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HealthcareITNews January 19, 2022      

Black surgical patients used telehealth more often in late 2020

A new study taking a closer look at surgical consultations early in the pandemic highlighted patterns among individuals who relied on video and audio-only visits.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 19, 2022     

Telehealth Use Among Medical Groups Peaked in First Half of 2020

Primary care, medical specialty, and surgical specialty providers saw an uptick in telehealth utilization when the pandemic hit in 2020, but virtual care use dwindled in the second half of the year, a survey found.

CCHP January 18, 2022  

PEW Report Shows Importance of Telehealth in Improving Access to Opioid Treatment

In December, The PEW Charitable Trusts (PEW) released a new report, State Policy Changes Could Increase Access to Opioid Treatment via Telehealth, exploring the benefits of utilizing telehealth to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and offering states policy recommendations to address telehealth policy barriers that hinder those benefits.

HealthcareITNews January 18, 2022  

HHS, DOD and vendors partner for critical care via telehealth

Across the country, the organizations are relieving stressed-out critical-care teams and filling in where necessary to fight COVID-19. The telehealth system is ready for other disasters, as well.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 18, 2022  

Health Systems Make COVID-19 Telehealth Expansion Plans With FCC Grants

Mercy and Tampa General Hospital have laid out their plans for using the FCC grants to increase access to COVID-19 telehealth services, including remote patient monitoring and virtual specialty care.

HealthcareITNews January 18, 2022  

Australia makes temporary changes to telehealth amid Omicron outbreak

Some subsidised specialist phone and video consultation items are being offered until 30 June.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 17, 2022 

Engage Patients to Resolve Lingering Gaps in Care

Telehealth and digital tools are key components to close gaps in care caused by pandemic and promote preventive care.

HealthcareITNews January 16, 2022

The rapid proliferation and advancement of telehealth

At the HIMSS21 APAC conference, Jim Lim, Sector Lead for NCS Healthcare, shared how telehealth is a logical focal point for healthcare innovations to be brought to the masses.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 14, 2022

Audio-Only Remote Patient Monitoring Boosts Access for Black Patients

When given the option, Black patients with COVID-19 were more likely to choose a telephone-based remote patient monitoring program over an application-based modality, a study found.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 13, 2022

First Stop Health Launches Virtual Primary Care Service

The telehealth provider will offer access to primary care via its app, website or over the telephone with the aim of increasing access and reducing costs.

HealthcareITNews January 13, 2022

Monash University project to enhance telehealth for mental health, palliative care services

New software solutions will be delivered to boost telehealth services like real-time transcription and diagnostic data integration.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 13, 2022

$226K Grant to Help FQHC Telehealth Consortium Improve Digital Equity

The funds will be used to establish a Telehealth Navigator Program, which aims to increase access to virtual care and improve digital equity among residents in Essex County, Massachusetts.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 12, 2022

FQHC to Use Remote Patient Monitoring to Improve Hypertension Care

The remote patient monitoring platform will provide Robeson Health Care Corporation with blood pressure cuffs and AI-enabled care coordination to help enhance hypertension care management.

HealthcareITNews January 12, 2022

Marshfield Clinic boosts patient-provider satisfaction and provider efficiency with telehealth

The Wisconsin health system has conducted almost 250,000 telemedicine visits since the start of the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews January 12, 2022

Clinicians have spent even more time in the EHR during COVID-19 – is telehealth to blame?

A recent study found that in-basket messages and clinical review are two major factors driving a pandemic increase in daily electronic health record minutes.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 12, 2022

Hispanic, Asian Cancer Patients Used Telehealth Less Than White Peers

Compared to white cancer patients, Hispanic patients were 14 percent less likely and Asian patients were 21 percent less likely to use telehealth, a new study reveals.

HealthcareITNews January 12, 2022

Virtual care's role in combating the youth mental health crisis

Brightline CEO Naomi Allen discusses the impact of COVID-19 on pediatric behavioral health.

CCPH January 11, 2022 

New Year, New Telehealth Policy Updates on States, CMS, Federal Agencies and More!

Winter Policy Developments in CCHP’s Telehealth Policy Finder CCHP’s Policy Finder look-up tool and Policy Trend Maps have been updated over the past few months based on the latest information from our ongoing state telehealth policy tracking. Since the release of the Fall 2021 State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement report, CCHP has updated approximately 60% of the total state policy pages. See the policy finder for the exact date each state and policy was updated.

HealthcareITNews January 11, 2022

NorthShore uses telehealth to take vitals and examine heart, lungs and ears from afar

The health system employs small, handheld devices for remote monitoring that patients can use at home, in conjunction with physicians in their offices.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 11, 2022

Telehealth Use Dipped 7% in October, But Telemental Care Persisted

Last October, telehealth use fell in every region except the Northeast, where it remained stable, but mental health condition claims increased in every region, according to FAIR Health.

Foley & Lardner, LLP January 10, 2022

Medicare Telehealth and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: New CMS Reimbursement Requirements

The CMS has responded to calls for additional telehealth flexibilities by continuing its efforts to address the substance abuse epidemic and expand access to mental/behavioral health in its new 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.

Foley & Lardner, LLP January 9, 2022

Four Key Takeaways for Digital Health Companies from the FTC’s Recent COPPA Settlement

True to its word, the Federal Trade Commission has continued to focus on online privacy by targeting digital platforms that collect personal information.

SPECTRUM NESS NY1 January 6, 2022

As hospitals attempt to prevent overcrowding, doctors advocate for virtual visits when possible

Mount Sinai Hospital is trying to prevent crowding in its emergency rooms, where doctors estimate seeing at least one in five patients who are experiencing mild sickness, including COVID-19 symptoms, making them candidates for a virtual doctor visit.

Foley & Lardner, LLP Janaury 6, 2022

New Jersey Allows Asynchronous Telemedicine

On December 21, 2021, New Jersey amended its telemedicine laws via SB 2559. The new changes expressly allow the use of asynchronous store-and-forward telemedicine as a standalone modality, remove prior prohibitions on audio-only modalities, and clarify what constitutes unacceptable “internet prescribing.” The changes are effective immediately.

Forbes January 6, 2022

Will The Telehealth Boom Continue After The Pandemic?

It’s a bittersweet truth that can be difficult to discuss: Major tragedies like the Covid-19 pandemic often ignite new approaches and innovations in healthcare. We’ve seen it born out of U.S. military trauma centers in Iraq and Afghanistan before, and we’re seeing it today with telehealth.

HealthcareITNews January 6, 2022

See where your state ranks on telemedicine

A new report digs into policies around the country through the lens of patient access and ease of providing care, assessing different approaches to telehealth in all 50 states.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 6, 2022

Video Telehealth as Effective as Usual Care for Chronic Diseases

Managing chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart failure, via video-based telemedicine is as safe and effective as usual in-person care, a new study shows.

HealthleadersNOW January 5, 2022

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASKS FOR EXAMPLES OF DIGITAL HEALTH USE DURING THE PANDEMIC

The White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) has issued a Request for Information on how technology and innovation have been used - successfully and unsuccessfully - to address barriers to care and health equity.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 5, 2022

Homelessness Drives Up No-Show Rates for Virtual Addiction Treatment

Stably housed individuals were more likely to use telehealth for substance use disorder treatment and had fewer missed appointments compared to people experiencing homelessness, a study found.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 5, 2022

Many States Hit Hard by COVID-19 Limit Telehealth Practice, Report Finds

States like New York, California, and Washington have laws that block interstate telehealth, while only three states allow all providers to easily practice telehealth across state lines.

HealthcareITNews January 5, 2022

Australia ends support for 128 telehealth items

Health leaders have since warned of some huge consequences of the change.

HealthcareITNews January 5, 2022

Female, Behavioral Health Physicians Led Early Telehealth Adoption

Within a Massachusetts health system, early telehealth adoption during the pandemic was associated with female, primary care, and behavioral health physicians, a study found.

HealthcareITNews January 5, 2022

Pharmacists' active involvement needed to bolster telepharmacy in Japan's rural communities: study

Japan has only made telepharmacy available in September.

Foley & Lardner, LLP January 5, 2022

Massachusetts DPH Delays Enforcement Penalties for State Surprise Billing Law

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has delayed the enforcement penalties for the new notice requirements under the “Patients First Law” until July 1, 2022. This news comes as a relief to the provider community that has been working to understand the new notice and disclosure requirements that largely took effect simultaneously with the Federal No Surprises Act on January 1, 2022.

