CBT for insomnia is available. Recent publications have supported the use of CBTi for digital populations

mHealthIntelligence September 22, 2021

Arizona Hospitals Use mHealth to Connect With Patients in the ED

Dignity Health's Arizona hospitals are using an mHealth platform that allows them to communicate with ED patients and their families, offering updates and other resources and reducing ED wait times and traffic.

mHealthIntelligence September 22, 2021

OIG Report Assesses Medicaid Telehealth Programs for Behavioral Health

A new data brief from the Office of the Inspector General takes states to task for not analyzing how telehealth affects the quality of behavioral health services - or monitoring for fraud, waste and abuse.

HealthcareITNews September 21, 2021

Indian doctors group taps Eka Care for online healthcare platform

They will collaborate to build and implement a technology solution that solves doctors' daily operational problems.

HealthcareITNews September 21, 2021

What will the next year look like for telehealth? 'Well above pre-pandemic levels'

We spoke with a telemedicine expert to get a feel for where virtual care technology goes from here, and how near-term changes in healthcare might impact the ways it's deployed.

mHealthIntelligence September 21, 2021

Lawmakers Asked to Boost Telehealth Resource Center Budget to $27M

"Telehealth advocates are urging lawmakers to set an annual budget of $27 million for the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, noting the 14-center network has seen traffic increase by 800 percent during the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews September 21, 2021

Boosted by virtual reality and AI, telesurgery is on the rise

"The goal is surgeons who have the world's best expert surgeon virtually at their side in every case and the experience of thousands of cases," says University of Washington's Dr. Sam Browd.

mHealthIntelligence September 21, 2021

CMS Investing $15M in Medicaid Mobile Health Crisis Intervention

The rescue plan funds will be used by state Medicaid programs and community health groups to develop mobile health intervention services for people experiencing a behavioral health or opioid use disorder crisis.

CCHP - Webinar September 20, 2021

Telehealth & Medicaid: Medicaid & Audio Only

When the COVID-19 pandemic began and a sharp pivot towards telehealth was made, policymakers quickly realized that not everyone would have access to video technology. Audio-only was quickly allowed as a modality to deliver services. Now, policymakers are deciding whether the temporary audio-only policies should be made permanent. During this webinar, panelists will discuss what their Medicaid programs may decide, or have already decided, to do.

Foley & Lardner LLP September 20, 2021

Top 5 FAQs on the FTC’s Warning to Health Apps to Report Breaches of Health Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just released a Policy Statement emphasizing how telemedicine and digital health apps can be held accountable under the Health Breach Notification Rule, even if the company is not subject to HIPAA. Digital health breaches are not limited solely to hacks and cybersecurity intrusions, but also occur when companies share user health information without the user’s consent. The Policy Statement was issued at the heels of a recent FTC enforcement action and settlement, where FTC alleged the company misrepresented how it would not share users’ sensitive personal health information with third parties. Members of Congress have also pressured the FTC to use the Health Breach Notification Rule as a tool to protect users from having their sensitive information exploited.

mHealthIntelligence September 20, 2021

VA Plans $1B Expansion of Remote Patient Monitoring Platform

The Department of Veterans Affairs is soliciting bids for four remote patient monitoring projects that could greatly expand the agency's ability to treat veterans in their own homes.

mHealthIntelligence September 20, 2021

Telehealth Groups Pressure CMS to Expand Coverage in 2022 Physician Fee Schedule

Several organizations have asked CMS to revise its proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule to permanently expand Medicare coverage for telehealth.

Telehealth.org September 18, 2021

What Are Digital Therapeutics? How Can They Help with the Mental Health Crisis?

Digital therapeutics is a term that can broadly be defined as a treatment or therapy that uses digital and often Internet-based health technology to create, support, and maintain positive behavior change.

mHealthIntelligence September 17, 2021

NIH to Use mHealth, Telehealth in Long COVID Research

The National Institutes of Health is launching a $470 million national study, coordinated by NYU Langone Health, that will use mHealth tools and telehealth platforms to assess the lingering effects of COVID-19.

mHealthIntelligence September 17, 2021

How a new wireless infrastructure changed the way one provider does business

The investment has helped Dickenson County Behavioral Health Services gain more reliable telehealth and cloud EHR access, among other new efficiencies.

mHealthIntelligence September 16, 2021

FTC Emphasizes Security Standards for mHealth Apps, Devices

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a policy statement re-emphasizing that mHealth apps and devices must conform with the Health Breach Notification Rule.

HealthcareITNews September 16, 2021

Managed Medicaid plans and health systems hampered from texting consumers by 30-year-old law

A 30-year-old federal law is preventing many managed Medicaid plans from communicating with their members in the way most consumers prefer to get information: by text.

mHealthIntelligence September 16, 2021

mHealth Wearables Detect Pandemic-Related Stress in Healthcare Workers

Researchers using mHealth wearables to measure healthcare workers’ physiological responses found that a lack of resilience and emotional support increases stress.

mHealthIntelligence September 15, 2021

AMA Survey Charts Explosive Growth of Telehealth Services in 2020

The American Medical Association's new Physician Practice Benchmark Survey shows a surge in telehealth adoption between 2018 and 2020, driven by the shift from in-person to virtual care during the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews September 15, 2021

Gopuff piloting a prescription-delivery service expansion

The snack delivery company is allowing some Philadelphia-based users to get birth control and acne medication, according to Insider.

mHealthIntelligence September 15, 2021

Supporters Blame Politics for Failed Alaska Telehealth Legislation

A proposal to allow care providers to issue prescriptions via telehealth failed in Alaska after legislators tried to add too many controversial amendments.

HealthcareITNews September 15, 2021

Taking stock of the sudden evolution of telemedicine

A virtual care expert leads readers through the recent history of telehealth and offers tips on new medical services that can be delivered via telehealth while complying with HIPAA.

mHealthIntelligence September 14, 2021

CMS Plans to Scrap Innovative mHealth Technology Program

CMS has proposed eliminating the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) program, which would have sped up Medicare coverage for mHealth technology classified by the FDA as 'breakthrough medical devices.

HealthcareITNews September 14, 2021

Alaska telehealth bill would ban COVID-19 vaccine requirements

The legislation, as passed by the state Senate, would expand access to telemedicine while disallowing business, state agencies and local governments from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations to access public spaces.

mHealthIntelligence September 14, 2021

Grant Funds Medical Device Development to Prevent Epileptic Seizures

A biomedical engineering professor will use the funds to continue his research for medical device development of a brain implant device that aims to prevent epileptic seizures.

HealthcareITNews September 13, 2021

Groups Recover Together sees great success treating opioid use disorder via telehealth

Eighty-seven percent of its members said they felt as supported or more supported in a virtual care model.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021

Telehealth Expansion: 6 Additional States Announce Telehealth Coverage

While in-person care was restricted for safety reasons, the public health emergency (PHE), governments issued numerous waivers to extend telehealth coverage to make healthcare available. Several states have discontinued telehealth coverage or launched new laws to keep virtual care provisions intact as public health emergency orders continue to lift around the United States.

mHealthIntelligence September 13, 2021 

Study Touts FQHC Success at Integrating Telehealth, Mental Health Services

A five-year PCORI-funded study gave high marks to FQHCs who integrated telehealth with primary care services to help patients living with bipolar disorder and/or PTSD.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021 

5 Telehealth Trends to Watch in the Post-Pandemic World

At this point in the COVID pandemic, many professionals are keen to understand which technologies to consider as they expand their repertoire of technology and associated skills. Previously unavailable or unknown technologies have been made available, offering what can be a dizzying array of options without many basic explanations. With the rapid, forced adoption, many workflows were approximated digitally. Now maybe a good time to start reviewing what works, what doesn’t and consider upcoming alternatives.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021 

Voice Technology and Remote Patient Monitoring

Largely unknown to many professionals, voice technology, or conversational artificial intelligence, offers a range of benefits beyond delivering general health information to consumers. Voice technology refers to technology that allows a computer to recognize spoken words.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021 

Telehealth Interoperability: Optimization and Training

When the epidemic is finally over, telehealth and telemedicine will need to address the issue of interoperability. As telehealth and telemedicine companies adopt sophisticated technologies and integrate them into the healthcare system, telehealth interoperability stays a cornerstone to simplifying clinical workflow.

mHealthIntelligence September 13, 2021 

School Health Centers Get $5M to Expand Telehealth Access to Care

The Biden Administration is issuing more than $5 million in HRSA grants to 27 school health centers to expand access to care, often through telehealth.

HealthcareITNews September 13, 2021 

RemoteICU sues over HHS telehealth restrictions

The agency currently does not allow payment for critical-care telemedicine if the physician is located outside the United States.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021 

Mental Healthcare for Rural Areas Via Telepsychiatry

Due to ongoing issues with mental healthcare service accessibility and availability, rural farming communities are in a state of emergency. The significant distance between a rural family farm and a mental health treatment center is a major barrier to timely access to care. In addition, there is a nationwide lack of psychiatrists, which is more pronounced in rural areas. However, with the rise of telemedicine, it has become possible to provide timely and early access to mental healthcare via a telepsychiatry platform.

mHealthIntelligence September 10, 2021

Rural Health System Receives Funds for New Virtual Care Center

More than $300 million will back the development of a virtual care center in South Dakota that aims to increase access to care for rural communities.

Telehealth.org September 10, 2021

Telehealth Legislation: Hope for Telehealth in Rural Areas

The latest study from The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) reported that rural areas only had 39.8 doctors per 100,000 residents compared to 53.3 to every 100,000 in urban spaces. Mental health care is similarly challenging to access. The NRHA estimates that 60% of rural residents live in mental health shortage areas. In light of that, it becomes understandable that 65% of all rural residents seeking mental health support receive it from their primary care physician.

HealthcareITNews September 10, 2021

Researchers say 'essential questions remain' about telehealth's diagnostic viability

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine found that although "telediagnosis" has potential, there's still a lot to learn about how it can work most effectively.

mHealthIntelligence September 9, 2021

South Dakota Governor’s Executive Order Bans Telemedicine Abortions

The executive order directs the state’s Department of Health and its physicians to abide by rules that prevent telemedicine abortions that lack initial in-person assessments.

mHealthIntelligence September 9, 2021

Mount Sinai Launches New mHealth App for Patient Data Access

The health system is expanding its current patient portal to offer a new mHealth app to simplify and improve patient data access.

mHealthIntelligence September 8, 2021

Using Remote Patient Monitoring to Improve Diabetes Care Management

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has partnered with a federally qualified health center to increase access to diabetes care management through a remote patient monitoring program.

HealthcareITNews September 7, 2021

How telepsychiatry is helping chip away at the mental health crisis

A psychiatrist who conducted one of the first virtual behavioral care visits explains how it's working for clinicians and patients. He stresses the importance of "webside manner."

mHealthIntelligence September 7, 2021

Mayo Clinic RPM Model Improves Outcomes For Acute COVID-19 Treatment

The nonprofit medical center expanded its existing multi-state remote patient monitoring program to assist patients with acute COVID-19 treatment.

HealthcareITNews September 7, 2021

Amazon looks to bring telehealth, in-person care to 20 more cities

It will soon offer the "full package" of hybrid virtual/in-person care in Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas and Boston, Insider reports, with more expansion to follow in 2022.

mHealthIntelligence September 7, 2021

Hospitals Plan For Telehealth Expansion Despite Declining Use

Telehealth visits now account for less than 20 percent of all appointments, according to research from UPMC and KLAS, but healthcare organizations still see a future for telehealth expansion.

HealthcareITNews September 7, 2021

Majority of healthcare orgs conducting less than 20% of visits virtually

Still, provider organizations recognize the value of telehealth when it comes to long-term care – especially for behavioral health patients and those with chronic issues, a new study shows.

mHealthIntelligence September 6, 2021

MD Program Seeks to Improve Access to Telemental Health Services

Ten Maryland jurisdictions will receive funding for broadband and wireless devices to increase access to telemental health services for underserved communities.

mHealthIntelligence September 3, 2021

CMS Faces Calls to Improve Remote Patient Monitoring Coverage in 2022 PFS

Telehealth advocates are submitting recommendations to CMS to improve coverage for remote patient monitoring services in the proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule.

mHealthIntelligence September 3, 2021

UC San Diego Health Takes Aim at Telehealth, mHealth Innovation

The health system has launched the Center for Health Innovation, which will use lessons learned from using telehealth and mHealth technology during the pandemic to develop and even commercialize new devices and platforms.

HealthcareITNews September 3, 2021

HIMSSCast: How telehealth will settle in through the pandemic and beyond

How will the use cases for telehealth shake out as time goes by?

HealthcareItNews September 2, 2021

Florida man pleads guilty in scheme exploiting amended telehealth restrictions

The U.S. Department of Justice says the laboratory owner admitted to his role in a $73 million Medicare kickback conspiracy.

mHealthIntelligence September 2, 2021

American Academy of Pediatrics Targets Parity in Telehealth Policy Statement

The AAP has unveiled a telehealth policy statement that calls for payment parity, as well as more efforts to address social determinants of health and improve access to quality care for all children.

mHealthIntelligence September 2, 2021

Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network Will Use Telehealth to Share Resources

Five children's hospitals have been recruited to launch a federally funded national network aimed at improving pediatric healthcare services during an emergency, and will use telehealth to support resource-sharing and best practices.

HealthcareItNews September 1, 2021

NYC Health + Hospitals keeps patients out of ER with virtual urgent care

In its first year, the health system treated more than 16,000 patients through Virtual ExpressCare. Theservice, launched at the peak of the pandemic, was crucial in preserving New York City's emergency care system.

mHealthIntelligence September 1, 2021

MetroHealth’s Institute for HOPE Takes Connected Health to a New Level

The Cleveland-based health system is forging new partnerships and launching programs that address the social determinants of health, sometimes through remote patient monitoring or telehealth platforms that boost access to care.

HealthcareItNews September 1, 2021

Online first visit consults high among private dental clinics in Japan, study shows

Japan has permitted the use of dental telemedicine for first and follow-up visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foley & Lardner LLP September 1, 2021

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Business Registry: What You Need to Know

New Jersey recently finalized regulations requiring all telemedicine or telehealth organizations providing telemedicine services to patients located in New Jersey to register with New Jersey’s Department of Health (Department) before October 15, 2021.

mHealthIntelligence September 1, 2021

New UCSF Study Touts Effectiveness of Telemedicine Abortions

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco finds that nearly all medication abortions conducted via telemedicine at a California clinic during the height of the pandemic were successful and safely done.

CCHP August 31, 2021

Tracking Telehealth Policy: Status of State Pandemic Expansions, Permanent Laws, and Top Issues

While telehealth policy has always varied by state, we have now entered into a new and confusing gray area as we phase out of pandemic-era policies, leaving many unsure what is still currently allowed and what will continue to be allowed via telehealth moving forward. Federally, not much has changed and since it has been indicated that the US public health emergency (PHE) will last through the end of the year most federal emergency flexibilities will remain in place through 2021.

mhealthintelligence August 31, 2021

Biden Administration Earmarks $11M for Pediatric Telehealth Expansion

The federal government is adding $10.7 million in stimulus funding to the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program, doubling the reach of a program that uses telehealth to help pediatric care providers access mental health specialists.

HealthcareITNews August 31, 2021

Stanford researchers: Telemedicine optimization requires training, interoperability

In a new Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association article, scientists highlight the gaps they still see in telemedicine and the opportunities for growth beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

mhealthintelligence August 31, 2021

Telehealth Reimbursement a Barrier for Rural Hospital EDs

Emergency department telehealth services can be beneficial to small, rural hospitals, but telehealth reimbursement methods and high costs often stand in the way.

mhealthintelligence August 30, 2021

Virtual Platform Offers Free Telehealth Services During Hurricane Ida

Residents in Louisiana and Mississippi who have been hit by Hurricane Ida can receive free telehealth services for non-emergent conditions.

mhealthintelligence August 30, 2021

Nonprofit Receives Funds to Continue Offering Telehealth Services

Renewed funding allows Global Partnership for Telehealth to remain the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center and to continue offering telehealth services to the underserved.

mhealthintelligence August 30, 2021

FQHC Telehealth Visits Work to Close Racial Health Disparities in MA

FQHC telehealth visits in Massachusetts surpassed 1M since the coronavirus pandemic began, helping to close key racial health disparities across the state.

mhealthintelligence August 27, 2021

FCC Launches 2nd Round of COVID-19 Telehealth Program With 62 Awards

The FCC has announced 62 award winners - one in each state and territory and Washington DC - for the first round of the newly revamped COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

Telehealth.org August 26, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring & Telehealth Interventions for Loneliness

The COVID-19 pandemic has given remote patient monitoring (RPM) the opportunity to shine as an effective tool for socialization to help keep isolated patients healthy— mentally and physically. Using telehealth and mHealth technology, Lewiston-based Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice has been monitoring patients at home for more than two decades. But in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, the role of the RPM platform has become much more crucial.

HealthcareITNews August 26, 2021

Mass. community health centers conduct more than 1M telehealth visits

The Massachusetts Federally Qualified Health Center Telehealth Consortium also announced that it had raised more than $6 million toward ensuring equitable and sustainable virtual care.

Telehealth.org August 26, 2021

Develop Your Disaster Preparedness Plan to Offer Telehealth as COVID, Wildfires & Hurricanes Surge

Are your telehealth services prepared for another COVID surge? Now might be the time to consider developing a telehealth disaster preparedness plan. As cities around the country are struggling to deal with the rapidly escalating COVID surge, announcements are pouring in from many different beleaguered healthcare groups.

Telehealth.org August 26, 2021

Telehealth Services Can Reduce Burden on Emergency Departments, Mental Health Services

A new study from the Bipartisan Policy Center observes a connection between telehealth services and reduced burdens on emergency departments across the country. When combined with some of the observations made by Telehealth.org in Risks & Benefits of Telehealth, this data suggests that telehealth therapy can also work to reduce some of the current burdens on mental health services in high traffic areas such as emergency departments.

Telehealth.org August 26, 2021

5 Easy Steps to HIPAA Compliant Texting

Providers who follow HIPAA standards will be able to text patients and clients and reap all the benefits associated with it, such as increased patient loyalty, referrals, and revenue. Patients and clients often prefer texting, but it falls on the provider to assure policies in accordance with HIPAA-compliant texting.

mhealthintelligence August 26, 2021

Large Business Survey Sees a Post-COVID Shift to Telehealth Services

An annual survey of some of the nation's largest businesses finds that many expanded their telehealth services during the pandemic, and they expect to continue that trend to address, among other things, mental health and the social determinants of health.

HealthcareITNews August 25, 2021

The prominent issues telehealth must tackle when the pandemic passes

A physician expert talks pre-pandemic regulations, ethical telemedicine across state lines, how virtual care technologies are boosting access and more.

mhealthintelligence August 25, 2021

MUSC, FQHC Consortium Unveil Telehealth Strategies for Sustainability

The Medical University of South Carolina and Massachusetts-based FQHC Telehealth Consortium have outlined their telehealth strategies in reports designed to help others establish scalable and sustainable programs.

HealthcareITNews August 25, 2021

Telehealth, virtual care well-suited for use in behavioral health

"We just don’t have enough psychiatrists and psychologists to meet the demand," said one expert during HIMSS21 Digital.

mhealthintelligence August 24, 2021

Research Questions Value of mHealth Apps for Chronic Kidney Disease

A Purdue University study found that only one of the 10 top mHealth apps for patients living with CKD allowed them to share data with their care provider, and only four personalized dietary advice based on the user's data.

mhealthintelligence August 24, 2021

Johns Hopkins Launches an EHR Tool to Improve Telehealth Adoption

Researchers at the Maryland-based health system have developed a scoring tool to help staff identify patients who might need help learning how to use mHealth and telehealth tools.

CCHP August 24, 2021

Telehealth and Clinical Trials: Increasing Diversity and Addressing Social Determinants of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified many existing disparities within the United States health care system, including those related to clinical trial processes. The increased use of telehealth to improve access to care for all individuals may have the ability to decrease disparities in clinical trial research.

HealthcareITNews August 24, 2021

Kaiser Permanente gives $143K toward telehealth expansion in Hawaii

The organization awarded grants to four safety net organizations that aim to connect low-income and unhoused communities with virtual care.

HealthcareITNews August 23, 2021

UPMC CMIO talks telehealth's new normal, EHR workflow, pharmacogenomics and more

Dr. Robert Bart sat down with Healthcare IT News to discuss UPMC's 1.25 million telemedicine visits in 2020, the value of robotic process automation, SDOH integration, the future of precision medicine and other leading-edge topics.

HealthcareITNews August 23, 2021

Beth Israel Deaconess creates homegrown telehealth with help from Amazon

Half of telehealth visits were done by video at peak, and BIDMC staff expect telemedicine to continue at the current volume of 20% of all ambulatory care visits. The CMIO, CIO and CTO of the Boston health system tell the story of the build.

Fierce Healthcare August 23, 2021

Industry Voices—Hospital staff unprepared for information blocking rules. It's time to invest in education, training

Healthcare administrators are dramatically underestimating the awareness people within their organizations have about recent information blocking rules and the consequences of failing to comply.

mhealthintelligence August 23, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Offers More Than Just Population Health Benefits

For one Utah doctor, a remote patient monitoring platform is helping him and his staff make chronic care management more personal - and effective.

mhealthintelligence August 20, 2021

New mHealth Study Uses VR to Address Senior Isolation

Senior communities in California and Massachusetts will be taking part in a federally funded mHealth study that will use virtual reality platforms to help seniors cope with isolation and loneliness.

HealthcareITNews August 20, 2021

COVID-19 telemonitoring tool adapted to prevent heat-related illness

Rome is using technology to combat health risks caused by climate change.

mhealthintelligence August 20, 2021

Nemours Survey: Parents Like Telehealth, But More Need to Be Convinced to Use It

A survey conducted by Nemours Children's Health and Amwell finds that parents flocked to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many hope to continue using it, but there are still gaps in their understanding of the value of virtual care.

Telehehealth.org August 19, 2021

Future of Telehealth: How Quickly Will the Telehealth Market Grow?

The future of telehealth is the most popular topic nowadays, and there is no doubt that telehealth services will continue to be in high demand as the pandemic disrupts the traditional practice of consultation and the provision of healthcare worldwide.

HealthcareITNews August 19, 2021

Study shows increased use of digital mental health services following COVID-19 in Australia and New Zealand

The study looked at the number of people who engaged two online cognitive behavioural therapy service providers.

Telehealth.org August 19, 2021

Telehealth Home Health Telehealth Home Health

Home health care is making a rapid shift to support home telehealth, now that many home health professionals have experienced firsthand how it not only can save lives, but extend other much-needed telemental health services.

Telehealth.org August 19, 2021

Zoom Set to Launch Browser Oriented Features to Support Telehealth Services

Covid has accelerated the use of the virtual world, and virtual meetings are no exception. With the expansion of telehealth services, HIPAA compliant telehealth platforms are in demand, and clients and patients are increasingly accessing Zoom telehealth visits.

mhealthintelligence August 19, 2021

House Democrats Press for Telehealth Access to Abortion Services

House Democrats have introduced a resolution that aims to ensure that federal regulations on medication abortions reduce barriers to access and allow providers and patients to use telehealth.

mhealthintelligence August 19, 2021

mHealth App Improves Heart Attack Treatment, Care Coordination

The Mount Sinai Health System has launched a new mHealth app that seeks to improve care coordination and health outcomes for heart attack patients by facilitating physician communication and expediting treatment.

HealthcareITNews August 19, 2021

Voice technology opens new avenues for at-home healthcare

The evolution of speech recognition will also help patients navigate the user interfaces of remote monitoring devices and personal health devices, said experts in a HIMSS21 Digital session.

mhealthintelligence August 18, 2021

Congress Gets Another Shot at Legislating Payment Parity for Telehealth

Two Congressmen have reintroduced a bill that would mandate payment parity for telehealth services, as well as requiring payers to cover any telehealth service that's covered by Medicare.

mhealthintelligence August 18, 2021

Feds Investing $19 Million in Telehealth Resource Centers, Other Programs

The federal government is issuing more than $19 million in grants to several key connected health projects, including the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and the Telehealth Centers of Excellence program.

HealthcareITNews August 18, 2021

Mississippi provider org's use of telehealth enables huge turnaround during the pandemic

From July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, Southwest Mississippi Mental Health Complex experienced a 30% increase in clients served

CCHP August 17, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring: Benefits, Barriers, and Billing

Last month, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) released a new report, Remote Patient Monitoring in the Safety Net: What Payers and Providers Need to Know, which looks at remote patient monitoring (RPM) policy considerations and how RPM can improve chronic condition care and prevention. The CHCF report focuses on RPM’s use specific to safety-net providers given system constraints particularly limiting chronic illness management to those patient populations.

mhealthintelligence August 17, 2021

Planned Parenthood Challenges Montana’s Ban on Telemedicine Abortions

Montana's Planned Parenthood chapter has filed suit seeking to overturn four bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature this year that seek to curb abortion services. One would ban the use of telemedicine in medication abortions.

mhealthintelligence August 17, 2021

New Telehealth Certificate Program Takes Aim at Primary Care Providers

The American Board of Telehealth is launching a new certificate program to help primary care providers understand the challenges and benefits of delivering virtual care.

HealthcareITNews August 17, 2021

American Board of Telehealth launches certificate for virtual primary care

The program will cover a range of topics and best practices, including workflow, barriers to provision, regulatory considerations and health equity.

HealthcareITNews August 17, 2021

The 'internet of healthy things' poses unique privacy challenges

Experts at a HIMSS21 Global Digital Conference session explored the tension between broader data availability and the importance of IoT data privacy, explaining where HIPAA applies – and where it doesn't.

mhealthintelligence August 17, 2021

New Telehealth Certificate Program Takes Aim at Primary Care Providers

The American Board of Telehealth is launching a new certificate program to help primary care providers understand the challenges and benefits of delivering virtual care.

HealthcareITNews August 16, 2021

Going beyond traditional training: the emerging role of telementoring in digital health

Engin Demirel, EMEA head of product management, marketing and sales operations, customer solutions at Olympus, explains how telementoring is growing in value, providing many clinical and operational benefits to hospitals.

mhealthintelligence August 16, 2021

Report Cites Success of VA’s COVID-19 Remote Patient Monitoring Program

An analysis of the Department of Veterans' Affairs' COVID-19 remote patient monitoring program finds that the agency cared for more than 23,500 veterans in their homes during the height of the pandemic and maintained a 4 percent hospitalization rate.

HealthcareITNews August 16, 2021

Zoom's head of healthcare talks the future of telemedicine

Heidi West discusses telehealth/hybrid in-person care, the communities that could suffer without virtual care and the remaining obstacles to mainstreaming telemedicine. .

mhealthintelligence August 16, 2021

Telehealth, Mobile Integrated Health Included in New Federal Rural Grant Programs

The federal government is making up to $500 million in federal grants available for rural programs that, among other things, make use of telehealth and mobile integrated health to boost access to care, COVID-19 vaccines and nutrition resources.

mhealthintelligence August 13, 2021

Telestroke Services Give Hospitals an Effective Model for Improving Clinical Outcomes

Health systems across the country are literally saving lives through telestroke services, which use connected health channels to speed up diagnosis and treatment for stroke victims.

Telehealth.org August 13, 2021Telehealth.org August 13, 2021

OCD CBT Pediatric Telemedicine & Telehealth: Effective & Cost-Efficient

While Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) tends to traditionally be thought of as a disorder of adults, about 500,000 children in the United States live with OCD.

HealthcareITNews August 13, 2021 

The digital health tools one COVID-19 survivor relied on during his 100-day hospital stay

Frank Cutitta told HIMSS21 attendees that he was struck by how lonely he felt throughout his time battling the coronavirus.

Telehealth.org August 13, 2021 

Transgender Telemedicine and Telehealth Services: A Tremendous Asset

One of the most significant arguments for telehealth services is their ability to reach people in underserved communities. Telehealth.org described some of the foundational issues in its article The Future of Telehealth, Teletherapy, and Telemedicine.

mhealthintelligence August 13, 2021

Telehealth Can Improve Health Outcomes for Homeless Population

Telehealth could help people experiencing homelessness improve their health outcomes by eliminating typical barriers to care and giving them access to needed services, according to a new study.

HealthcareITNews August 12, 2021

Legislators at HIMSS21 point to telehealth as key pandemic-era tech

Rhode Island Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy and Florida Sen. Gayle Harrell explained the role virtual care has played in their states during COVID-19.

HealthcareITNews August 12, 2021

The future of aging technology and care

Remote care delivery becomes more important as the senior population grows, agree four health IT experts in a HIMSS21 Digital panel.

mhealthintelligence August 12, 2021

CVS Health Ruffles the Telehealth Market with Launch of Aetna Virtual Primary Care

As self-funded employers look for more telehealth services and employees ask for more access and options from home, CVS Health is jumping into the market with Aetna Virtual Primary Care

Healthcare Finance August 11,2021

Expanding telehealth into schools proves effective to address children's health needs

A pilot telehealth program in Missouri has decreased absences and educated the community on the benefits of virtual health technology.

HealthcareITNews August 11, 2021

HIMSS21 tech news: Secure telehealth connections, remote diabetes care with Fitbit

Kajeet unveils an Internet of Things solution for secure and reliable delivery of telemedicine services. LifeScan and Fitbit offer people with diabetes virtual care to lead to healthy lifestyle changes.

Healthcare Finance August 11,2021

Telehealth enabled NASA to care for astronauts in orbit, but agency is eyeing the moon and beyond

The ailments, approaches and technology are different, but telehealth is alive and well aboard the International Space Station.

HealthcareITNews August 11,2021

Health systems see telehealth dip, but the tech is here to stay

At HIMSS21 innovation leaders from four health systems discuss how telehealth is changing at their centers.

HealthcareITNews August 11,2021

OIG looking closely at telehealth as it weighs future enforcement

In a HIMSS21 session with updates on the HHS inspector general's oversight and compliance efforts, officials said they plan to ensure virtual care is provided with integrity, and will take aim at telehealth fraud schemes.

Mhealthintelligence August 11, 2021

Virtual Care Platforms Are Becoming Less Complex, But More Complete

Buoyed by their popularity during the pandemic, connected health companies are adding new features onto virtual care platforms to allow more collaboration between patients and providers.

HealthCareITNews August 11, 2021

India prioritising shift to remote care: survey

Healthcare leaders in India are also found heavily investing in telemedicine technology.

mhealthintelligence August 11, 2021

Federal Judge Shoots Down Indiana’s Ban on Telemedicine Abortions

A federal judge has issued permanent injunctions against Indiana's laws banning the use of telehealth in abortions and requiring an in-person exam prior to a medication abortion.

CCHP August 10, 2021

New State Telehealth Laws, A Push for New Federal Telehealth Laws, and Telehealth Benefits Related to Emergency Care

As California’s budget process recently came to a close, a number of new bills went into effect, including some with significant telehealth impacts. On July 20th Governor Newsom signed SB 156, a budget trailer bill, implementing the first year of a three-year $6 billion investment in broadband.

HealthcareITNews August 10, 2021

How the VA’s virtual care infrastructure enabled innovation during the pandemic

Dr. Christina Armstrong, a clinical psychologist at the VA’s Office of Connected Care, shares how other health systems can prepare for future crises with virtual care.

mhealthintelligence August 10, 2021

UPMC Expands Telehealth Network to Offer Access to Pediatric Specialists

The Pittsburgh-based health system is using telehealth to give outlying hospitals virtual access to specialists at UPMC Children's Hospital for consults and on-demand emergency care.

HealthcareITNews August 10, 2021

Pandemic preparedness is a national security issue, say experts at HIMSS21

A year after the Riyadh Declaration on Digital Health, panelists gathered at HIMSS21 to compare its recommendations with the real-world response to COVID-19.

Fierce Healthcare August 10, 2021

HIMSS21: Hospitals, payers and startups clamoring to be 'digital front door,' and it's overwhelming patients

Whether it’s a patient app, symptom checker, digital concierge services or a telehealth platform, there’s little shortage when it comes to options for a "digital front door" in the modern healthcare landscape.

HealthcareITNews August 9, 2021

Telehealth policy is key for patients of all incomes to access care

Abner Mason, founder and CEO of ConsejoSano, and Madhur Garg, medical director of radiation oncology at Montefiore Health system, discuss the role of technology in addressing SDoH.

mhealthintelligence August 9, 2021

New Bill Seeks Nationwide Medicare Coverage for Asynchronous Telehealth Services

A Montana Congressman has introduced a bill that would establish Medicare coverage for asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth services in all 50 states, expanding the possibilities for a platform that would improve rural access to care.

