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Foley & Lardner LLP November 14, 2022

State Regulation Compliance Tips For Telehealth Employers

Companies whose business models are based entirely on remote provision of services face a number of unique employment law challenges.

HealthCareITNews November 14, 2022

Can virtual nursing help ease clinician burnout?

Six core concepts, developed with input from industry experts and stakeholders, offer chances for healthcare organizations to evolve in digitally enabled care.


WHO Releases Guide to Enhance Delivery of Telehealth Services

The agency issued a consolidated guide containing recommendations and processes to assist policymakers and providers in delivering telehealth services.

HealthCareITNews November 13, 2022

Tasmania transforming outpatient services with online booking, eReferral system

These projects are part of its broader strategy to shorten wait times while building the capacity to cater to future health demands.

HealthCareITNews November 11, 2022

Kenyan online pharmacy launches HIV telehealth program

The country's first telehealth solution provides discreet access to consultation services and medications that can prevent HIV.

HealthCareITNews November 11, 2022

Google Cloud to power virtual care delivery at Manipal Hospitals

It will also adopt Google Cloud's conversational AI tools to improve patient interactions.

HealthCareITNews November 10, 2022

Northwell to Co-Launch Virtual Care Startup Providing Menopause Services Northwell to Co-Launch Virtual Care Startup Providing Menopause Services

Together with Aegis Ventures, Northwell Holdings will launch a virtual care company offering services to manage menopause symptoms following an initial rollout among nurses at the health system.


With Improved Standards, Telehealth Could Significantly Enhance Senior Care

In a new editorial, researchers argue that telehealth can lead to improved care among seniors, provided they adhere to standards that ensure the most effective delivery of virtual care.

Foley & Lardner LLP November 9, 2022

2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Advances Access to Whole Person Treatment for Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health

Starting January 1, 2023, Medicare will expand and increase coverage of certain services and providers to advance access to prevention and treatment services for substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health services.

HealthCareITNews November 9, 2022

Rural NY health system working with Silicon Valley to expand access, digital transformation

Bassett Healthcare Network's collaboration with Andreessen Horowitz is meant to open up a suite of digital healthcare tools to enhance medical services in an eight-county region in upstate New York.


Telehealth Earned a Place in Standard Healthcare Delivery Approaches

New research indicated the emergence of telehealth adoption along with the spot it now has in the new normal of healthcare delivery approaches.


Clinical Trial to Assess Efficacy of Virtual Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Funding from the NIH has enabled Ria Health to collaborate with Stanford University to launch a clinical trial testing the efficacy of its virtual alcohol use disorder treatment program.


Willingness to Engage in Video Visits Spikes, Especially Among Black Americans

The willingness to use video-based telehealth grew during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the largest increases occurring among Black Americans and Americans with less education, a new survey shows.

HEALTHCAREDIVE November 7, 2022

Senator outlines potential cybersecurity mandates for health systems

Virginia Democrat Sen. Mark Warner, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has released a white paper detailing a series of potential regulatory requirements for health systems aimed at improving cybersecurity across the industry. November 7, 2022

Ria Health Awarded $2 Million from NIH for Telehealth Clinical Trial

Ria Health, a leading telehealth provider, specializing in Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) treatment, announced receipt of a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a randomized, controlled trial evaluation of Ria Health’s intervention to increase telehealth screening and treatment for alcohol use disorders.

FIERCEHealthCare November 7, 2022

Patients now more comfortable with telehealth thanks to pandemic-driven surge in virtual care: study

Patients are now more comfortable using telehealth as the COVID-19 pandemic drove a surge in virtual visits.

HealthCareITNews November 7, 2022

Innovative telemedicine solutions demoed by startups during HIMSS22 APAC

The Digital Innovation Showcase saw five startups pitching their solutions to a panel of judges and healthcare industry professionals from the APAC region.


National Telehealth Use Appears to be Stabilizing

According to new data, national telehealth use increased by 1.9 percent between July and August, remaining relatively stable compared to fluctuations in usage seen over the course of the pandemic.

HealthCareITNews November 4, 2022

Roundup: Queensland virtual ED now available statewide and more briefs

Also, Western Australia plans to make its tele-stroke service available 24/7 by next year.


New Partnership to Launch a School-Based Telehealth Program

Through a newly formed collaboration, OU Health and Oklahoma City Public Schools will launch a school-based telehealth program. November 2, 2022

Should Graduate Schools Teach Telehealth Competency?

A 2001 Institute of Medicine report highlighted the shortcomings of healthcare professional training and ongoing proficiency assessment to enhance patient care and safety (IOM, 2001). Two years later, the IOM identified objectives for educational reform for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, and other allied health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and addiction specialists (IOM HPES 2003). As telehealth adoption continues to grow, telehealth competency education and training are the keys to providing safe, effective, evidence-based telebehavioral health (TBH) services. November 2, 2022

Home-Health Telehealth & Emergency Preparedness

In a new report, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that home health agency (HHA) services should be reviewed to improve emergency preparedness.

healthleaders November 2, 2022


Ninety percent of medical practices reported that the payment cuts found in the 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule would reduce access to care, the MGMA says.


Telehealth Patient Satisfaction On Par with In-Person Care During Pandemic

New research shows that patient satisfaction with telehealth did not fall beneath the satisfaction levels associated with in-person care among a diverse population during the COVID-19 pandemic. November 2, 2022

Healthcare Trends for Telehealth Primary Care

Offering the healthcare industry a ten-year view of healthcare developments in primary care, behavioral health, and more. November 2, 2022

Diversity Telehealth in BIPOC Communities

Communities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) don’t have the same access to quality healthcare as the rest of the population. The pandemic highlighted this problem as BIPOC communities suffered higher infection and mortality rate.


Most Americans Find Virtual Primary Care Effective, Appealing

New survey results show that 79 percent of Americans who engaged in virtual primary care stated that it allowed them to take charge of their health.

HealthCareITNews November 1, 2022

Study: Telemedicine abortion requests spiked after Dobbs decision

The analysis found mean daily requests for abortion medications provided through Aid Access were 82.6 during the baseline period. They reached 213.7 after the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade was announced.

Foley & Lardner LLP November 1, 2022

ATA Calls for Stakeholder Letter on Telemedicine Controlled Substances and Ryan Haight Act

A coalition of health care associations has issued a call for stakeholders to sign onto a letter urging the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to take immediate action allowing telemedicine prescribing of controlled substances after the Public Health Emergency (PHE) waivers expire.

CCHP November 1, 2022

Bipartisan Policy Center Report Highlights Telehealth Policy Considerations—Recommends 2-Year Extension of Federal Flexibilities & Further Research

Telehealth After COVID-19. The report is based upon an analysis of Medicare Telehealth Utilization and Spending Impacts 2019-2021, stakeholder input and interviews, a literature review, and a national consumer survey.

HealthcareITNews November 1, 2022

Telemedicine boosts value-based care performance for Happy Kids

The biggest achievement via the new virtual care workflow has been increased productivity, enabling providers to see more patients in less time. October 31, 2022

Patients Prefer Telehealth for Primary Care, Mental Health Needs

A recent report shows that amid a return to in-person care, telehealth use has dropped among some populations, but it is still a popular modality for accessing primary and mental healthcare.

HealthcareITNews October 28, 2022

HIMSSCast: How emerging tech is opening new avenues in telehealth, RPM

Virtual therapeutics, voice recognition and fast-evolving artificial intelligence tools are transforming home-based care, says Robin Farmanfarmaian, co-author of the new book How AI Can Democratize Healthcare. October 27, 2022

50% of Veterans with OUD Used Audio-Only Telehealth to Access Medication

Most veterans with opioid use disorder used telehealth to access treatment, with half engaging in phone-only visits, highlighting the importance of access to audio-only services, new research shows. October 27, 2022

ED Return Visit, Hospitalization More Likely After Telehealth Follow-up

Follow-ups conducted via telehealth after an ED visit may result in increased healthcare utilization, including a return visit to the ED, as compared with in-person follow-ups, new research shows. October 27, 2022

Washington Post Reported Investigation of “Done Global” ADHD Services for Telehealth Prescription Practices

On September 16, the Wall Street Journal reported the DEA’s investigation of Done Global Inc. for its telehealth prescription methods. Done Global is a digital therapeutics company specializing in the remote treatment of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In recent months, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been investigating the telehealth prescription practices of digital therapeutics companies specializing in behavioral care. The Wall Street Journal reported the DEA’s investigation of Done Global Inc for its telehealth prescription practices. October 26, 2022

Virtual Care On Par with In-Clinic Treatment of High Blood Pressure

New research shows that telehealth can be used to monitor and manage high blood pressure as effectively as clinic-based care methods.