HealthcareITNews January 4, 2022

One expert travels the country to see how telehealth is holding up

Justin Miller of eVisit visits the company's provider clients to see where they are excelling, the challenges they face and what's in store for 2022.

CCHP January 4, 2022

NQF Report Offers Framework for Assessing Quality of Care via Telehealth

The traction gained by telehealth during the pandemic has raised a number of policy questions. One of the most frequent issues raised revolves around telehealth’s impact on quality of care, but even more so, how to measure quality of care delivered via telehealth.

Foley & Lardner, LLP January 4, 2022

COVID-19 At-Home Tests: Do CLIA Requirements Apply and what do Health Care Providers Need to Know?

Demand for COVID-19 tests, including over-the-counter at-home tests, has soared with the surge of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. However, health care providers, employers, and individuals have lacked clarity on if and how federal requirements might apply to such tests, including the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), which govern most laboratory testing and the operations of clinical laboratories.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 4, 2022

Rural Cancer Survivors Report Low Telehealth Availability, Internet Access

Older cancer survivors in rural areas are also less likely to own the technology needed for virtual visits or use the internet for communication, a new study reveals.

HealthcareITNews January 3, 2022

FDA releases guidance for remotely acquiring data in clinical investigations

The draft report offers recommendations for stakeholders about using digital health hardware and software to gather information from remote trial participants.

HealthcareITNews January 3, 2022

Baptist Health uses $873K grant to build out RPM capabilities and expand telehealth

Without the demands of the pandemic, and without financial help from the FCC, the health system would have taken a more conservative approach.

HealthcareITNews January 3, 2022

India pilots plug-and-play telehealth programme for underserved areas

The project will initially cover about 60,000 patients in remote locations.

HealthccareITNews January 3, 2022

Texas makes abortion via telehealth a crime

A new law in the state bans the provision of abortion medication via courier, delivery or mail service – with potential consequences of jail time or a hefty fine.

mHealthIntelligence December 29, 2021

31% of Older Americans Worry Telehealth Not as Effective as In-person Care

Having a prior relationship with their provider and having the option to exchange emails or direct messages with them can help alleviate older adults' telehealth concerns, according to a survey.

mHealthIntelligence December 28, 2021

Older, Rural Medicare Beneficiaries s8ed Telehealth Less During Pandemic

Medicare beneficiaries who used telehealth during the pandemic were more likely to be younger, reside in urban areas, and be considered high-risk, a study found.

mHealthIntelligence December 23, 2021

Ohio, New Jersey Governors Sign Telehealth Bills Into Law

The bills expand telehealth access, ban denial of insurance coverage, and ensure payment parity between telehealth and in-person care in the two states.

HealthcareITNews December 23, 2021

HHS puts $48M toward rural public health IT, workforce expansion

Funding recipients can use the money to bolster technology needs and employee capacity in response to the long-term effects of COVID-19.

mHealthIntelligence December 23, 2021

FCC Announces $42.7M for 5th Round of COVID-19 Telehealth Funding

The latest round of federal telehealth funding will help 68 healthcare providers across the country purchase technologies and software to improve virtual care delivery.

mHealthIntelligence December 21, 2021

Outcomes for Virtual Prenatal, Postpartum Care Similar to In-Person Visits

A Massachusetts clinic saw similar outcomes among in-person and telehealth visits for pregnant patients and saw high telehealth utilization rates for prenatal and postpartum care services.

HealthcareITNews December 21, 2021

Amwell CEO on what 2022 may hold for RPM and telehealth reimbursement

Roy Schoenberg, a major player in the field of telemedicine, offers his views on the future of remote patient monitoring, reimbursement regulation and technological advancements.

CCHP December 21, 2021

CCHP Leadership Looks Back on Telehealth Policy in 2021...plus a peek into 2022!

As the year winds down, it’s been another eventful one for telehealth policy. With COVID continuing to impact our daily lives for a second year, telehealth still remains an important tool in providing people with needed health services. .

FIERCEHealthcare December 21, 2021

Digital health startups join HHS accelerator to tackle COVID health inequities

Fifteen digital health startups will join a national accelerator program to address health inequities exacerbated by COVID-19.

mHealthIntelligence December 20, 2021

Permanent Pay, Originating Site Policies Boost Access to Virtual Addiction Services

By making temporary reimbursement and site-originating policies permanent, legislators could help increase access to virtual opioid use disorder treatment, according to a new report.

Telehealth.org December 20, 2021

Medicaid and Telehealth Program Policies by State

The Center for Connected Health Policy updates its mandate regarding telehealth, Medicaid, health professional regulations, and private payers by individual states every six months. The reader can find all updates via the policy finder.

Telehealth.org December 20, 2021

Are You Complying with HIPAA Telehealth Requirements? Mental Health Provider Survey Exposes Failures

It is easy for providers to talk about providing digital security to clients and patients, but following legal mandates requires education and routine diligence.

HealthcareITNews December 20, 2021

Advances in telemedicine are on the way in 2022

A physician expert in virtual care talks technological advances, reimbursement legislation and the continued evolution of remote patient monitoring.

Telehealth.org December 19, 2021

Telehealth in Rural Areas: Treating PTSD & Bipolar Disorder

Telehealth has recently shown triumphs within the medical field by reaching those living in rural areas who were less likely to access mental health services than those residing in bigger cities.

Telehealth.org December 19, 2021

New Evidence-Based Approach to Autism Telehealth Treatment

Almost one out of 54 children in the United States lives with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Early diagnosis and treatment can dramatically help children and their families. Unfortunately, with the overburdened US behavioral health system combined with the lack of qualified professionals, many families must wait up to 12 months for an initial diagnostic interview.

mHealthIntelligence December 17, 2021

Increased Telehealth Utilization Supports Rural Health in Michigan

Five rural counties in Michigan saw an increase in telehealth utilization, with younger generations and adults with children using the service most often.

HealthAffairs December 17, 2021

Rethinking The Impact Of Audio-Only Visits On Health Equity

New pandemic-era flexibility that allowed audio-only health visits to be routinely reimbursed as telehealth may be leading to substandard care for those it was meant to serve.

mHealthIntelligence December 17, 2021

Grocery Chain Launches Telehealth Platform, Prescription Delivery Service

The telehealth platform launched by supermarket operator Hy-vee aims to provide users with virtual care and prescription delivery services while keeping costs low.

AP NEWS December 15, 2021

Telehealth helps in pandemic, concerns linger: AP-NORC poll

Most older Americans have had to use telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and many were comfortable with it, but a new poll finds persistent concerns about issues like technology, the quality of care and patient privacy.

mHealthIntelligence December 15, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Lags in Detecting Pacemaker Battery Failure

Though the FDA had suggested patients use remote patient monitoring processes to track the battery life of their pacemaker, new research shows the processes were not successful.

mHealthIntelligence December 15, 2021

Digital Interventions May Aid in Reducing Depression Symptoms

Participation in digital interventions such as online modules and lessons led to a reduction in depression symptoms as compared with no treatment at all, a new study shows.

mHealthIntelligence December 14, 2021

Patient Satisfaction With Live Video Dips From Pandemic High

Patient satisfaction with live video visits dropped 10 percentage points from 2020 to 2021, though other telehealth modalities, like live phone calls, saw increases, a new survey shows.

HealthcareITNews December 13, 2021

Former CMS chief of staff previews 4 areas of value-based care in 2022

Caravan Health President and CEO Tim Gronniger talks telemedicine, staff retention and provider burnout, health equity, and growth in value-based payment.

HealthcareITNews December 13, 2021

Australia working towards 'permanent' telehealth

Over 16 million Australians have also received subsidised telehealth support since last year.

HealthcareITNews December 13, 2021

How to get clinicians more comfortable with delivering telemedicine

A physician expert in virtual care discusses building familiarity, using pilot projects and managing scheduling carefully.

HealthcareITNews December 13, 2021

Legislators float bipartisan bill to safeguard telehealth

The legislation would extend COVID-19-era emergency waivers for two years, buying some time before the arrival of the so-called telehealth cliff.