HealthcareITNews August 9, 2021

HIMSS21 tech news: Salesforce Health Cloud innovations; Vivify telehealth scheduling

New Salesforce "care from anywhere" innovations designed to improve patient access. Vivify Health offers new telemedicine automated CPT codes and video visit clinician scheduling.

mhealthintelligence August 9, 2021

Baylor Professor to Use Telehealth to Help Counsel Young Women At Risk

Baylor University Professor Danielle Parrish is using a $3.1 million National Institutes of Health grant to launch a platform that will use telehealth and mHealth to help young women 14-17 years old who've already had contact with the juvenile justice system.

HealthcareITNews August 9, 2021

Building lasting tele-behavioral health programs to address patient needs

In a HIMSS21 Global Conference Digital session, two experts discuss what it's taken for the University of Rochester to spin up a virtual behavioral health program over the past nine years.

HealthcareITNews August 6, 2021

Thailand closely monitors COVID-19 patients via telemedicine platform

The platform keeps a record of patients' daily food intake, treatments, prescriptions, and temperatures.

HealthcareITNews August 6, 2021

HIMSSCast: The future of telehealth reimbursement

McKinsey & Company's Oleg Bestsennyy and Gunjan Khanna discuss payment for telehealth and how it's changing.

mhealthintelligence August 6, 2021

Telehealth, RPM Strategies Help Hospitals Bring Acute Care Into the Home

A new report From Brigham & Women's Hospital finds that its Home Hospital program, which incorporates telehealth, remote patient monitoring and in-person services, treated dozens of acutely ill patients at home and freed up valuable bed space during the height of the pandemic.

mhealthintelligence August 6, 2021

Limited Broadband Poses a Significant Barrier to Telehealth Access

A new survey from the Bipartisan Policy Center detailing telehealth use during the past year finds that limited broadband and technology are still barriers to telehealth access.

HealthcareITNews August 6, 2021

Intermountain expands reach, broadens offerings of hospital at home program

Patients at a dozen Intermountain hospitals across hundreds of miles can now access 24/7 virtual care from tele-nurses, tele-hospitalists and other remote monitoring technicians and clinicians.

mhealthintelligence August 5, 2021

Michigan, Northeast Hospitals Top List of COVID-19 Telehealth Traffic

An analysis of hospital-based telehealth visits during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic finds the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers getting the most traffic, with a trio of Boston-based hospitals right behind.

mhealthintelligence August 5, 2021

UnitedHealthcare Launches Maternal Remote Patient Monitoring Program in Tennessee

The insurer will be using the Babyscripts platform in a remote patient monitoring program to help OB-GYNs across the state monitor their pregnant patients at home.

mhealthintelligence August 4, 2021

New Study Pitches Telehealth as Safer Than the Doctor’s Office

In a nod to the value of telehealth in primary care, researchers have found that a person visiting the doctor's office shortly after a visit from someone with the flu has a much higher chance of getting the flu as well.

mhealthintelligence August 4, 2021

Mercy Health Launches New Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

The Midwestern health system has unveiled Mercy on Call, a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform that links adult patients with a physician or advanced practice provider.

HealthcareITNews August 3, 2021

Asynchronous telehealth system saves Presbyterian Healthcare time and money

The New Mexico health system's patients and caregivers like the technology, which helps the provider deliver the right care at the right time in the right place.

HealthcareITNews August 3, 2021

CB Insights report: Global telehealth investment is still on the rise

Researchers found a 169% year-over-year increase in global telehealth investment, with the top five deals alone worth $1.5 billion.

mhealthintelligence August 3, 2021

Using Telehealth as a Platform to Tackle Social Barriers to Progress

The pandemic cast a sharp spotlight on social determinants of health. Now groups like Beam Up are using telehealth to address the barriers that keep people from growing and improving.

HealthcareITNews August 3, 2021

Behavioral health has a supply and demand issue. Can virtual care help?

During HIMSS21 Global Conference Digital, the Cleveland Clinic's Julie Rish and the University of Rochester's Michael Hasselberg will discuss the ways behavioral telehealth can fill access gaps for patients in need.

mhealthintelligence August 3, 2021

Congress Again Eyes a Thorough Study of Telehealth During the Pandemic

US Rep. Robin Kelly has reintroduced a bill that would call on the Health and Human Services Department to evaluate how telehealth was used during the pandemic in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

mhealthintelligence August 2, 2021

Research Grants to Study Telehealth Use in Rheumatic Disease Treatment

The Rheumatology Research Foundation is funding two studies to examine the benefits and efficacy of using telehealth for rheumatic disease treatment.

HealthcareITNews August 2, 2021

For telehealth, a hybrid future mixed with in-person care – and mobile devices

A physician expert speaks to the future of virtual care, the role of connected health tools and how to secure them when used for telemedicine.

mhealthintelligence August 2, 2021

Wake Forest Trains Telehealth, RPM on Social Determinants of Health, Stroke Care

The Wake Forest School of Medicine is launching five studies that examine how telehealth, remote patient monitoring and mobile health can be used to address the social determinants of health. A sixth program continues work on using RPM to manage care at home for stroke survivors.

CCHP July 30, 2021

Medicaid & Telehealth: Summary and Findings from the Spring Webinar Series

COVID-19 has forever changed many aspects of our lives, including how health care is delivered. With the advent of the pandemic, a quick pivot to the use of telehealth to provide services was made, necessitating in many temporary telehealth policy changes on the federal and state level. Much attention has been paid to federal Medicare telehealth policy changes, but there has been less focus on the actions taken by state Medicaid programs.

CCHP July 30, 2021

CALIFORNIA TELEHEALTH POLICY: Post-PHE Updates

In early February, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released their initial proposed post-pandemic telehealth policy recommendations for Medi-Cal. The proposal only made a few of the temporary COVID-19 telehealth policies permanent, while some pieces of the proposal appeared to narrow pre-pandemic policies related to store-and-forward reimbursement.

Telehealth.org July 30, 2021

Nursing Home Telemedicine & Telehealth in Nursing Homes: Do They Improve Care?

The past 18 months have been devastating to nursing homes, which have long struggled quietly, all-too-often, without adequate staff or resources to meet their residents’ physical or behavioral health care needs.

mHealthIntelligence July 30, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Program Shines in Treating COVID-19

Using remote patient monitoring to treat COVID-19 can help patients avoid hospitalization and recover quickly, according to Kaiser Permanente Southern California researchers.

Telehealth.org July 30, 2021

Autism Telehealth: Viable Option for Treating Children With Autism?

With telehealth’s use on the rise, it has inevitably been increasingly used to reach out, diagnose, and treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

mHealthIntelligence July 30, 2021

New Bill Would Expand Home Health Options, Including Remote Patient Monitoring, for Seniors

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 would expand Medicare coverage for seniors who choose to go home after a hospital stay rather than to a skilled nursing facility. It would also open the door to remote patient monitoring, telehealth and other services.

JDSUPRA July 29, 2021

Medicaid managed care programs in Kansas are joining forces with CKF Addiction Treatment on a new telehealth program that works with primary care providers to screen patients for substance abuse issues and connect them with virtual care services.

As the United States is now more than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and as life for many is returning to some sense of normalcy, this is a great time for healthcare organizations to evaluate their compliance with the legal and regulatory developments that happened at a rapid pace at the beginning of the pandemic, as well as to take steps to mitigate new legal risks that continue to unfold.

mHealthIntelligence July 29, 2021

Kansas Medicaid Programs Launch Telehealth Partnership for Addiction Treatment

Medicaid managed care programs in Kansas are joining forces with CKF Addiction Treatment on a new telehealth program that works with primary care providers to screen patients for substance abuse issues and connect them with virtual care services.

mHealthIntelligence July 29, 2021

Telehealth Coverage Update: 7 States Announce Changes to Telehealth Reimbursement Post-COVID

Medicaid managed care programs in Kansas are joining forces with CKF Addiction Treatment on a new telehealth program that works with primary care providers to screen patients for substance abuse issues and connect them with virtual care services.

mHealthIntelligence July 28, 2021

North Carolina Gives Dentists, Hygienists More Leeway to Use Telehealth

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed legislation that sets standards for dentists and dental hygienists to use telehealth to connect wi

HealthcareITNews July 28, 2021

How one telehealth clinician is using technology to improve women's health

Dr. Mariea Snell's patients nationwide need only a smartphone to connect via text or video for complete care. She discusses her work tr

mHEALTHCAREDIVE July 28,2021

How the pandemic has accelerated digital payments in telehealth

Digitalization can simplify the medical bill payment process and give patients more information, earlier on, about their financi

mHealthIntelligence July 28, 2021

mHealth Data Collaborative Sets its Sights on Diversity and Equity

The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community (DATAcc) wants to develop best practices so that mHealth and telehealth tools and programs are addressing 'equity in health, healthcare and health outcomes. .

HealthcareITNews July 27, 2021 

As 'telehealth cliff' looms, hundreds of healthcare orgs urge Congress to act

More than 400 healthcare and technology organizations are calling on Capitol Hill to eliminate arbitrary restrictions while helping FQHCs and critical access hospitals offer wider access to virtual care.

mHealthIntelligence July 27, 2021  

Examining the Benefits and Challenges of Audio-Only Telehealth

The recent debate over audio-only telehealth coverage centers on the value of the phone call. Is it a proper method for healthcare delivery, and should doctors be reimbursed for it?

mHealthIntelligence July 27, 2021  

Hawai’i Program Brings Telehealth - and Digital Literacy Training - to Libraries

The state is targeting access to care and the digital divide with a federally funded program that will bring telehealth services and digital literacy training to 15 libraries serving underserved communities.

mHealthIntelligence July 26, 2021  

New Bill Aims to Launch Pilot Programs for Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring

A bill introduced last week by US Rep. David Schweikert would launch demonstration projects in Medicare, Medicaid and the VA for innovative new telehealth remote patient monitoring and digital therapeutic services.

Health Care Law Today July 26, 2021  

Florida Board of Medicine to Reconsider Telemedicine Weight Loss Rule

The Florida Board of Medicine will hold a rule development workshop to discuss updating the provisions of its rule for prescribing obesity drugs. Under the current rule (Florida Administrative Code 64B8-9.012), a physician who prescribes, orders, or provides weight loss enhancers must have the patient undergo an in-person exam within 2 to 4 weeks of receiving a prescription, order, or dosage. This in-person requirement has limited the use of telemedicine in Florida for clinical weight loss treatment.

HealthcareITNews July 26, 2021  

Illinois permanently expands access to telehealth

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law mandating coverage parity for virtual mental health and substance use disorder services.

mHealthIntelligence July 26, 2021  

To Tackle the Digital Divide, A Program Teaches Seniors How to Use Telehealth

A pilot program in South Carolina is addressing the digital divide by teaching seniors in rural counties how to use telehealth technology.

HealthcareITNews July 26, 2021  

Providence St. Joseph Health builds a powerful telehealth program

With help from $1.9 million in FCC telemedicine funding, it has monitored more than 18,000 patients since March 2020 while driving a Net Promoter Score greater than 70.

HealthcareITNews July 26, 2021  

Only 10% of EDs are for pediatric patients. Telehealth could help tackle this gap

Dr. Brian D’Anza, medical director of telehealth at University Hospitals, will be speaking at HIMSS21 about the health system’s new emergency room pediatric telehealth program.

Los Angeles Times July 25, 2021  

Telehealth leapt forward with COVID-19. Who was left behind?

When Johnnett Kent learned she had lung cancer, the COVID-19 pandemic was already descending on California. Her doctor didn’t want the 49-year-old to risk her health by heading into a crowded clinic between surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

mHealthIntelligence July 23, 2021  

Audio-Only Telehealth Has its Fans (Patients) and its Critics (Providers)

While the US debates the value of the modality, a South Korean survey finds that patients like to use audio-only telehealth platforms to connect with their care provider - but their providers aren’t so sure.

Telehealth.org July 23, 2021  

What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Many behavioral clinicians have not yet been introduced to some of the newest alternative technical modalities, including remote patient monitoring (RPM). Others aren’t clear about how it can help them improve treatment outcomes in their practices.

Health Care Law Today July 23, 2021  

Medicare Proposes New Changes for Telehealth Services in 2022

On July 13, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advance copy of the calendar year (CY) 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed payment rule, to be published on July 23, 2021. While the proposed rule introduces some new virtual care services (including Remote Therapeutic Monitoring), CMS rejected all requests to permanently add new telehealth services next year.

mHealthIntelligence July 23, 2021 

New Illinois Law Gives Patients the Right to Choose - or Reject -Telehealth

Governor JB Pritzker has signed landmark telehealth legislation that, among other things, establishes payment parity and allows patients to choose telehealth without having to give a reason for doing so.

Telehealth.org July 23,2021 

Mobile Device Security and HIPAA Compliance

With the widespread adoption of mobile devices in the behavioral health space, it is important to be cognizant of how mobile device use can affect client or patient privacy and your organization’s overall security

mHealthIntelligence July 22, 2021

Merck, Evidation Eye Remote Patient Monitoring for Alzheimer’s Care

The pharma giant and digital health company are partnering on a remote patient monitoring program that will use mHealth wearables and smartphones to develop care management protocols for people living with Alzheimer's Disease.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

There's No Place Like Home: How Hospital Automation Is Elevating Telehealth to Bring the Hospital to the Home

Explore the most pressing challenges of the post-COVID landscape, and discover how Hospital Automation technology is the linchpin of an elevated telehealth platform that both patients and clinicians can depend on.

mHealthIntelligence July 21, 2021

New Grant Gives the MAVEN Project a Chance to Improve its Telehealth Outreach

The MAVEN Project, a national non-profit that uses telehealth to give primary care providers in community health clinics access to resources, consults and peer support, is using a $25,000 grant to improve its platform.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

The future of telehealth: Informatics, scalability and interoperability

A Philips executive describes what's happening now with virtual care – and what needs to happen to ensure a solid future for telemedicine and remote patient monitoring.

HealthIntelligence July 21, 2021

New Letter Urges Congress to Establish a Post-Pandemic Telehealth Policy

The eHealth Initiative and several high-profile organizations are once again asking Congressional leadership to enact long-term telehealth policy to preserve some access and coverage rules that have been enacted during the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Mass General Brigham on the finer points of EHR-telehealth integration

In advance of his HIMSS21 session, a senior manager explains how the health system conducted 1.38 million ambulatory visits in 2020.

Health Care Law Today July 21, 2021

CMS to Permanently Cover Audio-Only Telemedicine for Mental Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed permanent Medicare coverage of audio-only mental health telehealth services. Currently, Medicare covers audio-only telehealth under temporary waivers that will expire when the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends. The change, contained in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, is intended to maintain patient access to mental health care post-PHE and reflects CMS’ growing confidence in virtual care technologies.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Virtual care management growth may slow, but will keep climbing, analysts say

A new Chilmark Research report profiled more than a dozen virtual care vendors, highlighting the importance of thinking beyond synchronous video appointments.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Australian seniors are comfortable using telehealth despite challenges, survey shows

However, Australians across all ages still prefer face-to-face consults.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Progressive Therapeutics allays telehealth security concerns with EHR integration

It averages 4,500 telehealth encounters per month and has not had a single security lapse or data breach in the eight years it has been using the EHR-integrated telehealth solution.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Virtual healthcare trajectory remains vital post-pandemic

Michelle Snyder, Partner, McKesson Ventures, looks for investors and providers to continue to embrace virtual care.

mHealthIntelligence July 20, 2021

A California FQHC Plots its Path to Telehealth and RPM Sustainability

The Northeast Valley Health Corporation is building off a virtual care strategy launched during the pandemic to develop telehealth and remote patient monitoring programs that address barriers to care for its underserved patients.

mHealthIntelligence July 20, 2021

Progressive Therapeutics allays telehealth security concerns with EHR integration

Two Congressmen have re-introduced proposed legislation that would prompt payers to cover any telehealth service that's already being offered in-person.

mHealthIntelligence July 20, 2021

Progressive Therapeutics allays telehealth security concerns with EHR integration

Two Congressmen have re-introduced proposed legislation that would prompt payers to cover any telehealth service that's already being offered in-person.

HealthcareITNews July 19, 2021

Progressive Therapeutics allays telehealth security concerns with EHR integration

It averages 4,500 telehealth encounters per month and has not had a single security lapse or data breach in the eight years it has been using the EHR-integrated telehealth solution.

mHealthIntelligence July 19, 2021

CMS Expands Remote Patient Monitoring Coverage in Proposed 2022 PFS

CMS has added coverage for 'remote therapeutic monitoring' services in its proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule, but for health systems with remote patient monitoring programs, there are still questions about reimbursement.

mHealthIntelligence July 19, 2021

Congress Gets Another Shot at Codifying Telehealth Coverage for FQHCs, RHCs

The HEALTH Act has been re-introduced to Congress, with a goal of making permanent Medicare coverage for telehealth services delivered by federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.

HealthcareITNews July 16, 2021

Australia permits longer telephone consults in COVID-19 hotspots

The move enables citizens to continue seeing their doctors, renew prescriptions and seek mental health support while at home.

Health Care Law Today July 15, 2021

A Target on Telehealth: Government Action Against Telehealth Fraud in the Wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is expected to prompt unprecedented levels of regulatory enforcement activity that is focused on the use of telemedicine. In fact, fraudulent and abusive telehealth practices was an area identified by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as an enforcement priority even prior to the COVID-19 PHE.

HealthcareITNews July 15, 2021

For people with disabilities, accessing care can be 'overwhelming'

At HIMSS21, consultant and patient advocate Laura Jantos will offer personal perspective on the "huge opportunity" to develop tools that help all patients to engage meaningfully with their own care.

HealthcareITNews July 15, 2021

CMS seeks to expand telehealth mental health access

Proposed rule asks for feedback on data collection on LGBTQ+, race and ethnicity, rural populations and more.

Health Care Law Today July 15, 2021

CMS Proposes New Remote Therapeutic Monitoring Codes: What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new category of digital health services—Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM)—to complement the existing suite of Remote Physiological Monitoring (RPM) codes covered under Medicare. The new codes, part of the proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule, are intended to expand the scope and reach of digital health technologies to reimburse monitoring of non-physiologic data.

HealthcareITNews July 15, 2021

Teladoc and Microsoft team up on integrated virtual care

The companies announced this week that Teladoc's Solo platform will be accessible within the Microsoft Teams environment.

mHealthIntelligence July 15, 2021

CMS Bypasses Telehealth Coverage in Medicare Diabetes Prevention Programs

Despite pressure from lawmakers and telehealth advocates, CMS won't approve Medicare coverage for virtual care in Diabetes Prevention Programs.

mHealthIntelligence July 15, 2021

UAB Expands Telehealth Platform to Serve Patients With Vision Problems

UAB Eye Care, a clinical arm of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is expanding its telehealth platform to treat patients at home who may not be able to drive to the clinic for treatment of low vision issues.

HEALTHCAREDIVE July 14, 2021

Extended reality holds 'incredible potential' for remote care applications

Although XR tech is often used for games and entertainment, experts say it can be leveraged for creative healthcare solutions too. .

HEALTHCAREDIVE July 14, 2021

CMS proposes extension of Medicare telehealth coverage

Provider groups are not happy with the payment adjustment included — a 3.75% reduction to the conversion factor due to budget neutrality requirements — and will likely seek congressional intervention. Provider groups are not happy with the payment adjustment included — a 3.75% reduction to the conversion factor due to budget neutrality requirements — and will likely seek congressional intervention.

HealthcareITNews July14, 2021

Extended reality holds 'incredible potential' for remote care applications

Although XR tech is often used for games and entertainment, experts say it can be leveraged for creative healthcare solutions too.

mHealthIntelligence July 14, 2021

CMS Expands Telehealth Coverage in Proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposal includes expanding Medicare coverage for telehealth services that address mental health and substance abuse issues and extending most COVID-19 freedoms until the end of 2023, as well as some coverage for FQHCs and RHCs.

mHealthIntelligence July 14, 2021

Texas Governor OKs Telehealth, RPM Services, Broadband Expansion

Governor Greg Abbott has signed new laws expanding Medicaid coverage for telehealth and remote patient monitoring services and creating a state department and strategy for expanding broadband connectivity.

HealthcareITNews July 13, 2021

How Geisinger uses telehealth to keep patients at home and out of the hospital

An executive at its Center for Telehealth explains how the Pennsylvania health system evaluates virtual care models – and when it knows it's time for an ER visit instead.

mHealthIntelligence July 13, 2021

Senators Seek Continued Support for Pediatric Telehealth, DLT Programs

Senator Jacky Rosen is leading efforts to boost the budgets for two pediatric telehealth programs and to continue support for the USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, which has been funding projects since 1994.

mHealthIntelligence July 13, 2021

Telehealth Outpatient Care Delivery Increased During Pandemic

A JAMA study outlined how telehealth outpatient care delivery increased last year for short-term and long-term treatments.

HealthcareITNews July 12, 2021

Deaconess Health RPM program reduces cost of care by $7.4 million

Remote patient monitoring technology also has helped the health system drop its 30-day readmission rate from 14% to 6%.

mHealthIntelligence July 12, 2021

Virtual Care Visits Improve Patient Satisfaction, Engagement Levels

A new study from the Cleveland Clinic shows how virtual care visits have improved patient satisfaction levels and produced similar outcomes as in-person care.

mHealthIntelligence July 12, 2021

22 States Changed Policies to Include Pandemic Telehealth Coverage

A Commonwealth Fund study finds that states altered their policies surrounding audio-only telehealth, cost-sharing, and provider reimbursement to improve telehealth coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.

HEALTHCAREDIVE July 12, 2021

Telehealth use stabilizing at 38 times pre-COVID-19 levels, McKinsey says

Telehealth use overall has stabilized at levels 38 times higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from 13% to 17% of visits across all specialties, according to new data from McKinsey released roughly a year since the first major spike in COVID-19 cases.

mHealthIntelligence July 12, 2021

Optimizing Telehealth to Benefit Patients and the Bottom Line

Optimizing telehealth strategies now that virtual care is here to stay can not only improve patient experience, but increase revenue.

Telebavioral Health Institute July 10, 2021

Creating a Virtual Office to Maximize Teletherapy or Telehealth Services

AOver the last year, many clients have reported satisfaction and acceptance of telehealth and teletherapy as a convenient way to receive care from the privacy of their own homes. Providers also find virtual care to be an effective and cost-efficient way to provide clients access to care. In the future, many clients and patients, as well as providers, can expect to make telehealth or teletherapy a part of their healthcare experience.

HealthcareITNews July 9, 2021

Telemedicine found to be effective for diabetes management in KSA and UAE

A new report released by the EIU shows that new hybrid models of care – involving in-person care, remote care, and predictive modelling supporting real-time care – will emerge post-pandemic.

HealthcareITNews July 9, 2021

Telemedicine found to be effective for diabetes management in KSA and UAE

A new report released by the EIU shows that new hybrid models of care – involving in-person care, remote care, and predictive modelling supporting real-time care – will emerge post-pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence July 9, 2021

New Research Center Aims Telehealth at Gambling and Gaming Addiction

The Kindbridge Research Institute, with help from Rutgers University's Center for Gambling Studies, is looking to develop a telehealth model to help treat people living with gambling and gaming addiction.

mHealthIntelligence July 9, 2021

UMass Memorial Eyes Telehealth, RPM Benefits in New Hospital at Home Program

UMass Memorial Health will soon launch a new program that integrates telehealth, remote patient monitoring and in-person care to treat patients at home rather than in the hospital.

FIERCE Healthcare July 8, 2021

Virtual visits drop for 3rd month as in-person care resumes

Americans are slowly returning to medical facilities to receive care and are using fewer telehealth services after last year's pandemic high, according to new data.

JDSUPRA July 8, 2021

Connecticut Telehealth Version 2021 and Beyond: Some Things to Know

With the proliferation of new digital platforms and increasing consumer demand, Connecticut providers could use a crash course, at the very least, on the contours of the new telehealth law signed by Governor Ned Lamont on May 10, 2021, Public Act 21-9 (the “Act”). 

HealthcareITNews July 8, 2021

Telehealth may help reduce medicine's carbon footprint

A wide-ranging study recently found that an increase in telehealth over the past six years corresponded with a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation.

HealthIntelligence July 8, 2021

Congress Eyes Seniors’ Access to mHealth Tools for Diabetes Care Management

Senators Susan Collins and Jeanne Shaheen have submitted a bill that aims to expand access to mHealth tools for seniors in need of diabetes care management.

HealthcareITNews July 8, 2021

Patients are just as satisfied with virtual visits, Cleveland Clinic study finds

Researchers found that more than half of survey respondents agreed that their telehealth visit was better than an in-person one.

mHealthIntelligence July 8, 2021

Study: Addiction Treatment mHealth Apps Aren’t Protecting Patient Data

An analysis of 10 of the most popular mHealth apps for opioid addiction treatment and recovery finds that few are putting enough effort into protecting a user's personal health information.

JDSUPRA July 8, 2021

Connecticut Telehealth Version 2021 and Beyond: Some Things to Know

With the proliferation of new digital platforms and increasing consumer demand, Connecticut providers could use a crash course, at the very least, on the contours of the new telehealth law signed by Governor Ned Lamont on May 10, 2021, Public Act 21-9 (the “Act”). The Act was passed as a temporary statute in effect until June 30, 2023 and codifies aspects of the telehealth-related Executive Orders issued by the Governor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence July 7, 2021

Kaiser Permanente Study Measures the Impact of Telehealth on the Environment

A five-year analysis of outpatient visits at a Pacific Northwest health system found that a shift to telehealth helped to dramatically reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

HEALTHCAREDIVE July 7,2021

Digital health funding in 2021 smashes past year's record with $14.7B

The first half of 2021 alone brought in $14.7 billion in digital health funding, quickly zooming past the previous annual record set last year, according to Rock Health.

mHealthIntelligence July 7, 2021

Wyoming VA Center Takes Telehealth Services on the Road for Distant Vets

The Cheyenne VA Medical Center has taken its TECS program on the road, bring telehealth services to veterans across the state who need access to specialty eye care.

STATE of REFORM July 7, 2021

Alaska senators introduce Rural and Frontier Telehealth Expansion Act

Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski last week introduced the Rural and Frontier Telehealth Expansion Act. The legislation aims to permanently expand access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence July 6, 2021

Study IDs Need for Telemental Health Resources for Patients and Providers

A study out of Canada finds that policy experts and lawmakers need to provide more support for telehealth for mental healthcare services - and that both patients and their primary care providers will benefit.

CCHP July 6, 2021

Commonwealth Fund Analyzes State COVID-19 Telehealth Changes, Recommending Longer Term Expansion Data to Determine Permanent Policies

The Commonwealth Fund recently released an issue brief titled, States’ Actions to Expand Telemedicine Access During COVID-19 and Future Policy Considerations, to help inform future policy considerations for telehealth post-pandemic. Focusing on private insurance coverage, the authors reviewed pre-pandemic state telehealth statutes as well as state emergency actions related to telehealth between March 2020 and March 2021.

mHealthIntelligence July 6, 2021

NJ Governor OKs Telehealth Prescriptions for Medical Marijuana

Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law a telehealth bill he originally vetoed, after lawmakers amended the legislation to eliminate a waiting period and in-person exam requirements.

mHealthIntelligence July 5, 2021

Ochsner Health Takes Remote Patient Monitoring to a National Level

The New Orleans health system is marketing its remote patient monitoring programs to businesses and health plans across the country, and will soon expand the platform to cover more chronic health conditions.

Telebavioral Health Institute July 4, 2021

Telehealth Update: Continuing Telehealth Regulations to Support Ongoing Telehealth Services

Controversies are raging about the continuation of telehealth services and particularly telehealth reimbursement. Areas of contention about the future of telehealth as the nation starts to emerge from COVID include Medicare telehealth, Medicaid telehealth, telehealth licensure, and related telehealth regulations.

Health Care Law Today July 2, 2021

Florida Ends Telehealth Waivers; Department of Health Issues Update

lorida’s telehealth emergency waivers ended on June 26, 2021, after Governor Ron DeSantis’ Office allowed the waivers to expire. The waivers were originally contained in Emergency Orders 20-002 and 20-003. On July 1, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued a gu

mHealthIntelligence July 2, 2021

Pilot Program Uses Telehealth to Help LTC, Rehab Patients Transition Home

West Virginia University is reporting good results in a pilot program that uses telehealth to help patients transition home after a stay in a long-term care or nursing facility.

HealthccareITNews July 2, 2021

How the pandemic has reshaped CIOs' views on adaptability, agility, security and hiring

Three health IT leaders from provider organizations nationwide share some advice based on tough lessons learned in the latest installment of Healthcare IT News' feature series.

USNews July 2, 2021

Telehealth Most Common in Coastal States During Coronavirus Pandemic

More than one-fifth of households recently had a virtual appointment with a health professional, according to Census Bureau data.

mHealthIntelligence July 2, 2021

Cincinnati Children’s Integrates Telehealth Into Suicide Prevention Study

The hospital is using a PCORI grant to integrate telehealth into a five-year study that aims to develop suicide prevention and treatment strategies for at-risk adolescents.

mHealthIntelligence July 1, 2021

Telehealth Services Reduce ER Visits for Individuals with Disabilities

Recent research indicates telehealth services have led to fewer ER visits and lower healthcare costs for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

HealthccareITNews July 1, 2021

How telehealth enabled critical care for newborns during COVID-19

When the United Kingdom went into lockdown, babies kept being born and kept needing care. That's where teleneonatology came in.

HealthccareITNews July 1, 2021

Nemours manages care at home through a single digital platform

Having a medical home platform helps to manage care and avoid unnecessary ER visits.

mHealthIntelligence July 1, 2021

Second Opinions Via Telehealth Have Value to Patients and Providers

The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic is using telehealth to offer second opinions, a service that benefits not only the patient but the primary care provider as well.

HealthcareITNews June 30, 2021

Report: Telehealth use beginning to taper

After a spike in spring 2020 – especially in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii and Vermont – patient utilization of video visits has dropped off, say analysts.

mHealthIntelligence June 30, 2021

Clinicians Show Intent to Continue Telehealth Use Post-Pandemic

High comfort and satisfaction levels increase the chances of primary care providers continuing to offer telehealth and virtual care services after the coronavirus pandemic is over, according to a recent study.

HealthcareITNews June 30, 2021

Patients are looking to go back to brick-and-mortar post pandemic

New data from HIMSS' State of Healthcare survey reveals that the bulk of patients are looking to return to in-person care. However, younger generations are more likely to continue on telehealth.

JDSupra June 30, 2021

Abrupt End to New York State of Emergency Creates Uncertain Future for Out-of-State Licensed Health Care Professionals

On June 24, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 210, which officially declared the end of the New York State of Emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic effective June 25, 2021. The issuance of the Executive Order marked an important milestone for life post-pandemic and a welcome result for small businesses barely treading water trying to comply with the COVID-19 restrictions. However, the abruptness of the announcement, the limited carve-outs for health care professionals and the organizations that employ or contract with them, and the lack of permanent alternative solutions will create a tumultuous few weeks for those parties.

HealthCare Law Today June 30, 2021

New Bill Targets Broadband Funding to Fuel Telehealth Expansion

New York’s telehealth emergency waivers have expired, according to a June 25, 2021 announcement issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office declaring the waivers (contained in Executive Orders 202 through 202.11 and 205 through 205.3) are no longer necessary. Concurrent with the Governor’s announcement, the New York State Department of Health issued a guidance document on the New York Medicaid program’s continued coverage of telehealth services for the duration of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE).

HealthcareITNews June 29, 2021

What the future holds for HHS-OIG health IT enforcement

From interoperability to telehealth and beyond, an upcoming HIMSS21 presentation will shed light on the regulations and penalties health IT stakeholders should be mindful of in the months ahead.

HealthcareITNews June 29, 2021

Telemedicine saves the day for Avera Health in the COVID-19 era

In a preview of his upcoming HIMSS21 session, the health system's chief medical information officer talks about the processes and technologies powering the health system's pandemic response.

mHealthIntelligence June 29, 2021

As State Emergencies End, Providers Look for New Telehealth Limits

Healthcare providers in some states are scrambling to determine what their telehealth platforms can and can't do in the wake of expiring state emergency declarations.

HealthcareITNews June 29, 2021

Metro Health's telehealth and RPM program is helping patients avoid hospital stays

The Michigan provider organization has been keeping COVID-19 patients at home – and recording a 95% satisfaction rate among patients in the program.

HealthcareITNews June 29, 2021

Sen. Brian Schatz: Telehealth is 'single shining exception' to partisanship

Panelists emphasized virtual care's longer-term potential at the final day of the American Telemedicine Association conference and expo.