Healthleaders October 26, 2022


A digital health company has unveiled an app and platform that can help consumers identify flu-like symptoms at home and access resources for treatment. October 26, 2022

OIG Recommends Home Health Agencies Evaluate Telehealth Activity

In a new report, HHS' Office of Inspector General described the need for home health agencies to review telehealth trends as its use continues to expand.

HealthcareITNews October 25, 2022

HIMSS promotes key policies on telehealth expansion, maternal health

During Global Health Equity Week, HIMSS is calling on its members to contact senators and state governors to make policy changes preserving virtual care flexibilities and modernizing information and technology systems to improve perinatal healthcare.

CCHP October 25, 2022


Last week’s latest update to CCHP’s Telehealth Policy Finder included a brand-new feature: a category specifically for federally qualified health centers' (FQHC) Medicaid fee-for-service policies.

HealthcareITNews October 25, 2022

The intersection of remote patient monitoring and AI

Robin Farmanfarmaian, a Silicon Valley AI entrepreneur and author, explains how artificial intelligence can boost the efficacy of RPM and help democratize healthcare. October 24, 2022

Two Providers Join Forces to Launch Virtual, In-Home Care Company

MUSC Health and the MetroHealth System have partnered to create a comprehensive care company to deliver virtual and in-home care.

HealthcareITNews October 24, 2022

RPM leads to early detection of stroke-risk blood pressure at Boston Medical Center

The academic medical center's physician chief of maternal fetal medicine explains how remote patient monitoring technology improves care during a very sensitive time in a woman's life. October 24, 2022

Virtual Health Integration Linked to Improving Healthcare Delivery

Virtual health integration with in-person care is a critical step in improving patient outcomes and care delivery for employees and their families, according to a new report. October 24, 2022

Broadband Availability Linked to Video-Based Telehealth Use Among Veterans

New research shows that the extent to which patients from the Veterans Health Administration used video-based telehealth increased with access to adequate broadband internet. October 21, 2022

34 States, DC Offer Some Reimbursement for Audio-Only Telehealth

A new report on state-level telehealth policies shows that 34 states and D.C. pay for audio-only telephone through their Medicaid programs, but with certain limitations. October 21, 2022

New Virtual Program Aims to Expand Access to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Tampa General's heart institute and Recora are working together to expand access to cardiac rehabilitation through a new virtual recovery program.

HealthAffairs October 20, 2022

Advancing Health Equity For People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

There are numerous health inequities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). They experience lower rates of preventive screening; higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease; lower life expectancy; and higher rates of pregnancy complications. If that’s not enough, they have been at nearly six times greater risk of dying from COVID-19. October 20, 2022

Telehealth Visit Volumes Drop 37% Since Peak Usage During Pandemic

New data shows that while telehealth visits have declined since the second quarter of 2020, behavioral health patients continue to flock to telehealth, making it a key area for provider investment.

HealthcareITNews October 20, 2022

A closer look at the tech needed for new care-at-home and aging-in-place models

Connecting care teams and enabling information sharing among hospitals, group practices and, most importantly, families is crucial to helping more senior citizens get healthcare at home. October 19, 2022

IN Health System Adds Virtual Care Initiatives to Expand Offerings

Parkview Health aims to expand access to clinical support through new virtual care initiatives provided from one centralized location.

HealthcareITNews October 19, 2022

Australia to restore video telehealth subsidy for rural mental health

The MBS item was previously cut, forcing some people to give up treatment and some psychiatrists to cease providing service. October 19, 2022

Ochsner Digital Health Pilot Improves Diabetes, Hypertension Outcomes

A digital health pilot conducted by Ochsner Health helped about 50 percent of hypertensive patients and almost 60 percent of type 2 diabetes patients reach their outcomes goals. October 18, 2022

Ketamine Telehealth: Safety Concerns & Continued Use Post-COVID

Ketamine telehealth became popular during the pandemic when in-office visits were restricted or unavailable for months. Patients were able to receive a prescription for Ketamine treatment for use in their own homes without in-person supervision and care from their providers. October 18, 2022

Telehealth Reduces No-Show Rates, Improves Access Among Surgical Patients

New research shows that telehealth services successfully connected surgical patients to care and reduced the odds of a no-show among two-thirds of patients. October 18, 2022

Telehealth Usage Report Points to Continued Telehealth Expansion for Telehealth Practice Development

Active healthcare practitioners are now enjoying the option of choosing one of three approaches to deliver care: in-person only, hybrid telehealth, and telehealth-only. As detailed in earlier TBHI articles about future opportunities in telehealth, Medicare offers unparalleled practice development and specialization opportunities. For instance, in behavioral care, Medicare has approved telephone and video teletherapy reimbursement.

CCHP October 18, 2022 Link

Just Released! CCHP’s 50 State Telehealth Policy Summary Report, Fall 2022….Trends in Telehealth Policy

Today the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is releasing its bi-annual summary of state telehealth policy changes for Fall 2022.

Healthleaders October 18, 2022


A recent OIG report contains vital information for your revenue cycle staffs' telehealth billing practices. October 17, 2022

Physicians Approve of Using Telehealth to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

New research shows that a high percentage of registered physicians found telehealth a favorable method for treating opioid use disorder patients.

HealthcareITNews October 17, 2022

What an eventual end to the PHE would mean for telehealth

Among other impacts, ending the PHE would represent access challenges and a loss of Medicaid coverage for millions, and would end medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder without an in-person exam.

HCCHP October 15, 2022

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Fall 2022

The Center for Connected Health Policy’s (CCHP) Fall 2022 Summary Report of the state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies is now available as well as updated information on our online Policy

CCHP – Fact Sheet October 14, 2022

State Summary Chart, Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies, Fall 2022

This chart provides a quick reference summary of each state’s telehealth policy on Medicaid reimbursement, private payer reimbursement laws, professi

Healthleaders October 14, 2022


In the second of a two-part interview, Brian Clear MD, chief medical officer of Bicycle Health, talks about treatment details and regulato October 14, 2022

Partnership to Add Virtual Primary Care Feature to Smart TVs

Aiming to increase access to primary care, HealthTap and Samsung are working together to create and implement a virtual healthcare feature for smart TVs, allowing patients to access prima

CCHP-Fact Sheet October 14, 2022

Infographic, State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies, Fall 2022

An ‘At a Glance’ look at trends in state telehealth laws, regulations and reimbursement policies across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. See the number of states

Commonwealth October 14, 2022


ONE Of THE BIGGEST shifts in health care during the COVID-19 pandemic was the sudden launch of telehealth. Before COVID, doctors and hospitals rarely offered video visits and very few patients ever used telehealth. Suddenly, when doctors’ offices largely shut down in March 2020 and patients feared returning once they reopened, telehealth burgeoned in popularity, spurred by emergency orders requiring equal insurance reimbursement. October 13, 2022

Group Recommends Policy Changes for Future Telehealth Optimization

The Bipartisan Policy Center detailed trends in telehealth use and recommended policies to support future telehealth optimization, such as removing excessive in-person visit requirements for behavioral healthcare.

Healthleaders October 13, 2022


With the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency on the horizon, some healthcare organizations are struggling to come to grips with the impending loss of telehealth freedoms.

Healthleaders October 12, 2022


In the first of a two-part interview, Brian Clear, MD, chief medical officer of Bicycle Health, describes an approach supported by the AMA, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and other experts.

MedCitynNews October 12, 2022

Telehealth benefits need extension with 2 key guardrails, policy expert says

If telehealth flexibilities are not protected once the public health emergency expires, many Americans will lose their access to virtual care. To prevent this, the healthcare industry must advocate for the extension of these benefits for at least two years following the end of the emergency, with guardrails placed around two key areas — the prescription of addictive medications and audio-only visits. October 12, 2022

Telehealth-Enabled Observation Effective for At-Home Methadone Dosing

New research shows that video observation positively impacted rates of observed at-home methadone dosing, enhancing patient safety and reducing infection risks.

CCHP-Newsletter October 11, 2022

Telehealth Prescription Denials, Medicare Data & More Telehealth Research Studies During Pandemic

CHP’s October Newsletter is Here! This month’s topics include: Controlled Substance Prescribing During COVID-19 PHE and Cases of Pharmacy Prescription Rejections; New Medicare Telehealth Claims Data and CMS Trends Snapshot Report; New Report on Telehealth and Children of Color with Special Health Care Needs; Latest Policy Developments in CCHP’s Telehealth Policy Finder and Policy Trends Map; TRICARE Telehealth Policy Changes; HIPAA Covered Entity Decision Tool; Two Studies Address Telehealth Use During Pandemic for Opioid Use Disorder & Out-Of-State Telehealth; CCHP Fall 2022 Webinar Series Coming Later This Month.