CCHP December 10, 2021

2021 In Review: State Telehealth Policy Legislative Roundup

CCHP’s 2021 roundup of state approved legislation which includes a detailed listing of all bills by topic area and state.

mHealthIntelligence December 9, 2021

US Reps Introduce Bill to Ensure Permanent Access to Telehealth

The Telehealth Extension Act aims to solidify policies that will preserve permanent access to telehealth after the public health emergency ends.

Telehealth.org December 9, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement & Home Health Care

Healthcare professionals use remote patient monitoring (RPM) to help them keep track of consumers’ health status from the comfort of their homes. This article will look at remote patient monitoring, the many benefits it provides, and the challenges it is facing while providing home health care.

FierceHealthcare December 9, 2021

AHA, Johns Hopkins, Athenahealth, others launch campaign to make telehealth permanent

Sixteen organizations launched a public education campaign to protect access to telehealth called Telehealth Access for America.

Telehealth.org December 9, 2021

Employers Boosting Telehealth Benefits in Record Numbers

According to a report released Nov. 10 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, most organizations have boosted their telehealth benefits for their employees since the COVID outbreak began, with one out of every ten big companies signing new contracts with telehealth providers. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey results were based on responses from nearly 1,700 small and large employers from January to July 2021.

mHealthIntelligence December 9, 2021

AHA, Ascension, Others Campaign to Preserve Post-Pandemic Telehealth Access

The Telehealth Access for America campaign urges Congress to solidify policies and ensure telehealth access once the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

Telehealth.org December 9, 2021

Caution: Direct-to-Consumer Digital Care – All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Opportunistic corporations are exploding into the telemental health niche blasted open by COVID, which prompted inexperienced investors to race pell-mell into direct-to-consumer teletherapy. Especially in the area of self-paid and insurance-paid ambulatory mental health services, where independent practitioners provide the bulk of the treatment, the shift to telehealth has been improvised, disorganized, unsupervised, and unscrutinized in an alarming one-size-fits-all approach to assisting people with mental health challenges.

mHealthIntelligence December 8, 2021

Telehealth Payment, Access Flexibilities Can Help Close Care Gaps

A new report shows that telehealth could play a key part in mitigating health inequities, but payment structures and social determinants of health, like lack of broadband access, pose challenges.

Telehealth.org December 8, 2021

Annual HIPAA Deadline Approaching: HIPAA Risk Assessment

Each year healthcare professionals must conduct a HIPAA risk assessment to identify risks and vulnerabilities to protect patient/client’s health information. As the 2021 annual security risk assessment deadline approaches, it is important to understand what needs to be done to meet this requirement.

HealthcareITNews December 8, 2021

Hospital at home: How healthcare orgs can set programs up for success

Experts say home-based advanced care initiatives should consider patients holistically and recognize virtual care as a distinct modality requiring its own strategic investments.

mHealthIntelligence December 7, 2021

Telehealth Use Continues to Rise, But COVID-19 Not Among Top Diagnoses

Following August’s trend, September saw another increase in telehealth use on the national level, as well as in the West and Midwest regions.

HEALTHCAREDIVE December 7, 2021

COVID-19 drops out of top telehealth diagnoses in September even as virtual care use rises

National telehealth use, measured as a percentage of all medical claims, rose more than 2% in September for the second straight month as the delta variant surged, following a sustained period of decline early this year.

HealthcareITNews December 7, 2021

American Hospital Association, Johns Hopkins and others launch pro-telehealth campaign

Telehealth Access for America is aimed at educating the public about the benefits of expanding access to virtual care services.

Foley & Lardner December 7,2021

Medicare Telehealth Mental Health FAQs: CMS and the New In-Person Exam Requirement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized its rule on in-person exam requirements for Medicare coverage of telehealth-based mental health services when the patient is located at home. The Frequently Asked Questions below are based on CMS’ policies in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.

CCHP December 7, 2021

QFRs Provide Insight on OIG Telehealth Perspective & Further Clarify Telefraud is not Telehealth Fraud

In late September, the nomination of Christi Grimm as Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG) was considered in a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Finance. As the future of telehealth policy is front of mind for lawmakers, the HHS-OIG Official Responses to Questions for the Record (QFRs) posted on the Committee’s website contain a number of questions and responses that showcase the important role of HHS-OIG in terms of the future of telehealth policy while also providing a clear explanation of OIG’s view on a range of telehealth issues.

HealthcareITNews December 7, 2021  

A Hawaii health system meets island community and COVID-19 needs with telehealth

Queen's Health Systems' medical director of telehealth offers an in-depth look at a $1 million virtual care overhaul that may be instructive for health IT leaders across the country.

HealthcareITNews December 6, 2021  

Kaspersky survey raises concerns about patient trust in telehealth

A report released by the cybersecurity company found that fears around data privacy and security contributed to patients' refusal to participate in virtual care.

HEALTHCAREDIVE December 6, 2021 

Medicare telehealth visits increased 63-fold from 2019 to 2020, new government data shows

Virtual visits for Medicare beneficiaries went from hundreds of thousands pre-pandemic to tens of millions in 2020, with many beneficiaries using telehealth for the first time.

mHealthIntelligence December 6, 2021

Telehealth Use Among Medicare Patients Skyrocketed 63-Fold Last Year

Telehealth use by Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries especially increased for specialist visits and behavioral health visits from 2019 to 2020, according to an HHS report.

Fierce Healthcare December 5, 2021

Out-of-pocket costs may sway patient preference for telehealth

Out-of-pocket costs may play larger role in telehealth visits than in-person care: survey.

Telehealth.org December 3, 2021

Employers Boosting Telehealth Benefits in Record Numbers

According to a report released Nov. 10 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, most organizations have boosted their telehealth benefits for their employees since the COVID outbreak began, with one out of every ten big companies signing new contracts with telehealth providers. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey results were based on responses from nearly 1,700 small and large employers from January to July 2021.

JDSUPRA December 3, 2021

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 - December 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. Telehealth is an essential tool in ensuring patients are able to access.

mHealthIntelligence December 3, 2021 

PCORI Grants $23M to Support Telehealth Effectiveness Studies

The funds will support studies that assess telehealth effectiveness for treating pain relief, smoking cessation, and mental health conditions.

mHealthIntelligence December 3, 2021

Telehealth Succeeds in Managing Type 2 Diabetes, Studies Show

A systematic review of nearly 30 studies revealed that telehealth interventions can successfully help adults manage type 2 diabetes.

Telehealth.org December 3, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement & Home Health Care

Healthcare professionals use remote patient monitoring (RPM) to help them keep track of consumers’ health status from the comfort of their homes. This article will look at remote patient monitoring, the many benefits it provides, and the challenges it is facing while providing home health care.

mHealthIntelligence December 2, 2021 Link  

Higher Costs Prompt Patients to Switch From Telehealth to In-Person Care

A new study revealed the impact of out-of-pocket costs on visit modality, showing that patients who preferred telehealth were likely to switch to in-person care if it was cheaper.

mHealthIntelligence December 1, 2021 Link  

5 New Telehealth Training Sites to Open in Arkansas, Tennessee

The South Central Telehealth Resource Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is opening satellite locations that will be funded by federal grants.

mHealthIntelligence December 1, 2021 Link  

52% of Providers Say Patients Declined Telehealth Due to Security Concerns

A majority of the global providers surveyed also expressed concerns about data use and sharing, as well as about the personal penalties that may arise if data is leaked.

Fierce Healthcare December 1, 2021  

Truepill builds COVID-19 virtual care platform with antiviral delivery and telehealth consults

Truepill is launching an end-to-end virtual care platform for COVID-19, the digital health unicorn announced Wednesday.

HealthcareITNews December 1, 2021  

CareCloud CEO predicts what's around the corner for telehealth

A. Hadi Chaudry says he foresees a growth in remote patient monitoring overall, not just video visits.

HEALTHCAREDIVE December 1, 2021  

Patient willingness for telehealth high, but in-person care perceived as more valuable, research suggests

Patients who leaned toward in-person care were more willing to pay for it, while those who preferred video visits were more sensitive to out-of-pocket costs, a survey conducted by Rand found.

PEW December 1, 2021

Telehealth May Be Here to Stay

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, medical executive Lyndi Church and her colleagues at Caring Hands Healthcare Centers in southeastern Oklahoma had been intrigued by telehealth, but they feared it was unworkable in their rural corner of the state.

Health Care Law Today November 30, 2021

Is the DEA Poised to Regulate Telepharmacy?