CCHP June 29, 2021

New Wave of Federal Bipartisan Bills to Expand Telehealth

At present, CCHP is tracking over 100 pieces of telehealth legislation in the current federal legislative session. This month we have seen a number of bipartisan bills introduced, continuing the federal push to expand telehealth availability and codify flexibilities allowed during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

mHealthIntelligence June 29, 2021

Florida Research Project Tackles Low Telehealth Access in Minority Populations

Researchers at the University of North Florida are launching a study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to examine how social determinants of health have negatively affected telehealth access in minority populations.

mHealthIntelligence June 28, 2021

Cures 2.0 Includes Provisions to Expand Telehealth Coverage, Services

While focusing on research to tackle cancer and other diseases, the massive Cures 2.0 bill unveiled last week includes provisions aimed at extending telehealth coverage and access beyond the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence June 28, 2021

Uncertain Telehealth Laws Keep Substance Abuse Care Providers on Their Toes

Providers specializing in substance abuse care are using telehealth for services like MAT therapy, but the shifting landscape of post-COVID-19 telehealth rules may force them to scale back those plans.

mHealthIntelligence June 25, 2021

Senators Seek Extra Federal Funding for Telehealth Services in Frontier States

A group of Senators has submitted a bill that would boost federal funding for telehealth services in so-called frontier states and states that have limited broadband access.

mHealthIntelligence June 25, 2021 

Could telehealth worsen inequity? 'Not under my watch,' says HHS Sec. Becerra

Top health officials from HHS and VA have signaled their ongoing support for telemedicine in the long term, but also want to ensure that "technology is being used properly."

mHealthIntelligence June 25, 2021 

SF-Based FQHC Adds Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring to PACE Services

North East Medical Services, which offers PACE services to thousands of seniors in the San Francisco area, is adding remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs to the platform to expand and improve care.

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2021 

USDA, FCC, and NTIA Announce Interagency Agreement to Coordinate Broadband Funding Deployment

Broadband Integrity Coordination Act Prompted Agency Leaders to Improve Information Sharing to Best Deploy Federal Broadband Funds

Telebehavioral Health Institute June 24, 2021

Breaking News: New Bill Removes In-Person Requirement for Telemental Health

The Covid-19 pandemic was accompanied by a dramatic increase in demand for mental health services from standard mental health treatment to substance abuse disorder treatment. Contrary to common sense, Medicare recipients were required to see a provider in person within six months of getting telehealth services.

HealthcareITNews June 24, 2021

22 states changed telemedicine laws during the pandemic

Most pursued changes via administrative action, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report, which may not be a permanent solution after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.

mHealthIntelligence June 24, 2021

PA Payer Supports Innovative Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

Independence Blue Cross is issuing grants to support the expansion of three Penn Medicine Programs that aim to improve patient care through remote patient monitoring and telehealth channels.

Telebehavioral Health Institute June 24, 2021

Telehealth and Health Disparities

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 changed telehealth access in the U.S. and around the world. While the pandemic caused innumerable problems for businesses and industries, telehealth treatment modalities during the public health emergency saw high levels of growth in the U.S.

mHealthIntelligence June 24, 2021

Senators Eye Medicare Coverage for Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Programs

A group of Senators has re-introduced a bill that would establish Medicare coverage for telehealth services in CMS-sanctioned Diabetes Prevention Programs.

HealthcareDive June 24, 2021

Biden admin 'absolutely supportive' of telehealth once crisis ebbs, Becerra says

The Biden administration's top health policy official on Thursday reiterated his support for expanded telehealth access after the COVID-19 national emergency expires, as Congress considers a slate of bills that would permanently nix regulatory barriers to virtual care.

Telebehavioral Health Institute June 24, 2021

The Hybrid Healthcare System: Post-Pandemic Telehealth

Healthcare providers have been using telehealth to provide treatments to patients due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many providers use zoom or telephone to diagnose and give treatment to clients or patients, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to do the same thing once the public health emergency (PHE) ends.

FIERCE Healthcare June 23, 2021 L

Top health experts talk telehealth regulation, health inequality

While the telehealth industry is booming, plenty of challenges remain, including the changing regulatory environment and the impact on vulnerable communities.

JDSupra June 23, 2021

Bipartisan CONNECT for Health Act of 2021 Seeks to Permanently Expand Telehealth Reimbursement

On 29 April 2021, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021, S. 1512 (the Act).1 The bill, which currently has 59 cosponsors in the Senate,2 aims to codify the expanded access to telehealth services provided by the current Section 1135 waivers due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), in addition to other measures that support the provision of telehealth care.

mHealthIntelligence June 23, 2021

Telehealth Yields Similar Outcomes as In-Person HIV Treatment

A new study finds that treating HIV with telehealth produces similar health outcomes as face-to-face treatment, presenting a potential solution for individuals in rural areas who have difficulty accessing care.

CCHP June 22, 2021

New SAMHSA Telehealth Guide: Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory recently released a new evidence-based resource guide titled, Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders, to support implementation of telehealth across diverse mental health and substance use disorder treatment settings.

mHealthIntelligence June 22, 2021

New Program Combines Telehealth, Peer Support to Treat Veterans With PTSD

University of Texas researchers are treating veterans living with PTSD with a combination of telehealth sessions and in-person support from peers who've successfully completed treatment.

mHealthIntelligence June 22, 2021

Cheney, Dingell Launch Bipartisan Effort to Codify COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers

When COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the Trump administration temporarily waived numerous government barriers to allow health care workers to deliver remote care througUS Reps Liz Cheney and Debbie Dingell are joining the telehealth policy bandwagon with a bill that - like so many others - aims to extend telehealth coverage and access beyond the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence June 21, 2021

Is It Time for a Telehealth Strategy?

Survey finds telehealth will grow 37% from pre-COVID levels when PHE ends, indicating a pressing need for telehealth strategy.

mHealthIntelligence June 21, 2021

Banner Health Eyes Connected Health Strategy With Digital Health Formulary

The Arizona-based health system has launched a digital health program that allows providers to prescribe apps and services for remote patient monitoring and other platforms.

HealthcareITNews June 21, 2021

How telemedicine can help everyone have a primary care physician

The National Academy of Medicine says having a primary care doc is key. A physician expert in telehealth explains technology's role in fulfilling this need.

mHealthIntelligence June 21, 2021

Can a Package of Telehealth Bills Gain the Attention of Congress?

Senator John Kennedy is hoping that four telehealth bills packaged together can push Congress to take action on long-term connected health policy.

HealthcareITNews June 21, 2021

Texas passes law authorizing teledentistry

The state board of dental examiners had previously issued guidance that effectively banned virtual dentistry.

Forbes June 18, 2021

Transforming Telehealth Access In The Post-Pandemic Era

Telehealth has emerged as a viable delivery model of care and in the process has helped to transform the digital patient journey and redefined what the "digital touch" looks like.

HealthcareITNews June 18, 2021

CIOs tackle barriers to innovation, telehealth integration, analytics and more

Four health IT leaders from across the country discuss lessons learned during the pandemic in the latest installment in our feature series. They spotlight some "long-term 'change the game' strategies" developed over the past year.

mHealthIntelligence June 18, 2021

Medicare Sees Increased Use Under Extended Telehealth Coverage

With other payers looking at Medicare’s actions on telehealth coverage, a Kaiser Family Foundation brief offers insights on Medicare beneficiaries that support the permanent expansion of connected health services.

mHealthIntelligence June 18, 2021

FCC Launches Connected Care Pilot Program, Announces 36 Award Recipients

The Federal Communications Commission has posted new guidelines for its Connected Care Pilot Program and announced 36 telehealth projects that have qualified for funding.

JDSupra June 18, 2021

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 - June 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the United States, states, payers, and providers are looking for ways to expand access to telehealth services.

mHealthIntelligence June 17, 2021

Can retail play a role in connecting Americans with care?

Leaders from Walmart, Best Buy and Philips offer their predictions for the future of telehealth – and part their companies can play.

The Hill June 16, 2021

Sen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution

When COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the Trump administration temporarily waived numerous government barriers to allow health care workers to deliver remote care through telehealth. These changes allowed providers to deliver life-saving care and slow the spread of the virus.

Fierce HealthCare June 17, 2021

Past, current ONC chiefs: Bipartisan work, industry collaboration yields successful health IT policy

The role of national coordinator for health IT comes with its fair share of policy constraints and budget limitations, but partisanship is one of the few Capitol Hill hurdles the office has managed to avoid over the past decade and a half.

HealthcareITNews June 17, 2021

Why there's no future in healthcare without digital

Leadership is crucial to developing new strategies to provide more sustainable healthcare and improve outcomes, says David Labajo, VP of digital sales Europe at GE Healthcare.

mHealthIntelligence June 17, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Promotes Chronic Care Management, Home Health

Remote patient monitoring solutions can play a critical role in chronic care management and home health programs that work to drive down care costs and improve patient outcomes.

JDSupra June 16, 2021

The “State” of Telehealth: Oregon Looks to Provide Parity for Telehealth

On June 1, 2021, the Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, signed House Bill 2508A (“HB2508A” or the “Bill”) which, among other things, requires parity for healthcare services delivered through telehealth, upon satisfaction of certain criteria. The Bill expands coverage of and reimbursement for telehealth services in Oregon, promoting equitable and safe access to care.

HEALTHCAREDIVE June 16, 2021

Mobile health apps have 'serious problems' with patient privacy, study warns

Mobile health applications have "serious problems" with privacy, according to a new analysis of more than 20,000 health-related mobile apps published Wednesday in the BMJ.

The Hill June 16, 2021

Sen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution

When COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the Trump administration temporarily waived numerous government barriers to allow health care workers to deliver remote care through telehealth. These changes allowed providers to deliver life-saving care and slow the spread of the virus.

HealthcareITNews June 16, 2021

Telemental Healthcare Access Act would repeal in-person service requirements

The bipartisan bill would eliminate a mandate for Medicare patients to be seen in person before receiving virtual behavioral care. .

mHealthIntelligence June 16, 2021

mHealth Collaborative Unveils New Definition, Resources for ‘Virtual First Care’

The IMPACT initiative, launched in January by the Digital Medicine Society and the American Telemedicine Association, is aimed at helping providers and payers who want to skip in-person services and focus solely on virtual first care.

mHealthIntelligence June 16, 2021

How telehealth overcomes barriers to cleft palate care and speech therapy

Dr. Cate Crowley, a professor at Columbia University and cleft palate care medical advisor, explains telemedicine's reach and ability to reduce stigma.

Fierce Healthcare June 15, 2021

AMA adopts policies to advance telehealth, close digital divide and tackle prior authorization burdens

The country’s largest physician organization is taking steps to rein in bureaucratic prior authorization requirements that can lead to delayed and disruptive treatment for patients.

CCHP June 15, 2021

KFF Report on Telehealth Medicare Use Offers Future Policy Implications

A Kaiser Family Foundation brief presents new information and analysis of Medicare beneficiaries’ utilization of telehealth using Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) survey data from between summer and fall of 2020 while CMS emergency telehealth expansions were in effect.

mHealthIntelligence June 15, 2021

Asynchronous Telehealth Can Extend Primary Care at Community Health Networks

At one community health network, asynchronous telehealth is expanding access to primary care services for patients.

The Washington Post June 14, 2021

The Health 202: Lawmakers are deciding the future of telehealth

During the pandemic, Medicare has been paying for health care delivered virtually for a broader swath of patients. Many view that as a positive development for the future of health care in the United States — but the waivers for telehealth are headed for expiration at the end of the year.

mHealthIntelligence June 14, 2021

Is the Time Right for Skilled Nursing Facilities to Embrace Telehealth?

The pandemic has given skilled nursing facilities an opportunity to embrace telehealth. Are they ready now to prove sustainability and scalability?

Jdsupra June 14, 2021

[Webinar] Protecting the Telehealth Consumer: FTC and State-Based Considerations - June 22nd, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

As the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is easing, telemedicine is facing an important crossroads. While telehealth services have demonstrated their value as an integral part of care delivery, federal and state waivers instituted during the crisis are likely to expire soon. As lawmakers and agency officials consider updated or expanded digital health rules, regulators are expected to intensify their scrutiny of providers.

mHealthIntelligence June 14, 2021

CAMA Launches Telehealth Immersion Program to Promote Sustainability

The American Medical Association has launched a new program to help providers craft a long-term strategy for telehealth scalability and sustainability.

The CT Mirror June 12, 2021

Telemedicine a blessing for some, inaccessible for others

When the pandemic began, LaVita King of Bridgeport worried about how she would continue to see her behavioral health therapist and primary care physician at Southwest Community Health Center.

The Hill June 11, 2021

Make Medicare and Medicaid telehealth coverage permanent

Unpacking the impact of COVID-19 will take years. In the U.S. alone hundreds of thousands of people lost loved ones, lost their incomes and are still managing the virus’ long-term physical effects. Many more are dealing with increased anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

Kaiser Health News June 11, 2021

Doctor on Call? Lawmakers Debate How Much to Pay for Phone Appointments

It took covid-19 to give millions of Americans the option of telling their doctor about their aches and pains by phone.

mHealthIntelligence June 11, 2021

New Senate Bill Seeks To Continue COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage

A bill submitted this week in the US Senate seeks to make permanent several emergency telehealth measures enacted during the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence June 11, 2021

Tribal Communities See Benefits and Challenges in Using Telehealth

A recent roundtable discussion about virtual care in tribal communities examined the telehealth methods that Native Americans use and the technological challenges they still face.

Telebavioral Health Institute June 10, 2021

Harris Poll Shows 84% of US Patients Prefer Telehealth Appointments

While 2020 virtual health care policies during the public health emergency are starting to wane, more than 600 bills supporting new telehealth laws are currently pending at A recent Harris Poll survey confirms that clients/patients have embraced virtual care due to its convenience and the personal safety it offers. The Harris Poll, currently part of Harris Insights and Analytics, is one of the longest-running surveys investigating public opinion, motivation, and social sentiment in the United States since 1963. An online survey of adults was carried out in the United States, on behalf of NextGen Healthcare, a company specializing in healthcare technology.

Telebavioral Health Institute June 10, 2021

Risks & Benefits of Telehealth: Controversy about Post-Pandemic Telehealth

While 2020 virtual health care policies during the public health emergency are starting to wane, more than 600 bills supporting new telehealth laws are currently pending at both the federal and state levels. Congressional measures largely support the expansion of telehealth access, especially in Medicare. The many benefits of telehealth have become quite obvious to many consumers and professionals alike.

HealthcareITNews June 10, 2021

Amazon attracting multiple companies to telehealth service

An Amazon exec said that the organization has had "quite a bit of interest from other companies in using this service," according to CNBC.

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

Kentucky Hospital Association Signs Remote Patient Monitoring Deal

The non-profit is partnering with California-based Community Wellness to give healthcare providers in the state guidance on launching remote patient monitoring programs.

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

Telehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyone

Experts at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference and expo highlighted the improvements necessary for virtual care to be truly equitable.

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

Q&A: How a Brooklyn Clinic Developed Its Virtual Care Strategy

Oula launched in 2019 and started seeing patients in 2020. The prenatal clinic's co-founder and CEO explains how they developed a virtual care strategy and are now transitioning to a hybrid platform.

HEALTHCAREDIVE June 9, 2021

Telehealth use dropped again in March, but at slower rate

Telehealth use dropped for the second month in a row in March, though the rate of decline slowed a bit, according to new data tracked by nonprofit Fair Health.

mHealthIntelligence June 9, 2021

With ER Visits Rising, Payers Pitch mHealth and Telehealth as an Alternative

With the pandemic in the rear-view mirror, people are going back to the ER, and payers are trying to steer them instead toward mHealth apps, telehealth platforms and retail clinics.

HealthcareITNews June 9, 2021

Mount Sinai eases translation in 200 languages through its Epic telehealth platform

The New York health system integrates Language Line Solutions, Epic and Caregility to deliver telemedicine to its widely diverse patient population.

mHealthIntelligence June 9, 2021

New Survey Finds Patients Are Ready for Remote Patient Monitoring

Four out of five are in favor of remote patient monitoring, according to a survey by MSI International, and many see value in the platform for chronic care management.

mHealthIntelligence June 8, 2021

Canadian Study Highlights Value of Telehealth Access for Postpartum Care

The study found a 30 percent increase in women seeking help for postpartum mental health issues during the coronavirus, highlighting both the value of virtual care access and the need for more services.

HealthcareITNews June 8, 2021

Knock, knock, knockin' on the digital front door

A mobile patient engagement IT expert discusses next steps for the technologies that have grown in use and popularity during the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence June 8, 2021

ASF Grants Fund Innovative Telehealth Services for Autism Treatment

The grants will fund studies that focus on using telehealth to improve care management and access for families of children with autism.

Kaiser Health News June 7, 2021

Covid Was a Tipping Point for Telehealth. If Some Have Their Way, Virtual Visits Are Here to Stay.

As the covid crisis wanes and life approaches normal across the U.S., health industry leaders and many patient advocates are pushing Congress and the Biden administration to preserve the pandemic-fueled expansion of telehealth that has transformed how millions of Americans see the doctor.

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

Study Targets Benefits of Asynchronous Telehealth for Mental Health Care

Researchers at UC Davis say an aysnchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth platform can be just as effective as an audio-visual platform in providing telemental health services.

HealthcareITNews June 7, 2021

What data and technologies are needed to propel telehealth quality?

A hospital physician specializing in strategic initiatives offers an in-depth preview of her HIMSS21 educational session, which will explore ways to build on today's telemedicine success for the future.

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

How Medical Practices Can Succeed At Remote Patient Monitoring

Once mastered, the remote patient monitoring platform gives the practice a pathway to establishing meaningful care management.

HealthcareITNews June 7, 2021

Health IT's role in the home

Connect America CEO Janet Dillione describes the role of remote patient monitoring and hospital in the home in the evolving delivery of healthcare.

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

Georgia Partnership Aims to Use Telehealth to Help the Uninsured

Emory University and Giving Health are joining forces to study how the non-profit can expand its telehealth services to help low-income, uninsured people with chronic conditions.

Health Care Law Today June 7, 2021

Telemedicine Companies Can Use Patent Law as a Strategic Advantage

This is the first of a multi-part series on how telemedicine and digital health entrepreneurs can better avail themselves of patent and intellectual property strategies to gain a competitive advantage and increase the asset valuation for their company.

mHealthIntelligence June 4, 2021

New mHealth Group Targets Data Security, Tackling the Digital Divide

The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community (DATAcc) looks to develop best practices for the use of mHealth data gathered outside the traditional healthcare setting.

mHealthIntelligence June 3, 2021

Telehealth Use Yields Successful Post-Op Physical Therapy Results

An Intermountain Healthcare study has found that physical therapy services delivered via telehealth for post-operative patients produce similar outcomes to in-person care, and at a lower cost.

mHealthIntelligence June 3, 2021

Illinois Moves to Expand Telehealth Coverage, With Limited Payment Parity

Illinois lawmakers have OK'd legislation to permanently expand COVID-19 telehealth coverage, with payment parity for mental health services and a task force to study long-term reimbursement.

HealthcareITNews June 3, 2021

Glen Tullman: In the future, telehealth will just be 'health'

Patients will expect care to meet them where they are, said the Livongo founder and former Allscripts CEO at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference.

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

Providers face a magnetic pull toward in-person care, says ATA board chair

American Telemedicine Association Board Chair Dr. Joseph Kvedar called on clinicians, suppliers, payers and patients to play their part in fighting for long-term telehealth access.

Politico Future Pulse June 2, 2021

Fixing what telehealth couldn’t

THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU … AND YOU… AND YOU: Health providers are grappling now, and probably for some time to come, with a backlog of needs that went unmet as patients stayed home for fear of getting Covid. But human maintenance can only be deferred so long.

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

How we can avoid the 'telehealth cliff'

Advocates at the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference warned that Congress must act to safeguard telehealth access before the public health emergency ends.

mHealthIntelligence June 2, 2021

Could Congress Help Community Health Centers Expand Mobile Health Outreach?

A bill before Congress would give community health centers more leeway in using HRSA funding to build and equip mobile health units for community outreach.

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

What is needed for telehealth's next big steps forward?

Cisco's global healthcare leader spells out the necessities for virtual care evolution, and discusses the importance of the digital front door.

mHealthIntelligence June 2, 2021

Wellstar Uses Remote Patient Monitoring to Create Partnerships With Patients

The Atlanta-based health system is finding that a remote patient monitoring program involves a lot more than collecting and using data, and that relationships play a role in seeing success.

CCHP June 1, 2021

GAO Reports on Telehealth COVID-19 Flexibility Findings

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released testimony May 19th regarding their ongoing assessment of COVID-19 flexibilities within the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as required under federal pandemic response oversight provisions included the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Provided before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, the GAO focused its summarized findings around the effects of program flexibilities and preliminary observations related to telehealth waivers of certain federal requirements, as well as considerations regarding ongoing use.

mHealthIntelligence June 1, 2021

Texas Lawmakers OK Telehealth Expansion for Medicaid, Public Health Plans

Unanimously approved by both chambers and headed to the governor's desk, the bill permanently extends coverage for a wide range of telehealth platforms, including audio-only services.

mHealthIntelligence June 1, 2021

FCC Is Ready to Move Forward With Connected Care Pilot Program

The agency hopes to get the OK at its June commission meeting to post a second Report and Order on the program, which aims to boost telehealth adoption by funding broadband expansion projects.

HealthcareITNews June 1, 2021

Blessing Health System's school-based telehealth program is a hit

In a HIMSS21 educational session, the rural health system's virtual health coordinator will walk attendees through how the program works, the technologies used and the successes achieved.

Health Care Law Today June 1, 2021

Five To-Do’s for Telemed Companies Before the Public Health Emergency Ends

Patient privacy will continue to be a top priority for regulators as patients continue to rely heavily on telemedicine. Foley & Lardner LLP attorneys say taking steps now to ensure compliance with HIPAA will put vendors and health-care providers ahead of what is sure to be a hectic and confusing time as the public health emergency waivers and federal enforcement discretion comes to an end.

mHealthIntelligence May 28, 2021

mHealth Program Aims to Address Pandemic Stress, Burnout in Nurses

The mHealth platform offers positive affirmation and support resources via text messages to nurses who have experienced heightened stress from working during the pandemic.

Fierce Healthcare May 28,2021

J.D. Power: Telehealth use boosts members' satisfaction with health plans

Increased telehealth use under the pandemic is encouraging members to engage more with their health plans, according to a new report from J.D. Power.

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

HIMSSCast: Telehealth in the trenches

Two small-practice therapists discuss their COVID-19 telehealth experiences.

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

Need for virtual mental health services skyrockets during COVID-19 pandemic

Providers learn valuable lessons that can help them deliver effective digital care in the future.

mHealthIntelligence May 28, 2021

Senators Want to Codify VA’s Telehealth Success, Add More Services

A new bill before the Senate looks to expand the VA's telehealth and mHealth platform to further address gaps in care and boost access for rural veterans.

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

Using technology to enhance patient care

The accelerated use of technology is making healthcare safer and more accessible for patients, says Susan Lucas Collins, global head of healthcare services at Twilio.

HealthcareIT News May 27, 20211

Physicians in favor of permanent telehealth expansion

At the same time, a new report finds, stakeholders should not ignore the limitations of current virtual care models.

mHealthIntelligence May 27, 2021

California Provider Sees Telehealth as an Integral Part of PACE Programs

WelbeHealth President Matt Patterson says COVID-19 has taught the industry a good lesson on how to use telehealth, and it should be a permanent part of the senior care service.

mHealthIntelligence May 27, 2021

DOJ Files Charges Linked to Abuse of COVID-19 Telehealth Freedoms

The DOJ charges focus on companies and individuals committing fraud, which telehealth advocates say shouldn't be linked to the telehealth industry.

HealthcareIT News May 27, 2021

How remote patient monitoring transformed pediatric care at UVA Children’s Hospital

The pandemic led to an explosion in the use of remote models of care, from telehealth to remote patient monitoring and more. Many providers have adopted these modalities for the first time as a result of COVID-19. But those at UVA Children’s Hospital were ahead of the trend and have utilized remote patient monitoring for about seven years under the guidance of pediatric cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Vergales.

mHealthIntelligence May 26, 2021

Congress to Debate Medicare Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

A bill to establish Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services is now in the House, setting the stage for a debate on whether the telephone is a good healthcare tool.

mHealthIntelligence May 26, 2021

3 Health Systems Join Project to Create Continuous mHealth COVID-19 Monitor

Intermountain Health, Rush University Medical Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center are joining the effort to create an mHealth wearable for remote patient monitoring programs.

HealthcareIT News May 25, 2021

House reps seek to permanently safeguard audio-only telehealth coverage

A bipartisan bill introduced this week would allow providers to offer audio-only telemedicine services to Medicare enrollees.

CCHP May 25, 2021

Senator Warner Encourages DEA Action on Telehealth & Prescribing

Earlier this month Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the long-delayed regulations from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for a telehealth registry to prescribe controlled substance.

HealthcareIT News May 25 2021

Geisinger and Noteworth launch virtual care platform to help control chronic diseases

The Telehealth Expansion Act of 2021 would exempt telehealth visits from meeting deductible requirements in high-deductible health plans, allowing patients more freedom to use virtual care.

mHealthIntelligence May 25, 2021

Pediatric Telehealth Use Grows Despite Some Parent Reluctance

More children have been attending virtual care visits during the pandemic, and parents are warming up to the idea of telehealth, though some remain hesitant.

mHealthIntelligence May 25, 2021

New Bill Aims to Reduce the Financial Burden of a Telehealth Visit

The Telehealth Expansion Act of 2021 would exempt telehealth visits from meeting deductible requirements in high-deductible health plans, allowing patients more freedom to use virtual care.

HealthcareIT News May 24, 2021

Will virtual primary care become a new model of healthcare delivery?

The pandemic drove many patients to their primary care docs via video. And it worked. A telehealth expert explains how this shift could become a permanent hybrid with in-person care.

McNight’s Long-Term Care News May 24, 2021

Telehealth is here to stay, study says

The pandemic drove telehealth’s current popularity and, according to a recent study, telehealth won’t be going away anytime soon — regardless of COVID-19 status.

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Why Bother with Telehealth Training?

Telehealth growth is one of the few silver linings to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that offices are beginning to re-open, many professionals and their organizations are forced to decide if they will continue offering telehealth, or go back to exclusive in-person care

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Future of Telehealth Reimbursement: Offering Medicare Telehealth Services?

While many United States healthcare providers are returning to their in-person offices, many others are digging in to offer hybrid telehealth or exclusive telehealth practices moving forward.

HealthcareIT News May 24, 2021

Inpatient telemedicine improves care and patient satisfaction at Howard University Hospital

Staff are looking to make specialist visits more accessible, which could further improve patient satisfaction and lead to a faster and streamlined clinical process that may shorten length of stay and improve clinical outcome.

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Proposed Changes for HIPAA Privacy Rule Receive Pushback

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released in January 2021, leaving it open to public comment until May 6, 2021.

HealthcareITNews May 24, 2021

Using data to work effectively toward health equity

Aggregating information can disguise differences in the way different groups of vulnerable people access care – and prevent organizations from taking useful action.

mHealthIntelligence May 24, 2021

Virginia Includes Telehealth in New Pediatric Mental Health Program

Virginia has unveiled a program to help primary care providers improve care management for pediatric patients with mental health needs, and they'll be using telehealth to do so.

mHealthIntelligence May 21, 2021

Feds Invest $14M to Integrate Telehealth Into Pediatric Primary Care Offices

The Health and Human Services Department is using more than $14 million in pandemic relief funding on programs that use telehealth to connect behavioral healthcare specialists with pediatric primary care providers.

mHealthIntelligence May 21, 2021

Digital Duds: The mHealth Wearable Market Looks to Sensor-Embedded Clothing

mHealth wearables have often focused on watches, wristbands and jewelry. Now the spotlight is shining on sensor-embedded clothing that can help providers track movement and other health data.

HealthcareITNews May 21, 2021

KLAS: Teladoc, Epic report widest breadth of telehealth capabilities

Meanwhile, Amwell and Caregility said they had deep rates of customer adoption of their telemedicine tools.

HealthcareITNews May 21, 2021

How IT leaders are reimagining and repurposing technologies to handle new challenges

In the latest installment of our COVID-19 era lessons learned feature series, execs with varied backgrounds put the patient at the center while pursuing IT transformation.

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 21, 2021

Telehealth Opioids and Ryan Haight Act: Update

The Ryan Haight Act of 2008 was temporarily waived through the end of the COVID public health emergency (PHE) through the end of 2021 at the federal level, but after the PHE, it is slated to roll back into effect. It requires an in-person meeting before any practitioner can legally prescribe controlled substances via telehealth.

HEALTHCAREDIVE, May 20, 2021

Virtual proctoring, training poised to be new normal in post-pandemic surgical interactions

Prior to the COVID-19 public health crisis, momentum to transition operating rooms into digitally connected learning environments was building. Social distancing mandates accelerated those efforts.

mHealthIntelligence May 20, 2021

GAO Tells Congress to Wait on Expanding Telehealth Coverage Past the Pandemic

A new report and testimony from the Government Accountability Office says the full effect of CMS waivers on telehealth coverage during the pandemic isn't yet known, and more study is needed.

mHealthIntelligence May 20, 2021

California Doctors’ Group Pushes Full Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth

The California Medical Association is taking issue with Governor Gavin Newsom's proposal to reimburse audio-only telehealth services for Medi-Cal members at 65 percent of comparable in-person care.

HealthcareITNews May 20, 2021

AMA publishes framework to highlight value of virtual care

The initiative, developed in partnership with Manatt Health, emphasizes that the benefits of digitally enabled services go beyond dollars and cents.

Health Affairs Blog, May 19, 2021

Five Areas Where The Office Of Civil Rights Can Improve Its Proposed Changes To HIPAA, And Advance Interoperability

On December 10, 2020, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released draft regulatory changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), stating its intention to “support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the healthcare industry.” For unknown reasons, the proposed regulatory changes were not officially published in the Federal Register until January 21, 2021.

KFF Newsroom May 19, 2021

More Than 1 in 4 Medicare Beneficiaries Had a Telehealth Visit Between the Summer and Fall of 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic kept people home last year, just over 1 in 4 Medicare beneficiaries had a telehealth visit with a doctor or other health professional between the summer and fall of 2020, a new KFF analysis finds.

HealthcareITNews May 19, 2021

Mobile patient communication and telehealth tool helps transform Indiana Hernia Center

A surgeon brings the doctor-patient relationship fully into the digital age to change the way he and his team practice medicine.

mHealthIntelligence May 19, 2021

AMA Launches Initiative to Redefine the Value of Virtual Care

The American Medical Association has introduced a new framework to improve the way payers and providers assess the value of virtual care.

USNews May 19, 2021

Senators Want to Make Pandemic Telehealth Changes Permanent

Maine’s senators are joining a push to make the use of telehealth easier as the country moves beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence May 19, 2021

Connecticut’s New Telehealth Law Sees Long-Term Policy as a Work in Progress

The Columbus Dispatch May 18, 2021

Telehealth has permanent place in mental health treatment post-pandemic, providers say

After a year of talking with patients via Zoom, phone and sometimes FaceTime, some mental health providers are confident that telemedicine is here to stay, even after the pandemic goes away.

Healthcare IT News May 18, 2021

Telehealth can be an effective alternative for seniors, study shows

Researchers examined more than 300,000 virtual visits for patients older than 60 over the course of three years.

Healthcare IT News May 18, 2021

Preparing for proposed HIPAA rules in IT, HIM, compliance and privacy

Rita Bowen, vice president of privacy, compliance and HIM policy at MRO, discusses how the changes could affect healthcare provider organizations.

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2021

Nova Scotia Launches Telehealth Pilot to Connect Residents With PCPs

The Canadian province will use a telehealth platform to improve access to care for roughly 7 percent of the province's population that doesn't have a primary care provider.

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2021

$2M Army Project Aims to Create an mHealth Wearable to Diagnose Concussions

The Army-backed program to create the mHealth wearable includes researchers from West Point's Keller Army Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as digital health company Oculogica.

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2021

Virtual Care Tool Provides Mental Health Support for Youths

A not-for-profit healthcare system has introduced a new virtual care tool that has the potential to help youths in need of behavioral health support.

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2021

Maine Home Health Program Uses Telehealth, RPM to Combat Loneliness

Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice has launched a new program through its remote patient monitoring platform that connects lonely and isolated patients with volunteers to talk about whatever they want to talk about.

mHealthIntelligence May 14, 2021

Federal Funding for Emergency Home Visits for Families Includes Telehealth

The Health and Human Services Department is including allowances for telehealth in the disbursement of $40 million in pandemic relief funds to the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

mHealthIntelligence May 14, 2021

American Academy of Neurology Lobbies for Telehealth Coverage

The AAN has released a position statement supporting permanent expansion of telehealth coverage beyond the coronavirus pandemic and will be meeting with lawmakers next week in Washington DC to press that point.

HealthcareITNews May 14, 2021

Digital health tools are not effective as standalone solutions, expert says

The human element behind digital health solutions maximizes benefits for patients.