HealthcareITNews October 11, 2022

About 80% of emergency patients avoided hospital admission in SA Virtual Care Service trial

The service is now being rolled out in more than 120 residential aged care facilities.

HealthcareITNews October 11, 2022

Using telemedicine when it makes sense

Patients worldwide prefer a mix of in-person and virtual care moving forward from the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews October 10, 2022

Telemedicine boosts access, decreases inequities in Montana

The University of Montana College of Health has expanded its telehealth offerings across many disciplines to reach more people, especially in tribal communities. October 10, 2022

Older Adults Satisfied with Telehealth During COVID-19 Pandemic

New research showed that adults 65 and older were relatively satisfied with telehealth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and desired continued access to virtual care. October 7, 2022

Researchers Win NIH Grant to Treat Opioid Overuse Through Telehealth

Researchers from New York and Connecticut aim to implement an opioid use disorder intervention that leverages telehealth following a $1.1 million federal grant.

Healthleaders October 6, 2022


HealthLeaders' regulatory round up series highlights five essential governing updates that cover every aspect of the revenue cycle that leaders need to know. Check back in each month for more updates.

CCHP October 6, 2022

Leaving No One Behind: Assessing the State of Access to Virtual Care for California’s Older Adult Population - Recorded Webinar

Over two and a half years into the pandemic, a series of telehealth policy changes have been made on both the federal and state levels that will impact the ability of Californians to receive care through technology, particularly the senior population. Join the California Telehealth Policy Coalition and an expert panel to discuss efforts in the state and what else may be needed to ensure seniors are not left behind.

healthleaders October 6, 2022


Researchers have found that telehealth performed better than in-person care in 11 of 16 HEDIS quality performance measures, but that doesn't mean virtual care is superior to the office visit. October 6, 2022

SD Health System Aims to Improve Maternal Care Outcomes Through Telehealth

Avera Health plans to use a $4 million federal grant to improve maternal care outcomes through enhanced virtual access to obstetrics services and remote patient monitoring.

HealthcareITNews October 4, 2022

Where telehealth can help curb the mental health staffing shortage

A physician and virtual care expert discusses how demand for behavioral health services is increasing and what telemedicine can do to meet these needs. He shows how the tech can help serve vulnerable populations. October 4, 2022

Post-COVID Recommendations for HIPAA Enforcement & CMS Telehealth: Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report urging more oversight of HIPAA regulations and CME telehealth. The uptake of telehealth technologies has increased the risk of telehealth fraud, waste, and abuse.

CCHP October 4, 2022


Last week the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report to Congress regarding telehealth in Medicare, recommending additional actions related to increasing oversight and provider/patient education. Citing stakeholder interest in making pandemic telehealth expansions permanent, the GAO stressed the need for the report as a means to caution lawmakers around the potential for abuse, fraud, and privacy issues.

HealthcareITNews October 4, 2022

Telehealth now serves unmet needs, says athenahealth

Virtual care is playing a more significant role in filling gaps in delivery, having evolved from pandemic-era visit replacement, according to a new study from the cloud IT developer. October 3, 2022

Michigan Establishes 13 Test to Treat Sites With Telehealth Options

The sites will enable people who test positive for COVID-19 to remain at the place they were tested, virtually consult with physicians, and receive a prescription for antiviral treatment if needed. October 3, 2022

Project Increases Telehealth Access Among Veterans Facing Homelessness

Researchers expanded telehealth access for homeless veterans by 5.5 percent in 16 weeks through a quality improvement project.

Foley & Lardner, LLP October 3, 2022

FQHCs: Proposed Guidance Addresses Health Center Delivery of Telehealth Services

The federal government is requesting comments on proposed guidance for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) that provide services via telehealth. The guidance communicates key criteria for ensuring services delivered via telehealth remain within the health center’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-approved scope of project, and therefore qualify for benefits such as Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage, 340B discount drug pricing, and enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

healthleaders October 3, 2022


Since the “Great Resignation” began, many healthcare organizations have been struggling to maintain a standard of care that doesn’t increase costs in a time of economic uncertainty. October 3, 2022

Telehealth Provider, Research Institute to Study COVID-19 Rebound

On-demand telehealth provider eMed and Scripps Research Translational Institute are launching an at-home study to examine patient responses to COVID-19 treatment. September 30, 2022

Healthcare Provider to Expand Telehealth Research Collab With $2M Grant

New research shows that 57 to 80 percent of patients prefer telehealth when obtaining care, revealing high levels of satisfaction with the care modality. September 30, 2022

Patients Indicate High Levels of Satisfaction Following Telehealth Use

New research shows that 57 to 80 percent of patients prefer telehealth when obtaining care, revealing high levels of satisfaction with the care modality. September 29, 2022

Telehealth Care Quality Better Than In-Person For Some Measures

New research shows that telehealth can enhance healthcare quality, with telehealth patients experiencing a similar or better performance in some quality measures than patients receiving in-person care. September 28, 2022

Chronic Care Patients 88% More Likely to Use Telehealth Than Their Peers

New research shows that telehealth use continues to impact healthcare delivery positively and remains popular among patients, especially chronic care, female, and mental health patients. September 28, 2022

New Remote Patient Monitoring Program Aims to Assist Chronic Care Patients

Watertown Regional Medical Center has launched a new remote patient monitoring program that aims to improve care for chronic conditions such as hypertension and heart failure.

HealthcareITNews September 27, 2022

How one FQHC uses telehealth for primary care, behavioral health and addiction treatment

Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center put $800K in grant funds toward mobile and web-based platforms and network infrastructure to serve the homeless with virtual care.

CCHP September 27, 2022

Teleheatlh & Health Centers-HRSA Draft Telehealth Policy Guidance Released

Earlier this month the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) released draft telehealth policy guidance, Draft Scope of Project and Telehealth Policy Information Notice (Telehealth PIN), for HRSA-funded health centers and Health Center Program look-alikes. The guidance includes considerations and criteria for health centers to meet in order to provide telehealth services to patients. HRSA is inviting public feedback and comment on the Draft Telehealth PIN until mid-November. September 26, 2022

Florida Health System to Launch RPM Platform for Heart Failure, Hypertension

Baptist Health South Florida is joining forces with Raziel Health to deploy its platform that combines remote monitoring, virtual care, and machine learning to bolster cardiac care.

HealthcareITNews September 23, 2022

Digital front doors' advantages when meeting population health needs

"This is really the future of care. Digital front doors can provide one single entry point and experience for the patient," one expert contends. September 23, 2022

New Research Affirms Telehealth’s Efficacy, Role in Expanding Mental Healthcare

Researchers dismissed common concerns about telehealth and described how virtual care helped improve behavioral health access at nursing homes in two papers published in NEJM Catalyst.

HealthcareITNews September 23, 2022

ATA: What's ahead for telehealth policy after the pandemic

Federal and state advocacy team members discussed the status of telehealth policy as the public health emergency deadline looms and the industry questions, 'Is the pandemic over?'

FIERCE Healthcare September 23, 2022

Senate to vote again on ending COVID-19 national emergency

The Senate is expected to vote on a resolution to end the COVID-19 national emergency as pressure grows on the Biden administration to unwind emergencies. September 22, 2022

Blue Cross NC to Expand Telehealth Coverage Following Spike in Use

After observing a massive jump in telehealth claims since March 2020, the payer decided to expand telehealth coverage for fully insured and administrative services-only plan members. September 22, 2022

Out-of-State Telehealth Aided Rural Residents Amid the Pandemic

New research shows that several Medicare beneficiaries benefited from expanding out-of-state telehealth services, including rural residents and cancer survivors. September 21, 2022

Permanent Telehealth Reimbursement Update: Bipartisan Legislation for Telehealth Extension

New, bipartisan legislation has been proposed to solidify telehealth policy based on telehealth advances and supporting research. Given the overall satisfaction and success of telehealth, bipartisan interest in supporting telehealth growth and reimbursement led to the submission of a bill titled, Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021 in support of another telehealth extension. September 20, 2022

Telehealth Widely Used by Patients With Pediatric Neurology Conditions

New research shows that telehealth was widely used by pediatric neurology patients even after in-person care restrictions were lifted, particularly among those with epilepsy and ADHD.