On November 16, 2021, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, exploring whether or not to create new federal regulations governing the practice of telepharmacy. These regulations would govern the receipt of prescriptions and dispensing of controlled substances by pharmacists practicing across multiple states.

CCHP November 30, 2021

Federal Telehealth Policy News: MedPAC, MACPAC and Other Federal Updates

The Medicare Payment and Access Commission (MedPAC) recently met to provide updated Medicare telehealth utilization data, which highlights a decrease in use since the beginning of the pandemic, but also shows that utilization remains higher than prior to the pandemic. Earlier this year MedPAC published recommendations to Congress to further extend some federal COVID expansions related to telehealth in order to gather more data to inform long-term policies…

Healthleadersmedia November 29, 2021

NEW YORK INVESTS $3 MILLION IN TELEHEALTH TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES

The state is issuing $150,000 grants to community health providers around the state to purchase telehealth and remote monitoring technology to help underserved communities access care.

mHealthIntelligence November 29, 2021

Cancer Care Clinicians Satisfied with Telehealth, Desire Continued Use

It envisions expanding the use of telemedicine to include telegenetic consultations, remote chemotherapy support, remote monitoring via wearables and palliative care.

HealthcareITNews November 29, 2021

City of Hope advances cancer care with hybrid telehealth and in-person visits

It envisions expanding the use of telemedicine to include telegenetic consultations, remote chemotherapy support, remote monitoring via wearables and palliative care.

mHealthIntelligence November 29, 2021

Tech Access, Digital Literacy Barriers to Virtual Care for Opioid Use Disorder

While telehealth may improve access to opioid use disorder treatment, lack of access to technology and low digital literacy levels still stand in the way.

mHealthIntelligence November 29, 2021

Medicare Patients in Metro Areas More Likely to Report Telehealth Use

Additionally, those who were younger than 75, lived in the west and had internet connectivity were more likely to use video or voice calls to interact with their physicians.

mHealthIntelligence November 29, 2021

Using Remote Patient Monitoring to Lower Hypertension Progression

Patients with hypertension are highly likely to benefit from home monitoring and care management using remote patient monitoring.

HEALTHCAREDIVE November 29, 2021

Accelerating outcomes amid healthcare's digital transformation

Opportunity is building for healthcare organizations to leverage digital tools, technology and analytics to find new innovations and drive breakthrough improvements in their business and clinical operations.

Health Care Law Today November 28, 2021

Telemedicine Will Remain Even as the COVID-19 Crisis Recedes; But the Policies That Enabled Great Advances in Telemedicine Should Become Permanent

As telemedicine companies stepped up during the COVID-19 (COVID) health crisis, patients and clinicians alike came to value and rely on the model of anywhere care, where an exam, checkup, or therapy session could be performed remotely and safely. Despite the support from consumers, the industry faces policy ambiguity as lawmakers roll back many of the rule waivers tied to the Public Health Emergency (PHE).

mHealthIntelligence November 24, 2021

HHS to Distribute $35M to Support Telehealth Expansion for Title X Program

The agency plans to award 60 one-time grants to bolster virtual care services offered by Title X family planning providers

mHealthIntelligence November 24, 2021

Fraud Enforcement Followed Spike in Telemental Care

Federal actions to enforce telehealth regulations governing mental healthcare included charges against those who participated in false billing and other schemes.

Telehealth.org November 23, 2021

FTC: New Health App Security Ruling Includes Providers & Other Stakeholders

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accepted app security and app privacy policy statement addressing the use of health applications and connected devices by providers, manufacturers, and other services that collect or use consumers’ personal health information.

HealthcareITNews November 23, 2021

One daughter's story of how telemedicine helped her addicted father

Seeking to shed stigma, Erica Land tells her story. And she offers a look at what it's like on the frontlines of telehealth as a clinical operations specialist at VirtualMed Staff.

Telehealth.org November 23, 2021

Telehealth Policy Updates: Change in Telehealth Place of Service Code (POS), Claims Lags, Private Payers & More

Not only are patients who are older and Black less likely to use video visits as compared to phone visits, but also those who live in a rural zip code and have Medicaid, a new study shows.

mHealthIntelligence November 23, 2021

Older, Black Patients More Likely to Use Audio-Only Telehealth

Not only are patients who are older and Black less likely to use video visits as compared to phone visits, but also those who live in a rural zip code and have Medicaid, a new study shows.

Telehealth.org November 23, 2021

Telehealth Social Work: ASWB Telehealth Regulations Report & “Social Work Today” Article

In an important social work development, the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) has released a detailed report for providers who practice telehealth social work across state lines and their organizations.

HealthcareITNews November 22, 2021

Telehealth Connection TV: An in-depth look at all things telemedicine

Federal officials, scholars, chief information officers and two sitting U.S. senators weigh in on their experiences with virtual care and their predictions for the future.

mHealthIntelligence November 22, 2021

A Snapshot of Telehealth Payment Policies Across States

States have adjusted their Medicaid reimbursement policies for telehealth services, with most increasing coverage of and access to virtual care.

HealthcareITNews November 22, 2021

Tackling the challenge of integrating telehealth seamlessly into the EHR

Ophir Lotan from telemedicine company TytoCare walks readers through this key task now that virtual care has gone mainstream because of COVID-19.

Health Care Law Today November 21, 2021

CMS Changes Course by Repealing the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology and Definition of Reasonable and Necessary Rule Due to Insufficient Beneficiary Protections

On November 12, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is rescinding the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology and Definition of “Reasonable and Necessary” (MCIT/R&N) final rule, which would have become effective on December 15, 2021.

mHealthIntelligence November 19, 2021

Cancer Patients with Low Socioeconomic Status Used Telehealth Less

Telehealth may have widened care disparities for some cancer patients, as patients with high socioeconomic status accessed telehealth more frequently than those with low socioeconomic status.

HealthcareITNews November 19, 2021

Digital health tools can be useful post-surgery, but more high-quality research is needed

In a paper published this week, researchers examined dozens of previous studies in which patients had been monitored after discharge from the hospital.

mHealthIntelligence November 19, 2021

Remote Monitoring Via Text Linked to Fewer COVID-19 Deaths

Penn Medicine leveraged a text-based remote monitoring program which resulted in three deaths as compared to 12 deaths among patients who received usual outpatient care protocols.

HealthcareITNews November 19, 2021

Report: Telemedicine, modernized licensing can help bridge health disparity gap

A wide-ranging Commonwealth Fund analysis aims to evaluate health equity across race and ethnicity on a state-by-state basis.

JDSUPRA November 18, 2021

Telemental Health Laws: Overview

Since 2016, Epstein Becker Green (EBG) has researched, compiled, and analyzed state-specific content relating to the regulatory requirements for professional mental/behavioral health practitioners and stakeholders seeking to provide telehealth-focused services.

mHealthIntelligence November 18, 2021

Follow-Up Visit Volumes Similar for Telehealth, In-Person Care

Telehealth services and in-person care were accompanied by similar volumes of follow-up visits and subsequent hospitalizations.

mHealthIntelligence November 18, 2021

75% of Doctors Worry Telehealth Blocks Visibility Into Addiction Issues

Most physicians felt confident that they could recognize the signs of drug misuse in-person, but only half had the same level of confidence for telehealth visits, a new survey shows.

mHealthIntelligence November 17, 2021

Cures 2.0 Bill Introduced in House Aims to Expand Telehealth Coverage

The new Cures 2.0 bill builds upon the original legislation and pushes for expanded Medicare and Medicaid telehealth coverage.

mHealthIntelligence November 17, 2021

Cures 2.0 Bill Introduced in House Aims to Expand Telehealth Coverage

The new Cures 2.0 bill builds upon the original legislation and pushes for expanded Medicare and Medicaid telehealth coverage.

mHealthIntelligence November 17, 2021

Jefferson Health, BAYADA to Establish Home Health Joint Venture

The definitive agreement to create the joint venture, which will likely be finalized by next spring, also includes an academic affiliation.

HealthcareITNews November 16, 2021

$1M grant sets up Renown Regional for hybrid telehealth and in-person care

The FCC funds greatly expanded the health system's virtual care abilities last year as COVID-19 hit – but the added bonus of a hybrid care future is a big win.

mHealthIntelligence November 16, 2021

Audio-Only Telehealth Visits Common for Safety-Net Providers

The majority of patients at New York-based community health centers used audio-only telehealth rather than video visits during the pandemic.