Health Affairs Blog May 14, 2021

Podcast: Three Unanswered Questions For Telehealth's Future

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the telehealth landscape. Many physicians and patients had their first experience with a telehealth visit as lockdown measures limited in-person physician offices.

HealthcareFinanceNews May 13, 2021

Walmart's MeMD versus Amazon Care: The race to invest in telehealth

Walmart's acquisition of MeMD is an investment in omnichannel access to care that directly competes with traditional providers.

HealthcareITNews May 13, 2021

Arizona passes law to dramatically expand telehealth access

The omnibus legislation packages together a number of provisions aimed at facilitating virtual care in the state.

mHealthIntelligence May 13, 2021

Pequot Nation Shows Promising Diabetes Results with Telehealth

After partnering with a telehealth program and receiving virtual treatments, the Pequot Tribal Nation members have shown compelling results in diabetes care management.

mHealthIntelligence May 13, 2021

Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic to Expand Home-Based Connected Health Program

The two health systems are investing $100 million to scale up a connected health program that uses telehealth, mHealth and home health services to manage care for acute care patients at home.

HealthcareITNews May 12, 2021

Nursing execs dish on the digital health tools they've found most useful during the pandemic

On International Nurses Day, RNs from around the country say telehealth, mobile apps and, yes, electronic health records have been integral to providing seamless patient care at their organizations.

mHealthIntelligence May 12, 2021

Chekhov and a Checkup: Delaware Libraries Introduce Telehealth Kiosks

Three Delaware libraries have installed telehealth kiosks in the first stage of what may be a statewide program to give patrons easy access to healthcare services, as well as other resources.

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

Vendor Survey IDs Challenges for Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

A survey of cardiac remote patient monitoring programs by Vector Remote Care finds that many aren't optimizing their platforms to get all the clinical and financial benefits they should be getting. Vendor Survey IDs Challenges for Remote Patient Monitoring Programs.

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

HIPAA: Permitted Uses and Disclosure of Protected Health Information

Given the number of complaints being submitted to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the HIPAA enforcement arm of the US federal government, many healthcare professionals lack clarity about the dictates of the HIPAA Privacy Rule concerning the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI). When healthcare providers, or their employees, fail to follow these guidelines, it is a finable offense. To provide guidance, the correct use and disclosure PHI are discussed below. Vendor Survey IDs Challenges for Remote Patient Monitoring Programs.

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

Using Telehealth CPT Codes To Ensure You Are Getting Fully Compensated

The omnibus legislation packages together a number of provisions aimed at facilitating virtual care in the state.

Becker’s Hospital Review May 11, 2021

16 key takeaways from 6 recent telehealth reports

Telehealth may become a permanent aspect of how patients receive their healthcare. Here are 16 takeaways from six recent reports on telehealth.

mHealthIntelligence May 11, 2021

WVU Researchers Try to Determine How Much Telehealth is Enough

A research team at West Virginia University is trying to determine the right number of telehealth 'doses' to achieve positive results. They're finding it's not that simple.

mHealthIntelligence May 11, 2021

New Study Shows mHealth Games Help Children With Autism - And Their Parents

The program coordinated by Magellan Health and Mightier, a spinoff from Boston Children's and Harvard medical School, finds that mHealth games boost behavioral health outcomes in kids and reduce stress in their parents.

CCHP May 11, 2021

CONNECT Act Breakdown, Medicaid Directors’ Views on Telehealth & CMS Issues Warning

The “Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021” was recently introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). Having authored previous iterations of this bill, Senator Schatz notes that this Act will promote higher quality of care, increased access to care and reduce spending in Medicare through the expansion of telehealth services. Thus far, it has received bipartisan support from the majority of his fellow Senators.

Healthcare Law Today Webinar May 10, 2021

Let’s Talk Compliance | HIPAA Breach & Penalties

Foley & Lardner, together with PYA, hosted a Let’s Talk Compliance informal discussion and Q&A on HIPAA Breach & Penalties on Friday, April 30. The panel of presenters included Foley Partner Jennifer Urban, PYA Principal Barry Mathis, and Mayo Clinic’s Legal Counsel Betty H. Khin who moderated the discussion.

MMA May 10, 2021

Pandemic’s telehealth advances will be lost if Congress doesn’t act

The pandemic has proven telehealth is a critical part of effective, efficient and equitable health care, and the AMA is encouraging Congress to act now so patients don't lose the option of connecting with their physicians through this convenient, accessible mode of care.

HealthcareITNews May 10, 2021

How much telehealth do patients need? Researchers weigh in

What's the optimal "dose" of virtual care? A team from West Virginia University says more data is still needed.

mHealthIntelligence May 10, 2021

AdventHealth Expands Walt Disney World Partnership to Include Telehealth

The Florida health system is expanding a 20-year partnership with Walt Disney World to add a telehealth platform and mHealth app to the Magic Kingdom's list of attractions.

HealthcareITNews May 10, 2021

Telehealth 2050: The future design of virtual care technology

In the future, your doctor will shower with you! Well, not exactly. But here's what one telemedicine expert has to say about the coming evolution of remote care.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Congress: Act Now To Ensure Telehealth Access For Medicare Beneficiaries

There is broad recognition that telehealth services have helped ensure access to necessary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Less attention has been paid to an underappreciated statutory provision, section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Mutual Recognition Of Physician Licensure By States Would Provide For Better Patient Care

A system in which states recognize licenses from sister states, following nursing’s successful model, would leave the country better positioned to confront future emergencies and, more importantly, to replace in-person visits with telehealth encounters.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

How Telehealth Can Enable New Care Management Strategies In Alternative Payment Models

Telehealth continues to play a critical role in health care delivery amid COVID-19. In a prior post, we described how policy makers can maximize the benefits of telehealth by featuring it prominently in a post-COVID-19 payment policy reboot. However, that reset should involve more than simply using telehealth to improve the effectiveness of existing alternative payment model (APM) strategies, such as redesigning discharge decisions or meeting quality measures through population health management.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Understanding The Case For Telehealth Payment Parity

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth use surged as a result of Medicare and private payers loosened payment restrictions. While there is bipartisan support from lawmakers, administrators, and clinicians for the continued use of telehealth following the pandemic, debate about multiple implementation issues remains, importantly: Should telehealth continue to be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person care?

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

The Coming Conflict Over Tele-Visits: The Need For Innovation In Payment And Information Sharing

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the use of virtual physician office visits as temporary substitutes for certain in-person visits. These “tele-visits” can be based on video capabilities, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or electronic health record-embedded tools, or by telephone. Recent estimates suggest that tele-visits increased during 2020 by 50 percent, and that 20 percent of all physician office visits during 2020 will have been tele-visits.

mHealthIntelligence May 10, 2021

CTA, ACC Partner on mHealth, Telehelath Standards in Cardiovascular Care

The Consumer Technology Association and American College of Cardiology are joining forces on a project to create best practices for mHealth and telehealth devices that target cardiovascular health.

Health Affairs Blog May 7, 2021

The Future of Clinical Trials: How Will New Technologies Affect The Lives Of Participants?

We would like to introduce you to Mary, David, Sarah, and Tim. We invite you to follow their lives from the present to a future world where technological advances have been fully embraced by all stakeholders in the clinical trial enterprise, enabled by supportive policies, and integrated into the health care system.

CCHP May 7, 2021 

Telehealth & Medicaid: Medicaid Telehealth Policies for Children and Youth

This webinar will feature presentations on current trends and innovations in Medicaid telehealth policy for children and youth.

mHealthIntelligence May 7, 2021  

Washington State Passes Legislation Supporting Audio-Only Telehealth

Governor Jay Inslee has signed a law that mandates coverage for audio-only telehealth services in certain circumstances. Support for the modality is growing as providers look for better ways to reach patients where they are.

HealthcareITNews May 7, 2021  

IT execs talk new strategies for analytics, patient engagement, telehealth and more

In feature No. 7 of our lessons learned series, a CIO, a CMIO and two IT directors offer readers what they've discovered since the pandemic response has reshaped health system priorities.

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

Arizona’s New Telehealth Law Supports Audio-Only Platforms, License Portability

Governor Doug Ducey's signature this week on HB 2454 pushes Arizona to the front of the line in post-COVID-19 telehealth policy, providing guidance on a number of connected health issues.

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

Providers Adapt to Telehealth to Identify Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

With the pandemic cutting out in-person care and curbing wellness checkups, healthcare providers are using telehealth platforms to try and identify - and treat - cases of child abuse and neglect.

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

Ochsner Launches Telehealth Service For Stressed Teachers, Support Staff

Ochsner Health is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Education on a telehealth program designed to help elementary school teachers and support staff access mental health services.

Healthcare Dive May 5. 20211 

Telehealth use dropped in February for first time since September

Telehealth utilization among the commercially insured fell 16% from January to February, the first month-to-month drop since September, according to a tracker from nonprofit Fair Health.

mHealthIntelligence May 5, 2021 

Warner Again Presses DEA to Let Providers Prescribe via Telehealth

Virginia Senator Mark Warner sent a letter this week to Attorney General Merrick Garland and the DEA asking them to fulfill a long-delayed pledge to allow providers to use telehealth to prescribe controlled substances.

JDSUPRA May 4, 2021 

HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Through July 19, 2021; Additional Renewals Are Expected

On April 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration for COVID‑19 will be renewed for another 90 days, beginning on April 21 (the date the PHE was previously scheduled to expire) and extending through July 19, 2021.

Telebehavioral Health Institute May 4, 2021

What Are HIPAA Audit Requirements?

Each year, behavioral health professionals are required to conduct six HIPAA audits. These audits assess your current HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification practices against HIPAA standards.TBHI’s also previously discussed 8 Common HIPAA Violations That Increase Legal Risk. More details are discussed on HIPAA audit requirements.

Telebehavioral Health Institute May 4, 2021

Telehealth Intake & Screening: Key Roles of Setting and Diagnosis

While many clinicians have been serving their clients and patients through telehealth for over a year, many have been reluctant to grow their telehealth practices. They report being unsure of how to proceed, which of course, belies the fact that many do not know that an entire telehealth evidence-base exists and literally is at their fingertips to help with these issues.

Healthcare IT News May 4, 2021

Post-pandemic, majority of patients say they prefer in-person care, survey finds

At the same time, a large percentage said they'd prefer telehealth, or a combination of the two.

US News May 3, 2021

Telemedicine Can Be Key to Helping the Homeless Community

With telemedicine and a bit of innovation, advocates and physicians can partner to provide quality care to those experiencing homelessness.

mHealthIntelligence May 3, 2021

New mHealth Study Takes on Health Outcomes Among the Homeless

Researchers at the University of Texas are launching an AHRQ-funded study that looks to determine whether mHealth can improve access to care for homeless populations and boost health outcomes.

mHealthIntelligence May 3, 2021

TNew mHealth Study Takes on Health Outcomes Among the Homeless

TResearchers at the University of Texas are launching an AHRQ-funded study that looks to determine whether mHealth can improve access to care for homeless populations and boost health outcomes.

mHealthIntelligence April 29, 2021

Is Telehealth More Stressful for Nurses Than In-Person Care?

A new study out of the University of Missouri finds that nurses in some telehealth programs may be doing twice the work that they'd be doing treating patients in person.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 28, 2021

Using Telemedicine Services to Improve Sleep

Royal Philips, an international health technology company, released a recent report Seeking Solutions: How COVID-19 Changed Sleep Around the World, which highlighted a survey querying 13,000 adults in 13 countries about their attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors around sleep.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 28, 2021

Telemental Health and Tele Therapy Lead Telehealth Expansion

During the COVID-19 pandemic, telemental health and tele therapy became the second-most popular telehealth practice in August 2020 and held that position until December. The CPT Code 99213 was in the first place (CPT Code 99213 is used for “Office or outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient.

HEALTH AFFAIRS BLOG April 28, 2021

Lessons From The Field: Offering Group Prenatal Care Via Telehealth During The COVID-19 Pandemic

A healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth contribute to the lifelong well-being of women, children, and their communities. However, the United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality from pregnancy or childbirth complications among high-income countries and ranks among the top 10 countries with the highest number of preterm births. Babies who are born preterm are more likely to develop chronic health issues, such as asthma and developmental delays.

mHealthIntelligence April 27, 2021

Telerehabilitation Boosts Patient Satisfaction for Young Patients

While just 6 percent of care episodes in the study utilized telerehabilitation, patient satisfaction was similar to in-person outpatient rehab.

mHealthIntelligence April 27, 2021

Senators Again Seek Telehealth Waivers for Home Healthcare Providers

RA group of Senators has re-introduced a bill that would allow home healthcare providers to use telehealth in place of some in-person visits during a public health emergency.

mHealthIntelligence April 26, 2021

New Telehealth Certificate Track Focuses on Behavioral Health Services

The American Board of Telehealth is launching a new certificate program - the board's second - that aims to validate and provide resources for healthcare providers focused on telemental health.

mHealthIntelligence April 26, 2021

Lawmakers Again Seek Medicare Coverage of Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Services

A bill introduced last week seeks to include telehealth in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, giving providers access to virtual care tools to promote health and wellness to at-risk patients.

Healthcare IT News April 23, 2021

CIOs plan on refined telehealth, faster deployments, more collaborative tools

n the newest installment of our lessons learned feature series, IT execs discuss the past year – a "compelling need to rapidly expand" and provide care in "new and unique ways" – and describe how those quick pivots are leading to lasting improvements.

Healthcare IT News April 23, 2021

Telemedicine came to the rescue during COVID-19 – could it help climate change too?

Research and experts agree: Telemedicine's green potential is something to look into.

mHealthIntelligence April 23, 2021

UMass Research Focuses on Helping Seniors Play mHealth Games

An NIH-funded project at UMass-Amherst is studying how mHealth games can be used to help seniors with mild cognitive impairment improve their brain function.

mHealthIntelligence April 23, 2021

Florida Lawmakers Add Telehealth to Resources for Students in Crisis

Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow schools and law enforcement to use telehealth to connect behavioral health counselors with students in crisis situations.

mHealthIntelligence April 22, 2021

HHS, FDA Backtrack From Plan to Deregulate mHealth Devices, Apps

The federal agencies are reversing course after a Trump administration proposal to end oversight of dozens of mHealth apps, devices and platforms drew strong opposition from within and outside government.

JDSUPRA April 22, 2021

Three Health Care Investment Trends That We Are Currently Following

The COVID-19 pandemic has had well-documented transformative effects on the delivery of health care. Investors, providers, payors and other stakeholders have often been at the forefront of the industry shifts in the trailing twelve-month period. We have set forth below three investment trends that may be particularly compelling.

mHealthIntelligence April 21, 2021

Can Telehealth Help Healthcare Providers Tackle Rural Health Disparities?

Federal officials are awarding almost $13 million to dozens of organizations across 35 states to create rural health partnerships that use telehealth and other strategies to take on rural health disparities.

Healthcare IT News April 21 ,2021

How do providers strike the right balance between in-person care and telehealth?

Sean Cavanaugh, chief policy officer at Aledade and former deputy administrator and director of CMS, offers expert insights into virtual care post-pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence April 21, 2021

South Shore Health Leverages Telehealth, RPM in New ‘SNF at Home’ Program

The Massachusetts health system is integrating remote patient monitoring tools into its year-old Mobile Integrated Health platform to improve care at home for patients with complex health concerns.

HealthAffairs April 20, 2021

No Patient Left Behind: Considering Equitable Distribution Of Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed telemedicine’s potential to improve health care delivery and access. In the past year, we have seen rapid expansion of telemedicine, in the form of video and telephone services, the extent of which our health system has never experienced.

Healthcare IT News April 20, 2021

Amazon-powered Data Fusion Center could shed light on who isn't using telehealth – and why

The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved says its goal is to make social determinants of health data available to institutions that may not have had access to it.

mHealthIntelligence April 20, 2021

NJ Governor Conditionally Vetoes Medical Marijuana Telehealth Bill

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has rejected legislation aimed at boosting telehealth use for medical marijuana prescriptions, saying the bill adds barriers instead of erasing them.

mHealthIntelligence April 20, 2021

Emory Healthcare Links EMS Providers to Telehealth For Emergency Care

Emory Healthcare's new ER-TEMS program gives rural EMS providers a telehealth link to ER doctors and specialists at the Atlanta hospital, helping to triage and treat patients in an emergency.

Becker’s Heathcare April 19, 2021

Guidehouse supporting health systems and state and local government entities’ allocation of $10

Providers and government agencies are leveraging Guidehouse for deep healthcare strategy, federal disaster funding, and policy expertise in efforts to obtain and substantiate federal funding use.

mHealthIntelligence April 19, 2021

Intermountain Bolsters Connected Health Footprint With Air Transport Service

TIntermountain Healthcare is acquiring an air transport service that reaches eight states, a move that officials say will support and improve its far-reaching telehealth platform.

mHealthIntelligence April 19, 2021

Better Medicare Alliance Touts Support for Audio-Only Telehealth

The Better Medicare Alliance has submitted a letter signed by more than 30 groups supporting coverage for audio-only telehealth in Medicare Advantage and PACE programs during the pandemic.

Becker’s Heathcare April 19, 2021

HHS to give $145M to health center look-alikes

HHS is allocating $145 million in grant funding to health center look-alikes, which deliver primary care services to underserved communities but don't receive health center grants from the department, according to an April 19 HHS news release.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 18, 2021

Is Phone Therapy Really THAT Simple?

Video therapy conferencing has been a lifesaver to mental health clients and clinicians during the COVID public health emergency. However, it does have its limitations for those who either don’t have access to or don’t want to use the video format.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 18, 2021

CMS Final Rule Expands States’ Flexibilities for Network Adequacy and Telehealth

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2020 Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care Final Rule – CMS-2408-F in November.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 18, 2021

Mental Health Care Providers’ Attitudes Toward Teletherapy and Telehealth Video Conferencing

Following the unprecedented uptake of telehealth approaches to behavioral health, satisfaction studies of telehealth video conferencing, telephone therapy, or phone therapy are now surfacing in the telebehavioral health literature. A study released in February 2021 examined mental health providers’ experience and attitudes towards the use of telepsychiatry and telehealth video conferencing.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 16, 2021

HIPAA Compliance: Why HIPAA Training is Not Enough

TMany organizations looking to become HIPAA compliant start with training. HIPAA training is a good basis for HIPAA compliance as it provides an overview of the regulation; however, it is not enough.

mHealthIntelligence April 16, 2021

Telehealth Puts Truckers on the Path to Better Access, Health Outcomes

Truck drivers don't typically have a healthy lifestyle. But a Texas company that's using mHealth and telehealth to improve access to care and boost health outcomes could offer a model of care for the industry.

mHealthIntelligence April 16, 2021

FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program Reboots in 2 Weeks

The Federal Communications Commission will accept applications for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program from April 29 to May 6.

CCHP April 15, 2021

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2021

Our semi-annual report has gone digital Historically, our twice-yearly updates to the “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies” report have been published as a PDF document, and included the telehealth policies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

mHealthIntelligence April 15, 2021

COVID-19 Telehealth Delivery Reaps High Patient Satisfaction

More than 70 percent of people reported high satisfaction with telehealth and indicated that they want to use virtual care after COVID-19 is over.

mHealthIntelligence April 15, 2021

5 Guidelines to Establishing a Post-Pandemic Telehealth Strategy

Telehealth adoption has soared during the coronavirus pandemic, and it will be part of the process once the crisis is over. Medical practices need to develop a strategy now that mixes in-person and virtual care.

mHealthIntelligence April 14, 2021

Mayo Clinic Launches New Platform for Analyzing Data From mHealth Devices

The Remote Diagnostic and Management Platform (RDMP) is designed to collect data from mHealth devices used in remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs and apply AI tools for diagnosis and decision support.

mHealthIntelligence April 14, 2021

Canadian mHealth App Takes Aim at Preventing Deadly Drug Overdoses

A healthcare provider in Ontario is testing out an mHealth app that allows the user to activate an alarm after taking a drug, with the app automatically notifying emergency officials if the alarm isn't turned off.

Healthcare IT News April 13, 2021

Biden outlines health IT funding priorities

The extensive list includes billions in funding for public health data modernization, broadband and 5G expansion, social determinants of health, cybersecurity and more.

mHealthIntelligence April 13, 2021

HHS Unveils Telehealth Grants to Address Rural Maternal, Obstetrics Care

HHS is kicking off Black Maternal Health Week by offering three four-year grants, totaling $12 million, to projects aimed at boosting maternal health outcomes among underserved populations in rural America.

mHealthIntelligence April 13, 2021

Biden Administration to Lift Restrictions on Telemedicine Abortions

The administration has announced that it will allow healthcare providers to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs via telehealth without an in-person exam for the remainder of the public health emergency.

Healthcare iT News April 12, 2021

The benefits and future of remote patient monitoring

At the start of 2020, widespread adoption of remote patient monitoring was still in the distance. The technology was struggling to get off the ground despite it being available for years.

mHealthIntelligence April 12, 2021

Deaconess Health Finds Success in Tailoring Telehealth to Specific Patients

The Indiana health system has fine-tuned a remote patient monitoring program to treat specific chronic care patients and those with COVID-19, and is showing a significant decrease in hospitalizations and total costs of care.

CCHP April 12, 2021

Permanent Changes Finally Coming To Telehealth

As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, telehealth has evolved and will continue to evolve. As part of this evolution, CMS finalized a rule that expands Medicare coverage for telehealth services.

mHealthIntelligence April 12, 2021

Supreme Court Ruling May Help Providers With mHealth Messaging Strategies

TA Supreme Court ruling involving Facebook has loosened the restrictions around autodialing, giving healthcare providers more leeway to use mHealth platforms for certain text messaging services.

Becker’s Healthcare April 9, 2021

Humanizing technology to enhance personal interactions

When it comes to healthcare technology solutions powered by artificial intelligence, speech-driven workflows are poised to have an outsized influence on the care experience for the most essential stakeholders — patients and clinicians.

mHealthIntelligence April 9, 2021

New Awards Target Research on Telehealth Value in Rheumatology

The Rheumatology Research Foundation has unveiled four awards aimed at boosting research on how telehealth can be used to improve care and outcomes for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

mHealthIntelligence April 9, 2021

Acute Direct-To-Consumer Telehealth Leads To More Follow-Up Care

Direct-to-consumer telehealth patients had 4 percent more follow-up encounters compared to patients who had initial in-person acute care visits.

Fierce Health Care April 9, 2021

UPDATED Coronavirus tracker: Americans' opinions about telehealth have changed due to COVID-19, survey finds

Most consumers want to keep using telehealth after COVID-19 has passed: survey In a rise that can only be described as meteoric, telehealth services have grown exponentially in the United States over the past year.

mHealthntelligence April 8,2021

UW Researchers Develop an mHealth Tool that Tracks Vital Signs With a Camera

Researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft are working on an mHealth platform that uses the camera on a laptop or smartphone to capture a user's pulse and respiration rate.

mHealthntelligence April 7, 2021

AMA Lobbies CMS to Extend Medicare Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth

The American Medical Association has sent a letter urging CMS to permanently extend Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services. Separately, CMS is being urged to include virtual care in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.

mHealthntelligence April 7, 2021

Health Systems to Use mHealth to Help COVID-19 Patients With ‘Brain Fog’

Three health systems will be testing an mHealth platform that uses video gaming concepts to help patients recovering from COVID-19 who are experiencing cognitive dysfunction.

HealthCare IT News April 7,2021

Strategies for securing the remote patient monitoring ecosystem

In this episode of HIT Cybersecurity, NIST IT Security Specialist Nakia Grayson details the unique infosec challenges inherent in delivering care from hospital to home – and shares some resources that can help.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 7, 2021

Controversy about Eliminating Telephone Telehealth Coverage

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association focused on telehealth use among the low-income population in California.

mHealthntelligence April 6, 2021

Telehealth Becoming a Preferred Platform for Cardiovascular Care

A Cedars-Sinai study finds that patients - especially minorities and underserved populations - took advantage of telehealth to meet with their care providers for cardiovascular services during the pandemic.

mHealthntelligence April 6, 2021

North Dakota Lawmakers Shoot Down Telehealth Payment Parity Study

North Dakota's House of Representatives has rejected a bill calling for a two-year study on payment parity for telehealth services, saying it would unfairly affect the market.

Health Care Law Today April 6, 2021

Telemedicine, Texting, and TCPA: Telephone Consumer Protection Act Update

What does the new Supreme Court text message ruling mean for your digital health business?

mHealthntelligence April 5, 2021

Michigan Lawmakers Debate the Use of Telehealth for Eye Exams

A bill that would allow optometrists to use telehealth to conduct eye exams for contact lens prescriptions is making its way through Michigan's Legislature - and attracting a lot of interest for and against.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 5, 2021

Important Telehealth Reimbursement Updates for Clinicians

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have dramatically expanded coverage and reimbursement of telehealth services.

Health Affairs Blog April 2, 2021

Low-Income COVID-19 Patients Die Needlessly Because They Are Stuck In The Wrong Hospitals—While The Right Hospitals Too Often Shut Them Out

A heart-wrenching February 8 New York Times story by Sheri Fink describes vast inequalities across hospitals during Los Angeles’s latest COVID-19 surge

Becker’s Healthcare April 1, 2021

Virtual care: the first step on any healthcare journey

The past year has accelerated the use of virtual care services beyond anyone’s expectations. In fact, a McKinsey & Company study shows that adoption increased from 11% of consumers in 2019 to 46% by the end of May 2020.

Becker’s Healthcare April 2021

Advancing care delivery innovation in 2021 and beyond

Healthcare provider leaders shared their viewpoints with Optum and Scottsdale Institute on how pandemic related disruptions will influence the way care will be delivered, managed and paid for moving Healthcare forward. Read this report to understand where providers see progress in the digital road forward, putting consumers at the center of care, and challenges they will continue to face.

Fierce Health Care April 1, 2021

FCC moves forward with $250M telehealth program with a focus on equitable distribution

The Federal Communications Commission this week unanimously approved a process for distributing nearly $250 million to help healthcare providers deliver telehealth services.

HealthCare IT News April 1, 2021

How COVID-19 has transformed public policy and population health efforts

Telehealth, mental health and racial inequality issues have put a spotlight on how to address the needs of underserved populations.

mHealthntelligence April 01, 2021

Fitbit, Stanford Medicine Project Uses mHealth to Track College Athletes

Stanford Medicine and Fitbit are teaming up with the Pac-12 Conference to study whether mHealth wearables can be used to identify early signs of viruses like COVID-19 in student-athletes playing college sports.

mHealthntelligence April 01, 2021

Stanford Children’s Uses mHealth to Keep Young Patients at Home

Cardiologists at Stanford Children's Health are using mHealth devices and telehealth platforms to monitor their young patients at home, rather than having the family travel several hours for an office visit.

Becker’s Healthcare April 2021

Advancing care delivery innovation in 2021 and beyond

Healthcare provider leaders shared their viewpoints with Optum and Scottsdale Institute on how pandemic related disruptions will influence the way care will be delivered, managed and paid for moving Healthcare forward. Read this report to understand where providers see progress in the digital road forward, putting consumers at the center of care, and challenges they will continue to face.

Healthcare IT News March 31, 2021

Tablet-based telehealth keeps mental health services online during the pandemic

Goodwill NYNJ used a $436,000 grant from the FCC to buy tablets, laptops and hotspots to enable caregivers to deliver care to low-income patients in the two states.

mHealth Intelligence, March 31, 2021

Boston Children’s to Launch Telehealth Pilot for Newborn Audiology Screenings

The hospital is using a grant from the CARES Act to create a telehealth program that provides audiologists for virtual screenings at Cape Cod Hospital.

mHealth Intelligence, March 31, 2021

CMS Facing Pressure to Add Telehealth to Diabetes Prevention Programs

The Alliance for Connected Care is leading a new lobbying effort to include telehealth in a Medicare-funded diabetes prevention program.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telehealth Legislation: Update for Telebehavioral and Substance Abuse Treatment

It is noteworthy that just one week prior to the official announcement of the Public Health Emergency caused by COVID-19 in march of 2020, the AMA released a statement that 75% of all healthcare could be delivered by telehealth.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telephone Telehealth Safety Procedures for Professionals

Mental healthcare providers have utilized telehealth to provide treatment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to make care at home more accessible and safer. However, many mental health clinicians and patients face several challenges in adapting to its use. Telehealth Drones and Why They can Make a Difference.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telehealth Drones and Why They can Make a Difference

Just when clinicians are starting to get used to scheduling their video calls ahead of time and perhaps keeping digital notes, even newer technology knocks on the door. One of the most significant impediments of telehealth remains the physical limitations of technology.

mHealth Intelligence, March 30, 2021

FCC Approves Plan to Relaunch COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The Federal Communications Commission will likely open the application window within a month for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, with amended guidelines that promote transparency.

Health Care Law Today March 29, 2021

FAQs on Telemedicine and HIPAA During the Public Health Emergency

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies have sought to allow health care companies more flexibility to use popular technology and applications to better engage with their patients.

mHealth Intelligence, March 29, 2021

New Bills Target Telehealth Coverage for Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services

Lawmakers last week submitted bills on Capitol Hill that would expand telehealth access through the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and mandate payment parity for telehealth services covered by private payers.

mHealth Intelligence, March 29, 2021

Support Builds to Add Telehealth Options for Critical Access Hospitals

Telehealth advocates are rallying behind a bill that would allow rural and remote hospitals to use telehealth to treat patients in surrounding communities who are dealing with mental health issues.

Healthcare IT News March 26, 2021

When the next storm hits, telehealth could be a lifesaver

Virtual care and digital health tools can play a pivotal role – in both urban and rural areas – when natural disasters strike.

mHealth Intelligence, March 26, 2021

Congress to Get Another Shot at Telehealth Coverage for Specialists

Lawmakers have resubmitted the Expanded Telehealth Access Act, which would permanently extend Medicare coverage to telehealth services provided by physical and occupational therapists, audiologists and speech and language pathologists..

mHealth Intelligence, March 26, 2021

Telehealth, mHealth Tools Smooth Out the Rough Edges for Transplant Patients

Telehealth platforms and mHealth apps are helping transplant patients and their care teams improve care coordination and management, leading to better life experiences and fewer office visits.

mHealth Intelligence, March 25, 2021

WV Lawmakers Move to OK Telehealth Expansion, Audio-Only Phone Calls

The Legislature is poised to approve a bill that would allow healthcare providers with licenses from other states to treat West Virginia residents via telehealth. It would also expand coverage to include phone calls.

mHealth Intelligence, March 25, 2021

Congress Mulls Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage for MA, PACE Members

A new bill before Congress would establish Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services - otherwise known as phone calls - during the pandemic for Medicare Advantage and PACE program members.

mHealth Intelligence, March 24, 2021

NY Bill Would Provide Telehealth Coverage for Peer Advocates

A bill making its way through New York's Legislature would permanently extend coverage for telehealth services delivered by certified peer recovery advocates and credentialed family peer advocates.

mHealth Intelligence, March 24, 2021

Social Determinants of Health Stymied Pandemic Telehealth Use

Social determinants of health contributed to telehealth care access disparities among privately insured members at the beginning of COVID-19.

mHealth Intelligence, March 23, 2021

Boston Medical Center Launches mHealth App for MAT Providers

Boston Medical Center has developed an mHealth app that gives healthcare providers access to resources used in providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) therapy to patients dealing with substance abuse.

mHealth Intelligence, March 23, 2021

Telehealth Access Disparities In COVID-19 Virtual Care Boom

Among privately insured Americans, telehealth use was highest for members in affluent and/or urban areas, raising concern for access disparities.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 22, 2021

HIPAA and Social Media: The HIPAA-Compliant Social Media Guide

While social media has become common practice, HIPAA and social media are not necessarily associated in the eyes of many professionals. In most industries, regulating social media use isn’t a severe issue, but healthcare professionals must take extra precautions to prevent potential social media HIPAA violations.

mHealth Intelligence, March 22, 2021

Arkansas Lawmakers Clash Over Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage

A bill that would allow Arkansas healthcare providers to treat new patients via telephone barely squeaked through the Senate after opponents argued the telehealth platform isn't good enough to establish the medical record.

mHealth Intelligence, March 22, 2021

mHealth App Improves Kidney Medication Adherence, Engagement

Medication adherence improved among chronic kidney disease patients who used an mHealth app that promoted patient engagement in medication review.

mHealth Intelligence, March 19, 2021

Iowa Lawmakers Debate Payment Parity for Telemental Health Services

A bill before the Iowa State Senate would require payers to reimburse providers for mental health services delivered via telehealth at the same rate as for in-person care.

mHealth Intelligence, March 19, 2021

Researchers Work on a Drone That Can Make Telehealth House Calls

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are developing a small drone,that, equipped with telehealth tools, can enter a house to facilitate virtual visits, drop off or pick up supplies, even survey living conditions.

mHealth Intelligence, March 18, 2021

FCC Sets New Guidelines for COVID-19 Telehealth Program Relaunch

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to launch the second round of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program, with new guidelines designed to help health systems qualify for reimbursements.

mHealth Intelligence, March 18, 2021

Florida Lawmakers Debate Veterinary Telehealth Expansion

Two bills making their way through Florida's Legislature would allow veterinarians to treat animals via telehealth without first needing an 'in-person' exam.

mHealth Intelligence, March 17, 2021

Navigating the Benefits - and Challenges - of Telehealth From Home

New Jersey-based counselor Nicole Glover is finding a new comfort level in treating patients via telehealth from her home office. And she plans on staying there well after the pandemic..

mHealth Intelligence, March 17, 2021

Amazon Announces Nationwide Telehealth Platform, Open to Other Businesses

The retail giant announced today that its telehealth platform, previously available only to employees and their families in Washington, would roll out nationwide this summer and be offered to other businesses.

mHealth Intelligence, March 16, 2021

MedPAC Recommends Limiting Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage, More Study

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is taking a cautious approach to long-term telehealth policy, telling lawmakers to extend COVID-19 telehealth freedoms for a few years before making any final decisions.

mHealth Intelligence, March 16, 2021

Broadband Deal Gives UNC Children’s a Springboard to Telehealth Expansion

UNC's Children's Hospital is partnering with a network of North Carolina broadband providers to help expand its telehealth platform to parts of the state where access to care is a challenge.

mHealth Intelligence, March 15, 2021

Congress Targets Telehealth Coverage for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Several bills on Capitol Hill aim to expand telehealth coverage for mental health and substance abuse services delivered via telehealth, including efforts to reduce barriers to prescribing scheduled drugs.

mHealth Intelligence, March 15, 2021

As CMS Moves Forward With ET3 Model, Will Telehealth Get Its Chance?