CCHP September 20, 2022

Cross State Practice Issues: VA Proposes Rule Changes Related to Providers Practicing via Telehealth

Cross-state practice issues have become a source of great confusion during the pandemic for both providers and patients. Generally, telehealth is considered to occur at the physical location of the patient, requiring a provider to have a license to practice in the state where the patient is located, or fall under a licensure exception or participate in an eligible licensing compact in the patient’s state.

FIERCE Healthcare September 19, 2022

OIG report flags telehealth insurance fraud, recommends CMS beef up oversight

A mental health provider billed an average of four hours per visit for 37 different visits. The provider and six others who overbilled for providing telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic all worked for the same chain of mental health and substance abuse offices in Florida.

HealthcareITNews September 19, 2022

Physician burnout is at an all-time high, says AMA

Due to the extreme stressors of COVID-19, career disengagement characterizes a U.S. physician workforce already in short supply, the group says, calling for telehealth expansion and prior auth reforms. September 19, 2022

Viewpoint: Telehealth Disparities Exist Among Visually Impaired Populations

An article in Health Affairs shows that visually impaired patients often experience telehealth disparities due to difficulties with accessibility and navigation and shares recommendations to alleviate these issues.

HealthcareITNews September 19, 2022

Inside a new virtual-first, Epic-based, nationwide telehealth services company

Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, CEO of just-launched KeyCare, talks about how contracting with a third-party telehealth service works, the importance of the Epic link – and where he thinks virtual care is headed next. September 19, 2022

Report: Texas Provider Aims to Improve Patient Access with At-Home Care Program

Texas Health Resources has created an acute care at-home program in an effort to improve patient access and quality of care.

Healthcare IT News September 19, 2022

Physician burnout is at an all-time high, says AMA

Due to the extreme stressors of COVID-19, career disengagement characterizes a U.S. physician workforce already in short supply, the group says, calling for telehealth expansion and prior auth reforms. September 15, 2022

Report: Telehealth Company’s Prescribing Practices Come Under DEA Scrutiny

Remote care tools have seen the largest increase in physician adoption since 2016, with more physicians noting their importance as digital health adoption rises, a new survey shows. September 15, 2022

Limited Resources Led to Lower Telehealth Engagement Among Rural Residents

New research shows a difference of 25.1 percentage points in the increase in telehealth engagement among rural and urban residents during the pandemic, indicating the need for additional resources. September 15, 2022

Physician Uptake of Telehealth, RPM Higher Than Other Digital Health Tools

Remote care tools have seen the largest increase in physician adoption since 2016, with more physicians noting their importance as digital health adoption rises, a new survey shows. September 15, 2022

Limited Resources Led to Lower Telehealth Engagement Among Rural Residents

New research shows a difference of 25.1 percentage points in the increase in telehealth engagement among rural and urban residents during the pandemic, indicating the need for additional resources.

Healthcare IT News September 14, 2022

Physician adoption of digital health tools is accelerating, AMA research shows

A three-time survey of 1,300 physicians from 2016-2022 revealed growing recognition of technology's benefit, with the biggest growth seen in remote care tools and planning for digital therapeutics. September 14, 2022

375 Healthcare Organizations Urge Senate to Ensure Expanded Telehealth Access

A letter, co-led by the American Telehealth Association and signed by 375 healthcare stakeholders, requests that the US Senate approve a two-year extension to allow for expanded telehealth access.

Healthcare IT News September 13, 2022

How telehealth can keep people with disabilities out of the ER

People with disabilities often are faced with higher rates of chronic conditions and experience a higher rate of financial difficulty covering the costs of care. September 13, 2022

Partnership Aims to Enhance Patient Access to Digital Therapeutics

A new collaboration between Trinity Health and Orexo US aims to increase patient access to digital therapeutics to treat depression and alcohol abuse in North Dakota and Montana. September 13, 2022

Telehealth Use More Frequent Among Urban, Hispanic Medicare Beneficiaries

New federal research shows that Hispanic and urban Medicare beneficiaries were more likely to use telehealth during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. September 13, 2022

National Telehealth Use Drops Almost 4% in June

According to new data, June saw a 3.7 percent decline in national telehealth use, dropping from 5.4 percent of medical claim lines in May to 5.2 percent.

CCHP September 13, 2022

OIG Reports on Program Integrity, Risk, State Policy Changes, Likelihood PHE Extension & More!

Last week, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report that provided an overview and analysis of fraud in telehealth billing data during the first year of the pandemic, while also identifying ways that Medicare might protect against fraud, waste and abuse in the future.

Healthcare IT News September 12, 2022

How virtual reality can help address the mental health professional shortage

Low-touch digital apps and high-touch telehealth don't fully address the lack of capacity in behavioral health – VR can, says one psychologist, who explains how.

CCHP September 2022

Video-Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Licensure & Telehealth

This video addresses the most frequently asked questions CCHP receives regarding licensure and telehealth for example: (1) What does the law says if your patient is going on vacation to another state, but still needs your services? (2) Do you really need a license in another state if you’re just consulting with a provider who is already licensed in that state? (3) ….and many more! View the PPT for this video here. September 12, 2022

Rural Hospital Association Expands Access to Telehealth Resources

The National Rural Health Association has partnered with Equum Medical to provide underserved rural communities with various telehealth resources, including virtual observation assistance. September 9, 2022

Telehealth Supports Access to Medication Abortion Services

New research shows that telehealth can help women access secure medical abortion services through text messaging tools and at-home medications. September 9, 2022

Spike in Remote Patient Monitoring Driven by Handful of Providers

New research found that the COVID-19 pandemic led to expanded use of remote patient monitoring, but the increase was largely driven by a small number of primary care providers. September 9, 2022

Patient Safety Campaign Aims to Enhance Telehealth Education

The Joint Commission has launched a patient safety campaign to advance telehealth education and provider communication.

Healthcare IT News September 8, 2022

A rural Kansas FQHC brings remote patient monitoring to the underserved

"We have learned more about the huge technological and digital access barriers that many of our rural patients face," the director of patient engagement at Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas says. September 8, 2022

Telehealth Billing Poses Relatively Small Risk to Medicare Program

A new federal report shows that the risk related to high billing for telehealth services provided to Medicare beneficiaries is relatively low.

HEALTHCAREDIVE September 7, 2022

Physician groups urge CMS to prevent payment cuts, protect telehealth

The American Medical Association, in comments Tuesday on Medicare’s proposed Physician Fee Schedule for fiscal 2023, urged the CMS to reform and strengthen the program’s payment system, warning it is on an “unsustainable path” that jeopardizes patient access to care. September 7, 2022

Clinical Diagnoses Similar During Telehealth, In-Person Visits

New research shows that diagnoses provided during a video-based telehealth visit matched the in-person reference standard diagnoses in 86.9 percent of cases. September 7, 2022

Adverse Event Rate Similar for Remote, In-Home Physician Visits

New research shows a small difference in the number of adverse events among patients receiving in-home physician visits and those receiving remote care.

Healthcare IT News September 6, 2022

Medical school's faculty physicians conquer the digital divide with telehealth and RPM

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has expanded its telemedicine program to help reach vulnerable patients in need of care, regardless of location or technological savvy.

CCHP September 6, 2022

Expanded Telehealth & Audio-Only Policies Improve OUD Treatment

A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Impact of COVID-19 Telehealth Policy Changes on Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, found that expanded policies allowing increased use of telehealth by phone and video kept veterans receiving medication-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD).

mobihealthnews September 2, 2022

Study: Pandemic telehealth use linked to lower opioid overdose risk

Receiving opioid use disorder-related telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with lower odds of overdose and better retention using medications like buprenorphine, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. September 1, 2022

Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Leads to Positive Patient Outcomes

New research shows that home-based cardiac rehabilitation resulted in positive patient outcomes, such as lower hospitalization rates among cardiovascular disease patients. September 1, 2022

Telehealth Expansion Linked to Drop in Opioid Overdose Risk During Pandemic

A new study has linked expanded telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic with a decline in the likelihood of overdoses among Medicare patients with opioid use disorder.

CCHP September 2022

Video-Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Licensure & Telehealth

This video addresses the most frequently asked questions CCHP receives regarding licensure and telehealth for example: (1) What does the law says if your patient is going on vacation to another state, but still needs your services? (2) Do you really need a license in another state if you’re just consulting with a provider who is already licensed in that state? (3) ….and many more!


No ‘slam dunk fix’ in HIPAA privacy law to protect abortion patients

The Biden administration wants to lean on the decades-old privacy law to protect abortion patients. What could it actually do?