CCHP November 16, 2021

CCHP Releases Telehealth & Medicaid Webinar Summary – A Report From the Fall Series

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) held its third Medicaid webinar series September – October 2021. The Fall Medicaid Webinar Series featured presenters from seven state Medicaid or other state offices (Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont).

JDSUPRA November 16, 2021

HHS OIG Studies State Medicaid Programs’ Use of Telehealth

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a report concerning the use of telehealth to render behavioral health services to Medicaid enrollees, calling for greater evaluation and oversight in the hopes of encouraging states to implement changes to improve how their Medicaid programs use telehealth for behavioral health services, including mental health assessments, individual therapy, and medication management.

mHealthIntelligence November 16, 2021

Majority of Providers, Patients Plan to Continue Using Telehealth

Providers and patients also indicated a preference for synchronous, video-based telehealth as compared to other formats, a new survey shows.

Fierce Healthcare 15, 2021

Physicians fear missing signs of drug abuse with telehealth

Telehealth offered numerous benefits to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing access to care when in-person visits weren’t safe or feasible for many. But a new report shows providers worry that virtual visits allowed signs of drug abuse to slip by unnoticed.

Fierce Healthcare 15, 2021

The State of Telehealth: Providers and Patients Weigh In

COVID-19 drove a telehealth boom that led to more interaction and better outcomes for both providers and patients, according to a new State of Telehealth survey GoodRx conducted along with the American Telemedicine Association during the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews 15, 2021

Telephone, video visits 'critical' for enabling safety-net care access

But a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that clinicians are still concerned about hurdles to telehealth implementation.

HealthcareITNews 15, 2021

The next investment priorities for telehealth, RPM and connected health

Seven health system IT executives explain how they're strategizing to build on the post-pandemic potential of virtual care technologies and services.

mHealthIntelligence 15, 2021

Patients Used Telehealth as a Substitute for Post-Discharge Visits

Post-discharge visit volumes remained steady, but more patients used telehealth while the number of in-person visits decreased, a study found.

mHealthIntelligence 15, 2021

Creating a Post-COVID Remote Patient Monitoring Strategy

Post-COVID remote patient monitoring can enable providers to deliver longitudinal care to patients managing one or more chronic diseases, improving outcomes.

mHealthIntelligence 15, 2021

Diversity in Pediatric Telehealth Use is Rising, But Needs a Further Boost

More non-white and non-English-speaking children are using telehealth than prior to the pandemic, but health systems need to do more to engage diverse communities.

mHealthIntelligence 12, 2021

FCC to Pour an Additional $700M+ Into Broadband Expansion

The funds will go to 50 broadband providers who will bring their services to hundreds of thousands of locations across 26 states, helping to bolster healthcare access.

HealthAffairs November 12, 2021

Minding The Access Gap: Addressing Both The Digital And Transportation Divides To Improve Outcomes

Prompted by concerns that some in-person care was too dangerous during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the US health care sector accelerated telehealth’s expansion. While telehealth has improved access to many outpatient services, marginalized patients—rural, poor, older, and minority patients—may not have benefitted equally from telehealth’s expansion. This stems, in part, from the “digital divide”—differential access to personal technology or broadband connectivity that results from historic disparities in economic means or educational attainment.

JDSURPA November 11, 2021

2022 Medicare PFS Extends Telehealth Services Expansion

The 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule released on November 2 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added certain services to the Medicare telehealth services list through December 31, 2023.

mHealthIntelligence November 11, 2021

Telehealth for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Sees Success

Using telehealth for borderline personality disorder treatment led to positive patient outcomes and satisfaction for the Rhode Island Hospital Adult partial hospital program.

mHealthIntelligence November 11, 2021

Blue Cross NC Widens Teladoc Collab, Bolstering Telehealth Services

The expanded collaboration will enable self-funded Blue Cross NC employers to access Teladoc's chronic care management solutions for diabetes, hypertension and mental health.

CCHP November 10, 2021

Final Physician Fee Schedule Telehealth Policy Changes to Medicare for CY 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) policies for Medicare last week. Unless otherwise noted, the policies will take effect on January 1, 2022. Much of the proposals published in July 2021 for public commentary remain intact, but CMS did make several modifications and clarifications.

HealthcareITNews November 10, 2021

Rapid telehealth rollout was beneficial for nursing homes, but had downsides too

A study from the University of Missouri found that virtual care reduced stress for residents and increased access to services. It also worsened social isolation and caused confusion among some patients. (PHE).

Health Care Law Today November 10, 2021

Let's Talk Compliance Recap: The Telemedicine Cliff

In the October 8, 2021 session of our Let’s Talk Compliance series, Foley & Lardner’s T.J. Ferrante and PYA’s Valerie Rock shared their expertise and answered questions regarding telemedicine. One area of focus was the “telemedicine cliff” - unless Congress acts, the telemedicine requirements will return to their prior restrictions a

mHealthIntelligence November 10, 2021

NJ Governor Shoots Down Telehealth Pay Parity Bill

The bill, which requires insurers to pay for telehealth services at the same rate as in-person care, could result in high costs to taxpayers and thus warrants closer examination, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

HealthCareDive November 10, 2021

Health centers raise alarm about rolling back Medicaid coverage post-public health emergency

Health centers say rolling back government actions that boosted Medicaid coverage during the pandemic after the COVID-19 public health emergency expires could severely curtail patient care, according to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

mHealthIntelligence November 10, 2021

Self-Funded Employer Health Plan Launches Virtual Primary Care

The virtual primary care offering from Centivo will allow self-funded employers and their employees to access primary care services via telehealth.

mHealthIntelligence November 9, 2021

Permanent Audio-Only Telehealth, Licensure Flexibilities Key to Virtual Care

As states look to make telehealth policies enacted during the pandemic permanent, a new report recommends focusing on allowances expanding audio-only telehealth and cross-state medical licensing.

JDSURPA November 9, 2021

CMS Greenlights Certain Telebehavioral Health Services Beyond the Public Health Emergency and Provides Important Incentives for Further Investment

The COVID-19 Global Pandemic compelled the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to revamp its approach to regulating telehealth services and temporarily embrace the modality as a practical treatment option.

mHealthIntelligence November 9, 2021

Telehealth Users Prefer Doctor Services Over Direct-to-Consumer Care

Data from Morning Consult revealed that individuals accessed telehealth through their doctor or health plan more often than up-and-coming direct-to-consumer platforms.

CCHP November 9, 2021

Telehealth Policy Updates:

CHHP Insights into State and Federal Developments & Trends

mHealthIntelligence November 8, 2021

Senate Bill Aims to Solidify Medicare Coverage for Telehealth

The proposed bill would permanently expand Medicare coverage for select telehealth services, including physical therapy and speech-language pathology.

mHealthIntelligence November 8, 2021

Sociodemographic Factors Impacted Success of Telehealth Video Visits

Patients over 65 and Black patients were more likely to have an unsuccessful telehealth video visit compared to their younger White counterparts due to a slew of sociodemographic factors.

JDSUPRA November 5, 2021

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 - November 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 November 5, 2021

Skilled Nursing Facilities Had Mixed Reviews of Telehealth Use

While telehealth helped improve access to convenient care for residents in skilled nursing facilities, some staff found it difficult to use without proper training.

HealthcareITNews November 5, 2021

Change management is key' for maintaining remote cybersecurity

In a preview of his panel at the HIMSS Cybersecurity Forum, Franciscan Health Vice President of Digital Innovation and Applications Sri Bharadwaj says threat factors have substantially increased amid COVID-19.

Telehealth.org November 4, 2021 

Telehealth Reimbursement Alert: Federal Register Releases Allowed 2022 Telehealth CPT Codes & Services

UPDATED 11/9/21 Many long-awaited decisions regarding telehealth CPT codes were released earlier this week, signaling a new frontier for telehealth reimbursement.

mHealthIntelligence November 4, 2021  

Limited English Proficiency Hinders Access to Telehealth Video Visits

Patients with limited English proficiency and no past telehealth video visit experience were unlikely to choose video over telephone appointments for primary care telehealth services, a study found.

mHealthIntelligence November 4, 2021  

Southern States Saw Increase in Telehealth Utilization During Summer

The South saw an increase in telehealth utilization in August, with COVID-19 joining the top five telehealth diagnoses following a Delta variant surge.