CMS has announced its final round of participants in the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) model, an innovative Medicare program that could use telehealth and mHealth tools to improve care for 911 callers.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 13, 2021 L

UPDATE: Telemedicine Across State Lines Post-Pandemic

A silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the permission given to health care providers to render medical services and telemedicine across state lines. Several states as well as the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) temporarily waived requirements for licensure in the state where the patient is located.

mHealth Intelligence, March 12, 2021

mHealth Robotics Can Improve Patient Satisfaction, Aid ED Triage

Over 90 percent of patients reported satisfaction after an mHealth robotic-facilitated interview, showing promise for telehealth in ED settings.

mHealth Intelligence, March 12, 2021

Virginia Expands Coverage for School Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring

Two bills headed to Gov. Ralph Northam's desk will expand Medicaid coverage for remote patient monitoring programs and telehealth services for school students regardless of whether they're in school or at home.

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2021

South Dakota Governor Permanently Extends Telehealth Coverage

Following through on a pledge made in January, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed into law a bill that allows providers to use telehealth without first needing an in-person exam.

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2021

Cleveland Clinic’s ‘Un-Meeting’ to Focus on Telehealth Research Collaboration

The Cleveland Clinic will host a one-day virtual conference later this month that's designed bring in experts from the nation's top medical research institutions to discuss telehealth collaboration.

mHealth Intelligence, March 10, 2021

Walgreens, Amazon Offer Telehealth as an Alternative to the Doctor’s Office

Walgreens and Amazon are expanding their telehealth platforms to give employees and patrons more connected health services and present themselves as a safer alternative to in-person healthcare visits.

mHealth Intelligence, March 10, 2021

Vermont Lawmaker’s Broadband Expansion Bill Would Boost Telehealth

US Rep. Peter Welch is proposing setting aside almost $80 billion to expand high-speed broadband services across the country, an effort that would also address a main barrier to telehealth expansion.

mHealth Intelligence, March 9, 2021

Digital Onboarding Uses Telehealth to Start Conversations With Patients

Jefferson Health's Digital Onboarding Taskforce gives providers an opportunity to talk to patients and understand why they're reluctant or unable to access telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, March 9, 2021

Utah Expands Telehealth Coverage for Mental Health Services

Utah's governor has signed into a law a bill that establishes Medicaid and commercial payer coverage for healthcare providers using telehealth to deliver mental healthcare services.

mHealth Intelligence, March 8, 2021

National Quality Forum Looks to Update Telehealth Quality Benchmarks

In a new Healthcare Strategies podcast, Sheri Winsper, senior vice president of quality measurement for the National Quality Forum, outlines the agency's plans for updating its 2017 telehealth guidelines and a new project with CMS.

mHealth Intelligence, March 8, 2021

COVID-19 Funds Help Kansas Health Centers Expand Telehealth Services

The Community Care Network of Kansas is using a $3 million state grant to buy more than 44,000 connected health devices and expand a telehealth program helping thousands of underserved residents.

mHealth Intelligence, March 5, 2021

Pilot Program to Study Telehealth Value in Advance Care Planning

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School are taking part in an NIH-funded study to evaluate the use of telehealth in advance care planning for patients receiving home-based palliative care.

mHealth Intelligence, March 5, 2021

Staffing, Funds Key for Tech to Boost Patient Experience

Technology plays a critical role in patient experience, but organizations need increased staff and financial support first, found Insights’ latest report.

mHealth Intelligence, March 4, 2021

California Amends ‘5150 Hold’ Law to Allow Telehealth Evaluations

California lawmakers have amended long-standing guidelines on psychiatric evaluations for involuntary mental health commitments to enable those evaluations to be done by telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

California Hospital Uses mHealth Platform to Automate Contact Tracing

Methodist Hospital of Southern California is using an mHealth platform to track staff movements through their badges, improving monitoring for COVID-19 exposure and helping to restore patient confidence.

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

New Coalition to Push Telehealth, RPM as a Mainstay for Home Care

Moving Health Home aims to "change the way policymakers think about the home as a site of clinical service" by supporting programs and policies that highlight telehealth, remote patient monitoring and other care pathways.

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

Maryland Lawmakers Debate Bill to Expand School-Based Telehealth

Only 18 of Maryland's 86 school-based health centers are currently allowed to offer telehealth. An emergency bill making its way through the Legislature would make it easier for those centers to launch telehealth services.

mHealth Intelligence, March 2, 2021

OIG Defends Recent Telehealth Audits, Recognizes Telefraud Challenges

Telehealth has become so popular during the coronavirus pandemic that it's drawing increased scrutiny from federal regulators. But those regulators are also noting the difference between telehealth fraud and telefraud.

mHealth Intelligence, March 2, 2021

Coalition Backs Illinois Telehealth Bill Supporting Payment Parity

The Coalition to Protect Telehealth, comprised of more than 30 health systems and groups in Illinois, is supporting proposed legislation aimed at boosting telehealth access and coverage beyond the COVID-19 emergency.

mHealth Intelligence, March 1, 2021

University of Minnesota Uses Telehealth to Treat Heart Attacks in the Field

The university is getting ready to launch a mobile health vehicle equipped with telemedicine capabilities that will allow EMS providers to more quickly treat patients in cardiac arrest, potentially saving lives in the field.

mHealth Intelligence, March 1, 2021

Lawmakers Resubmit Telehealth Bills Targeting Kids’ Health, COVID-19 Effects

Two more telehealth bills have returned to Capitol Hill after failing to make it through last year's session. One takes on kids' health and other calls for an HHS study of how telehealth has effected care delivery.

mHealth Intelligence, February 26, 2021

Telehealth, RPM programs can benefit greatly from a nurse’s perspective

When the Illinois-based health provider Blessing Health System launched a remote patient monitoring program to extend care for COVID-19 patients to the home, they made sure nurses were involved in every step of the process.

mHealth Intelligence, February 25, 2021

USDA announces latest round of telemedicine, distance learning grants

Some 46 telehealth projects across the country are getting funding from the latest round of Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants from the USDA. Grantees in the northeast region include: 1) the University of Maine Health System, which plans telehealth and learning platforms at 42 locations around the state; 2) the North County Hospital Health Center in Vermont, which will employ telemedicine carts and remote patient monitoring services in two rural counties.

HHealthcare IT News, February 23, 2021

Digital health literacy as a social determinant of health

At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange conference, a telehealth leader at Brigham and Women's Hospital General Internal Medicine Division outlined five main facets to address when considering digital health equity: tech access, tech literacy, implementation, payment and standard of care.

Healthcare IT News, February 23, 2021

Health center customizes telehealth mobile device that's easy to use for the elderly

A model for vendor collaboration on usable telehealth solutions for a community health center is provided. During the pandemic Sano Health worked closely with St. Thomas Community Health Center to successfully develop a custom telehealth solution that struck the right balance between simplicity and functionality.

Center for Connected Health Policy, February 23, 2021

The 117th Congress signals a focus on telehealth with a series of telehealth expansion bills

This update from CCHP reviews a number of congressional bills which address telehealth policies beyond the pandemic. Telehealth elements within a draft of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 are also outlined.

mHealth Intelligence, February 17, 2021

Connected Care Alliance unveils telehealth licensing portability plan

The alliance is tackling telehealth licensure portability head-on with its proposed Medical Excellence Zone, a regional program that would allow states to recognize other states' medical licenses and promote telehealth adoption.

Healthcare IT News, February 17, 2021

Helio Health uses telehealth to solve access issues for Medicaid population

A profile is given for how Helio Health, a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment provider in Syracuse, New York, leveraged an FCC Telehealth Grant to deliver remote monitoring and video consultations to treat their patients.

Healthcare IT News, February 15, 2021

How NYU Langone Health used its FCC grant to expand Epic-linked telehealth

Working with Epic, Cisco and Apple as partners, NYU Langone created clinician-to-clinician video capabilities for physicians to discuss patient care and share treatment suggestions. They created mobile bedside video carts that allowed physicians to speak to patients virtually from a safe distance and document their symptoms in Epic's MyChart, a system that achieved 8,000 virtual visits a day..”

mHealth Intelligence, February 15, 2021

Questions arise over medicare coverage for mental health services by telehealth

A sentence tucked into last year's pandemic relief bill sets requirements for in-person care before Medicare will cover mental healthcare services via telehealth. The barrier this has caused prompted one expert to call it the “worst Medicare telehealth law of 2020.”

mHealth Intelligence, February 12, 2021

New coalition, programs focus on establishing telehealth equity

National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, a public-private partnership launched in 2008, recently worked with other stakeholders to launch the Telehealth Equity Coalition, designed to “improve access to quality and affordable healthcare by increasing adoption of telehealth, especially among those who have been left out or left behind.”

mHealth Intelligence, February 10, 2021

Baystate Health addresses value-based care gaps with connected health

The Massachusetts health system is saving thousands of dollars, reducing ED traffic and boosting clinical outcomes with a mobile integrated health program that sends care teams to selected patients' homes.

mHealth Intelligence, February 9, 2021

Telehealth for occupational health benefits both employee and employer

A report released Tuesday by Foley & Lardner LLP found that the COVID-19 pandemic compelled state and federal policymakers to remove restrictions on and expand reimbursement for telehealth and virtual care at unprecedented rates.

Healthcare IT News, February 9, 2021

Report shows 'vast improvement' in state telehealth reimbursement policies

A report released Tuesday by Foley & Lardner LLP found that the COVID-19 pandemic compelled state and federal policymakers to remove restrictions on and expand reimbursement for telehealth and virtual care at unprecedented rates.

mHealth Intelligence, February 8, 2021

Congress gets another shot at easing telehealth licensure restrictions

The TREAT Act, which has the support of dozens of health systems and connected health organizations, would allow providers to bypass licensing rules and use telehealth to treat patients in any state during the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2021

Humana launches remote patient monitoring program for chronic care

The insurer is partnering with DispatchHealth in a new CMS waiver program that allows them to combine home health, RPM and telehealth services to care for members with multiple chronic care management needs at home.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2021

Telehealth, licensure portability featured in new disaster preparedness plan

A proposed national strategy for preparing for the next pandemic or disaster includes increased access to and coverage of telehealth and a provider licensure plan. Those ideas are contained in a study released this week by the Healthcare Leadership Council.

mHealthcare Dive, February 3, 2021

Telehealth use during COVID-19 varied across specialties, was rarer among low-income patients, study finds

Telemedicine use skyrocketed last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but use was significantly lower in low-income areas, according to a new study of insured patients published in Health Affairs. The study also found specialties such as psychiatry, endocrinology and neurology had the highest uptake of virtual care

mHealth Intelligence, February 3, 2021

Telehealth reimbursement requires provider education, documentation

COVID-19 was a catalyst for telehealth reimbursement, but provider education on coding and documentation processes is key to successful payments.

mHealth Intelligence, February 2, 2021

Could the private payer market influence post-covid-19 telehealth coverage?

A report from the Center for Connected Health Policy says many of the nation's largest health plans made significant changes to telehealth coverage during the pandemic. How they shift from temporary to permanent coverage remains to be seen.

mHealth Intelligence, February 2, 2021

RAND telehealth survey finds value in including audio-only phones

About half of all primary care telehealth visits by low-income residents at California health clinics during the height of the pandemic were done by phone, as were almost two-thirds of the behavioral health visits.

Health Affairs Blog, January 29, 2021

Accelerating digital health to achieve equitable delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine

With the advent of multiple vaccine options that have early evidence of high efficacy, a pressing question for policy makers is the role, if any, of digital health in delivering vaccines equitably. In this piece, we argue that digital health has the potential to facilitate a more widely distributed model of vaccine delivery that can help reach traditionally underserved populations.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Global study using RPM, mHealth to treat COVID-19 patients at home

Project Coromec, with roots in Arizona, aims to use mHealth wearables and apps, AI bots and a telehealth platform to identify and treat COVID-19 patients at home, before they become sick enough to need hospitalization.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Will FCC’s emergency broadband benefit program boost telehealth?

A $3.2 billion program spun out of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 aims to help low-income and underserved communities gain access to broadband services - and make it easier to access telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Washington is awash in new and reintroduced telehealth bills

In advance of the next session of Congress, lawmakers are scrambling to file new bills or resubmit old bills that aim to expand telehealth access and coverage through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, January 28, 2021

New bill tags $50 million in telehealth grants for mental health providers

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has introduced a bill that would set aside $50 million in SAMHSA grants to help behavioral health and substance abuse care providers expand or launch telehealth services focused on peer support.

mHealth Intelligence, January 28, 2021

NH lawmakers seek to end telehealth parity, audio-only phone coverage

New Hampshire lawmakers are debating a new bill that would eliminate payment parity for telehealth and coverage of audio-only phone calls, both of which were included in legislation signed into law last year.

Heathcare IT News, January 27, 2021

Telemedicine slashes no-shows and cancellations at Behavioral Health Services North

New Hampshire lawmakers are debating a new bill that would eliminate payment parity for telehealth and coverage of audio-only phone calls, both of which were included in legislation signed into law last year.

mHealth Intelligence, January 26, 2021

FSMB launches online resource for telehealth license portability

The Federation of State Medical Boards has launched an online platform aimed at helping hard-hit health systems bring in extra clinical help through telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. Provider Bridge gives volunteer care providers an online platform through which they can connect with health systems in need of help and, by way of license portability, treat patients via telehealth.

Center for Connected Health Policy News, January 26, 2020

New York plan to expand telehealth

Governor Cuomo recently announced his comprehensive proposal to enhance health care and behavioral health care access using telehealth. The policies will build upon the Governor’s emergency actions to expand flexibilities around its use and a New York commission’s recommendations to transform the health care delivery system with improved equity of access.

Health Care Law Today, January 25, 2021

CMS revises 2021 remote patient monitoring rules, issues correctionHealth Care Law Today, January 25, 2021 Link

CMS just issued a correction to its guidance on 2021 Medicare rules for remote physiologic monitoring (RPM) services. The correction is effective January 1, 2021 and revises the preamble commentary in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, published on December 1, 2020.

Healthcare IT News, January 25, 2021

U.S. lawmakers reintroduce House bill safeguarding access to telehealth

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives has reintroduced a bill aimed at expanding access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2021 includes broadly popular provisions such as eliminating geographic and originating site restrictions.

Healthcare IT News, January 25, 2021

Health Partners deploys school-based telehealth that even lay people can operate

Providers at the Western Ohio-based health system work with staff at more than 70 schools to keep kids healthy and avoid ER visits using virtual care. The tech vendor Tytocare is a partner in the project.

Forbes, January 22, 2021

Today’s virtual care revolution: how policy has shaped and will continue to shape telehealth

Virtual care advanced quickly in 2020 —and under duress—last year. How will we learn from the seismic shifts in care delivery we experienced thanks to COVID-19? How can we help providers and innovators embrace the transformation? How will we solidify these gains?

mHealth Intelligence, January 22, 2021

Staff training, education may be the keys to telehealth sustainability

Dozens of health systems and organizations in New York are joining forces with the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center to launch a statewide telehealth training program.

mHealth Intelligence, January 21, 2021

14 Telehealth Projects to Get FCC Connected Care Pilot Program Funding

The Federal Communications Commission has selected 14 telehealth projects spanning more than 150 sites in 11 states to receive funding from the $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program. The one grantee in the northeast region, the MA FQHC Telehealth Consortium, is getting $3,121,879 to provide mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment through RPM, video visits and other connected health services to roughly 75,000 patients in Massachusetts.

mHealth Intelligence, January 20, 2021

CMS clarifies 2021 PFS reimbursements for remote patient monitoring

In an update posted this week in the Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has amended the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule to clarify reimbursement for remote patient monitoring programs.

mHealth Intelligence, January 20, 2021

Mount Sinai extends cancer care to the home with new telehealth program

The New York health system is launching a remote patient monitoring program that will allow care teams to track and communicate with patients at home through an mHealth wearable and telehealth platform.

mHealth Intelligence, January 19, 2021

Cancer docs say telehealth improves access to care, hedge on cost

A recent study from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital interviewed medical oncology health professionals on clinical effectiveness, patient experience, access to care, and financial impact of telehealth services. Most agreed that telehealth promotes access to care, but they had differing opinions on cost and clinical effectiveness.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog, January 16, 2021

Amazon Healthcare building a national telehealth business

Shipping giant,Amazon is launching a new service to provide essential medical services through Amazon Healthcare as a national telehealth business. Most recently Amazon has launched another business journey called Amazon HealthLake, a HIPAA-compliant service that allows healthcare providers, health insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies to store, transform, and analyze health data at a petabyte-scale.

JD Supra, January 15, 2021

Telemedicine Appointments Can Be Used To Establish Serious Health Conditions Under The FMLA

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits—generally speaking, health care appointments held via video conference—to qualify as in-person visits to a health care provider under certain circumstances.

Healthcare Dive, January 15, 2021

'Really difficult nut to crack': MedPAC torn over telehealth regs post-COVID-19

Members of an influential congressional advisory committee on Medicare are torn on how best to regulate telehealth after the COVID-19 public health emergency, hinting at the difficulty Washington faces as it looks to impose guardrails on virtual care without restricting its use after the pandemic ends.

mHealth Intelligence, January 14, 2021

Lawmakers face pressure to address licensure barriers for telehealth adoption

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits—generally speaking, health care appointments held via video conference—to qualify as in-person visits to a health care provider under certain circumstances.

mHealth Intelligence, January 13, 2021

ATA, DiMe launch initiative to support virtual-first telehealth programs

The IMPACT Initiative seeks to support telehealth and mHealth programs that are developed solely for the virtual space, rather than being added onto or integrated with existing care programs. The partnership between American Telemedicine Society and the Digital Medicine Society aims to create a framework for healthcare providers developing “virtual first” programs.

Healthcare IT News, January 13, 2021

CMS issues final rule on healthcare technology access for seniors

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a final rule on Tuesday meant to support innovative technology so Medicare beneficiaries have access to newer, advanced devices, called the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT).

mHealth Intelligence, January 12, 2021

CTelehealth survey sees more users for behavioral health than physical care

A RAND survey finds that telehealth use for mental health care has outpaced that for physical care during the early stages of the pandemic, and many people turned to telehealth specifically to connect with their own doctors.

Center for Connected Health Policy, January 12, 2021

Rhode Island telemedicine subcommittee makes recommendations for future of telemedicine policy

A subcommittee under the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner in Rhode Island has released recommendations regarding the future of telehealth in their state. The group included a broad range of stakeholders representing primary and specialty care providers, hospital systems, community health centers, and insurers among others.

Healthcare IT News, January 12, 2021

CNY Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes sweeping telehealth reforms

The governor announced legislation this week that would safeguard access to virtual care after the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor's proposal includes broad regulatory and statutory changes to allow for greater flexibility in where and how patient use telehealth, new requirements for insurers regarding telehealth coverage, technology expansions that would further enable virtual care, and professional development and education aimed at facilitating the use of telemedicine among patients and providers.

Center for Connected Health Policy, January 11, 2021

Public health emergency renewed into january, extending telehealth flexibilities

The US Health and Human Services Department last week officially renewed the public health emergency (PHE), a status that allows many of the waivers and expansions for telehealth that have occurred since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 to remain active.

Healthcare IT News, January 11, 2021

HHS invests $8 million to address gaps in rural telehealth through the Telehealth Broadband Pilot Program

Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded $8 million to fund projects in the Telehealth Broadband Pilot program, which assesses the broadband capacity available to rural healthcare providers and patient communities to improve their access to telehealth. The program will be implemented in four state locations and the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center (TTAC), based out of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Healthcare IT News, January 11, 2021

Brigham and Women's and Biofourmis codevelop home hospital technology

Now that CMS will pay for home hospital care, Brigham and Women's and other pioneering providers are pushing forward with this care in part to help with the crush of COVID-19 patients.

Governor's Press Release, January 10, 2021

Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Telehealth for All as Part of 2021 State of the State

Reimagine New York Commission Recommends Comprehensive Reforms to Pave the Way for Health Care Delivery Transformation. Proposal Seeks to Modernize Regulations and Facilitate Access to Quality Health Care Including Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services in Underserved and Rural Communities.

mHealth Intelligence, January 8, 2021

New study ties telehealth success to staff education, support

A University of Connecticut study found that a telehealth program at a California assisted living facility failed to live up to expectations because front-line staff were opposed to using it.

mHealth Intelligence, January 7, 2021

After trial and error, providers weigh virtual care offerings to fit post-COVID-19 needs

Providers that have experimented with virtual care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are prepping for their post-COVID operations, though some are still exploring options after months of trial and error with

mHealth Intelligence, January 7, 2021

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, West Health launch geriatric telehealth program

The New Hampshire health system is launching a telehealth platform that will give four rural hospitals access to specialized care for seniors and training and resources for providers.

mHealth Intelligence, January 6, 2021

Vermont workgroup outlines long-term coverage for audio-only telehealth

The workgroup has issued a 114-page report that examines how audio-only telehealth services have improved access to care during the COVID-19 crisis, with recommendations for continuing commercial payer and Medicaid coverage.

mHealth Intelligence, January 6, 2021

NY healthcare program adds telehealth services for PACE participants

ArchCare, run by the Archdiocese of New York, is adding a home telehealth platform for seniors in its CMS PACE managed care program.

Healthcare IT News, January 5, 2021

At UPMC, Android-enabled telehealth keeps child transplant patients safe

Even amid the pandemic, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh found success for peri-and post-transplant care in 2020. It's now tending to hundreds of children with video visits during the second wave of COVID-19.

mHealth Intelligence, January 5, 2021

Labor Dept. makes telehealth a permanent option for FMLA requests

Federal officials have permanently extended an emergency order giving employees the option to use telehealth to meet with doctors to qualify for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

mHealth Intelligence, January 4, 2021

Telehealth supporters see little to celebrate in pandemic relief bill

The bill signed into law by President Trump before Christmas offers a few telehealth tidbits - including Medicare coverage for telemental health and rural hospitals and funding for broadband connectivity - but the criticism has so far outweighed the compliments.

mHealth Intelligence, January 4, 2021

Baker signs Massachusetts telehealth bill with parity provisions into law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive healthcare bill into law on New Year's Day, mandating permanent payment parity for telemental health and establishing two years of parity for primary and chronic care services.

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Healthcare IT News, December 23, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 patients likely had better outcomes thanks to RPM

In work recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the health system found that COVID-19 patients who received care at their facilities had lower observed mortality rates than the national average, and remote patient monitoring may have been one difference-maker.

mHealth Intelligence, December 23, 2020

Telehealth study touts benefits of RPM for joint replacement rehabilitation

In a recent publication in JAMA Network Open, researchers at Penn Medicine saw a fourfold reduction in rehospitalizations among knee and hip replacement patients who used telehealth tools at home rather than participate in a traditional in-person rehab program.

mHealth Intelligence, December 29, 2020

Trump, Congress give new life to FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The relief bill signed into law this past weekend by President Trump includes $250 million for the Federal Communications Commission's COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was shut down in July after exhausting its budget.

Healthcare IT News, December 23, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 patients likely had better outcomes thanks to RPM

In work recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the health system found that COVID-19 patients who received care at their facilities had lower observed mortality rates than the national average, and remote patient monitoring may have been one difference-maker.

mHealth Intelligence, December 31, 2020

Telemedicine care disparities draw concern for health equity

TAccording to researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, their study published recently in JAMA Network Open demonstrates that factors like age, language preferences, and median household income lead are associated with disparities in telehealth utilization during the pandemic, drawing concerns for health equity.

mHealth Intelligence, December 23, 2020

Telehealth study touts benefits of RPM for joint replacement rehabilitation

In a recent publication in JAMA Network Open, researchers at Penn Medicine saw a fourfold reduction in rehospitalizations among knee and hip replacement patients who used telehealth tools at home rather than participate in a traditional in-person rehab program.

mHealth Intelligence, December 22, 2020

New bill aims to ensure Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth calls

The bill would establish Medicare reimbursement for audio-only telehealth services that focus on evaluation and management and mental and behavioral health care, and would allow coverage for services in the patient's home.

Center for Connected Health Policy News, December 22, 2020

COVID spending package includes telehealth provisions

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 passed by U.S. Congress has several sections that are relevant to telehealth. The first adds rural hospital emergency departments to the list of Medicare originating sites eligible for reimbursement. The second change would provide an exemption from Medicare’s rural geographic requirement for eligible telehealth individuals for purposes of diagnosis, evaluation or treatment of a mental health disorder once the COVID-19 emergency ends.

mHealth Intelligence, December 22, 2020

CMS report cites benefits, challenges for telehealth in rural hospitals

The results of a 3-year demonstration project at several rural Critical Access Hospitals finds that telehealth can improve access to care, especially by reducing travel barriers and facilitating follow-up and specialist services.

mHealth Intelligence, December 17, 2020

Brigham and Women’s sees telehealth success with home hospital program

The program, launched in 2016 and now eligible for Medicare reimbursement, uses mHealth and telehealth tools to create a care management platform at home for acute care patients who would otherwise be hospitalized.

Healthcare Dive, December 17, 2020

Abbott antigen test gets FDA nod as first at-home, virtually guided COVID-19 diagnostic

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, which requires a prescription, offers a telehealth service to walk users through the sample self-collection process and to help them read and understand their results. Abbott recently received FDA emergency use authorization for the 15-minute antigen test.

Healthcare IT News, December 16, 2020

Telehealth poses big cybersecurity dangers, Harvard researchers warn

The relaxation of regulations around telemedicine has undoubtedly made it easier for patients to access virtual care – but has also presented new privacy risks. A Harvard Medical School team published a letter in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this week warning of the "substantial" information security concerns around telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, December 16, 2020

Analyzing the challenges and benefits of an inpatient telehealth platform

When COVID-19 hit, Yale New Haven Health launched an aggressive program to use more than 1,800 telehealth and mHealth devices to improve workflows and patient care. Here's what the health system learned.

Healthcare IT News, December 15, 2020

Telehealth's evolution in 2020 will continue in the new year with more streamlined technologies

Better data, better devices and a better experience will push telehealth to the next stage of its development in 2021.

mHealth Intelligence, December 9, 2020

NY hospital launching remote patient monitoring program through Apple Watch

The Hospital for Special Surgery is launching a telehealth program that will enable providers to monitor orthopedic patients at home before and after hospitalization through an mHealth app and the Apple Watch.

mHealth Intelligence, December 9, 2020

Google unveils mHealth app, new study on respiratory illnesses

Google has unveiled the Google Health Studies app, an mHealth platform aimed at gathering data from people with Android devices, and announced its first research study with Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

mHealth Intelligence, December 8, 2020

Analysis: CMS gives telehealth a boost, but more is needed

Experts say the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule will advance telehealth adoption, but it falls short of giving momentum to remote patient monitoring. Oh, and Congress needs to step up to the plate, too.

mHealth Intelligence, December 8, 2020

NY city uses telehealth to curb ER traffic, improve care coordination

Schenectady is arming its EMS providers with tablets to connect via telehealth with an ER doctor during emergency calls, reducing roughly 70 percent of transports to the local hospital.

TeleBehavioral Health Institute Blog, December 7, 2020

Telepresence: managing teletherapy “surprises”

Patients commonly resort to multitasking during therapy sessions (e.g. texting) or engage in inappropriate behaviors such as drinking. These experiences can lead to a wide range of “teletherapy surprises” that are leaving many therapists and clients/patients alike at a loss for what to say or do.

mHealth Intelligence, December 4, 2020

HHS expands COVID-19 telehealth capabilities in PREP Act amendment

The Health and Human Services Secretary will allow healthcare providers to use telehealth across state lines to deliver "Covered Countermeasures" against the coronavirus, including administration of diagnostic and testing services.

mHealth Intelligence, December 3, 2020

Survey: make telehealth a regular part of care management

A Luma Health survey finds that COVID-19 contamination fears are keeping patients away from critical care management services, and providers need to use telehealth to get them back on track.

mHealth Intelligence, December 3, 2020

Massachusetts payers to take part in COVID-19 telehealth study

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans is launching an 18-month study to determine how telehealth is affecting racial and socioeconomic barriers to healthcare, and how it can be used to bridge those care gaps.

mHealth Intelligence, December 2, 2020

Medicare extends COVID-19 telehealth coverage in diabetes prevention programs

As part of the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule, Medicare will continue to reimburse Diabetes Prevention Program providers who use certain telehealth services - but only for the duration of the public health emergency.

mHealth Intelligence, December 2, 2020

CMS finalizes telehealth, RPM coverage in 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

The agency has released its long-awaited final document on Medicare coverage for telehealth and remote patient monitoring services in the coming year, building upon trends seen during this year's coronavirus pandemic. This summary covers approved services according to categories which are either permanent or persisting only to the end of calendar year when a Public Health Emergency was in effect.

Healthcare IT News, December 1, 2020

States can make a difference in long-term telehealth policies

A new National Governors Association report explores how different states are addressing key questions around licensure, reimbursement, incentives, privacy and more.

Healthcare IT News, December 1, 2020

States can make a difference in long-term telehealth policies

A new National Governors Association report explores how different states are addressing key questions around licensure, reimbursement, incentives, privacy and more.

Healthcare Finance, December 1, 2020

Congressional action is needed for telehealth not to return to a rural benefit, Seema Verma says

The final rule on Medicare telehealth coverage adds more than 60 services that will continue to be covered beyond the end of the public health emergency. But legislation is needed to make telehealth permanent beyond the pandemic in areas other than rural regions where virtual care is already allowed, and to continue telehealth in the home, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

mHealth Intelligence, November 30, 2020

OIG audit analyzes telehealth use in substance abuse treatment

The audit report by the DHHS Office of the Inspector General highlights how opioid treatment programs have used telehealth to improve access and care during the COVID-19 emergency and identifies the problems they've faced using the technology.

mHealth Intelligence, November 30, 2020

Emergency department telemedicine aids patient satisfaction

According to a new study from New York published in Information Systems Research, telemedicine can address concerns of overcrowded emergency departments by reducing wait times, leading to improved patient satisfaction.

Center for Connected Health Policy, November 28, 2020

Many commercial telehealth reimbursement expansions end on Dec. 31, 2020—What comes next?

Many favorable policies on telehealth reimbursement by private health insurance implemented during the pandemic plans expire at the end of the year. Uncertainty abounds about the fate of expanded coverage under plans by Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, Anthem, and Humana in the new year.

Healthcare Finance, November 25, 2020

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts offers digital behavioral health solution

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has added Learn to Live's digital delivery of behavioral therapy to its solutions portfolio. The program provides online support for members struggling with depression, insomnia, stress and anxiety.

mHealth Intelligence, November 25, 2020

Guidelines for marketing a practice’s new telehealth platform

With so many small and solo practices turning to telehealth to deal with the pandemic and build business, a marketing expert offers advice on how to advertise those new services.

mHealth Intelligence, November 25, 2020

New Jersey expands COVID-19 telehealth coverage for specialists

State officials have amended practice standards to allow physical therapists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, nurses and others to use telehealth during the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, November 25, 2020

CMS unveils new telehealth program to treat acute care patients at home

The Acute Hospital Care at Home program would allow participating hospitals to qualify for Medicare waivers to treat patients at home via telehealth, reducing the strain on EDs and in-patient services. The expansion was supported by a study completed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

mHealth Intelligence, November 24, 2020

Stark Law changes should benefit telehealth, remote patient monitoring

The Office of the Inspector General’s Final Rule on changes to the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute creates several new safe harbors that will help providers create and expand telehealth platforms and remote patient monitoring programs.

mHealth Intelligence, November 24, 2020

New telehealth bill would penalize states who don’t join licensure compact

A bill introduced last month would deny certain federal funding to states who don't join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which aims to improve telehealth expansion by streamlining licensure applications.