18 Health Systems Collaborate to Develop Hospital-at-Home Tools

Ariadne Labs and CaroNova brought the health systems together to develop tools to help providers set up and enhance hospital-at-home programs.


Hospitals have low level of accountability for connected device breaches

Hospitals are not taking basic security actions and have low levels of accountability regarding cyberattacks, ransomware and data theft stemming from breached medical devices, new research suggests.


New Collab Aims to Improve Virtual Mental Health Services for Medicaid Patients

Brave Health has collaborated with MedArrive to enhance and expand virtual mental health services for vulnerable Medicaid beneficiaries.


Medicare Remote Patient Monitoring Use Shot Up During Pandemic

A recent study showed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a 555 percent increase in the use of remote patient monitoring among Medicare beneficiaries.


Telehealth Bolsters Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment for Veterans

New research shows that audio and video-based telehealth helped reduce opioid use disorder treatment barriers among veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Washington State Launches Free Telehealth Program for COVID-19 Treatment

The Washington State Department of Health aims to improve virtual access to COVID-19 treatment by implementing a free program.

HealthcareITNews August 1, 2022

Stony Brook Medicine crafts a telehealth strategic plan that bears fruit

The health system's use of telemedicine ranges from outpatient to inpatient and remote patient monitoring via iPhones.


HHS, DOJ Issue Guidance to Eliminate Telehealth Discrimination

The federal agencies' guidance provides examples of discrimination during telehealth visits and actions to ensure virtual care remains accessible to all.


Health Literacy, Location Impact Type of Telehealth Modality Used

New research shows that factors such as health literacy and area deprivation index (ADI) can influence whether video-based or audio-only telehealth is used.


Telehealth Bolsters Maternal Care Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction

New research shows that implementing telehealth, either in place of or as a supplement to in-person care, led to good clinical outcomes and high patient satisfaction in maternal care.


New Clinical Trial to Assess Telehealth Strategies for Migraine Treatment

Cincinnati Children’s received a $12.9 million grant to support research on two different telehealth-enabled methods for treating migraines in adolescents.


NY Health System to Add Telemental Health Services to Urgent Care Platform

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provided NYC Health+Hospitals with a $3.9 million grant to support the addition of a telemental health service to its virtual ExpressCare platform.


House Passes Bill Extending Telehealth Flexibilities to End of 2024

The passing of HR 4040 by the US House of Representatives has resulted in a two-year extension of telehealth flexibilities enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HealthCareITNews July 27, 2022

How telehealth can help solve the physician specialist shortage

Dr. Chris Gallagher, a cardiologist and CEO of SOC Telemed, sees "the power of telemedicine to change patients' lives and make a real difference to hospitals' bottom lines."


Smartphone App Can Detect Skin Cancer Among Older People

Stanford Health researchers found that a smartphone app can help providers detect skin cancer among older people.

CCHP July 26, 20222

OIG FRAUD ALERT: Focuses on Purported Telemedicine Company Practices, Cautions Practitioners

Citing a significant increase in fraud schemes, on July 20th the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a special fraud alert to warn providers of questionable telemedicine company practices.

JDSUPRA July 25, 2022

Reproductive Healthcare Issues for Employers Series, Part 3: HHS Guidance on HIPAA and Other Privacy Issues

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruling the constitutionally protected right to an abortion, federal agencies have issued guidance intended to help protect the privacy of patients. Employers should carefully consider this guidance because it impacts their responsibilities as a sponsor of a group health plan and the privacy rights of their employees.


ATA Displays Gratitude for the Expansion of PHE Flexibilities

ATA and ATA Action shared high levels of support for new telehealth legislation supporting the expansion of PHE flexibilities.


AHA Says Senate Should Codify Virtual Mental Health in Telehealth

AHA sent the Senate Finance Committee a letter offering constructive opinions, like adding virtual mental health to telehealth plans.

HealthCareITNews July 25, 2022

MaineHealth turned a COVID-19 grant into a permanent telehealth program

"There is now a robust, extensive and dynamic virtual care option for patients that did not exist prior to the pandemic," its IT director of telehealth reports.

JDSUPRA July 22, 2022

Protecting Health Information Post Roe – Part 2: Steps for Health Care Providers

State laws that restrict or criminalize abortions will require significant amounts of health information to enforce, putting new pressure on health care providers caught in the middle of competing obligations to their patients and to regulatory and law enforcement authorities making lawful requests for this information.

HealthcareItNews July 22, 2022

Roundup: Monash Health sets up virtual clinic for blood pressure management and more briefs

Also, the Australian government is subsidising the cost of teleconsultation for the prescription of COVID-19 antiviral medications.


DOJ Files Criminal Charges in Telemedicine Fraud Schemes Totaling $1.2B

Thirty-six defendants were charged in the schemes, which involved telehealth providers ordering unnecessary genetic tests and durable medical equipment in exchange for kickbacks. July 21, 2022

White House Office on National Drug Policy: Telehealth Prescribing for Substance Use Disorders

The White House Office on National Drug Policy (ONDCP) supports permanent telehealth prescribing for people with Substance Use Disorders (SUD), according to the issued guidance “ Telehealth and Substance Use Disorder Services in the Era of Covid-19: Review and Recommendations” published on June 22, 2022.

JDSUPRA July 21, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Guidance on Risks to Privacy of Reproductive Health Information Post-Dobbs

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Biden Administration has outlined a framework for federal executive action designed to protect access to reproductive health care. On July 8, 2022, President Biden issued an Executive Order Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services (the “Executive Order”) directing federal agencies, including the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take various steps to address “this health crisis.” July 21, 2022

92% of Consumers Report Convenience #1 Consideration when Choosing A Health Professional

According to a recent report, healthcare professionals believe virtual visits have increased patients’ and clients’ interest in telehealth adoption. CVS Health conducted a survey, Health Care Insights Study 2022, to understand health providers’ and consumers’ health care experience during COVID-19. They were interested in understanding which barriers may hinder their ability to improve digital health online service outcomes. CVS surveyed 1000 adults who answered 69 questions. They also surveyed 400 healthcare providers, who answered 42 questions. According to Adult Data 2022, 19.86% of American adults report mental health illnesses, which translates into nearly 50 million Americans. The CVS survey suggests that virtual care can help reduce the effect of this epidemic.

HealthcareItNews July 21, 2022

Northern Health to expand virtual ED access to COVID-19, aged care patients

This will help free up ambulances and hospitals that are currently overwhelmed with rising COVID-19 cases. July 21, 2022

Pediatric Virtual Visits: A New Approach to Pediatric Mental Health Service

Telehealth can help healthcare providers expand their pediatric mental health services to clients and patients across the US through pediatric virtual visits and pediatric telemedicine. Mental health issues in children, adolescents, and young adults have become a significant cause of concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, pediatric mental health-related visits increased 24% in just seven months among children between 5 and 11 years old.


Most Americans Support Expansion of Asynchronous Telehealth Options

A new survey shows that a majority of Americans support legislation that would expand asynchronous telehealth, thereby increasing access to care, particularly mental healthcare.

HealthCareITNews November 9, 2022

Rural NY health system working with Silicon Valley to expand access, digital transformation

Bassett Healthcare Network's collaboration with Andreessen Horowitz is meant to open up a suite of digital healthcare tools to enhance medical services in an eight-county region in upstate New York. July 20, 2022

What is the Difference Between Synchronous Telehealth vs Asynchronous Telehealth?

Synchronous telehealth occurs when real-time technology allows the patient or client to interact with a practitioner using a telephone or video connection — or a combination of both. Providers and patients communicate directly, mimicking real-time interactions where the parties converse as they would in person.

JSDSUPRA July 20, 2022

HIPAA Disclosures of Protected Health Information after Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: Foster Swift Highlights Navigating Michigan and Federal Law

After the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) was tasked with responding to how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) would be affected. Particularly, HHS’s Office for Civil Rights has released guidance regarding how the HIPAA Privacy Rule may or may not permit disclosure of an individual’s sexual and reproductive health information without express authorization from the patient.

Foley & Lardner LLP July 20, 2022

OIG Special Fraud Alert on Arrangements with Telemedicine Companies

On July 20, 2022, HHS-OIG published a new Special Fraud Alert on arrangements with telemedicine companies, setting forth seven characteristics OIG believes could suggest a given arrangement poses a heighted risk of fraud and abuse. The Alert follows dozens of civil and criminal investigations into fraud schemes involving companies that claimed to provide telehealth, telemedicine, or telemarketing services, but allegedly engaged in kickbacks and substandard medical practices to generate medically unnecessary orders and prescriptions. Those purported telemedicine companies, OIG stated in the Alert, “exploited the growing acceptance and use of telehealth” and present “the potential for considerable harm to Federal health care programs and their beneficiaries.”