HealthcareITNews November 4, 2021  

RPM will be the new standard of care, a new study says

WebCareHealth CEO Dr. Teresa Sieck unpacks the results of the report about remote patient monitoring's abilities to find gaps in care, improve patient engagement, enhance the provider experience and boost revenue.

mHealthIntelligence November 3, 2021  

Orgs Ask Congress to Make Telehealth a Permanent Excepted Benefit

Permanently including telehealth services as an excepted benefit under ERISA would allow all employees, regardless of employment status, to access virtual healthcare beyond the pandemic, the organizations said.

HealthcareITNews November 3, 2021  

Physician fee schedule final rule opens up telehealth access

AMA wants Congress to avert physician payment cuts it says will amount to 9.75% for 2022.

mHealthIntelligence November 3, 2021  

Cancer Patients May Benefit from Using Telehealth for Music Therapy

Patients with cancer saw positive emotional outcomes after attending music therapy sessions via telehealth, Texas researchers found.

HEALTHCAREDIVE November 3, 2021  

CMS finalizes plans to hike price transparency penalties, extend telehealth flexibilities

The agency is also moving forward with a plan to stop the ending of the Medicare inpatient-only list, which is a win for hospitals.

HealthcareITNews November 2, 2021 

ATA, businesses ask Congress to expand telehealth options for workers

Advocacy organizations and business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Congress, argue that current law effectively prevents employers from offering virtual care to part-time or seasonal workers.

mHealthIntelligence November 2, 2021 

Groups Urge Legislators to Maintain Telehealth Licensures During PHE

Governors must solidify telehealth licensure flexibilities that allow patients to access telehealth services from providers in other states, the organizations insisted.

HealthcareITNews November 2, 2021 

How Hims & Hers built a business entirely centered on telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the business from delicate conditions like sexual health and hair loss into primary care and mental health.

HEALTHCAREDIVE November 2, 2021 

Why are women more likely to use telehealth?

As Washington mulls over telehealth regulations post-COVID-19, it's important not to roll back access in a way that could disproportionately affect women.

mHealthIntelligence November 2, 2021 

Teladoc Health Virtual Primary Care Model Influences Q3 Earnings

Teladoc Health’s recently launched virtual primary care model helped the company see successful third quarter earnings.

Telehealth.org November 2, 2021 

Telehealth Nurses: Solution of the National Nursing Shortage

Although the problem of nursing shortages in hospitals has been around for quite some time, the pandemic has brought this challenge to an entirely new level.

CCHP November 2, 2021 

HHS-OIG Reports on Pandemic Medicare Teleheatlh Trends to Inform Permanent Policies

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) released a telehealth report on October 18th that looked at the relationship between providers and Medicare patients utilizing telehealth between March and December 2020. Specifically, HHS-OIG examined encounter claims data to determine the presence of pre-existing relationships, dates of any prior visits, and the types of services provided.

HealthcareITNews November 2, 2021

AWS physician expert talks new use cases for telehealth, machine learning, cloud

Dr. Rowland Illing, director of international public sector health at Amazon Web Services, offers a tutorial on some leading-edge technologies, and how they're being deployed across healthcare.

HIMSS November 1, 2021HIMSS November 1, 2021

Digital health in 2021: A look back

The COVID-19 pandemic helped propel digital healthcare into the spotlight in 2020. But coming out of that momentous year, many questions remain about how healthcare will permanently change. Now at the tail end of 2021, we look back at how digital health has become a staple of the medical system.

HealthcareITNews November 1, 2021

Hundreds of groups ask governors to expand telehealth licensure flexibilities

The groups say that the premature expiration of pandemic-era policies could leave patients, especially immunocompromised people, in the lurch.

mHealthIntelligence November 1, 2021

Virtual Behavioral Health, Ambulatory Care Spiked During Pandemic

TAmbulatory care saw an uptick in virtual visits and a decline in in-person visits, indicating that virtual care was substitutive rather than additive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HealthcareITNews November 1, 2021

Teladoc eyes hospital growth, says primary care is 'just the beginning'

The company logged 3.9 million visits in Q3, notching 37% growth from the previous year. But it reported $84.3 million in net loss, compared with $35.9 million for the same period in 2020.

mHealthIntelligence November 1, 2021

mHealth App Improves Patient-Provider Communication During Pregnancy

An mHealth app from UPMC can help improve patient-provider communication about preeclampsia and low-dose aspirin use in pregnant people.

HealthcareITNews October 29, 2021

Prioritise digital healthcare from early life, says Lancet report

Greater demand for digital solutions in healthcare sector

mhealthintelligence October 29, 2021

Telehealth May Increase Access to Quality Lung Cancer Screenings

Lung cancer screening outcomes were similar for in-person and telehealth screenings, indicating that telehealth could be viable to increase the number of patien

mhealthintelligence October 28, 2021

Cigna Expands Telehealth Platform, Launches Virtual-First Plan

Cigna will expand its virtual care platform and plans to launch a virtual-first health plan to increase m

mhealthintelligence October 28, 2021

Chicago Provider Adds Virtual Medical Exams to Telehealth Program

NorthShore University HealthSystem will offer patients virtual medical examinations for acute and chronic cond

mhealthintelligence October 27, 2021

23andMe Merger Targets Personalized Primary Care Access, Telehealth

A merger agreement between 23andMe and Lemonaid Health aims to increase personalized primary care access through teleheal

HealthCareITNews October 27, 2021

ATA to assess telemedicine's role in addressing U.S. healthcare disparities

An advisory group convened by the organization released a framework of nine

JDSUPRA October 27, 2021

Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Planning for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management in Hospitals

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still active worldwide, health care industry leaders and regulators have already begun to think about how to implement post-pandemic changes to

mhealthintelligence October 27, 2021

Using mHealth Wearables to Understand Diverse Populations

Researchers are working collaboratively with Apple to gain data insights into dive

CHHP October 27, 2021

CCHP’s Fall 50 State Telehalth Policy Summary Report is Here!…Telehealth Policy Shifts Again

Today the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is releasing its bi-annual summary of state telehealth policy changes for Fall 2021. Additionally, we are also making available a summary chart showing where states stand on many key telehealth policies, as well as an infographic highlighting our key findings.

HealthAffairs Blog October 26, 2021

The US Should Change Payment To Make Health Care More Equitable-

This post is part of the Health Affairs Blog short series, “Value Assessment: Where Do We Go Post-COVID?” The series explores what we have learned about value assessment and related issues during the coronavirus pandemic, how we might think about value in health care going forward, and how these ideas might translate into policy.

HealthCareITNews October 26, 2021

RPM helps lower A1c below 9% for 84% of patients at Leon Medical Centers

Colorado's Medicaid program will fund a three-year teleneurology project that includes virtual visits for patients living with Parkinson's and Huntington's disease and a Project ECHO telemedicine platform for primary care providers around the state.

mhealthintelligence October 26, 2021

Colorado Medicaid Program Supports New Teleneurology Project

Colorado's Medicaid program will fund a three-year teleneurology project that includes virtual visits for patients living with Parkinson's and Huntington's disease and a Project ECHO telemedicine platform for primary care providers around the state.

FierceHealthcare October 26, 2021

Omada Health: Apps, wearables not enough for chronic care

Apps, devices not enough to manage chronic care without patient-doc relationships, Omada Health research finds.

HealthCareITNews October 26, 2021

VA still facing interoperability, scaling challenges amidst COVID-19

The agency isn't alone. As ONC head Micky Tripathi put it, "The fragmentation of the healthcare industry … is the biggest challenge we all face."

mhealthintelligence October 26, 2021

Amazon Enhances Alexa for mHealth Platforms in Hospitals, Senior Homes

Amazon has beefed up Alexa's capabilities to help health systems and senior living facilities improve care management and coordination.

HealthCareITNews October 26, 2021

Cigna expands access to covered telehealth services

The insurance company will also launch a "virtual-first" health plan for select employers, which will include a $0 co-pay for MDLIVE primary care providers.

CCHP October 25, 2021

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Fall 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 October 25, 2021

New Bill Targets Telehealth Provisions in High-Deductible Health Plans

A bill introduced in the House earlier this month would extend provisions for telehealth coverage in high-deductible health plans that were enacted in the CARES Act of 2020, but are due to expire at the end of this year.