Healthcare IT News, November 24, 2020

How healthcare organizations can enhance RPM security, resiliency

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to push patients away from in-person care, many health systems have ramped up their remote patient monitoring ecosystems. But with that increase in endpoints comes an increase in security risks.

Healthcare IT News, November 23, 2020

Telehealth may worsen digital divide for people with disabilities

A paper recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association argues that design, implementation and policy considerations must be taken into account when developing virtual care technology. Otherwise telehealth implementation may exacerbate inequities faced by the disability community.

Healthcare IT News, November 23, 2020

Pandemic-era burnout: Telehealth managers get pushed to the max

In this story from a series on provider burnout during the pandemic, five physicians who have been overseeing telemedicine programs during this unprecedented surge discuss stress and ways to survive it. Doctors interviewed include two from New York State provider organizations, the multispecialty group CareMount Medical and the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

mHealth Intelligence, November 23, 2020

Dentists are adopting (and adapting to) using telehealth to stay afloat

A new survey finds that dentists are not only using telehealth to stay in touch with patients, but are looking at alternative payment models and planning a long future with connected care. The survey was conducted by the non-profit group, the Boston-based DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement.

mHealth Intelligence, November 20, 2020

Using telehealth for adolescent HIV, chronic disease prevention

Stanford Children's Health has launched a new chronic disease prevention virtual care program that utilizes telehealth strategies to provide comprehensive HIV-prevention services to patients up to the age of 25 in California. The program includes a virtual approach for delivery of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis HIV anti-viral treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, November 19, 2020

American Medical Association announces new policy on telehealth

The AMA has released a new telehealth policy, aimed at supporting federal and state efforts to clarify and improve coverage, access and reimbursement in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Healthcare IT News, November 18, 2020

Telehealth ICU tech helps Geisinger quickly expand capacity and enhance care

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania health system implemented eICU support for more than 60 rooms within a week.

mHealth Intelligence, November 18, 2020

Congress eyes permanent Medicare coverage for telehealth from therapists

A bill introduced this week would permanently extend Medicare coverage for telehealth services delivered by physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and audiologists.

Healthcare IT News, November 17, 2020

Most clinicians can't access telehealth directly from EHRs

According to a provider survey conducted by the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, most providers say telehealth is positively influencing clinical outcomes but they also often say challenges remain, from workflow to reimbursement rates.

mHealth Intelligence, November 17, 2020

COVID-19 survey: doctors like telehealth and want to continue using it

A new survey of 1,600 heatthcare providers by the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition finds that providers have seen good results from using telehealth during the coronavirus, and more than half say connected health has improved their work satisfaction. The coalition includes the AMA, ATA, certain Massachusetts associations, and others.

mHealth Intelligence, November 17, 2020

mHealth wearable devices effective in post-cardiac surgery care

According to a Univ. of Toronto presentation at a recent American Heart Association virtual conference atrial fibrillation was detected ten times more often in patients who wore an mHealth device than in those who did not receive remote patient monitoring.

Healthcare IT News, November 16, 2020

UCHealth builds a successful virtual urgent care clinic with Epic and Vidyo

UCHealth, a nonprofit health system with 12 hospitals across Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska, reports success in building a custom virtual urgent care system using a Vidyo platform integrated with their Epic EHR. The health system was able to reduce time to caregiver from 20 minutes to just five and also significantly reduce length of stay.

mHealth Intelligence, November 16, 2020

Connected Care Alliance seeks support for new telehealth licensure rules

The Alliance for Connected Care is preparing a letter to federal and state lawmakers that would support new policies that allow providers to use telehealth to treat patients in other states.

mHealth Intelligence, November 13, 2020

San Francisco VA uses telehealth to triage, reduce ED traffic

A nurse call line and telehealth platform is helping the San Francisco VA health system triage patients before they come to the Emergency Room, reducing traffic and improving care outcomes.

Healthcare Finance, November 13, 2020

Northwell Health adds real-time bed visibility technology in preparation for COVID-19 surge

New York's largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health, is enhancing its COVID surge capacity by adding real-time bed visibility to its 19 facilities through a partnership with TeleTracking Technologies, a care coordination support company. The system is expected to expedite bed turnover, improve the patient discharge process, automate workflows and enhance communications.

The CT Mirror, November 12, 2020

'This is an evolution': Study shows rapid rise of telemedicine during COVID

The Community Health Center Inc. and its research arm, the Weitzman Institute, commissioned Great Blue Research to complete a survey of 1,000 Connecticut residents on telehealth use and satisfaction during the pandemic. More than half reported having either a medical health or behavioral health appointment by telehealth, and of these 36% made use of a device for interactive video sessions.

Healthcare IT News, November 10, 2020

Upstate Medical University decreases no-shows by 59% with telehealth, which patients love

Within two weeks of beginning virtual care at the beginning of the pandemic, the number of telemedicine visits grew from 10 to more than 6,000, with 50% of outpatient visits conducted virtually. Comparing May 2020 to the same period in 2019, the no-show percentage went from 7.6% to 3.1%, representing a 59% decrease.

mHealth Intelligence, November 9, 2020

Boston, NY hospitals collaborate on telehealth platform for COVID-19 rehab

Health systems in Boston and New York have joined forces to develop a telehealth platform designed to improve clinical outcomes in COVID-19 patients recovering at home after a hospital discharge. The platform, developed through a partnership with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, may offer a blueprint for remote patient monitoring programs that target pulmonary, cognitive, or mobility issues.

Healthcare IT News, November 6, 2020

University of Rochester serves rural patients, reduces ED burden with telebehavioral health

As part of the new Patient Experience Digital Series, two clinicians explain how a virtual care model is helping more compassionately treat patients in their home communities while improving the provider experience.

Futurity, November 6, 2020

Move to telehealth strains therapists and their clients

A new study published in Community Mental Health Journal surveyed 238 behavioral health care providers throughout New York on the challenges they faced regarding providing services remotely, maintaining safety practices in person, and the ability for clients to use technology to receive services, which are often more effectively provided in-person. The work highlights the digital divide that exists for people with lower socioeconomic resources, those with disabilities, and those who live in rural areas.

mHealth Intelligence, November 6, 2020

Brigham and Women's uses telehealth to ID, treat provider stress

The Boston hospital is using a telehealth platform in a pilot program that checks in with front-line healthcare workers on a daily basis and monitors them for signs of stress or anxiety.

Healthcare Dive, November 5, 2020

Patients shirked diagnostic testing, in-person preventive care amid telehealth boom this spring

Patients overwhelmingly turned to telehealth visits early in the COVID-19 pandemic but skipped out on diagnostic procedures and other preventive and elective care that can only be done in-person, according to a study published Thursday in JAMA Network Open.

mHealth Intelligence, November 5, 2020

FCC opens application window for Connected Care Pilot Program

The three-year, $100 million program, aimed at boosting broadband connectivity in underserved parts of the country to support telehealth expansion, will accept applications for one month, beginning on November 6.

Mainebiz, November 5, 2020

Portland-based Tilson gets $3.7M to expand broadband in rural Vermont

Tilson, a fast-growing network deployment and IT professional services firm based in Portland, has been awarded two grants worth a combined $3.73 million to bring high-speed broadband to rural Vermont.

mHealth Intelligence, November 4, 2020

Year-long study validates telehealth use in diabetes prevention efforts

Supporters of digital Diabetes Prevention Programs say the PREDICTS trial proves that telehealth and mHealth tools can improve clinical outcomes for people at risk of developing the chronic disease.

mHealth Intelligence, November 3, 2020

New telehealth accreditation program focuses on home health care

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care has unveiled a Distinction in Telehealth designation for providers using telehealth in ambulatory care, behavioral health, home health, hospice, private duty and renal analysis.

amNY Newse, November 3, 2020

Telehealth services are remarkably effective - let's make sure they stay funded

Project Renewal, a frontline health care provider that treats New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, has adopted telehealth strategies to enhance access to health care during the pandemic. They have been able to provide over 1,400 psychiatric visits with an expanded team of 19 providers since March.

mHealth Intelligence, November 2, 2020

Senators seek CMS support for telehealth services for expectant moms

A bill introduced last week in the Senate would establish Medicare and Medicaid coverage for telehealth programs that use remote patient monitoring to track the health of expectant mothers.

Healthcare IT News, October 30, 2020

Epic, Zoom and mobile app help at-risk clinic volunteers deliver care from home

Almost all of the physician and nurse volunteers at Clinic of the Cascades were over 65. Here's how the three merged technologies allowed it to stay open during COVID-19.

mHealth Intelligence, October 30, 2020

NH hospital uses telehealth to support difficult deliveries

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover is connecting via telehealth with NICU specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital for virtual support for the more than 1,300 deliveries they see each year A telemedicine network launched by Massachusetts General Hospital to provide on-demand neonatal support has expanded into New Hampshire.

Healthcare IT News, October 29, 2020

Dozens of orgs call on DEA to enable remote prescriptions for controlled substances

More than 80 organizations led by the Alliance for Connected Care called this week for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to implement a telemedicine special registration that would allow providers to remotely prescribe controlled substances.

mHealth Intelligence, October 29, 2020

Value-based care requires a balance of telehealth, in-person visits

In a new Healthcare Strategies podcast, Chris Waugh, chief innovation officer of the 24-hospital network at Sutter Health, explains how the health system is creating a strategy that integrates virtual and in-person care to treat the whole patient.

mHealth Intelligence, October 29, 2020

Fitbit launches COVID-19 mHealth study with US Army, Northwell Health

Fitbit is using a $2.5 million grant from the US Army to study how its mHealth wearables can detect early signs of COVID-19, and will be launching the study through New York's Northwell Health system.

Healthcare IT News, October 28, 2020

United Methodist Communities has early successes with telehealth and RPM

The New Jersey-based not-for-profit senior living and healthcare provider has successfully implemented the Virtusense Alert platform in more than 80 skilled nursing rooms across four campuses, strategically placed in the rooms of residents at the highest risk for falls. The VSTAlert system places advanced sensors in these rooms that continuously monitor for activity, falls and vital signs.

mHealth Intelligence, October 27, 2020

New mHealth app identifies stroke signs through speech, facial movements

Researchers at Penn State and Houston Methodist say the mHealth app, which uses AI technology, is as accurate in identifying stroke symptoms as an ER doctor using a CT scan.

Healthcare IT News, October 27, 2020

Universal Community Health moves from text-enabled telehealth to robust 'tele-assisted care'

The California-based health center has invested in virtual care workstations that allow physicians to remotely guide patients through near-complete examinations. Technology includes an iPad, an otoscope, a stethoscope and a high-definition camera that allow a patient with the guidance of a physician to do a physical exam.

mHealth Intelligence, October 27, 2020

New mHealth app identifies stroke signs through speech, facial movements

Researchers at Penn State and Houston Methodist say the mHealth app, which uses AI technology, is as accurate in identifying stroke symptoms as an ER doctor using a CT scan.

mHealth Intelligence, October 27, 2020

Report notes CMS program's success with telehealth for senior care

PACE, a Medicare-Medicaid program serving thousands of seniors in 31 states, used telehealth to keep that care going during the pandemic. That success could spur more programs to use connected health in the future.

Stony Brook University News, October 26, 2020

Alzheimer's center finds path to treatment through pandemic

The Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease has successfully adopted teleheatth approaches for their Alzheimer treatment strategies, including neuropsychological assessments, and often in assisted living settings. Obvious challenges in use of telehealth platforms with elderly, cognitively disabled patients required careful consideration of which patients had to be treated in person.

mHealth Intelligence, October 22, 2020

Lawmakers eye Medicare coverage for COVID-19 tests via telehealth

A new bill before Congress would mandate Medicare coverage for at-home COVID-19 tests integrated with a telehealth platform.

mHealth Intelligence, October 21, 2020

New telehealth bill would fund states' broadband expansion programs

A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill that would set aside $10 billion to help states launch broadband expansion programs aimed at boosting connectivity - and telehealth access - in underserved areas.

Healthcare IT News, October 21, 2020

CMS reports 34.5M telehealth services delivered March through June

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently reposted that telehealth usage claims through June showed a 2,632% increase compared to the same time period last year. Services delivered via telehealth were highest among adults ages 19 to 64, and strong regional variations were evident.

Telebehavioral Health Institute, October 20, 2020

October 2020 telehealth reimbursement news update

The updates include the extension of relaxed telehealth policies under the PHE, a recent expansion of telehealth services covered by Medicare, significant policy bills under review by Congress, and highlights from the CMS proposed Physician's Fee Schedule for 2021.

mHealth Intelligence, October 20, 2020

How should state Medicaid programs expand telehealth coverage?

Jacqueline Marks, a manager with the Manatt Health division of Manatt, Phelps & Philips, has drafted a list of suggested policy actions that states could take to extend Medicaid telehealth coverage beyond the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, October 20, 2020

CARES Act grant to expand telehealth services for seniors in Maine

The University of New England is getting more than $90,000 in federal funding to launch a telehealth program giving residents of the rural state access to wellness and advanced care planning services.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog, October 19, 2020

Do patients or clients understand electronic informed consent?

Models for delivery of informed consent for telehealth are profiled and recommendations are provided for simplified, comprehensible content, including special approached for virtual behavioral care.

mHealth Intelligence, October 19, 2020

Study gives high marks to telehealth in managing diabetic foot ulcers

A study launched by Kaiser Permanente found that daily foot temperature checkups via a telehealth platform led to a sharp reduction in hospitalizations, ER visits and outpatient treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, October 19, 2020

ATA launches new resource for evaluating mHealth apps

The American Telemedicine Association is partnering with a UK-based digital health evaluator to launch a resource for providers, payers and others looking for guidance on quality-based mHealth apps.

Healthcare Dive, October 19, 2020

The ripple of telehealth adoption during COVID-19

According to the American Medical Association, telehealth usage doubled from 14 to 28 percent between 2016 and 2019 and then exploded during the pandemic. Over 90% of physicians have now treated patients remotely, and 68% believe telehealth will have a lasting impact on how doctors see patients after the pandemic.

Rochester Institute of Technology News, October 16, 2020

RIT behavioral health researchers expand opioid addiction treatment to rural N.Y., N.H.

The RIT Priority Behavioral Health clinic offers free telehealth treatment services to the community. Addiction treatment services are being expanded to rural communities in upstate New York and rural New Hampshire using federal grant funding.

mHealth Intelligence, October 16, 2020

Factoring in caregivers adds value to a telehealth program

Telehealth programs that include the caregiver in the care management are proving to have a better chance of improving outcomes and quality of life. Highlighted programs, includingg that of the Veterans Administration. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Mass., provide a basis of recommendations on how to effectively include caregivers in telehealth implementation.

Healthcare Dive, October 15, 2020

CMS expands Medicare emergency telehealth coverage with 11 new services

CMS recently added 11 new virtual care services to its listing of Medicare reimbursable telehealth services, with notable expansions for remote cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Between mid-March and mid-August, more than 12.1 million beneficiaries - more than 36% of people in traditional Medicare - had used a virtual visit.

Verywell Health News, October 14, 2020

New survey highlights pros and cons of teletherapy for mental health

Patient surveys by the United Way and the American Psychiatric Association reveal how much telemental health usage has grown during the pandemic began and is recognized by therapists and patients as effective for mental health treatment. However, some therapists and patients prefer in-person sessions and certain factors may make teletherapy more beneficial for some people over others.

Healthcare IT News, October 14, 2020

EHR-linked telehealth helps hospital surpass previous year's visit adherence rate

As the COVID-19 infections began to spread in the early months of 2020, New York's Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center started to notice a sizable increase in the number of no-shows and cancellations of office appointments. With the help of an FCC COVID Telehealth Grant, the hospital's expansion of telehealth services helped it make major improvements in clinical visit rates and reduction of appointment no-shows.

Healthcare IT News, October 13, 2020

Tyto Care launches new AI-powered diagnostic support tool

The company's remote care technology has been documented to help detect abnormalities in lung exams and soon will be advanced to detect symptoms in throat exams as well. Tyto Care recently announced its artificial intelligence-powered diagnostic support tools, which is aimed at improving the quality of remote triage and has been submitted to the FDA for clearance.

Healthcare IT News, October 13, 2020

Teladoc Health and Livongo's post-merger plan: One-stop healthcare

Interviews with the CEOs of these merging health tech companies reveal their plans to bring clinicians and patients, bringing doctors, digital tools and data science together for better health. Two months ago the companies announced their $18.5 billion merger under the name Teladoc following huge leaps in earnings for both companies.

mHealth Intelligence, October 13, 2020

CMS faces another call to expand telehealth coverage for specialists

More than 30 members of Congress have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking her to expand COVID-19 telehealth coverage for audiology and speech-language pathology services.

mHealth Intelligence, October 13, 2020

AMA coalition to help doctors use telehealth for mental health services

The AMA's Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative, coming on the heels of last week's Executive Order, aims to help providers use telehealth to integrate mental and behavioral health services into primary care.

Journalist's Resource, October 12, 2020

Telemedicine for drug addiction treatment: A research roundup and 5 reporting tips

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, deaths from drug overdoses have reportedly surged. This story profiles research on adaptations of telehealth to address this heightened need.

Healio, October 12, 2020

Substantial racial disparities observed in use of telehealth by patients with cancer

Black and Hispanic patients with cancer appeared less likely than white patients to use telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

mHealth Intelligence, October 9, 2020

eHI Offers Recommendations on Telehealth, Licensure, Broadband

The eHealth Initiative has released a list of policy recommendations designed to improve telehealth adoption and coverage during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Massachusetts General Hospital News, October 9, 2020

Mass General Center for TeleHealth helps hospitals in New York and Maine launch telestroke services within local regions

As the demand for virtual health services rapidly increases, Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for TeleHealth has implemented a hybrid model at Maine's Northern Light Health and Glen Falls Hospital in New York, enabling them to launch their own telestroke programs.

mHealth Intelligence, October 8, 2020

Avera, UPMC Among Health Systems Getting USDA Telemedicine Grants

The USDA's latest round of Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants, totaling $72 million, will go to 116 programs nationwide. Grantees in the northeast include MaineHealth, the Univ. of New Hampshire, Community Health Center (NY), and Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. (NY)

Courier Gazette and Camden Herald, October 8, 2020

USDA awards nearly $1 million to MaineHealth

The USDA will award a $999,573 grant to MaineHealth to establish telehealth carts to provide "eConsults" to clinicians across MaineHealth's rural hospitals and practices, especially as they respond to COVID-19. The major focus is on specialist-to-provider consults in cardiology across 10 counties in Maine.

Healthcare IT News, October 7, 2020

Epic-integrated telehealth at Johns Hopkins boosts quality and safety during pandemic

Facilitated by an FCC Telehealth Gran, Johns Hopkins Medicine pivoted to telehealth delivery of ambulatory care, reaching at the peak of the pandemic 100,000 encounters in May50% of ambulatory care was delivered through telemedicine, reaching a peak of nearly 100,000 encounters in May 2020. (50% of all visits). Virtual care monitoring for COVID patients, including data from a pulse oximetry device, was used effectively in-hospital for critical care patients as well as for those discharged to home.

mHealth Intelligence, October 7, 2020

UCLA study charts benefits of telehealth for chronic pain treatment

A new study finds that telehealth can replace many in-person visits for people living with chronic pain, reducing the hassles and stresses of travel and allowing patients to improve care management at home.

New York State Governor's Office Press Release, October 7, 2020

Governor Cuomo announces second round of funding to expand telepractice capacity across New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a second round of awards of more than $423,000 for the purchase and installation of equipment to deliver addiction telehealth services statewide. Expanded telepractice capacity ensures access to critical addiction services for individuals and families who may not otherwise seek out treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, October 5, 2020

Congress expands veteran access to telehealth for mental health care

A bill headed to the President's desk will expand efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve veteran access to mental health services, including offering more services via telehealth.

MedCity News, October 5, 2020

Digital health reimbursement: The transforming landscape

Interviews with health experts reveal that despite the expansion in reimbursement for telehealth in the context of Covid-19, the the reimbursement model for digital health hasn't changed broadly. Some employer health insurance plans have rolled out programs to support wearable devices and health coaching to help manage their members' chronic disease, but clinical validation of many other promising approaches is a key to further expansion after the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, October 2, 2020

Top 5 uses for a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform

Interviews with health experts explore the ideal uses for direct to consumer telehealth services. In many cases the provider and patient can use this quick and easy approach to address emerging health problems, and in the case of mental health issues the initial anonymity helps patients get past stigma barriers and get engaged in ongoing treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, October 1, 2020

Amid rising substance abuse rates, treatment centers turn to telehealth

Amid a surge in substance abuse issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Desert Hope Treatment Center is using a telehealth platform to screen patients and expand access to sorely needed counseling.

Healthcare IT News, October 1, 2020

Amwell ranks highest for DTC telehealth satisfaction, says J.D. Power

A new survey released this week found that overall customer satisfaction with telehealth is high, but barriers to access remain.

mHealth Intelligence, September 29, 2020

Brigham and Women's uses mHealth to track medication compliance

The Boston hospital will be using an mHealth platform that tracks a user's medication use in a program aimed at improving medication management among patients who have been prescribed opioids.

Healthcare IT News, September 28, 2020

Majority of health execs say telemedicine has improved patient care

A new survey from Boston Digital of 500 executives in the healthcare industry found that the switch to telehealth necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has been a largely positive one, and the majority said at least some of the changes would be permanent. However, about 15% said that telehealth had decreased the quality of patient care and many patients experience challenges using the new technologies.

mHealth Intelligence, September 28, 2020

Using telehealth to make patient rounding more efficient and effective

In this summary from a Healthcare Strategies podcast, the efforts of Franciscan Health in Indiana to use telehealth for improving patient access to care and care team collaboration is profiled. One important strategy to minimize COVID transmission involves room-to-room video connections for hospitalized patients to access specialist care and for care team rounding.

mHealth Intelligence, September 25, 2020

What 15 medical specialties are most interested in telehealth?

Doximity's annual report ranks the top 15 specialties interested in telehealth job listings, and reflects a growing interest in chronic care management and remote patient monitoring. Radiologists and psychiatrists are most interested in telehealth jobs, according to a new report from Doximity, while anesthesiologists and surgeons are showing the least interest.

mHealth Intelligence, September 24, 2020

LA community centers offer free Wi-Fi to support telehealth services

The centers, jointly operated by two LA health plans, are re-opening on the heels of the coronavirus pandemic, and are offering free Wi-Fi to enable visitors to access telehealth services.

Healthcare Dive, September 24, 2020

FDA launches years-in-the-making digital health center

The FDA announced the creation of the Digital Health Center of Excellence within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which will coordinate policy and regulatory approaches tailored for the technologies. Webinars are scheduled for Oct. 19 and Nov. 12 to provide education on FDA plans for the initiative.

mHealth Intelligence, September 24, 2020

Study finds underserved communities are receptive to mHealth tools

A study launched by the Yale School of Medicine finds that underserved communities will use mHealth tools to gather data and participate in studies if those tools are well-designed and aided by community health outreach.

National Institute of Aging News, September 23, 2020

Telehealth: Improving Dementia Care

This resource highlights how telehealth using a computer, tablet, or phone can help dementia patients and their family caregivers access remote provider appointments or join an online health education program to learn about how to improve well-being and quality of life. Promising studies also indicate that wearable devices can be used to track changes that could signal a health or safety problem, such as mobility and balance.

Healthcare Dive, September 22, 2020

Microsoft Teams integrates with EHRs for provider telehealth

Microsoft recently announced that their video platform, Teams, can now be integrated directly with health records software to let clinicians launch virtual visits straight from their EHR. Epic's EHR will be the first to integrate with Teams.

mHealth Intelligence, September 21, 2020

New bill looks to mandate payer coverage for telehealth services

A bill introduced last week on Capitol Hill would prompt payers to cover any telehealth services if those services are also furnished in person.

mHealth Intelligence, September 21, 2020

NYC hospitals create blueprint for COVID-19 triage by telehealth

The report, recently published in Medicina, was prepared by clinicians at NYU Langone Health and the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, both of which used telehealth to treat hundreds of thousands of patients this summer.

Granite State News Collaborative, September 21, 2020

Telehealth settles in for the long haul in New Hampshire

Remote visits have dropped off since the height of the pandemic, but doctors say they're here to stay. The story profiles telehealth innovations and adaptations by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the community health center Families First.

MaineBiz, September 21, 2020

Medicine's new virtual reality: Telehealth is poised for further growth in Maine

This story profiles growth in direct-to-consumer telehealth services to Maine subsidized housing residents by Senescio Systems and comparable services by New Hampshire's ConvenientMD Urgent Care. Maine-based health care systems MaineHealth and Northern Light Health are equally committed to expanding their telehealth capabilities, including potential partnerships with such vendors.

mHealth Intelligence, September 18, 2020

Consortium pushes telehealth freedoms for substance abuse treatment

A new Health Affairs blog urges the federal government to continue telehealth waivers for substance abuse treatment during the COVID-19 emergency and asks for permanent changes to safeguards around the use of buprenorphine.

mHealth Intelligence, September 18, 2020

New CMS payment model for kidney care could boost telehealth use

The ESRD Treatment Choices (ETS) Model incentivizes providers who support home-based dialysis and care - and could open the door to more telehealth and remote patient monitoring programs.

Healthcare Dive, September 17, 2020

In COVID-19's wake, hospitals look to hybrid model with in-person, virtual care on equal footing

Comments throughout the recent American Hospital Association conference reflected a clear agreement that not only is telehealth here to stay, but it's also going to be at the heart of care delivery going forward. And the indications are that patients want more virtual options and actually prefer them in many cases.

Healthcare Dive, September 17, 2020

Medical services costs for telehealth could swell to $106B by 2023, vendor predicts

Medical services costs for telehealth could increase by 265% in the next three years, going from more than $29 billion in 2020 to $106 billion in 2023, according to a new report from provider-focused telehealth vendor Doximity. The report estimates about 20% of all medical visits will be conducted virtually this year.

mHealth Intelligence, September 16, 2020

Telehealth task force announces policy change recommendations

A task force on telehealth policy launched by the American Telemedicine Association, Alliance for Connected Care, and National Committee for Quality Assurance has released a study and list of recommendations for expanding coverage after COVID-19. They advocate for the federal government and Congress to keep certain connected health policies in place after the public health emergency ends.

mHealth Intelligence, September 16, 2020

Accelerated telehealth use during COVID-19 raises security risk

Out of the most-used telehealth vendors throughout the pandemic, there was a 30 percent increase of cybersecurity findings per domain, a recent report found.

mHealth Intelligence, September 15, 2020

VA, Apple partner to expand veterans access to telehealth services

The collaboration will leverage Apple's expertise to enhance the VA's iPad program and ensure Veterans and healthcare professionals have the best telehealth experience.

Healthcare Dive, September 14, 2020

Fitbit receives FDA clearance for ECG app

Fitbit has received regulatory clearance in the U.S. and Europe for its new electrocardiogram app to track heart rhythm and flag signs of atrial fibrillation. The regulatory nod brings Fitbit up to speed with other manufacturers like Apple and Samsung, which have offered ECG tracking in their smartwatches since 2018 and early August this year, respectively.

mHealth Intelligence, September 14, 2020

Providers plan a post-pandemic future with telehealth Strategies

Now that telehealth is here to stay, providers are looking closely at what telehealth strategies do and not work for them. Healthcare organizations in the northeast that are profiled include the Henry J. Austen Healtjh Center in Trenton, NJ, and Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston-Auburn, ME.

mHealth Intelligence, September 14, 2020

Centene, Samsung partnership gives FQHCs more telehealth tools

Centene and Samsung are joining forces to equip more than 200 federally qualified health centers across the country with telehealth tools to help underserved patients access care.

mHealth Intelligence, September 11, 2020

Northwell launches telehealth service for skilled nursing facilities

New York's largest health system is launching a telehealth platform to provide on-demand care at two skilled nursing facilities, and plans to expand to more SNFs in the future.

Health Affairs, September 9, 2020

Five ways-beyond current policy-to truly integrate telehealth into primary care practices

A survey of primary care providers in New York City conducted by researchers at New York University confirmed the role of timely regulatory changes in facilitating telehealth adoption and their hope for these changes to "stay permanently for better primary care delivery." However, their responses also called attention to five additional action items for policy makers and insurers to support to achieve a seamless integration of telehealth into primary care.

mHealth Intelligence, September 8, 2020

FCC pushes telehealth connectivity with Connected Care Pilot Program

The Connected Care Pilot Program, a $100 million project unveiled in 2018 to improve access to telehealth for low-income Americans and veterans, will soon begin accepting applications, FCC officials have announced.

Insider NJ, September 8, 2020

NJ human services unveils $25 million plan to support access to mental health & addiction services during the pandemic

This funding initiative that uses federal Coronavirus Relief Fund resources calls for reimbursing safety net providers for COVID-19-related expenses to help them remain open and accessible. One priority for applicants, is to help cover costs associated with achieving social distancing and ensuring telehealth technology is available for patients with mental health and substance use disorders.

MedCity News, September 4, 2020

Telemedicine and addiction recovery: A new way forward?

As the Covid-19 crisis puts pressure on outpatient providers to facilitate remote care, some addiction professionals have set aside their skepticism and opened digital care channels. But establishing a telemedicine-enabled office for Medication Assisted Treatment is more complicated than merely setting up a videoconferencing screen.

Healthcare IT News, September 4, 2020

HHS focuses on telehealth and tech innovations in Rural Action Plan

The Department of Health and Human has released a report "Rural Action Plan" which represents a roadmap for addressing rural healthcare challenges. One of its four key strategies is to leverage technology such as telehealth, for which more grant funding is proposed and continuation is proposed for FQHCs and Rural Health Centers to serve as distant site providers for Medicare telehealth services.

mHealth Intelligence, September 4, 2020

Harvard Pilgrim launches telehealth program to support caregivers

The Massachusetts health plan is launching a no-cost telehealth platform that will give caregivers the information, coaching and support they need to care for loved ones at home.

Healthcare Dive, September 3, 2020

Telehealth claims dipped second month in a row in June: Fair Health

According to Fair Health's tracking, telehealth reimbursement claims to private insurance increased 4,132% from June 2019 to June 2020. Virtual care claims fell 21% from May to June as states began to resume in-person treatment for non-emergency medical care, allowing patients to return to their doctor.

Healthcare IT News, September 2, 2020

Heart attacks and strokes halved using pharmacist-led home blood pressure telemonitoring

In a new study published in Hypertension, researchers found that 12 months of pharmacist-managed home blood pressure telemonitoring and pharmacist management lowered hypertension for two years and reduced the frequency of heart attacks and strokes.

Mass. General Hospital News, September 2, 2020

Virtual visits: innovation at Mass General

Virtual visits at Mass General have grown exponentially in the wake of COVID-19, made possible by collaboration across multiple departments and divisions.

mHealth Intelligence, September 1, 2020

FCC, HHS, USDA announce rural telehealth partnership, new task force

The three federal agencies are joining forces to advance the Rural Telehealth Initiative, which aims to expand telehealth services to rural parts of the country where healthcare access is challenging.

mHealth Intelligence, September 1, 2020

CMS proposes significant changes to remote patient monitoring coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has clarified how providers can use telehealth and mHealth to establish and run remote patient monitoring programs, with changes that some feel could hinder care at home.

mHealth Intelligence, August 31, 2020

CMS eyes expanded coverage for innovative telemedicine devices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule that aims to allow Medicare coverage for "breakthrough devices," giving providers and patients access to cutting-edge telemedicine and mHealth tools.

Healthcare Dive, August 31, 2020

Long-term virtual care plans evade providers, small executive survey finds

According to a small survey from Klas Research, healthcare executives identified telehealth as their biggest technology challenge during the pandemic. Remote patient monitoring is still a work in progress for most, as only 4 of the 19 executives surveyed said their organizations currently have a working program.

mHealth Intelligence, August 28, 2020

Children's National study ties telehealth to better antibiotic stewardship

According to a new study conducted at Children's National Hospital, pediatric doctors using a telehealth platform with clinical decision support tools have a lower percentage of prescribing antibiotics when they're not needed.