CCHP July 19, 2022


On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the unpublished version of the proposals for the CY 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). CMS uses this process to make administrative updates to Medicare’s policy related to telehealth.

HealthcareItNews July 19, 2022

DiMe releases toolkits to help scale wearables, remote patient monitoring

The toolkits are based on the Digital Medicine Society's Sensor Data Integrations project, which includes organizations like Amazon Web Services, Oracle, the Moffitt Cancer Center, Takeda and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

HealthcareItNews July 19, 2022

Groups doubles down on telehealth with a mobile app to treat opioid addiction White House Issues Recommendations on Telehealth and SUD services

The value-based care provider focused on opioid-use disorder has built an effective combination of telemedicine and connected health.

HealthcareItNews July 18, 2022

FCC and other awards helped enable permanent telehealth policy changes in Virginia White House Issues Recommendations on Telehealth and SUD services

With support from a range of federal agencies the University of Virginia Health System has worked with community hospitals and other healthcare organizations on virtual care.

JDSUPRA July 18, 2022

White House Issues Recommendations on Telehealth and SUD services

In June 2022, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), via the Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association, released its “Telehealth and Substance Use Disorder Services in the Era of COVID-19: Review and Recommendations” (the “SUD Recommendations”). Although this publication does not have the force of law, it provides clear directions to legislators and agencies on advancements in telehealth for Substance Use Disorder (“SUD”) patients.

healthleaders July 15, 2022


Healthcare organizations are turning to remote patient monitoring to improve care management and give patients an on-demand connection to their care teams, but they need to plan carefully to make sure the program is sustainable and scalable.

Healthleaders July 15, 2022


In a move expected to anger virtual care advocates, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed dropping Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services, including telephone calls, in its 2023 Physician Fee Schedule. The proposed action would take place 151 days after the end of the public health emergency.


SC Hospital Receives $500K+ Grant to Support Telehealth Expansion

The Duke Endowment provided Conway Medical Center with a $510,000 grant to support the implementation of telehealth services.

HealthAffairs July 15, 2022

Audio-Only Telemedicine Visits: Flaws In The Underlying Data Make It Hard To Assess Their Use And Impact

In the ongoing debate about the future of telemedicine reimbursement, the role of audio-only visits has been particularly contentious. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicare and other payers began reimbursing for both audio-only and video visits at the same rate as in-person visits.


Lack of payment pathway clarity hinders digital therapeutics, analysts say

The lack of clarity around payment pathways is preventing digital therapeutics companies from getting treatments to patients, according to Forrester Research.


New Partnership to Implement In-Home Acute Care in Wisconsin

Marshfield Clinic Health System is working to implement in-home acute cute in Wisconsin through a collaboration with DispatchHealth.

Healthleaders July 14, 2022


Health system executives at a recent HealthLeaders round-table explained how to create an effective remote patient monitoring strategy, from selecting the right patient population and technology to securing staff buy-in.

Foley & Lardner LLP July 14, 2022

Medicare Telehealth Services for 2023 – CMS Proposes Substantial Changes

On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule.

KHN July 14, 2022

Rural Hospital Rescue Program Is Met With Skepticism From Administrators

In West Texas, the tiny hospital in Crosbyton has only two beds, and they’re not always occupied. New Partnership to Implement In-Home Acute Care in Wisconsin.


Penn Medicine Receives Grants to Further Virtual Care Innovation

Three Penn Medicine projects, including one that aims to improve access to buprenorphine through telehealth, received $200,000 each from Independence Blue Cross. July 13, 2022

Practice Alert: Proposed CMS Reimbursement for LMFTs, LPCs, Addiction Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers & Others

After decades of seeking inclusion as providers under Medicare, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, addiction counselors, and certified peer recovery specialists are being included to the full extent of their licensure in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursement proposal to change the CMS 2023 Physician Fee Schedule.

KHN July 13, 2022

US, World Bank Give Ukraine $1.7B To Pay Health Workers

Funds come from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Treasury Department, and the World Bank and are to support the complex and stressed health system in the country during the invasion. USA Today reports that telehealth assistance is also coming from U.S. doctors. July 13, 2022

Building a HIPAA Compliant Website

Several recently exposed healthcare organizations reported use of the Facebook MetaPixelhase raised eyebrows, given that using the MetaPixel can be a HIPAA violation when it collects patient information.


NY Launches Virtual COVID-19 Care Service Amid Rising Omicron Cases

The New York State Department of Health is working with NYC Health + Hospitals to provide virtual care for COVID-19-positive patients who do not have a healthcare provider. July 13, 2022

Metrics Regarding the Growing Importance of Telehealth & Telemental Health

Fair Health is an independent nonprofit that collects data for and manages the nation’s largest health insurance claims databases.

healthleaders July 14, 2022


In May of this year, a little more than a quarter of American patients (26%) sought both telemedicine and remote counseling services, versus 21% in November 2021.

CCHP July 12, 2022

Telehealth Policy Heats Up with Abortion Decisions...Plus, Telehealth SUD recommendations from White House & More

In light of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson, many are now looking to telemedicine as a potential solution to help ease the burden of individuals seeking abortions in states where it may now be illegal.

healthleaders July 12, 2022


Mass General Brigham plans to dramatically scale up its hospital-at-home program, a project executives say will help contain health care spending and manage an ongoing capacity crunch at its hospitals.


Remote Patient Monitoring Linked to Lower COVID-19 Hospitalizations

New research shows that remote patient monitoring can help reduce hospitalizations and intensive care unit stays among patients with COVID-19.

healthleaders July 12, 2022


A U.S. health network is incorporating the telemedicine system it developed in the pandemic to offer free consultations to medical workers in Ukraine.

Foley & Lardner LLP July 12, 2022

Remote Therapeutic Monitoring: What You Need to Know About CMS’ Proposed Changes

On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed five new changes to Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) services under the Medicare program.

HealthcareITNews July 12, 2022

The key relationship between health equity and telemedicine

"As healthcare providers continue to navigate and find ways to improve the telehealth experience, we have to be intentional about bringing all voices to the table," one expert says.

KHN July 11, 2022

Gulf Of Mexico May Get Floating Abortion Clinic

To skirt Texas' and other Southern states' new anti-abortion laws, media outlets report on plans for a floating reproductive health center in the Gulf of Mexico, where care is instead regulated at a federal level. Also: HIPAA, abortion providers and technology, health education, vasectomies, and more.


Transforming virtual care to virtual-first care beyond the pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have accelerated the demand for and use of virtual care, current trends and individual perceptions indicate virtual care is here to stay.


53% of Healthcare Providers Say Adding Telehealth Drove Up Patient Visits

Providers believe that adding virtual care services increased clinic visits as patients are more likely to make and keep appointments if telehealth is an available option, new survey results show.


Florida Hospital to Provide New Option for Acute Care at Home

Through Tampa General Hospital's new hospital-at-home program, patients will have access to remote patient monitoring technologies and at-home care resources.


Remote Patient Monitoring Can Detect In-Hospital Patient Deterioration

New research shows that a wearable remote patient monitoring device can help detect clinical deterioration among patients in the hospital.

KHN July 8, 2022

Digital Mental Health Companies Draw Scrutiny and Growing Concerns

When Pat Paulson’s son told her he was feeling anxious and depressed at college, Paulson went through her Blue Cross Blue Shield provider directory and started calling mental health therapists.

HealthcareITNews July 8, 2022

HIMSSCast: ATA CEO says telehealth future is hybrid, outlines policy priorities and challenges

Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, offers a deep dive into a variety of telehealth topics, including the ATA's CEO Advisory Group on Using Telehealth to Eliminate Disparities and Inequities. July 7, 2022

New OCR Guidance Regarding HIPAA-Compliant Phones

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced the latest HIPAA guidelines regarding the audio-only service for all telehealth technologies. July 7, 2022

Teladoc Adds Drug Delivery, Lab Collection to Virtual Primary Care Service

The telemedicine provider's Primary360 service will now include referrals to internal Teladoc programs, medication delivery, and at-home lab sample collection. July 7, 2022

Mental Health Gaming as a Mental Health Tool?

The controversy over the pros and cons of video games and mental health has raged for decades. Now in 2022, at least one Internet startup has launched a gaming “mental health tool” to assist mental health practitioners with delivering mental health gaming services as an augmentation to their service offerings.