HealthCareITNews October 25, 2021

Concentra reduces clicks to visit and no-shows with new telehealth system

The healthcare organization moved reporting from manual to automated, real-time, and reaped numerous rewards.

HealthCareITNews October 21, 2021

Biden Administration Emphasizes Telehealth in its Infrastructure Strategy

While Congress is whittling down the Biden Administration's massive Build Back Better plan, new announcements out of the USDA and FCC aim to support broadband expansion for telehealth - and to emphasize how important that is to the nation's infrastructure.

mhealthintelligence October 25, 2021

Debunking Common Remote Patient Monitoring Myths

Providers interested in adopting remote patient monitoring face many prominent myths about the technology and its benefits.

mhealthintelligence October 22, 2021

FCC Announces 3rd Group of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Awards

Another 71 healthcare organizations will receive funding for connected health tools and services under the agency's COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

mhealthintelligence October 21, 2021

ATA Asks the Biden Administration For Assurances on Telehealth Coverage

The American Telemedicine Association has sent a letter to the Biden Administration asking that it provide assurances that emergency provisions to expand telehealth access and coverage remain in place at least through 2022.

HealthCareITNews October 21, 2021

CrossFit to launch 'fully digital' primary care service

The fitness company will join other startups in offering direct-to-consumer virtual care services, in addition to precision health and preventive medicine.

HealthAffairs October 21, 2021

Survey Confirms Effectiveness Of Telehealth In Rural America And Beyond

A recent national survey assessing consumer experiences with telehealth has confirmed what real-world practice has been telling us for more than a decade: people in rural America and beyond are growing increasingly comfortable with remote visits, and they are satisfied with the care they are receiving.

mhealthintelligence October 20, 2021

AtlantiCare Adapts to Consumer Healthcare With a Digital Directory

The New Jersey-based health system has upgraded its virtual front door to help consumers connect with care providers and other resources - including telehealth options and scheduling.

Healthcareinnovation October 20, 2021

FQHCs Find Audio-Only Telehealth Valuable During Pandemic, Study Finds

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) recently conducted a study examining the use of audio-only as a modality to provide services from Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to Medicaid patients. CCHP offered several recommendations to policymakers regarding the use of audio-only by FQHCs to deliver services beyond the pandemic.

HealthCareITNews October 20, 2021

One RPM expert's take on why the tech is needed alongside telehealth

The promotion of telehealth as a value-based care model and its ability to produce similar outcomes as in-person care are helping to secure its place as a constant in the healthcare industry.

mhealthintelligence October 20, 2021

Value-Based Care Model Helps Secure Telehealth as a Constant

The promotion of telehealth as a value-based care model and its ability to produce similar outcomes as in-person care are helping to secure its place as a constant in the healthcare industry.

PatientEngagement Hit October 20, 2021

Telehealth Use Avoids Overutilization But Yields Health Disparities

Although the influx of telehealth use didn’t result in healthcare overutilization, researchers still observed stark rural-urban health disparities

mhealthintelligence October 19, 2021

Making the Post-Pandemic Telehealth Pivot

The pandemic provided an impetus for a rapid shift to virtual care. Now healthcare organizations must find a long-term solution to balancing telehealth and in-person care.

HealthCareITNews October 19, 2021

Philips' maternal health champion discusses digital women's health

The digital evolution of women's health is an important topic for all health IT leaders to understand and embrace. Veronica Adamson provides a deep dive.

CCHP October 19, 2021

A Focused Look At Audio-Only And FQHCs

With a grant from the Federation of State Medical Board Foundation (FSMB Foundation), the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) conducted a small study on the use of audio-only to treat Medicaid patients in a federally qualified health center (FQHC).

mhealthintelligence October 19, 2021

Using Telehealth for Pre-Anesthesia Evaluations for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients who received pre-anesthesia evaluations via telehealth prior to surgery saved time and money, Florida researchers found.

HealthCareITNews October 19, 2021

Telehealth integrated into EHR is the way to go for CarDon & Associates

The skilled nursing organization has a 90% treat-in-place rate for all telehealth encounters, and data from its platform has helped identify areas for improvement.

mhealthintelligence October 19, 2021

Island Health Expands Its Remote Patient Monitoring Strategy

Canada's Island Health system has launched a remote patient monitoring platform that seeks to include any patient who can be monitored at home, rather than focusing on a specific population

HealthCareITNews October 18, 2021

Telehealth has been key for primary care, but clinicians are still feeling hopeless

Providers report burnout and compassion fatigue amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, especially regarding conversations with vaccine-hesitant patients.

mhealthintelligence October 18, 2021

AHRQ Seeks Public Data on COVID-19 Telehealth Programs

The agency is looking for as much public information as it can find - both positive and negative - to complete a study of how telehealth was used during the pandemic.

mhealthintelligence October 18, 2021

CMS Selects 4 States for ACO-Based Rural Telehealth Delivery Model

Organizations in four states will use telehealth and other services through an ACO to improve healthcare access and reduce health disparities under the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) model.

mhealthintelligence October 15, 2021

Florida Researchers Studying Artificial Intelligence Use in Telehealth

Researchers are looking into whether artificial intelligence integrated into telehealth visits can reduce misdiagnoses and improve patient outcomes.

Bloomburg Law October 15, 2021

Bills to Avoid ‘Telehealth Cliff’ Delayed by Higher Priorities

Lawmakers are struggling to push widely supported legislation that would end the “telehealth cliff” through a logjam created by their intense focus on President Joe Biden‘s more divisive priorities.

mhealthintelligence October 15, 2021

New Study Offers Mixed Results for Telehealth in Addiction Treatment

A new analysis of telehealth use in addiction treatment programs finds that virtual care can boost access to care, but more proof is needed that these channels can improve retention and clinical outcomes.

HealthCareITNews October 14, 2021

Kaiser, Mayo, Medically Home found coalition to promote advanced hospital-at-home services

Federal regulators should "put guardrails on, but let us continue the good work," says Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michael Maniaci.

Health Care Law Today October 14, 2021

Telemedicine Regulation: What’s Next | HIMSS TV

In a recent episode of the Virtual Care Paradigm, Nathaniel Lacktman, Chair of Foley’s Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team, met with reporter Kat Jercich, Senior Editor of Healthcare IT News. They discussed Lacktman’s philosophy on how regulation can be used to facilitate, rather than stifle, innovation in telemedicine and digital health. He also shared ideas on how entrepreneurs can keep pace with the changes to come.

mhealthintelligence October 14, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Improves Type 2 Diabetes Outcomes

Patients living with type 2 diabetes saw improvements in their A1C levels while using remote patient monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

Telehealth.org October 13, 2021

Audio-Only Telehealth Update: A Classic Solution to a Modern Crisis

COVID-19 has resulted in a wave of telehealth policy reforms at the federal and state levels across the country. One regulatory reform, in particular, has gotten a lot of attention and support from industry stakeholders and lawmakers alike: expanding audio-only telehealth services.

mhealthintelligence October 13, 2021

Texas Lawmaker Eyes Telehealth Program for Rural 911 Services

A bill introduced last month in Texas proposes setting up a pilot program to link rural EMS providers to larger health systems through a telehealth platform, enabling them to improve treatment and care coordination in the field.

Telehealth.org October 13, 2021

PayPal, Venmo & Zelle: HIPAA Compliant Payment Methods?

As payment apps have become more popular, many businesses are adopting the technology for ease of use and accessibility. However, as a healthcare provider, it is important to assess whether or not technology is HIPAA compliant before collecting payment related to healthcare service delivery.

FierceHealthcare October 13, 2021

What's next for telehealth? A new market is opening up

Following a telehealth boom in 2020 propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual visits have started to stabilize but at elevated levels compared to pre-pandemic demand.

Telehealth.org October 13, 2021

Telehealth Policy Resource Update: CCHP’s Policy Finder & Trends Maps

The U.S. federally-funded Policy Finder lookup tool and Policy Trend Maps are regularly updated by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) based on the latest information from ongoing state telehealth policy tracking.

mhealthintelligence October 13, 2021

Fitbit Supports mHealth Programs Addressing Social Determinants of Health

The company is awarding $300,000 in products and services to six projects that will be using mHealth devices and telehealth platforms to address barriers to care in underserved populations.

HealthCareITNews October 12, 2021

Goodwin pilots Tyto Care's tele-examination service for Australian seniors

The three-month trial will be extended to a hundred Goodwin residents and clients.

CCHP October 12, 2021

Fall Ushers in New Telehealth State & Federal Policy Developments

State COVID-19 Flexibilities Slowly Subsiding As part of CCHP’s Telehealth Policy Finder, we track COVID flexibilities by state for eight topic areas, including Medicaid reimbursement (site, provider type, service and modality expansions), COVID specific requirements for private payer telehealth coverage and COVID-related flexibilities related to prescribing, consent and cross-state licensing requirements.

mhealthintelligence October 12, 2021

CMS Clarifies Medicare Recognition of Interstate Licensure Compacts

CMS has clarified its policy on recognizing interstate licensure compacts, setting the ground rules for Medicare coverage for providers who use telehealth to treat patients in other states.

mhealthintelligence October 12, 2021

Lawmakers Ask Congress to Create a Rural Telehealth Access Task Force

The Rural Telehealth Access Task Force Act, introduced last week in the House, would launch a federal study of how telehealth is being used - and what barriers it faces - in rural America.

HealthCareITNews October 12, 2021

Albert Einstein Medical Center serves up telehealth from 4 vendors with FCC grant

Moving away from simple phone calls, 82% of the health system's telemedicine visits are now video and audio visits.

HealthCareITNews October 11, 2021

Greene County Health Care boosts RPM and telehealth with $1M FCC award

The funds have built a robust remote patient monitoring and virtual care infrastructure that has proved immeasurably helpful, especially during the pandemic.

mhealthintelligence October 11, 2021

HHS Launches Spanish Version of mHealth App, Boosts Care Access for Latinos

The mHealth app will allow patients to ask questions, take notes during appointments, and view resources about their health in Spanish.

HealthCareITNews October 11, 2021

Expanding broadband can help improve health for rural Black southerners

But a new report finds that many barriers to connectivity remain, with nearly 40% of Black people in 152 rural counties lacking home access to the internet.

mhealthintelligence October 11, 2021

New Toolkit Aims to Help Telehealth Programs Negotiate Payer Reimbursement

An organization focused on supporting virtual-first programs has created a toolkit designed to help healthcare providers negotiate reimbursement with third party payers for their telehealth services.

Telehealth.org October 10, 2021

Telehealth Nurses: Solution of the National Nursing Shortage

Although the problem of nursing shortages in hospitals has been around for quite some time, the pandemic has brought this challenge to an entirely new level. As COVID infections have increased, specifically amongst the younger and unvaccinated population, more and more nurses feel emotional and physical exhaustion due to patient overload.

mhealthintelligence October 8, 2021

New Partnership Gives Wisconsin SNFs Access to After-Hours Telehealth

More than 50 skilled nursing facilities operated by North Shore Healthcare will soon be able to use telehealth to access healthcare services after normal business hours, helping to improve clinical care and reduce hospitalizations.

FierceHealthcare October 8, 2021

Teladoc expands Primary360 service to health plans, employers

Teladoc Health is taking its primary care pilot nationwide, expanding it to commercial health plans, employers and other payers.

mhealthintelligence October 8, 2021

Mental Healthcare Organization to Close Clinics, Shift to Telehealth

A Minnesota-based provider of mental healthcare services is closing its physical sites and shifting to a telehealth platform, with officials saying their patients and staff prefer it and payers are now covering it.

HealthAffairs October 7, 2021

The Surge Of Telehealth During The Pandemic Is Exacerbating Urban-Rural Disparities In Access To Mental Health Care

Access to mental health care has long been difficult for most Americans, and things have only gotten worse during the pandemic. Barriers to care exist everywhere and are more troublesome in rural areas where there are few mental health specialists, and, not surprisingly, treatment rates are much lower. For example, one study found that rural patients receive 73 percent fewer specialty mental health visits than urban patients.

mhealthintelligence October 7, 2021

Iowa Includes PAs, Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists in Telehealth Rules

Healthcare regulators in Iowa have revised their telehealth guidelines to give physician assistants, speech-language pathologists and audiologists more opportunities to use connected health.

mhealthintelligence October 7, 2021

Telehealth Access to Mental Health Specialists Can Be a ‘Game-Changer’ in the ED

At Florida's Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, access to mental health specialists via telehealth has not only helped the busy emergency department speed up care, but improve the quality of care those patients receive.

HealthcareITNews October 6, 2021

M Health Fairview goes all in on telehealth with $600K in FCC funds

The technology has helped the health system navigate the pandemic while expanding into remote patient monitoring and other types of virtual care.

mhealthintelligence October 6, 2021

FCC Preparing to Announce Next Batch of Connected Care Pilot Program Awards

The agency, which unveiled the latest recipients for COVID-19 Telehealth Program awards last week, is looking to announce the third group of telehealth projects qualifying for Connected Care Pilot Program funding later this month.

Telehealth.org October 5, 2021

13 Benefits of Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring

From hospitals to independent practitioners, the majority of U.S. healthcare providers have not yet begun billing for remote patient monitoring (RPM), despite the immediate availability of dedicated CPT codes, technology, and support services.

mhealthintelligence October 5, 2021

Telehealth Advocates Try to Bring Congress’ Attention Back to Long-Term Policy

The Protecting Telehealth Access Act, introduced last week in the House, is a companion to a similar bill introduced in the Senate last June. Supporters are hoping it prods Congress to refocus on establishing long-term connected health policy.

Telehealth.org October 5, 2021

Telehealth Addiction Treatment: Unexpected Benefits?

As we progress through the challenges imposed by the pandemic, healthcare, and behavioral health providers are discovering the many options and possibilities available through telehealth. It is likely that virtual care is here to stay and will be used in conjunction with in-person services.

Telehealth.org October 5, 2021

OIG Recognizes Telehealth Services Importance But Urges Caution

The recent increase in telehealth has improved access to behavioral health services in ways that were previously unimagined by the average provider or provider group. Still, according to a Medicaid-related report published by the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in September 2021, state Medicaid programs will need to increase their oversight of these services if the telehealth flexibilities become permanent.

mhealthintelligence October 5, 2021

Rhode Island Program Gives Seniors the Support They Need to Use Telehealth

A new service in Pawtucket connects seniors with bilingual community health workers and the technology needed to conduct a telehealth visit with their care provider.

mhealthintelligence October 5, 2021

Regence Targets Missed Wellness Visits and Check-Ups With New Telehealth Program

The Pacific Northwest health plan is launching a telehealth service aimed at members who've put off visits to the doctor's office and other care needs during the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews October 4, 2021

Teladoc, UnitedHealthcare get high marks from J.D. Power telehealth study

But overall satisfaction with direct-to-consumer and payer-sponsored telehealth services has declined, even as virtual care use has spiked, the report shows.

FierceHealthcare October 4, 2021

New study finds increased telehealth use, declining satisfaction

As the use of telehealth has become more widespread, consumer satisfaction has fallen, according to a recent survey.

mhealthintelligence October 4, 2021

How Can the Internet of Things Integrate With Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring?

The Federal Communications Commission wants to start a conversation on how to manage and regulate connectivity for the Internet of Things, including meeting the needs of telehealth and remote patient monitoring platforms and mHealth devices.

mhealthintelligence October 4, 2021

New York’s Healthcare Staffing Order Promotes Telehealth, Mobile Integrated Health

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed an executive order to address healthcare staffing issues caused by the pandemic. It includes several measures supporting the use of telehealth, especially in nursing homes, and mobile integrated health.

HealthcareITNews October 4, 2021

United Physicians finds success with telepsychiatry for virtual collaborative care

Previously, the IPO had three- to six-month waiting lists for adults needing care. Now it's typically a one- to two-week process from positive screen ID to initial assessment.

mhealthintelligence October 1, 2021

Can Remote Patient Monitoring Improve Post-Surgical Care and Recovery?

A study conducted in Canada has found that a remote patient monitoring platform can be used to facilitate care for patients who've been discharged from a hospital after non-elective surgery.

mhealthintelligence October 1, 2021

JD Power Survey Sees Telehealth Falling Back Into the Same Old Rut

The consumer satisfaction company's third annual survey finds that telehealth has surged during the pandemic, but satisfaction rates are dropping as patients have problems understanding or using it.

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.

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