Healthcare IT News, August 28, 2020

Telehealth keeps I/DD patients close with their docs during pandemic

The hospital Arc Madison Cortland in Oneida, NY, is using virtual care to connect intellectual/developmental disability patients with providers who understand the nuances of that dual diagnosis.

Healthcare Dive, August 27, 2020

Amazon launches wellness wearable, to compete with Fitbit and Apple Watch

Amazon recently announced the release of a wristband wearable and health monitoring app, the Halo Band, which comes with an accelerometer, temperature sensor, heart rate monitor, and two microphones. Capabilities not available with Apple Watch or Fitbit include monitoring a user's emotional state user tone of voice and using a three-dimensional rendering of a user's body to track body fat percentage.

Healthcare Dive, August 27, 2020

Google Health, Philips among players pitching digital therapeutics standards

About 25 tech companies have joined an initiative led by the Consumer Technology Association to define performance requirements for digital therapeutics. The effort comes as FDA moved to lower regulatory barriers during the public health emergency.

mHealth Intelligence, August 27, 2020

SPROUT unveils standards for analyzing pediatric telehealth services

An initiative launched by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2015 is set to unveil a set of standards aimed at measuring the effectiveness of pediatric telehealth programs across the country.

News Center Maine, August 27, 2020

Initiatives in central, eastern Maine aim to help people in recovery access telehealth

At the end of July, the Maine health promotion nonprofit Healthy Acadia received foundation funding to support their initiative to buy cellphones, service plans, and internet accounts for people in substance use recovery who struggle with connectivity.

Healthcare IT News, August 26, 2020

Vast majority of specialists increased use of telehealth tech during COVID-19 pandemic

According to a new survey from GlobalData, nearly 80% of cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and respiratory physicians said their use of virtual care technology has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, August 26, 2020

Can telehealth help medical practices ditch the waiting room?

Faced with the need to improve patient satisfaction and reduce unnecessary delays in care, hospitals and medical practices are using telehealth and mHealth tools to create a virtual waiting room. This story profiles how an Illinois-based health system recently launched a virtual waiting room, complete with AI-powered chatbots that help both patient and provider collect and sort all that data before the patient sets foot in a doctor's office.

FirstNet Press Release, August 26, 2020

FirstNet cell site launches in Easton, Connecticut to support public safety

A dedicated broadband system for first responders has been established for Easton, CT, the second such site so far integrated into the national FirstNet system. In conjunction with ATT, the program makes use of Band 14, a high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet.

mHealth Intelligence, August 25, 2020

CTA, mHealth companies come together to promote digital therapeutics

Roughly two dozen mHealth and telehealth companies are joining forces with the Consumer Technology Association to develop standards for digital therapeutics.

Healthcare IT News, August 25, 2020

NYC elder care provider using FCC funds for telehealth, protecting seniors from COVID-19

The government grant will help strengthen Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation's resources with more laptops, mobile devices and remote patient monitoring strategies so doctors can monitor patients from anywhere. Parker is using the Healow application by eClinicalWorks for its telemedicine program.

mHealth Intelligence, August 24, 2020

HRSA awards almost $12 million in grants to rural telehealth initiatives

The grants, part of a $35 million package announced last week, target programs that expand telehealth access for emergency services, rural health research and telementoring. Grantees in the northeast include: Rural Health Research Center: University of Maine System (Portland, ME); Rural Residency Planning and Development Program: Baystate Franklin Medical Center (Greenfield, MA), Research Foundation for the State University of New York (Syracuse, NY); Telehealth Network Grant Program: MaineHealth (Portland, ME), Penobscot Community Health Center (Bangor, ME), Catskill Regional Medical Center (Harris, NY), University of Vermont (Burlington, VT).

mHealth Intelligence, August 24, 2020

New project to bring telehealth to affordable housing facilities

The University of California and CITRIS are partnering on a pilot program to equip seniors in two affordable housing communities with telehealth services and digital literacy training.

Healthcare IT News, August 24, 2020

Maine health system embraces telehealth, but looks for policy clarity

Before COVID-19, Central Maine Healthcare had used remote care sparingly, says CMIO Dr. Steven Martel. By July, it had conducted 25,000 virtual visits.

mHealth Intelligence, August 21, 2020

Senators charge FCC with mismanaging telehealth funding programs

A letter signed by 14 Democratic Senators charges the FCC and Chairman Ajit Pai with failing to properly manage the Rural Health Care Program and the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, thus hindering attempts to expand telehealth access in rural America.

Healthcare IT News, August 21, 2020

Many children respond better to therapists on a telehealth screen than face to face

That was just one discovery made by MEBS Counseling in Kentucky when COVID-19 accelerated its plans to add telemedicine. Today it's seeing close to its normal volume of patients with telehealth alone.

mHealth Intelligence, August 21, 2020

A pandemic gives telehealth a new purpose with community paramedicine

With COVID-19 still rampant, health systems and EMS providers are partnering in mobile integrated health programs that stress telehealth and mHealth in the home. This article profiles how a provider of mobile healthcare services has launched in New York and other cities a "COVID-19 fast lane" service to screen patients suspected of having the virus at home.

Healthcare Dive, August 20, 2020

AHA urges HHS to make telehealth rollbacks permanent

The American Hospital Association recently urged HHS to ensure the telehealth flexibilities it has allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue on a permanent basis. It also encouraged CMS to expand the list of Medicare telehealth services to include those added during the pandemic, including audio-only telehealth services.

Healthcare IT News, August 19, 2020

AccessHealth uses telemedicine to boost mental health visits by 10% during COVID-19

COVID-19 spurred Houston-based AccessHealth to quickly scale up its telemedicine offerings for primary care and substance abuse treatment. This profile covers the challenges they overcame to adapt to this new normal and provides data on favorable outcomes for patients with diabetes and depression.

mHealth Intelligence, August 19, 2020

PCORI grants target telehealth programs for COVID-19 treatment

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is disbursing more then $22 million in grants to several projects that will analyze how telehealth has been and could be used to improve COVID-19 care and services.

mHealth Intelligence, August 17, 2020

Avera bolsters certificate program with the American Board of Telehealth

Avera eCARE has launched the American Board of Telehealth, a national entity designed to develop best practices and standards for telehealth education through the health system's new certificate program. Avera Health has launched a national board designed to develop standards for and promote connected health education.

mHealth Intelligence, August 17, 2020

Telehealth kiosks give homeless veterans a link to healthcare, other services

The program Soldier On in Pittsfield, MA, has partnered with Let's Talk Interactive's kiosk system to expand a telehealth platform that connects homeless veterans and those in transitional housing with mental health counselors and other sorely needed services.

mHealth Intelligence, August 14, 2020

CMS may eliminate most emergency codes for COVID-19 telehealth services

CMS is planning to eliminate 74 of the 83 codes created to cover telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic, though it's adding 13 new codes and could be swayed by public comments to add more coverage.

Health Affair Blog, August 14, 2020

Moving on from telehealth-by-desperation: What will make telehealth stick

In this commentary telehealth researcher Lori Uscher-Pines discusses challenges to quality of care faced by providers using telehealth during the pandemic. Despite the initial desperation that fueled their adoption of telehealth, providers interviewed often find telehealth ideal for improving access and supporting high-quality care in certain cases and wish for permanent policy changes to make it feasible to continue use after the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, August 14, 2020

Healthcare looks to telehealth to address physician burnout, stress

In an industry plagued by burnout, hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to give providers virtual access to mental health counselors and to make their jobs less stressful. Among the burnout mitigation programs highlighted, Dr. Keith McAvoy at the Northeast-Mid-Atlantic Virtual Telehealth Conference in July presented on how the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's teleneurology program helps reduce symptoms of burnout among providers at spoke hospitals.

The Commonwealth Fund, August 13, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on outpatient visits: changing patterns of care in the newest COVID-19 hot spots

This report on relative rates of telehealth, telephone, and in-person health care utilization during the pandemic in the U.S. updates through July the Harvard researchers' earlier analyses. In July, all physician visits were down 9% from pre-pandemic levels, a rebound from the 58% reduction determined for March; telehealth visits comprised nearly 8% of all visits, down from a peak of 14% in April.

Healthcare IT News, August 13, 2020

Telehealth after dark: Health systems can relieve clinician workload through nighttime virtual care

Providence St. Joseph Health team members explained during a recent HIMSS20 Digital presentation how their telehospitalist program helps fill the gap for critical access hospitals in three western states.

Health Care Law Today, August 12, 2020

COVID-19: Here's what CMS will do with the temporary telehealth codes when the PHE ends

Health law experts at Foley & Lardner LLC outline telehealth rule changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently issued Proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule. This year's list is unusually robust because CMS took into consideration all the telehealth services Medicare currently covers on a temporary basis due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).

mHealth Intelligence, August 12, 2020

Can CMS' new CHART model add telehealth to the rural health agenda?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is unveiling a new funding model aimed at giving rural healthcare providers financial and regulatory incentives to improve quality-based care delivery - including adopting telehealth. The program creates two separate tracks: the Community Transformation Track and the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Transformation Track.

Healthcare IT News, August 12, 2020

Telehealth boosts mental health patient engagement, care plan compliance

Within just days of the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center transformed 95% of its care to telemedicine. This profile discusses their successes and plans to expand the program with an FCC Telehealth Grant.

Health TechZone, August 10, 2020

New telehealth possibilities: home ultrasound device for soon-to-be moms

A new device from an Israeli startup,.PulseNmore, has developed a remote handheld ultrasound device that allows women to perform ultrasound scans at home. The small device docks to smartphones and uses advanced navigation and AI to help women perform the scans and send them to their OB-GYN providers.

Health TechZone, August 10, 2020

New telehealth possibilities: home ultrasound device for soon-to-be moms

A new device from an Israeli startup,.PulseNmore, has developed a remote handheld ultrasound device that allows women to perform ultrasound scans at home. The small device docks to smartphones and uses advanced navigation and AI to help women perform the scans and send them to their OB-GYN providers.

Health IT Security, August 10, 2020

Breaking down telehealth inclusivity barriers for older adults

As more patients now routinely connect with their doctors virtually, it's important for healthcare providers to ensure their telemedicine platforms can effectively be used by patients of all ages and levels of digital literacy. A set of tips are provided to improve the user experience.

mHealth Intelligence, August 6, 2020

How CMS changes, trump's executive order affect telehealth coverage

Alongside President Trump's call for more rural telehealth coverage, CMS' proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule could keep the momentum going for connected health. But is it enough?

MedCity News, August 5, 2020

Livongo, Teladoc strike $18.5B merger, creating a digital health behemoth

Teladoc will acquire digital health company Livongo for $18.5 billion. The deal would combine one of the largest telehealth companies with a platform for managing an array of chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.

mHealth Intelligence, August 5, 2020

Senators eye telehealth licensure freedom during COVID-19 emergency

A bill introduced this week would allow healthcare providers in good standing to use telehealth to treat patients in any state during the coronavirus pandemic.

Healthcare Finance News, August 4, 2020

CMS proposes telehealth changes under Trump executive order

President Trump on Aug. 3 outlined 135 telehealth services to become permanent that CMS added on a temporary basis during the emergency. These include initial inpatient and nursing facility visits, physical therapy, home visits, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and discharge day management services that can be paid when delivered by telehealth. CMS is proposing to permanently allow some of these services to be done by telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, August 4, 2020

CMS proposes expanding telehealth reimbursement after COVID-19

A recent Executive Order prompts CMS to make many of the telehealth flexibilities expanded during the coronavirus pandemic permanent.

Healthcare Dive, August 3, 2020

Quarter of Medicare members can't access telehealth visits, JAMA studies show

A pair of studies recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine outline the many difficulties facing older adults, especially low-income seniors, in accessing telemedicine despite historic availability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, August 3, 2020

Telehealth gives a pediatric physical therapist a new outlook on care

This story profiles the successes of a physical therapist from Texas in launching a telehealth service to improve her work-life balance and care for her young patients. She finds that the platform can improve her work with their parents as well.

mHealth Intelligence, July 31, 2020

The COVID-19 telehealth expansion bills are starting to pile up

Congress is very interested in expanding Medicare's telehealth coverage beyond the COVID-19 emergency, as the growing number of bills would attest.

mHealth Intelligence, July 31, 2020

Avera to use telehealth to connect police, mental health professionals

South Dakota-based Avera eCARE is using a $1 million donation to launch a telehealth program that connects police and court officers with mental health experts to help assess and treat people in crisis.

mHealth Intelligence, July 30, 2020

Connecticut lawmakers vote to extend telehealth coverage - for a while

Lawmakers have passed a bill extending the state's emergency measures to expand telehealth coverage through next March, adding they want to study the issue further before addressing permanent coverage.

mHealth Intelligence, July 29, 2020

Patients to avoid in-person care access moving into the fall

According to a new survey by OnePoll, most patients appreciated telehealth as a means to alleviate concerns about in-person care during the pandemic. 43 percent of patients say they likely won't access in-person care until the fall at the earliest.

mHealth Intelligence, July 29, 2020

New HHS report makes the case for continued telehealth coverage

A new report issued by the Health and Human Services Department tracks the effects of expanded Medicare telehealth coverage during the COVID-19 crisis and calls for more discussion on 'the future of patient-centered care.'

Healthcare Dive, July 29, 2020

Telehealth made up almost half of all Medicare beneficiaries' primary care use in April

Fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries adopted telehealth for primary care at unprecedented rates as COVID-19 spread in the U.S., according to a new HHS report. Providers in rural counties, compared to urban ones, saw a smaller increase in virtual care visits as a proportion of all primary care visits in March and April, and a larger decrease in May.

mHealth Intelligence, July 29, 2020

Student-based non-profit secures mhealth donations for seniors

Founded by three Yale students and a high school sibling, Telehealth Access to Seniors has given more than 1,100 donated mHealth devices to healthcare providers to distribute to patients who lack access to telehealth services.

Healthcare IT News, July 28, 2020

Tech optimization: Getting the most out of telehealth

This special report brings together four telemedicine experts from Amwell, Caregility, Eko and emocha Health to offer best practices for optimal technology performance.

Healthcare IT News, July 28, 2020

AMA & other med groups express 'dismay' at prospect of waivers made permanent

In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, scores of medical associations called on the agency to sunset waivers related to scope of practice and licensure once the pandemic has subsided.

mHealth Intelligence, July 28, 2020

Massachusetts payer expands telehealth coverage for mental health services

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has added telemental health services to its telehealth platform and expanded access to an online wellness program and will be maintaining reimbursement parity for telehealth visits.

EHR Intelligence, July 27, 2020

Epic Systems, Cerner exceeds EHR client expectations during COVID-19

KLAS surveyed over 170 healthcare professionals to gauge their respective EHR vendor satisfaction levels throughout COVID-19. Epic Systems and Cerner have both stepped up and exceeded expectations, with telehealth integration a feature health systems appreciate.

mHealth Intelligence, July 27, 2020

New initiative aims to apply consumer mHealth to pandemic planning

The Consumer Technology Association's new Public Health Tech Initiative will study how consumer-facing mHealth and telehealth platforms can be used to shape the detection of and response to future public health emergencies, like a pandemic.

Healthcare Dive, July 27, 2020

'Weeks where decades happen': Telehealth 6 months into COVID-19

The nascent industry exploded out of necessity earlier this year, but its future staying power will depend on what insurers are willing to cover and what regulations stay rolled back. It's difficult to predict what the regulatory landscape will look like coming out of the pandemic, but experts say it's hard to see the U.S. going back to the previous potpourri of federal and state rules and regulations.

mHealth Intelligence, July 27, 2020

Congress aims to keep telehealth momentum going beyond the COVID-19 crisis

A bill to add money to the FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Fund - one of at least three new bills introduced - and a meeting of the Taskforce for Telehealth Policy made last week a busy week for connected health on Capitol Hill.

mHealth Intelligence, July 24, 2020

FORE Grants Target Telehealth, mHealth Use in Addiction Treatment

The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts is funding four care providers and two research organizations to expand telehealth and mHealth programs and study how they've improved care during the COVID-19 crisis. Among them, New Jersey's Rutgers University will focus its research on the impacts of emergency Medicaid waivers on healthcare affect via telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, July 24, 2020

Expanding the mHealth platform to address more than just healthcare

Pushed by the COVID-19 crisis, health plans like New York's Healthfirst are beefing up their telehealth and mHealth platforms to address a wide variety of member needs - including food.

Healthcare Dive, July 23, 2020

Providers scramble for telehealth, pick Microsoft, Zoom and doxy.me in pandemic's early days

Providers have overwhelmingly turned to virtual care and telehealth platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic to see patients, but most reported frantic efforts to adopt the technology with little time to consider a long-term strategy, according to a recent Klas Research study.

mHealth Intelligence, July 23, 2020

NH permanently extends telehealth coverage, including payment parity

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has signed a new law that, among other things, establishes telehealth reimbursement parity, permits phone-based care and expands telehealth use in substance abuse treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, July 22, 2020

Lawmakers look to continue FCC's COVID-19 telehealth program

A letter signed by more than 40 members of Congress calls on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to provide details on the recently closed COVID-19 Telehealth Program - and asks how much he would need to continue the program.

mHealth Intelligence, July 22, 2020

NY-NJ hospitals to use smart clothes in COVID-19 telehealth program

Hackensack Meridian Health and Maimonides Medical Center are launching a telehealth program that will use sensor-embedded undergarments to remotely monitor patients infected with the coronavirus.

mHealth Intelligence, July 21, 2020

CMS proposes to boost telehealth use in home dialysis programs

CMS is proposing changes to the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) that would encourage the use of telehealth and mHealth platforms and tools to expand dialysis treatment to the home.

mHealth Intelligence, July 21, 2020

Telehealth is 'the best tool' in the healthcare toolbox for FQHCs

For Island Health Services, an FQHC serving an island community off the Maine coast, telehealth gives providers an important platform for addressing not only gaps in care, but other factors that contribute to negative health outcomes.

Healthcare IT News, July 20, 2020

Consortium uses FCC COVID-19 funds to bring telehealth to the underserved

The Boston-based MA FQHC Telehealth Consortium was created for Federally Qualified Health Centers to come together to master telehealth so that their patients could access quality care despite the pandemic. The consortium is using its recent grant award under the FCC Telehealth Program to use telehealth to ensure patient access and generate revenue to sustain health center operations during the pandemic.

MedCity News, July 20, 2020

How Mass General Brigham planned its digital response to Covid-19

Mass General Brigham Chief Innovation Officer Chris Coburn shares how the health system prepared itself for Covid-19 by scaling up its digital operations.

Healthcare IT News, July 17, 2020

Leadership: Leveraging digital solutions to manage the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing healthcare organizations to rethink communications with their patients and members, but forward-thinking leaders are already leveraging technology to address the increased workload to their workforce-management challenges.

mHealth Intelligence, July 16, 2020

CMS: 9 million used telehealth during early days of COVID-19

In a commentary in Health Affairs, CMS Administrator Seema Verma laid out the numbers for telehealth use by Medicare beneficiaries from March through June, and said the agency is still working on a plan for long-term coverage.

mHealth Intelligence, July 16, 2020

For senior facilities, an mHealth platform is a good first step to telehealth

Indiana-based CarDon & Associates launched an mHealth messaging platform in January, and is seeing improved care management and coordination as a result.

Healthcare IT News, July 14, 2020

Using Zoom with Epic to bring telehealth to kids during COVID-19

Kennedy Krieger Institute, a children's provider organization in Maryland, is using its new FCC award funds to augment existing telemedicine initiatives to reduce health disparities in services to autistic children.

mHealth Intelligence, July 14, 2020

Federal judge clears way for telemedicine abortions during pandemic

A U.S. District Judge in Maryland has granted a preliminary injunction allowing care providers to prescribe drugs used in medication abortions via virtual care, eliminating the in-person requirement, during the COVID-19 emergency.

mHealth Intelligence, July 13, 2020

CMS outlines telehealth reimbursement for 2020-21 eCQM programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released additional details on telehealth reimbursement through quality reporting programs for ongoing alternative payment models. The documentation includes 42 Clinical Quality Measures for the 2020 performance period and 39 for 2021.

mHealth Intelligence, July 10, 2020

The promise and potential for telehealth in home health

Despite reimbursement barriers, home health care providers have long used telehealth and mHealth tools to improve care. This overview asks if health system responses to the COVID-19 epidemic will spawn an expanded use of home telehealth and monitoring of patients at high risk for hospitalization.

mHealth Intelligence, July 9, 2020

VA, DoD launch national telehealth projects for critical care

The US Defense Department's Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center and Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium recently launched Phase 1 of the National Emergency Telecritical Care Network Project, aimed at creating a network of virtual critical care wards to address the coronavirus pandemic. Partners include the Veterans Health Administration, Avera Health, the Oregon Health and Science University, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Patient Engagement, July 9, 2020

60% of patients interested in using digital communication tools

Patients often took up digital communication tools for the first time during the pandemic, with 63% saying they saw good or excellent care quality in a recent survey by Accenture.

John Snow, Inc., July 7, 2020

Telemedicine: the future of family planning care

The JSI consulting organization notes how a large majority of Title X-funded family planning providers have adopted telehealth for provision of services during the pandemic. Through work with the Family Planning National Training Center, they have helped create a toolkit with clinical guidelines and resources to help with telehealth program development.

mHealth Intelligence, July 7, 2020

Senators ask HHS, CMS for telehealth expansion timeline, details

Signed by more than 35 Senators, the letter to HHS and CMS officials asks for 'a written plan and timeline for permanent administrative changes to Medicare rules governing the provision of telehealth.'

mHealth Intelligence, July 7, 2020

A small medical group uses telehealth to redesign care management

The Reliance Medical Group in New Jersey has launched a Virtual Office that uses remote patient monitoring to care for patients with chronic conditions. Its creator says the telehealth platform may soon eclipse office-based care.

mHealth Intelligence, July 6, 2020

Senators seek telehealth expansion for substance abuse treatment

A bill before the Senate would extend telehealth coverage for substance abuse disorder treatment, including MAT therapy and Medicare reimbursement for audio-only phone calls, beyond the COVID-19 emergency.

Healthcare Dive, July 6, 2020

Telehealth claim lines increased more than 8,335% in April: Fair Health

The volume of telehealth claim lines increased more than 8,335% in April 2020 compared to April 2019 as the pandemic continues to drive utilization, according to the most recent analysis of insurance trends by nonprofit FAIR Health.

Healthcare IT News, July 6, 2020

Technology can make end of life care more compassionate

At the American Telemedicine Association virtual conference earlier this month, experts urged attendees to use technology to help facilitate end-of-life discussions and care. An interview with the medical director of the Center for End of Life Care at the Cleveland Clinic reveals how their team launched an mHealth app powered by Epic that connects a patient's electronic medical record with the patient portal.

Healthcare IT News, July 6, 2020

Holyoke Health Center melds Zoom and telehealth tech to replace in-person visits

Holyoke Health Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts, has used NextGen as its electronic health records system for several years, and had to quickly pivot to telemedicine appointments when it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic would not allow for in-person appointments.

mHealth Intelligence, July 3, 2020

FCC announces 13th set of COVID-19 telehealh program awards

With the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Fund set to run out soon, the Federal Communications Commission has OK'd funding for 70 more projects, bringing the total to 514. This next-to-last batch of awards includes the following in northeast states:10 in New York, 4 in Massachusetts, 2 in New Jersey, and 2 in Connecticut.

mHealth Intelligence, July 2, 2020

mHealth sensors help hospitals monitor vitals in in-patient units

Michigan-based Covenant HealthCare is using a telehealth platform to monitor patients in the hospital. The smart bed technology alerts staff to patients in distress, enabling them to take action more quickly.

mHealth Intelligence, July 2, 2020

After past failures, 2 states push ahead with new telehealth rules

Massachusetts' medical board has issued its first-ever telehealth policy, while Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to review a telehealth bill that replaces the one vetoed by their governor 2 months ago.

Medical Xpress, July 1, 2020

Addiction care barriers fell due to COVID-19; experts see challenges in keeping them down

In a recent paper in JAMA Psychiatry, experts from the University of Michigan Addiction Center and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System document how policy changes have made it possible for more addiction care to take place through telemedicine during the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, July 1, 2020

Telecritical care expands telehealth from the ICU to where it's needed

During a panel session at the American Telemedicine Association's recent virtual conference, experts from two large health systems explained how telehealth improves care for complex patients no matter where they are.

Healthcare Dive, July 1, 2020

With new funding, FCC rural healthcare program set to provide most money in its history

The Federal Communications Commission has added $198 million to its rural healthcare program, which helps providers deploy broadband healthcare networks, while unused funds from prior years are being carried forward to 2020, bringing the total available for provider requests will be more than $800 million.

mHealth Intelligence, July 1, 2020

Rheumatology group issues position paper supporting telehealth use

The American College of Rheumatology has released a position paper outlining the values and drawbacks of telehealth, and supports the continued use of connected health services beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

American Medical Association, June 30, 2020

How to maintain momentum on telehealth after COVID-19 crisis ends

The use of telehealth has exploded as many regulatory barriers to its use have been temporarily lowered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AMA is advocating for making many of these emergency policy changes permanent.

mHealth Intelligence, June 30, 2020

Survey: COVID-19 crisis compels dentists to consider telehealth

A new survey finds that dentists expect long-term changes to their profession because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are planning to use telehealth to stay in business.

mHealth Intelligence, June 29, 2020

House to debate extending CARES Act telehealth coverage indefinitely

The latest in a flurry of bills appearing on Capitol Hill calls for Congress to 'continue the telehealth policies implemented by the Trump Administration and through the CARES Act.'

mHealth Intelligence, June 26, 2020

CMS moves to make COVID-19 home health telehealth expansion permanent

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to make telehealth coverage enacted during the COVID-19 crisis permanent for home health care providers - though providers still won't be reimbursed.

mHealth Intelligence, June 25, 2020

Chicago health system uses mHealth to monitor staff, patients for COVID-19

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences Systems has launched a telehealth program using an mHealth wearable to remotely monitor staff and patients at high risk of being infected by the coronavirus.

mHealth Intelligence, June 25, 2020

Telehealth sustainability requires a willingness to adapt to new ideas

When its three-year telehealth pilot ended and the grant money ran out, Long Island Select Healthcare took stock of its options and decided to change its approach to connected health. The leaders for this New York program presented on their telehealth strategies for chronic care management and remote patient monitoring at the ongoing joint virtual conference put on by the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center and the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center.

mHealth Intelligence, June 24, 2020

COVID-19 concerns add value to school-based telehealth programs

School may not be in session, but telehealth programs across the nation are busy addressing the needs of students stuck at home during the pandemic - including a growing number in need of mental health counseling.

mHealth Intelligence, June 22, 2020

Lawmakers want a full study of telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis

A bill before Congress calls on the Health and Human Services Department and the Government Accountability Office to produce separate studies on how telehealth has been used to address the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, June 22, 2020

Sony survey shows support for doctors prescribing mhealth devices

The survey finds that patients living with a chronic condition would do better if they had an mHealth device to manage their health at home - but they want those devices to come from their doctor.

Commonwealth, June 20, 2020

Telehealth is working, let's keep it that way

The Patients First Act, recently filed in the Massachusetts Senate, requires insurance carriers, including MassHealth, to cover telehealth services in any instance where the equivalent in-person service is covered. The bill also embraces an expansive definition of telehealth services, including care through audio-only telephone calls to assist those patients who may not have access to a smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Managed Healthcare Executive News, June 19, 2020

At-home pulse oximeters: The 'it' gadget of the COVID-19 outbreak

Many physicians see pulse oximeters as an important way for people to identify declining lung function early and address the cause, including COVID-19, when it's easier to treat. Pulse oximeter purchases from drugstores or online (often about $40) have spiked more than 500% since the pandemic began, and represent a useful adjunct for telehealth visits with primary care providers.

MedCity News, June 18, 2020

8 tips from a nurse to make telehealth take off at your organization

Following these recommendations can turn telehealth into the default care delivery choice of patients and doctors alike.

VermontBiz, June 18, 2020

$2 million grant allows for expanded care for mental health and substance use

Vermont has received a $2 million federal emergency grant to make sure people with mental health and substance use disorders can access care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth is significant part of the proposed strategies.

mHealth Intelligence, June 18, 2020

New York OKs telehealth coverage for audio-only phone services

New York is the latest to approve expanded telehealth coverage for audio-only phone calls between a provider and patient, noting they give doctors more opportunities to extend care to underserved populations.

mHealth Intelligence, June 17, 2020

VA sees a surge in veterans using telehealth to access healthcare

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, veterans are logging onto the VA Video Connect app more than 120,000 times a week to access care, a 1,000 percent increase in traffic compared to a typical three-month span.

FOX10, June 17, 2020

FCC approves 11th set of COVID-19 telehealth program applications

The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau today approved an additional 62 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Grantees in the northeast include: Brookline Community Mental Health Center (MA), Care Plus (NJ), Community Health Access Network (NH), Dimock Community Health Center (MA), Family and Children's Services (NJ), Flushing Clinic (NY), AdChoices Henry J. Austin Health Center (NJ), Hospital for Special Surgery (NY), Maimonides Medical Center (NY), Morristown Medical Center (NJ), Northern NY Rural Behavioral Health Institute (NY), SERV Behavioral Health System (NJ), Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (NY), Sojourns Community Clinic (VT).

JD Supra, June 17, 2020

Regulatory actions impacting health insurers and managed care companies in response to COVID-19

To help organizations stay on top of these regulatory changes affecting practice rules and reimbursement during the pandemic, this organization summarizes major regulatory actions in each state and assembled useful resources, guidance and notifications released by state regulators.

The Keene Sentinel, June 17, 2020

Therapy moves to video chat

As COVID-19 has added stress and anxiety to people's lives in recent months, access to mental-health services and supports has changed to telehealth, often resulting in improved access. For West Central Behavioral Health the ability to connect with a therapist online also has reduced the no-show rate.

Healthcare IT News, June 17, 2020

Telehealth resource centers nationwide aid providers at no cost

The 14 federally funded regional TRCs have seen an enormous uptick in requests for assistance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The story includes quotes from Danielle Louder of NETRC as a follow-up to a webinar presentation with the MidAtlantic Telehealth Resource Center sponsored by HIMSS.

WAGM-TV (Presque Isle, ME), June 17, 2020

AMHC Successfully Uses Telemedicine during COVID-19

Community health clinics across the United States report a 43% drop in the number of client visits during the quarantine. However, Aroostook Mental Health Services in remote rural Caribou, ME, has ramped up the use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic and increased the number of client visits by 20%.

mHealth Intelligence, June 16, 2020

mHealth platforms for chronic care get the green light from the FDA

Digital therapeutic tools are in the spotlight this week, thanks to the FDA's approval of an mHealth platform for treatment of children with ADHD and Breakthrough Device Designation for a stroke treatment combining sensors and music therapy.

Manchester Ink Link (NH), June 16, 2020

Delivering sexual, reproductive healthcare in NH during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how sexual and reproductive healthcare is delivered in New Hampshire. Some services, including abortions, are now delivered partially via telehealth, while other services, including sexually-transmitted disease (STD) testing and PrEP, a regiment to prevent HIV transmissions, have seen a significant decrease in demand.

mHealth Intelligence, June 15, 2020

Experts weigh in on post-COVID-19 telehealth rules and policies

Congress and CMS are being inundated with requests to make permanent telehealth guidelines enacted to expand coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's a rundown of what they're requesting.

Healthcare IT News, June 15, 2020

What sort of staying power does telehealth really have?

The coronavirus pandemic has acted as an "unexpected experiment" for telehealth, but despite its huge promise and the hopes of many that it will become the new normal, experts say it's difficult to predict what's next.

mHealth Intelligence, June 12, 2020

Telehealth will continue to grow after coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic sparked the growth of telehealth across the healthcare industry. This growth will continue after the pandemic, industry experts said at the online Value-Based Care Summit Telehealth20.

Healthcare IT News, June 12, 2020

New bill would codify Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services

The bipartisan HEALTH Act would make permanent Medicare payments for telehealth services at federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.

Healthcare IT News, June 11, 2020

Telehealth shows promise for fostering better doc-patient relationships

In a study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings, NYU Langone and Doctor on Demand show how patients are finding value in virtual care, with many citing a rewarding rapport with their provider.

MobiHealth News, June 11, 2020

The case for integrating telemedicine education into medical curriculums

The telehealth training programs at the Medical University of South Carolina are profiles. Across a number of different specialties, students and practitioners can put practical telehealth skills to use and gain an emphasis on collaboration for the rest of their careers.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog, June 11, 2020

Zoom fatigue: what you can do about it

Videoconferencing fatigue occurs among many people who are engaged for long periods in delivering telehealth. This article considers the range of factors that can contribute to "Zoom fatigue" and offers suggestions for how it can be mitigated.