COVID-19 Reappears on Top Five Telehealth Diagnoses List

COVID-19 appeared on the top five telehealth diagnoses list in April for the first time since January, according to new data. July 7, 2022

State Laws & Telehealth Abortion Pills for Remote Abortions

It didn’t take long for many states to take action after the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade judgment.


Over Half of Americans Unlikely to Use Telehealth Post-Pandemic

A new survey shows that though a large number of Americans favor the continuation of telehealth services, a little over half do not plan to use them after the pandemic has ended.


NIH Grant to Fund Study on mHealth App for Anxiety, Depression

Researchers created a mobile app to help users manage mental health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic through symptom monitoring and education.

CCHP July 6, 2022

What Might Happen in Telehealth Policy After the PHE

This video will look at where telehealth policy may be when the federal public health emergency is declared over. View the PPT for this video

HealthcareITNews July 6, 2022

At CommonSpirit Health, telebehavioral care decreases length of stay, cuts costs

Additional benefits included an increase in satisfaction and expectations of care met, and 61% of cases are seen within 30 minutes.

CCHP July 5, 2022

FAIR Health Study Showcases Importance of Telehealth to Mental Health Treatment

FAIR Health recently released an issue brief looking at “The Evolution of Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic” utilizing data from their Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker.


Researchers found that following an increase in telehealth use, there was an increase in Medicare patients with severe mental health conditions receiving the minimum levels of care.

Continuous glucose monitors can accurately measure blood sugar levels even among patients on dialysis, a population on which CGM hasn’t been widely tested.


Continues Glucose Monitors Effective RPM for ESRD Patients

Continuous glucose monitors can accurately measure blood sugar levels even among patients on dialysis, a population on which CGM hasn’t been widely tested.

HealthcareITNews July 11, 2022

How AI and NLP can boost care via remote patient monitoring

Project Ronin, which focuses on cancer care via RPM, shows how artificial intelligence, natural language processing and EHRs come together to aid physicians.

HealthcareITNEWS July 1, 2022

HIMSSCast: Henry Ford director of virtual care talks telehealth

Courtney Stevens at Detroit's Henry Ford Health System discusses optimizing telehealth integration into care pathways, conducting comprehensive exams via video and improving telehealth literacy. June 30, 2022

Whistleblowers Earn $$ for Reporting Telehealth Fraud and Abuse

The increased use of telehealth, along with a decrease in the enforcement of existing HIPAA laws, has spawned a new wave of telehealth, particularly telemedicine fraud and abuse. The False Claims Act and other state and federal qui tam laws protect against government-funded medical insurance schemes and reimburse whistleblowers up to 30% of monies granted in associated legal actions.


HHS issues guidance on when providers may be forced to share patient information

Healthcare providers are not permitted to disclose patient health information unless faced with a court order, the HHS said Wednesday in an attempt to provide clarity following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. June 30, 2022

How to Instill a Culture of Compliance In Behavioral Services

Instilling a culture of compliance in one’s independent practice, group practice, clinic, or agency is integral to running a successful healthcare service.


AHRQ Offers Tips for Picking Mental Health mHealth Apps

Providers, patients, and payers will benefit from an AHRQ brief that evaluates mental health mHealth apps. June 30, 2022

Federation of State Medical Boards Publishes New Telemedicine Guidelines

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently released new and updated telemedicine guidelines.

CCHP June 29, 2022

Medicaid & State Telehealth Policy – Medicaid Telehealth Policy & Substance Use Disorder

In addition to COVID-19, the United States faced another public health crisis, the opioid epidemic. During COVID-19, some substance use disorder (SUD) patients found themselves cut off from care. Telehealth was used to help alleviate some of these access issues. In this webinar, we’ll hear about various approaches to the use of telehealth to treat SUD from federal, state and local perspectives.


mHealth Wearable Device Can Predict Concussion Risk

Researchers discovered that an mHealth wearable device can detect potential concussions among contact sports athletes.

HealthcareITNews June 28, 2022

How remote patient monitoring improves care, saves money for chronic care

Half the population has at least one chronic disease. Care for these sick patients is costly. RPM has the potential to help.


New Toolkit Aims to Support Effective Virtual-First Care Transitions

The Digital Medicine Society and American Telemedicine Association have developed a new toolkit to support the integration of virtual and in-person healthcare.

CCHP June 28, 2022

Interstate Telehealth Use Data Seeks to Inform State Licensure Policies

A recent article in Health Affairs, titled Interstate Telehealth Use by Medicare Beneficiaries, examined the data behind interstate telehealth use before and after COVID-19 licensure waivers.

Foley & Lardner LLP June 27, 2022

Three Considerations for Health Care Providers After the Dobbs Decision

Last week, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, holding that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, and overruling precedent established by Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113,and Planned Parenthood of Southern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833. Health care providers that provide a full spectrum of women’s health care services, including abortion, will need to understand how the Dobbs decision impacts the care they can provide to patients. Absent a federal protection of a patient’s ability to obtain an abortion, providers operating in this space will need to understand the scope of State laws that apply to abortion services. Below are three key considerations that health care providers will need to consider.

FIERCE Healthcare June 27, 2022

Digital abortion providers, doctors brace for complex legal landscape after SCOTUS ruling

Even just a few hours after the Supreme Court released its decision to overturn the legal right to an abortion in the U.S., digital abortion providers were gearing up to expand their services in anticipation of surging demand.


Telehealth Use Remained Steady in 2021 for Medicare Beneficiaries

Although the future of telehealth flexibilities remains uncertain, researchers found that telehealth use was steady and did not lead to a spike in total visits among Medicare beneficiaries in 2021.

healthleaders June 27,2022


Researchers at the University of Michigan, analyzing Medicare data through 2021, are reporting that the traditional Medicare population used telehealth during the pandemic to access care, but they haven't been overusing the platform.


NY Health System to Use Digital Platform to Inform Teenagers of Diabetes Risks

Mount Sinai Health System is working with mPulse Mobile to create a health program delivered via a digital solution that will inform teenagers of diabetes risks.


Organizations Collaborate to Assess Impact of Virtual Care on COPD Readmissions

Hartford HealthCare and Wellinks are joining forces to conduct the POWER study, which will examine the impact of a virtual management solution on readmissions for patients with COPD.


Patients Report Better Telehealth Experiences Than Providers

Patient experience with telehealth appears to be better than provider experience, with only 15 percent of patients saying they had a difficult time obtaining the care they expected, a new report shows. June 23, 2022

Prescribing Controlled Substances Across State Lines – What to Expect After Telehealth Waiver Expiration

Before the pandemic, clinicians prescribing controlled substances over state lines had to have a license in each state where they prescribed telehealth-controlled substances. This prohibition has roots in The Ryan Haight Act, which has prohibited health care providers from prescribing controlled substances over state lines since 2009. June June 23, 2022

Audio-Only Telehealth HIPAA Guidance Issued: Practitioner Update

Covered health care providers increasingly use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth. New audio-only HIPAA privacy guidance was issued on 6/13/22 by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).


Connected Health Initiative Urges CMS to Support mHealth Innovation in IPPS

The Connected Health Initiative sent a letter to CMS expressing support for its proposed IPPS but urged the agency to bolster mobile health innovation and limit associated burdens. June 23, 2022

HHS & HRSA Award $64 Million to Expand Telehealth Innovation in Community Health Centers & Rural & Underserved Communities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded nearly $55 million to 29 HRSA-funded health centers to increase health care access and quality for underserved populations through virtual care such as: Telehealth Remote patient monitoring; Digital patient tools, and Health information technology platforms.

CCHP June 22, 2022

Medicaid & State Telehealth Policy: Telehealth Private Payer Laws

The majority of states have passed laws impacting private health plans’ coverage of telehealth-delivered services. This webinar will focus on the path of these laws by looking at how one came into being with legislation, how a health plan implements and reaction to such a policy and does the entity that would enforce such a law have to say.

The White House June 22, 2022

ONDCP Announces Report on Improving Telehealth Services for Substance Use Disorder

The report by the Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association (LAPPA) found telehealth services can provide increased access to vulnerable individuals with substance use disorder, decrease costs, and reduce spread of communicable diseases. It recommended expanding and making consistent current state and federal telehealth policies. Beating the opioid epidemic is a key pillar of President Biden’s Unity Agenda.

CCHP June 21, 2022


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance on the use of remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth to assist health care providers and health plans, or covered entities, bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules (HIPAA Rules).


As cross-state telemedicine waivers expire, virtual care advocates focus on long-term policy changes

There’s a complication: No one solution to the U.S.’ patchy physician licensing infrastructure has universal buy-in


The cultural and mental health skills that medical and health science students need in today’s world

From memorizing facts about illnesses to learning how to perform procedures, every medical and health science university offers curricula and opportunities to ensure that its students hone their hard skills.

HealthITNews June 20, 2022

How telehealth can help inpatient care, and what a hybrid future looks like

A telemedicine expert discusses how virtual care will evolve beyond its current use. KY Health System to Implement Hospital-at-Home Program.


Interest in RPM, Personal Health Tech Adoption Lagging Among Clinicians

Only about a third of rural and non-rural clinicians currently use remote patient monitoring and personal health technologies, and one-fourth have expressed no interest in either.


Smartphone-Based Tympanometry System Can Test Ear Function

Researchers determined that a smartphone-based tympanometry system can evaluate middle ear function on par with standard tympanometry systems.


Telehealth Effective in Referring Rural Children to Hearing Care

Researchers found that referring rural children to hearing care specialists using telehealth promotes faster access to care compared to standard care methods.


Patient Characteristics Strongly Tied to Telehealth Use

Although more information is needed, researchers believe that patient characteristics like race and insurance status are closely associated with telehealth use.

Foley & Lardner LLP June 16, 2022

HIPAA & Telehealth: FAQs from HHS Guidance on Audio-Only Telehealth

Preparation for operations after the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) have commenced. HHS released guidance on using remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth services in compliance with HIPAA. In March of 2020, HHS stated it would exercise enforcement discretion for noncompliance with HIPAA in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth services using non-public facing audio or video remote communication technologies during the PHE. That enforcement discretion will end when the PHE ends.


PCORI to Fund Research on Chronic Care Management Using Telehealth

The nonprofit will provide $50 million in funding for research on telehealth-based strategies to improve chronic care.


Mental Health Remained Common Telehealth Diagnosis Through Pandemic

Despite various changes in telehealth utilization, mental health conditions were the most common telehealth diagnosis nationally throughout the pandemic.

JDSUPRA June 15, 2022

Congress Releases Draft American Data Privacy and Protection Act

Last week, congressional leaders released a draft bipartisan bill that, if adopted, would establish the nation’s first comprehensive federal privacy law. June 15, 2022

Proposed Changes to Medicare Requirements for Telehealth, Including In-Person Visits

In 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the scope of CMS telehealth services. Under the new telehealth policy, Medicare telehealth reimbursement became available for video and audio services, but an unpopular Medicare requirement for in-person meetings has continued for telebehavioral health services.

HealthcareITNews June 15, 2022

Assessing the success of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy

Physician, researcher and scientist Dr. Jorge Palacios explains how this style of care works and how it can help combat today's mental healthcare crisis.


FDA Approves Smartwatch-Based Solution to Monitor Parkinson’s Disease

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the StrivePD Ecosystem for Parkinson’s disease monitoring through the Apple Watch.

HealthcareITNews June 14, 2022

The challenges of telemental health, and how they can be overcome

Mental healthcare may be among the more intuitive specialties to deliver via telemedicine – but privacy demands, technology difficulties and the need for safe places deter some from taking advantage.


State Medical Board Group Offers Guidelines for Appropriate Telehealth Use

The Federation of State Medical Boards has provided updated guidelines for providers to ensure appropriate telehealth use when providing care.

healthleaders June 14, 2022


The Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights has released guidelines on how healthcare providers can use audio-only telehealth platforms, including the phone, that meet requirements set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Foley & Lardner LLP June 13, 2022

3 Considerations for Telemedicine Companies Shifting Reimbursement Models

This article originally appeared in Entrepreneur on May 31, 2022, and is republished here with permission. In what feels like an instant, telemedicine has gone from an emerging niche to a must-have. The pandemic created an opportunity for telemedicine providers to grow — rapidly — giving even more reason for venture capital and private equity firms to accelerate that growth and back many new entrants. With loads of capital supporting expansion, coupled with a material uptick in consumer use of ecommerce, the emphasis has been growth and market share. Many emerging telemedicine companies have prioritized planting flags and building a user base as quickly as possible.

Healthleaders June 7, 2022


Telehealth legislation continues to be introduced at the federal level, including the recently released Telemental Health Access to Care Act and the Connecting Rural Telehealth to the Future Act. On May 26th a bipartisan group of several U.S. Senators put out a discussion draft of the Telemental Health Access to Care Act as part of the Senate Finance Committee’s work regarding improving mental health access through telehealth.

CCPH June 7, 2022

New Federal Bills, Limited Movement

Telehealth legislation continues to be introduced at the federal level, including the recently released Telemental Health Access to Care Act and the Connecting Rural Telehealth to the Future Act. On May 26th a bipartisan group of several U.S. Senators put out a discussion draft of the Telemental Health Access to Care Act as part of the Senate Finance Committee’s work regarding improving mental health access through telehealth.

Healthleaders June 7, 2022


Medical deserts create a shortage of care in both rural and urban areas due to geographical and economic causes, but AI-infused health IT tools and telehealth can help.

FIERCE Healthcare June 7, 2022

Interstate telehealth visits in jeopardy as pandemic licensure waivers expire

Temporary measures implemented by insurers and state governments during the COVID-19 pandemic have made it easier for patients to seek care from out-of-state clinicians via virtual care visits.


Rollback of Telehealth Flexibilities Will Affect Each State Differently

According to researchers, states must individually consider how the return of more restrictive interstate telehealth policies will impact residents based on usage rates.


National Telehealth Use Declines for 2nd Consecutive Month

New data from FAIR Health shows that telehealth use continued to decline in the first quarter of the year, falling by 6.1 percent in March.

Healthleaders June 6, 2022


With increased bandwidth, 5G connectivity brings latency low enough to provide real-time information that will advance telemedicine and revolutionize future health-care delivery.


Virtual Frailty Exams Improve Patient Comfort, Diagnostic Accuracy

Researchers found that performing frailty exams virtually result in accurate diagnoses and help ensure high comfort among blood cancer patients.


Economic Disadvantage Linked to Missed Pediatric Telehealth Appointments

Researchers found that a higher probability of economic disadvantage was associated with a higher rate of missed telehealth appointments for pediatric patients.

News wise June 6, 2022

Doctors Across State Borders: Telehealth Study Could Inform Policy

As special pandemic rules end, new analysis shows potential outsize impact on patients in some states and rural areas of others

Healthleaders June 6, 2022


Therapists who are treating families, Medicaid beneficiaries, or patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to continue offering teletherapy post-pandemic, according to a new study published in JMIR. June 3, 2022

HHS Awards Nearly $55 Million to Increase Virtual Health Care Through Community Health Centers

In February, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $55 million to 29 HRSA-funded health centers.

HealthcareITNews June 3, 2022

There's broad-based support to stop telehealth cliff

Congress will act prior to the end of flexibilities allowed under the public health emergency, ATA says. June 3, 2022

Research Confirms OCD Teletherapy Benefits

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is recognized as one of the most effective therapies for managing the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). June 3, 2022

Will You Get Involved? Remote Patient Monitoring Device Market to Exceed USD 101.02 Billion by 2028

The global impact of COVID-19 has created a “demand shock” of interest in remote patient monitoring devices (RPM) and associated clinical services.

CCHP June 3, 2022

Medicaid & State Telehealth Policy: School-Based Telehealth

This webinar is a part of CCHP’s Medicaid and State Telehealth Policy webinar series and will focus on the use of telehealth to deliver services in a school-based program. Learn how Medicaid and Education departments work together to ensure children receive the services they need.


Remote Monitoring Using Wearable Effective in Tracking Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers at Verily found that remote patient monitoring through a wearable can effectively track Parkinson’s Disease and measure patient response.


Initiating Telehealth Visits Through Text Messaging Benefits Patients

Researchers found that connecting with a patient through text messaging to let them know when their provider was ready to see them provided patients with scheduling flexibility.


Telehealth Raises Visit Completion Rate by 20% for Rural Residents

A study found that telehealth can be used to expand access to primary care in rural areas as it can help increase the proportion of appointments completed.


Hospitals’ Telehealth Partnership Aims to Cut Down on Long Travel Times

A new virtual care collaboration between Ascension St. Vincent’s Chilton and UAB Medicine aims to provide care while eliminating travel constraints.

Forbes June 2, 2022

The Future Of Telehealth In A Post-Pandemic World

The Covid-19 pandemic changed healthcare. We saw clinic closures, overflowing emergency rooms, disruptions to routine care, doctor shortages and the entire industry stretched thin.

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