Concord Monitor, June 11, 2020

As mental health needs rise, providers see solutions

Since the coronavirus and its accompanying economic shutdown took hold in the United States, there's been a staggering rise in Americans dealing with mental health conditions. Kenneth Norton, the director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's New Hampshire chapter (NAMI NH), says that his organization has seen more people accessing therapy, support groups, classes and trainings digitally.

Healthcare IT News, June 10, 2020

The potential security crisis presented by rapid telehealth rollouts

A security expert details the extra risks from hackers due to the lax precautions taken with digital health and telehealth adoption during the pandemic and advises health systems and consumers that it is not too late to work on implementing best practices.

Kaiser Family Foundation, June 8, 2020

Medication abortion and telemedicine: innovations and barriers during the COVID-19 emergency

State actions in response to the COVID-19 crisis have highlighted their divergent approaches to abortion access, depending on whether or not the service was classified as an essential or non-essential service. In a handful of states, some clinics have begun to offer medication abortions using telemedicine. As a means to maintain care access while preserving social distancing and reducing risks of exposure.

Home Health Care News, June 8, 2020

'They Shot from the Hip': Home Health Providers Sound Off on CMS

For the most part, home health agencies are generally pleased with how CMS has managed the public health crisis. But some still see major holes in the agency's response, including an expectation that telehealth would be applied to reduce COVID transmission while not making such visits billable.

Patient Engagement HIT, June 8, 2020

Virtual rounding led to humanized patient experience measures

At the University of Chicago medical system, implementation of a virtual patient rounding system for hospitalized patients had the result of enhancing the sense of human connectivity between patients and providers.

mHealth Intelligence, June 8, 2020

VA expands telehealth services for veterans living with cancer

The Department of Veterans Affairs is using a $4.5 million grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation to expand its teleoncology platform, giving veterans virtual access to genetic testing and precision cancer care.

MedCity News, June 7, 2020

How to create a patient-focused telehealth experience

Many providers feel overextended and underprepared when it comes to implementing viable telehealth solutions-but these solutions may be exactly what allows them to continue serving patients and keep their business afloat. The author details recommendations in these areas to increase likelihood of success: 1) anticipate technical issues, 2) prepare patients for virtual visits, 3) clearly communicate the services you offer, and 4) find what works for your patients.

Healthcare IT News, June 5, 2020

As telehealth becomes the new normal, NCQA updates quality measures

More than three-dozen HEDIS measures have been adjusted to reflect new telemedicine services in response to COVID-19 and better align with the realities of virtual care delivery.

mHealth Intelligence, June 5, 2020

FTC weighs in on expanding CMS telehealth coverage beyond COVID-19

The Federal Trade Commission has offered its views on several proposals to expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage for telehealth services after the COVID-19 emergency is over.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Arguss, June 5, 2020

Local woman provides telehealth tools

A college student at home in rural Barre, VT, during the pandemic is succeeding in her mission to provide smartphones and other WiFi capable devices to seniors who can't afford them but need them now to meet with their doctors. She has collected 30 devices and is hoping to secure at least 70 more.

mHealth Intelligence, June 4, 2020

FCC awards COVID-19 telehealth program funding to another 53 providers

The ninth group of healthcare providers brings the total to almost 240 locations in 41 states and Washington DC, accounting for almost $85 million of the $200 billion fund set aside for telehealth development and expansion. Awards in northeast include: CT-2; NJ-1; NY-7; VT-1.

mHealth Intelligence, June 4, 2020

HHS, CMS offer more support for COVID-19 telehealth adoption, expansion

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is investing another $250 million in CARES Act funding to help health systems and hospitals develop telehealth programs, while CMS has announced plans to adjust payment and service delivery models.

U.S. News & World Report/Associated Press, June 4, 2020

Telehealth expansion could become permanent after pandemic

The temporary expansion of telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic would become permanent under a bill being considered by New Hampshire lawmakers.

mHealth Intelligence, June 3, 2020

Community health centers need a telehealth strategy, resources to survive

A new Health Affairs article notes how community health centers have struggled to use telehealth before and during COVID-19, and offers advice to help CHCs embrace connected health in the future.

mHealth Intelligence, June 3, 2020

Congress Eyes HHS Analysis of Telehealth During COVID-19 Crisis

A bill introduced this week on Capitol Hill would require the Health and Human Services Department to study how telehealth has been used during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a report due back one year after the emergency ends.

Contemporary Pediatrics, June 2, 2020

Telehealth lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic

An interview with a pediatrics faculty member at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in New Hampshire delves into lessons he has learned about utilizing telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it's shaped his practice.

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2020

How The rapid shift to telehealth leaves many community health centers behind during the COVID-19 pandemic

Without adequate telehealth capacity and support, many CHCs will be left without means of adapting telehealth for the continuous preventive and chronic disease care that can keep communities healthy and out of the hospital. Proper personnel with appropriate training are key to a high-functioning telehealth system along with support from information technology specialists; additionally, CHCs need ancillary systems in place to allow for the effective use of phone and video visits.

Patient Engagement HIT, June 1, 2020

Key strategies for remote chronic disease management

As patients continue to avoid in-person care, providers need to pivot to remote chronic disease management to drive positive health outcomes. The effectiveness of programs of the Veterans Health Administration are profiled.

mHealth Intelligence, May 29, 2020

Johns Hopkins, UMMC Receive FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding

The two health systems are among 53 providers included in the latest round of awards from the Federal Communications Commission's telehealth grant program, which has so far earmarked $68.22 million for 185 providers in 38 states and Washington DC. Awards in northeast include: CT-1; MA-2; ME-2; NJ-3; NY-12.

mHealth Intelligence, May 29, 2020

Researchers question value of telehealth in substance abuse treatment

Some prominent telehealth researchers at the RAND Corporation have suggested that telehealth hasn't yet proven its value in substance abuse treatment, and that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits for certain populations.

mHealth Intelligence, May 28, 2020

New COVID-19 stroke guidelines stress support for telehealth, mHealth

New guidelines for stroke triage published in the AHA's Stroke journal call on first responders to use telehealth and mHealth to screen and diagnose patients and ensure speedy transport to the right care facility.

mHealth Intelligence, May 28, 2020

Rhode Island lawmakers look to make telehealth coverage permanent

A bill making its way through the State Senate would require payers in the state to permanently cover telehealth services - including audio-only phone calls and care delivered to the patient's home.

Healthcare Dive, May 27, 2020

Medicare members using telehealth grew 120 times in early weeks of COVID-19 as regulations eased

The number of Medicare beneficiaries using telehealth skyrocketed in the early weeks of the pandemic as the Trump administration relaxed regulations to virtual care.

mHealth Intelligence, May 27, 2020

Surveys suggest seniors aren't using telehealth during COVID-19 crisis

Telehealth use by seniors during the coronavirus pandemic is still low, according to a pair of surveys, even though seniors have access to the technology and those who are using telehealth are giving it high marks.

MedCity News, May 26, 2020

CVS head of specialty pharmacy sees future of healthcare at home after Covid-19

CVS Health's specialty pharmacy head shared how the pharmacy chain is caring for patients remotely during Covid-19. He expects to see more in-home care after the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, May 26, 2020

Lawmakers push to extend telehealth freedoms past the COVID-19 emergency

More than 30 members of Congress are asking Congressional leadership to extend regulatory freedoms for telehealth in mental health settings past the COVID-19 emergency.

MedCity News, May 22, 2020

CMS expands telehealth options for Medicare Advantage plans

A final rule published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday would allows Medicare Advantage plans to cover more specialties through telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, May 22, 2020

CMS finalizes telehealth reimbursement for MA Plans, ESRD patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule on expanded telehealth coverage for members in Medicare Advantage plans and those living with end-stage renal disease.

mHealth Intelligence, May 21, 2020

Telehealth gives Los Angeles LGBT center a new platform to deliver care

Pressed by the COVID-19 pandemic to embrace telehealth, the Los Angeles LGBT Center is now finding a comfort zone with virtual care that will likely show benefits well after the current crisis has passed.

New Hampshire Public Radio, The Exchange, May 18, 2020

In Depth: COVID-19 and Telemedicine in N.H.

The telehealth adaptations of health centers and mental health providers in New Hampshire during the pandemic are profiled in this group interview. The Chief Medical Office at NH DHHS emphasizes the value of federal and state policy changes in reimbursement for both telehealth and telephone consults.

Healthcare IT News, May 13 2020

Psychiatrists 'pleasantly surprised' with transition to telemedicine

Though mental health professionals say they're mostly pleased with the rapid shift to phone or video services, most plan to return to in-person care once the dangers from COVID-19 have subsided.

mHealth Intelligence, March 30 2020

How telehealth aids skilled nursing facilities during, beyond COVID-19

Telehealth is proving its useful tool in the fight against COVID-19, and skilled nursing facilities should take notice.

American Occupational Therapy Association, March 2020

OT and Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19

Recommendations are made for how occupational therapy practitioners can utilize telehealth to continue providing OT services while mitigating transmission of the virus, particularly to more vulnerable populations. Continuing obstacles to surrounding providing OT via telehealth are highlighted.

mHealth Intelligence, March 28 2020

ATA announces new partnership, moves telehealth conference online

The American Telemedicine Association has forged a partnership with the Boston-based Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) and announced that ATA2020 will be a five-day virtual event in June.The American Telemedicine Association has announced a partnership with a Boston-based non-profit aimed at supporting the development of digital medicine.

mHealth Intelligence, March 27 2020

Using telehealth in a pandemic: focus on flexibility, scalability?

Executives from three different health systems talk about how they've used telehealth to meet the demands created by the Coronavirus pandemic - and how those services are laying the groundwork for 'the new normal.

MIT Sloan School of Management, March 25 2020

4 urgent problems hospitals can solve right now with telemedicine

With the spread of COVID-19, it’s imperative that hospitals triage their own processes to prioritize patients and protect health care workers. Recommendations are provided on how technology can help.

American Academy of Family Physicians, March 23rd 2020

Inside look at using telemedicine during COVID-19 pandemic

As the number of cases of confirmed COVID-19 -- the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 -- skyrockets in the United States, family physicians are consumed with trying to best care for their patients while protecting themselves and their staff.

American Association of Medical Colleges, March 23rd 2020

As COVID-19 races through communities, hospitals ramp up telehealth to protect patients and providers

Even before Congress lifted restrictions on reimbursement for telehealth through Medicare, academic medical centers were expanding telemedicine services. Will it be enough?

JDSupra News, March 23rd 2020

More changes to telemedicine and health care regulation in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Federal regulators announced another set of regulatory changes and waivers, particularly relating to telemedicine, in response to the growing pandemic crisis throughout the United States.

National Law Review, March 23rd 2020

NJDOBI Mandates Insurance Carriers to Reimburse Providers for Telemedicine and Telehealth Encounters During State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency

NJDOBI issued Bulletin 20-07 to mandate insurance carriers to reimburse providers for telemedicine and telehealth encounters. This applies to: (1) all health insurance companies; all HMOs; all health service corporations and any other entity issuing health benefits plans in New Jersey.

Concord Monitor, March 21th 2020

COVID-19 makes telemedicine more valuable; hub at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is ramping up

The state’s hub of telemedicine is ramping up as the COVID outbreak spreads and its leader says that there’s no almost no limit to how much it should expand.

Center for Connected Health Policy, March 20th 2020

Telehealth coverage policies in the time of COVID-19 (updated Regularly)

As things rapidly develop regarding what we know about COVID-19, policies around telehealth have also been developing alongside of it. Here CCHP provides a summary of policy changes that expand use of telehealth for Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and state Medicaid programs.

mHealth Intelligence, March 20th 2020

States move quickly to address coronavirus pandemic with telehealth

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have so far amended existing laws or issued new declarations to expand the use of telehealth and mHealth tool during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, March 19th 2020

Feds OK instate licensing, paving way for telehealth expansion

Vice President Mike Pence's announcement on Wednesday paves the way for providers to treat patients in other states, opening the door for expanded telehealth and mHealth programs.

mHealth Intelligence, March 18th 2020

Telehealth key to payer COVID-19 prevention, diagnosis, testing

Payers are partnering are exploring ways to use telehealth in preventing, diagnosing, and testing for COVID-19. Examples are highlighted from the state of New York.

mHealth Intelligence, March 18th 2020

DEA okays telehealth to prescribe opiods amid COVID-19 emergency

The move to telehealth will make it easier for providers to prescribe an opioid or other controlled substance during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

STAT, March 17th 2020

Surge in patients overwhelms telehealth services amid coronavirus pandemic

Telehealth services are sagging under the weight of an unprecedented surge in patients as hospitals scramble to shift routine care online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis is stressing major telehealth providers’ technical infrastructure and the supply of physicians prepared to deliver care virtually.

National Consortium of Telehealth Resources Center- Webinar Event, March 17th 2020

Recorded NCTRC Webinar Event: Telehealth and COVID-19

Telehealth can be a means to address COVID-19 through patient monitoring, treating and limiting exposure to infection for vulnerable populations, and protecting health care workers. Telehealth cannot only expand the reach of services to communities that have limited access to needed services, but also provide minimize exposure for both the health worker and patients who are at high risk for infection. This allows patients to receive health services away from settings where potential for contracting COVID-19 are high, such as hospitals and waiting rooms. The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers will be holding a webinar exploring further uses and benefits of telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Med City News, March 16 2020

Will telehealth limitations hamper these states’ responses to COVID-19?

As health systems prepare for COVID-19 outbreaks, many are turning to telehealth and triage tools as a first line of defense. How will hospitals with limited telehealth infrastructure prepare?

Health Affairs Blog, March 16th 2020

Opportunities to expand telehealth use amid the coronavirus pandemic

This article highlights usage of telehealth for screening, triage, and treatment of coronavirus infection cases in China, New York, and Washington State and efforts by the U.S. government to expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage of telehealth services.

mHealth Intelligence, March 16th 2020

Massachusetts expands telehealth coverage for COVID-19

Governor Baker orders payers to cover in-network telehealth services for the treatment of COVID-19.

American College of Cardiology, Cardiology Magazine, March 13th 2020

Telehealth: Rapid Implementation for your Cardiology Clinic

With the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), many outpatient clinics and facilities find themselves not ready yet for regular telehealth visits. With a few turnkey solutions as outlined here, your clinic can be set up for virtual visits in very short order.

American Journal of Managed Care In-Focus Blog, March 13th 2020

Telehealth during COVID-19: How Hospitals, healthcare providers are optimizing virtual care

While several barriers to care have inhibited telehealth in the past, recent actions by CMS, HHS, and other governing bodies have sought to expand its availability nationwide. Highlighted here is NYU Langone Health's telehealth service Virtual Urgent Care, which connects members with clinicians via phone or tablet to provide care without potential coronavirus exposure.

WCAX, March 12th 2020

Vermont House passes telehealth bill amid coronavirus concerns

The House just passed a telehealth bill. It helps Vermonters in rural areas connect with specialists, takes away the need to drive to appointments and work around a job and childcare.

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2020

Challenges of new Medicare telehealth rules amid COVID-19 outbreak

New Medicare telehealth rules passed to increase testing for and treatment of COVID-19 contain technical challenges that may make it difficult for providers.

Family Practice Medical Blog, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): new telehealth rules and procedure codes for testing

Provisions for expanding access to Medicare services via telehealth were included in the recent federal coronavirus response act. This article usefully details the proper billing codes for coronavirus related services.

mHealth Intelligence, February 6, 2020

Congress looks to consolidate, coordinate federal telehealth efforts

A new bill aims to align all U.S. federal telehealth programs and incentives through the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth by putting it under direct control of the Health and Human Services Secretary.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2020

Personalized mHealth tools help providers improve care management

mHealth tools like virtual assistants and connected health devices are giving care providers more insight into their patients' daily lives and enabling them to create better care management plans, as exemplified by the remote patient monitoring of lung disease patients by El Camino Health in California.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2020

MUSC study shows telehealth can health treat pregnant women with OUD

A comparison of in-person care with telehealth by the Medical University of South Carolina finds that both platforms are just as effective in treating pregnant women dealing with opioid abuse issues.

mHealth Intelligence, February 4, 2020

Study sees success in using mHealth to help people with eating disorders

Researchers at New York's Mount Sinai health system say an mHealth app helped people living with a variety of eating disorders manage their health, reduce adverse clinical outcomes and move toward remission for at least a year.

mHealth Intelligence, February 3, 2020

New York includes teleheatlh in new Puerto Rican relief effort

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending bilingual healthcare providers to Puerto Rico to help the island nation recover from a series of earthquakes. That effort will include a telehealth platform for mental health services.

National Law Review, January 29, 2020

Telehealth: Massachusetts proposed act to improve health care by investing in value

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has restarted the discussion on health care cost containment in the Commonwealth with a proposed bill that contains a raft of initiatives. The bill expands both access to and coverage of telehealth.

Healthcare IT News, January 22, 2020

VA seeing substaintial growth in telehealth, key patient engagement tools

In 2019, the VA provide more than 2.6 million telehealth episodes of care to more than 900,000 veterans. At the upcoming HIMSS20 conference, a VA leader will show how this, plus innovations such as My HealtheVet and Blue Button, is boosting veterans' patient experience

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mHealth Intelligence, November 21, 2019

DEA to Launch Registration Process for Prescriptions by Telemedicine

Federal officials are finally moving forward with a registration process for healthcare providers who want to prescribe controlled substances through telemedicine, as outlined in the Ryan Haight Act

mHealth Intelligence, November 20, 2019

New USDA Grants Target Telehealth Programs in Dozens of States

Some 74 telehealth projects across the country (and numerous across the NETRC Region!) will receive funding through the US Department of Agriculture's latest round of distance learning and telemedicine grants

mHealth Intelligence, November 15, 2019

How eConsults could Transform Care Coordination and Access

eConsults allow primary care doctors to tap specialist advice by store-and-forward connections. According to experts at the XTelligent Media's Value-Based Care Summit this approach hold promise to improve care coordination and reduce costs, but adopting the telemedicine service will require significant changes in communication and practice.

mHealth Intelligence, November 15, 2019

Avera, Tyto Care team up to make telehealth visits more comfortable

Avera eCARE and Tyto Care are partnering to give schools, senior living facilities and clinics across the Midwest access to easy-to-use telehealth technology that can replicate the doctor's exam.

mHealth Intelligence, November 14, 2019

MAVEN Project CEO Links Telehealth Consults to Value-Based Care

At Xtelligent Healthcare Media's recent Value-Based Care Summit in Boston, Lisa Bard Levine explained how the MAVEN Project's telehealth consult platform helps providers improve clinical outcomes and their workflows.

The Heartland Institute, November 14, 2019

Massachusetts Looks to Lower Barriers for Telemedicine

Four proposed bills under review by the state legislature would require health insurance companies to provide coverage for telehealth services, including private and Managed Medicaid insurance providers.

mHealth Intelligence, November 12, 2019

CMS Expands Telehealth Coverage for Opioid Abuse Disorder Treatment

In the finalized 2020 Physician Fee Schedule, CMS is adding three CPT codes for telehealth services included in bundled episodes of care for opioid abuse treatment, including care delivered to the home.

Health Care Law Today, November 11, 2019

Telehealth: Medicare finalizes new services for 2020 in Physician Fee Schedule

CMS just released the 2020 final rule with changes to its virtual care codes. The new provision, officially titled "Communication Technology-Based Services," introduces three new covered Telehealth Services. These changes were proposed as part of the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule earlier this year and continue CMS' efforts to reduce administrative burden and cover more virtual care services in the Medicare program

Center for Connected Health Policy, October 21, 2019

CCHP's 50 State Telehealth Laws Report- Fall 2019 update available now!

CCHP's semi-annual State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies report offers the nation's most current summary guide of Medicaid provider manuals, applicable state laws, and telehealth-related regulations for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. This report serves as a vital resource for policymakers, health care professionals, and health advocates on how each state defines, governs, and regulates technology-enabled health care, noting policy trends across key topic areas.

mHealth Intelligence, October 8, 2019

Senators ask HHS to sustain Project ECHO telemedicine programs

Nearly two dozen senators have asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to find opportunities in existing Medicare and Medicaid policies to provide long-term sustainability for Project ECHO telemedicine programs.

mHealth Intelligence, October 4, 2019

Trump pushes Telehealth, mHealth adoption in Medicare Executive Order

President Trump's Executive Order on Medicare includes directives to increase telehealth adoption in Medicare Advantage plans and improve the process for permitting and covering new mHealth tools and services.

Athol Daily News, September 29, 2019

Telehealth program offered at Athol-Royalston school district

This article profiles the telebehavioral health program developed under grant projects by the Athol Royalston Regional School District in Massachusetts. They recently received a federal grant from the Health Research Service Administration to expand upon their pilot program.

mHealth Intelligence, September 13, 2019

Maine's TeleWOW Program uses telehealth to take on childhood obesity

A Bangor-based telehealth program is helping more than 50 children and young adults scattered across northern Maine connect with care providers and specialists to talk about health, wellness and weight management.

JD Supra, September 11, 2019

Risk management strategies to reduce risk associated with telehealth

Because of the surge in the use of telehealth, healthcare providers need to be aware of the risks associated with the use of this technology and implement mitigation strategies to reduce these risks. This brief overview highlights a range of legal issues surrounding telehealth implementation with a focus on privacy and security considerations.

American Journal of Managed Care News, September 9, 2019

School-based telehealth programs shown to benefit children with asthma in medically underserved communities

School-based telemedicine was shown to potentially enhance healthcare benefits for children with chronic diseases, such as asthma, in rural and medically underserved communities, according to a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Fierce Healthcare, August 13 2019

Telehealth use jumps at inpatient facilities while outpatient adoption remains flat: Survey

Telehealth adoption among hospitals and health systems is on the rise- up from 54% in 2014 to 85% in 2019, while adoption among outpatient healthcare facilities remains flat, according to two new reports.

mHealth Intelligence, August 13 2019

Care Coordination tech to drive social detereminants of healthcare

The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) is partnering with Unite Us, a community care coordination platform, to build a statewide network of social and clinical services providers to address the social determinants of health

Home Healthcare News, August 11 2019

When it comes to telehealth reimbursement, "just start billing"

The use of remote patient monitoring (RPM) is becoming more common with in-home care providers, progress that is accelerating after CMS added new codes for such services. In the face of uncertainties on code application, one agency was told by them "Just start billing and we'll see how it goes"

Government Technology News, August 09 2019

Floria Deploys Telehealth Portals in 63 public schools

Florida recently announced the installation of telehealth portals in 63 public schools with a goal of providing mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

Becker's Hospital Review, August 09 2019

Dartmouth-Hitchcock unviels telemedicine ICU Unit

Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center launched its new telemedicine intensive care unit program to help extend care to critically ill patients at rural hospitals

National Law Review, August 07 2019

Connecticut empowers DSS to expand Medicaid coverage of telehealth services

A new law that became effective this July revises the criteria and process by which the Connecticut Department of Social Services determines the telehealth services covered by the Medicaid program. A priority is now set to consider whether telehealth services are likely to expand access to medically necessary services where there is a clinical need for those services.

mHealth Intelligence, August 6, 2019

Mount Sinai uses telehealth to improve care management for IBD patients

New York's Mount Sinai Health System is using a telehealth platform to boost care management for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, giving both them and their care providers more opportunities to collaborate.

mHealth Intelligence, August 5, 2019

New study ties prescription rates to telehealth, doctor ratings

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have once again tied the use of a telehealth platform to higher antibiotic prescription rates for children with respiratory tract infections - and better reviews for those doctors.

mHealth Intelligence, August 2, 2019

FCC tweaks rural health care program to aid telehealth expansion

The Federal Communication Commission is making changes to its Rural Health Care Program in a bid to boost telehealth expansion in rural America. But some commissioners are wondering if the changes will have the desired effect.

Rural Health Monitor, August, 2019

Mobile telehealth units and care coordinators improve emergency care services for rural Arizona patients

One overview of a telehealth program in eastern Arizona emergency medicine describes progress and outcomes of use of telemedicine-equipped ambulances by first responders and of remote monitoring intervention by care coordinators for patients discharged from area hospitals.

mHealth Intelligence, July 30, 2019

CMS proposal adds telehealth to opioid abuse treatment via Medicare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing new CPT codes and bundled episodes of care that will support care providers who use telehealth to treat patients dealing with opioid use disorder.

Portland Press Herald & Governement IT News, July 29, 2019

Maine's telehealth hopes need broadband to become reality

This story covers how broadband communications are essential for providing reliable telehealth services but many areas of rural Maine still don't have the broadband Internet or cellular network access needed. NETRC Director Danielle Louder provided an overview on model programs, progress, and barriers to telehealth in Maine.

Skilled Nursing News, July 28, 2019

SNF telehealth adoption hampered by capital and cultural obstacles

Skilled nursing providers are becoming increasingly interested in telehealth technology as a way of improving clinical outcomes and reducing care costs. However, systemic obstacles such as poor reimbursement combined with narrow financial margin are slowing adoption by SNFs.

US Department of Veterans Affairs, July 23, 2019

VA telestroke program improving care for Veterans

Emergency stroke care for veterans continues to improve thanks to the expansion of VAs National Telestroke Program, one of the first nationwide telestroke programs in the world. The program was launched in 2017 and now provides acute stroke services in over 30 VA medical centers.

MedCity News, July 22, 2019

Anthem partners with startup K Health on symptom checker and telehealth app

The health insurance provider Anthem has tapped primary care startup K Health to launch a new co-branded app to help their 40 million policy members determine potential diagnoses and text with doctors for medical advice.

mHealth Intelligence, July 19, 2019

ATA releases 2019 update of state-by-state telehealth report cards

The American Telemedicine Association has updated its survey of state telehealth coverage and reimbursement policies and laws, which was last issued in 2017. (requires a free registration).

Masters of Public Health Online-Baylor University, June 18, 2019

Rural, Remote, and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America's Cities

The Master of Public Health Online program at Baylor University's new resource, "Rural, Remote, and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America's Cities", discusses health disparities between metro and non-metro counties and offers strategies on how to collaborate to foster better health results in rural areas

mHealth Intelligence, June 18, 2019

Maine Approves Telehealth Coverage Parity, Embraces RPM Programs

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law new telehealth guidelines that require payers to cover any services that they would cover in person. The new law also opens the door to remote patient monitoring and allows doctors to use phone-based telehealth in certain situations.

mHealth Intelligence, June 18, 2019

UMass Memorial Ready to Launch Telehealth Program for NICU Care

The Massachusetts health system will soon be rolling out a telehealth program aimed at connecting rural hospitals and clinics with NICU specialists to help improve care and outcomes for its most fragile patients.

mHealth Intelligence, June 17, 2019

MaineHealth Looks to Create a Blueprint for Telehealth Success

Speaking at this week's Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference in Portland, Jasmine Bishop, the Maine-based network's telehealth program manager, laid out a framework for success that relies heavily on planning, practice and data.

mHealth Intelligence, June 18, 2019

TTAC Director Doris Barta Talks about Telehealth Resources, Trends

Ahead of the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center's annual conference in Portland, ME, Doris Barta of the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center talks about the TTAC's role in telehealth adoption and support.

Center for Connected Health Policy, June 11, 2019

CMS offers expansion of existing telehealth waiver & requests applications for bundled payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recently requested applications for the second cohort of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model (BPCI-Advanced), which includes a variety of opportunities to incorporate telehealth solutions.

Insurance Journal, June 10, 2019

How the workers' compensation industry is embracing telemedicine

Though slow to emerge, more workers' compensation systems,have recently been adopting telehealth to provide remote medical care and rehabilitation services to injured employees, including use of video technology embedded in smart phones, tablets and computers.

mHealth Intelligence, June 10, 2019

ATA's Johnson Looks to dispel the 7 myths of telehealth adoption

At Xtelligent Healthcare Media's Value-Based Summit on Telehealth last week in Atlanta, American Telemedicine Association's CEO Ann Mond Johnson challenged providers to look beyond even inaccurate descriptions of telehealth and embrace connected care: Telehealth is only for rural areas; Telehealth is more expensive; Telehealth is not high quality; Telehealth is impersonal; Telehealth providers prescribe more drugs than those treating patients in person; Telehealth is a threat to providers; Telehealth is only synchronous communication.

WMUR, June 10, 2019

Telemedicine brings access to speciality healthcare to North Country

North Country Healthcare, a group of for hospitals serving northern New Hampshire is accelerating its access to specialty care via a telemedicine network, including seven specialties offered via video linkages with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

MultiBriefs, June 4, 2019

New Study: Rural Telehealth Capabilities are lagging

A research report recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine found as association between rural counties with inadequate broadband infrastructure and low rates of telemedicine use among Medicare enrollee. The broadband penetration rate in the most rural counties was 62% if primary care physician access was adequate, compared with 38% if it was inadequate, according to the study.

Health Center Promising Practices, HRSA, June 2019

Iowa Department of Public Health uses TelePrEP to prevent HIV

This article highlights a model telemedicine program in which the Iowa Department of Public Health is delivering a coordinated, statewide HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) program to address access issues

Observer-Dispatch, May 31, 2019

Telemedicine on the rise in Upstate New York

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is reporting a 188% higher usage rate of telemedicine services in Upstate New York over a three-year period. They estimate that New Yorkers made more than 180,000 telemedicine visits last year.

mHealth Intelligence, May 30, 2019

CCHP report finds video-based telemedicine coverage is nationwide

The latest report on state Medicaid coverage of telehealth by the Center for Connected Health Policy finds that video-based telemedicine is now covered in some form in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The updated report also highlights progress in state adoptiong of the Interstate Licensure Compact, reimbursement coverage of Rmote Patient Monitoring, and store-and-forward forms of telemedicine.

The Rural Health Monitor, May 29, 2019

Virtual Telehealth Librarians: A closer look at a Regional Telehealth Resource Center's technical assistance

Examples of effective technical assistance provided by the system of 12 regional Telehealth Resource Centers, a program funded by the Health Resources and Services administration. Recent efforts of the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center is profiled along with its productive collaboration with the national TRCs, the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center and the Center for Connected Health Policy.

Infectious Disease Advisor, May 29, 2019

IDSA issues updated statement on use of telemedicine and telehealth technologies

The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) issued an updated statement supporting the appropriate use of telemedicine and telehealth technologies in clinical care, research, and education. Details of the position statement were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

WABI 5, May 24, 2019

Local Patients receive benefits of telemedicine (Bangor, ME)

The plans of a recent grantee of a USDA Rural Development telemedicine grant, the Maine Rural Health Collaborative, is profiled. The project is led by St. Joseph's Healthcare in Bangor and involves collaboration with nine health care facilities in rural northern and eastern Maine to implement specialty care for diverse services such as telerheumatology.

Harvard Business Review, May 15, 2019

Telehealth is improving healthcare in rural areas

Telemedicine program outcomes and successes of Intermountain Healthcare in Utah is reviewed. Over 40 specialty care services are currently being delivered by their programs to spoke sites in seven western states.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog April 28, 2019

Telepsychology across state lines officially approved: PSYPACT

PSYPACT is an interstate compact specifically designed to facilitate the practice of telepsychology and the temporary face-to-face practice of psychology across state lines. With Georgia's legislative adoption of the compact on April 23rd, 2019, this achieves the minimum of eight states necessary to officially legalize interjurisdictional telepsychology by member states.

mHealth Intelligence, April 18, 2019

Yale doctors to test telehealth to treat pregnant women with OUD

Yale University researchers will use a $5.5 million PCORI grant to study whether a telehealth platform can help rural health providers improve care for pregnant women

Center for Connected Health Policy Issues In Focus, April 17, 2019

Medicare Advantage Plans & Telehealth

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final rules for changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and how they may treat telehealth-delivered services in basic coverage plans

Worcester Business Journal, April 9, 2019

UMass Prize Will Fund Telemedicine Initiative

A plan to evaluate opioid overdose patients using technology known as telemedicine has received an annual prize and funding from the UMass Memorial Medical Group

mHealth Intelligence, April 8, 2019

Are Doctors Who Use DTC telehealth overprescribing to children?

A new study finds that doctors using direct-to-consumer telehealth to treat children are prescribing more antibiotics than they would during an in-person visit - and they're not following standards of care, either.

Becker's Hospital Review, April 8, 2019

Stony Brook Medicine Unveils Mobile Stroke Unit, Telemedicine Program

Stony Brook (N.Y.) launched a mobile stroke unit program, which incorporates telemedicine to allow emergency medical technicians to communicate with the health system's neurologists through video.

Journal of Emergency Medical Services, April 4, 2019

Thinking About Applying for New CMS ET3 Model?

EMS providers will by this summer have the opportunity to adopt the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) Model as a Medicare services Alternate Payment Model (APM), an approach involving telehealth linkage to treatment onsite at 9-1-1 ambulance calls as an alternative to unnecessary ED transport for many cases.The model showed promise for Medicare cost savings by research funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation