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The Hill June 16, 2021

Sen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution

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

Fierce HealthCare June 17, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews June 17, 2021

Why there's no future in healthcare without digital

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

mHealthIntelligence June 17, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Promotes Chronic Care Management, Home Health

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

The Hill June 16, 2021

Sen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution

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

HealthcareITNews June 16, 2021

Telemental Healthcare Access Act would repeal in-person service requirements

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

mHealthIntelligence June 16, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence June 16, 2021

How telehealth overcomes barriers to cleft palate care and speech therapy

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

Fierce Healthcare June 15, 2021

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

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

CCHP June 15, 2021

KFF Report on Telehealth Medicare Use Offers Future Policy Implications

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

mHealthIntelligence June 15, 2021

Asynchronous Telehealth Can Extend Primary Care at Community Health Networks

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

The Washington Post June 14, 2021

The Health 202: Lawmakers are deciding the future of telehealth

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

mHealthIntelligence June 14, 2021

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

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

Jdsupra June 14, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence June 14, 2021

CAMA Launches Telehealth Immersion Program to Promote Sustainability

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

The CT Mirror June 12, 2021

Telemedicine a blessing for some, inaccessible for others

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

The Hill June 11, 2021

Make Medicare and Medicaid telehealth coverage permanent

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

Kaiser Health News June 11, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence June 11, 2021

New Senate Bill Seeks To Continue COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage

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

mHealthIntelligence June 11, 2021

Tribal Communities See Benefits and Challenges in Using Telehealth

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

HealthcareITNews June 10, 2021

Amazon attracting multiple companies to telehealth service

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

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

Kentucky Hospital Association Signs Remote Patient Monitoring Deal

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

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

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

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


Telehealth use dropped again in March, but at slower rate

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

mHealthIntelligence June 9, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews June 9, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence June 9, 2021

New Survey Finds Patients Are Ready for Remote Patient Monitoring

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

mHealthIntelligence June 8, 2021

Canadian Study Highlights Value of Telehealth Access for Postpartum Care

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

HealthcareITNews June 8, 2021

Knock, knock, knockin' on the digital front door

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

mHealthIntelligence June 8, 2021

ASF Grants Fund Innovative Telehealth Services for Autism Treatment

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

Kaiser Health News June 7, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

Study Targets Benefits of Asynchronous Telehealth for Mental Health Care

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

HealthcareITNews June 7, 2021

What data and technologies are needed to propel telehealth quality?

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

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

How Medical Practices Can Succeed At Remote Patient Monitoring

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

HealthcareITNews June 7, 2021

Health IT's role in the home

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

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

Georgia Partnership Aims to Use Telehealth to Help the Uninsured

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

Health Care Law Today June 7, 2021

Telemedicine Companies Can Use Patent Law as a Strategic Advantage

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

mHealthIntelligence June 4, 2021

New mHealth Group Targets Data Security, Tackling the Digital Divide

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

mHealthIntelligence June 3, 2021

Telehealth Use Yields Successful Post-Op Physical Therapy Results

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

mHealthIntelligence June 3, 2021

Illinois Moves to Expand Telehealth Coverage, With Limited Payment Parity

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

HealthcareITNews June 3, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

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

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

Politico Future Pulse June 2, 2021

Fixing what telehealth couldn’t

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

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

How we can avoid the 'telehealth cliff'

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

mHealthIntelligence June 2, 2021

Could Congress Help Community Health Centers Expand Mobile Health Outreach?

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

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence June 2, 2021

Wellstar Uses Remote Patient Monitoring to Create Partnerships With Patients

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

mHealthIntelligence June 1, 2021

Texas Lawmakers OK Telehealth Expansion for Medicaid, Public Health Plans

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

mHealthIntelligence June 1, 2021

FCC Is Ready to Move Forward With Connected Care Pilot Program

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

HealthcareITNews June 1, 2021

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

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

Health Care Law Today June 1, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 28, 2021

mHealth Program Aims to Address Pandemic Stress, Burnout in Nurses

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

Fierce Healthcare May 28,2021

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

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

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

HIMSSCast: Telehealth in the trenches

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

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 28, 2021

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

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

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

Using technology to enhance patient care

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

HealthcareIT News May 27, 20211

Physicians in favor of permanent telehealth expansion

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

mHealthIntelligence May 27, 2021

California Provider Sees Telehealth as an Integral Part of PACE Programs

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

mHealthIntelligence May 27, 2021

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

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

HealthcareIT News May 27, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 26, 2021

Congress to Debate Medicare Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

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

mHealthIntelligence May 26, 2021

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

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

HealthcareIT News May 25, 2021

House reps seek to permanently safeguard audio-only telehealth coverage

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

CCHP May 25, 2021

Senator Warner Encourages DEA Action on Telehealth & Prescribing

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

HealthcareIT News May 25 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 25, 2021

Pediatric Telehealth Use Grows Despite Some Parent Reluctance

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

mHealthIntelligence May 25, 2021

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

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

HealthcareIT News May 24, 2021

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

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

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

Telehealth is here to stay, study says

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

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Why Bother with Telehealth Training?

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

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Future of Telehealth Reimbursement: Offering Medicare Telehealth Services?

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

HealthcareIT News May 24, 2021

Inpatient telemedicine improves care and patient satisfaction at Howard University Hospital

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

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Proposed Changes for HIPAA Privacy Rule Receive Pushback

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

HealthcareITNews May 24, 2021

Using data to work effectively toward health equity

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

mHealthIntelligence May 24, 2021

Virginia Includes Telehealth in New Pediatric Mental Health Program

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

mHealthIntelligence May 21, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 21, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 21, 2021

KLAS: Teladoc, Epic report widest breadth of telehealth capabilities

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

HealthcareITNews May 21, 2021

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

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

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 21, 2021

Telehealth Opioids and Ryan Haight Act: Update

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


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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 20, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 20, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 20, 2021

AMA publishes framework to highlight value of virtual care

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

Health Affairs Blog, May 19, 2021

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

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

KFF Newsroom May 19, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 19, 2021

Mobile patient communication and telehealth tool helps transform Indiana Hernia Center

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

mHealthIntelligence May 19, 2021

AMA Launches Initiative to Redefine the Value of Virtual Care

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

USNews May 19, 2021

Senators Want to Make Pandemic Telehealth Changes Permanent

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

mHealthIntelligence May 19, 2021

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

The Columbus Dispatch May 18, 2021

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

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

Healthcare IT News May 18, 2021

Telehealth can be an effective alternative for seniors, study shows

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

Healthcare IT News May 18, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2021

Nova Scotia Launches Telehealth Pilot to Connect Residents With PCPs

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

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2021

Virtual Care Tool Provides Mental Health Support for Youths

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

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2021

Maine Home Health Program Uses Telehealth, RPM to Combat Loneliness

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

mHealthIntelligence May 14, 2021

Federal Funding for Emergency Home Visits for Families Includes Telehealth

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

mHealthIntelligence May 14, 2021

American Academy of Neurology Lobbies for Telehealth Coverage

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

HealthcareITNews May 14, 2021

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

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

Health Affairs Blog May 14, 2021

Podcast: Three Unanswered Questions For Telehealth's Future

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

HealthcareFinanceNews May 13, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 13, 2021

Arizona passes law to dramatically expand telehealth access

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

mHealthIntelligence May 13, 2021

Pequot Nation Shows Promising Diabetes Results with Telehealth

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

mHealthIntelligence May 13, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 12, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 12, 2021

Chekhov and a Checkup: Delaware Libraries Introduce Telehealth Kiosks

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

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

Vendor Survey IDs Challenges for Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

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

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

HIPAA: Permitted Uses and Disclosure of Protected Health Information

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

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

Using Telehealth CPT Codes To Ensure You Are Getting Fully Compensated

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

Becker’s Hospital Review May 11, 2021

16 key takeaways from 6 recent telehealth reports

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

mHealthIntelligence May 11, 2021

WVU Researchers Try to Determine How Much Telehealth is Enough

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

mHealthIntelligence May 11, 2021

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

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

CCHP May 11, 2021

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

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

Healthcare Law Today Webinar May 10, 2021

Let’s Talk Compliance | HIPAA Breach & Penalties

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

MMA May 10, 2021

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 10, 2021

How much telehealth do patients need? Researchers weigh in

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

mHealthIntelligence May 10, 2021

AdventHealth Expands Walt Disney World Partnership to Include Telehealth

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

HealthcareITNews May 10, 2021

Telehealth 2050: The future design of virtual care technology

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

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Congress: Act Now To Ensure Telehealth Access For Medicare Beneficiaries

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

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

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

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

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

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

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

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Understanding The Case For Telehealth Payment Parity

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

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 10, 2021

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

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

Health Affairs Blog May 7, 2021

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

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

CCHP May 7, 2021 

Telehealth & Medicaid: Medicaid Telehealth Policies for Children and Youth

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

mHealthIntelligence May 7, 2021  

Washington State Passes Legislation Supporting Audio-Only Telehealth

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

HealthcareITNews May 7, 2021  

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

Ochsner Launches Telehealth Service For Stressed Teachers, Support Staff

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

Healthcare Dive May 5. 20211 

Telehealth use dropped in February for first time since September

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

mHealthIntelligence May 5, 2021 

Warner Again Presses DEA to Let Providers Prescribe via Telehealth

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

JDSUPRA May 4, 2021 

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

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute May 4, 2021

What Are HIPAA Audit Requirements?

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute May 4, 2021

Telehealth Intake & Screening: Key Roles of Setting and Diagnosis

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

Healthcare IT News May 4, 2021

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

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

US News May 3, 2021

Telemedicine Can Be Key to Helping the Homeless Community

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

mHealthIntelligence May 3, 2021

New mHealth Study Takes on Health Outcomes Among the Homeless

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

mHealthIntelligence May 3, 2021

TNew mHealth Study Takes on Health Outcomes Among the Homeless

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

mHealthIntelligence April 29, 2021

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

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 28, 2021

Using Telemedicine Services to Improve Sleep

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 28, 2021

Telemental Health and Tele Therapy Lead Telehealth Expansion

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


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

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

mHealthIntelligence April 27, 2021

Telerehabilitation Boosts Patient Satisfaction for Young Patients

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

mHealthIntelligence April 27, 2021

Senators Again Seek Telehealth Waivers for Home Healthcare Providers

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

mHealthIntelligence April 26, 2021

New Telehealth Certificate Track Focuses on Behavioral Health Services

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

mHealthIntelligence April 26, 2021

Lawmakers Again Seek Medicare Coverage of Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Services

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

Healthcare IT News April 23, 2021

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

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

Healthcare IT News April 23, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence April 23, 2021

UMass Research Focuses on Helping Seniors Play mHealth Games

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

mHealthIntelligence April 23, 2021

Florida Lawmakers Add Telehealth to Resources for Students in Crisis

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

mHealthIntelligence April 22, 2021

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

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

JDSUPRA April 22, 2021

Three Health Care Investment Trends That We Are Currently Following

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

mHealthIntelligence April 21, 2021

Can Telehealth Help Healthcare Providers Tackle Rural Health Disparities?

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

Healthcare IT News April 21 ,2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence April 21, 2021

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

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

HealthAffairs April 20, 2021

No Patient Left Behind: Considering Equitable Distribution Of Telehealth

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

Healthcare IT News April 20, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence April 20, 2021

NJ Governor Conditionally Vetoes Medical Marijuana Telehealth Bill

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

mHealthIntelligence April 20, 2021

Emory Healthcare Links EMS Providers to Telehealth For Emergency Care

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

Becker’s Heathcare April 19, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence April 19, 2021

Intermountain Bolsters Connected Health Footprint With Air Transport Service

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

mHealthIntelligence April 19, 2021

Better Medicare Alliance Touts Support for Audio-Only Telehealth

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

Becker’s Heathcare April 19, 2021

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

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 18, 2021

Is Phone Therapy Really THAT Simple?

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 18, 2021

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

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 18, 2021

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

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 16, 2021

HIPAA Compliance: Why HIPAA Training is Not Enough

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

mHealthIntelligence April 16, 2021

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

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

mHealthIntelligence April 16, 2021

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

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

CCHP April 15, 2021

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2021

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

mHealthIntelligence April 15, 2021

COVID-19 Telehealth Delivery Reaps High Patient Satisfaction

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

mHealthIntelligence April 15, 2021

5 Guidelines to Establishing a Post-Pandemic Telehealth Strategy

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

mHealthIntelligence April 14, 2021

Mayo Clinic Launches New Platform for Analyzing Data From mHealth Devices

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

mHealthIntelligence April 14, 2021

Canadian mHealth App Takes Aim at Preventing Deadly Drug Overdoses

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

Healthcare IT News April 13, 2021

Biden outlines health IT funding priorities

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

mHealthIntelligence April 13, 2021

HHS Unveils Telehealth Grants to Address Rural Maternal, Obstetrics Care

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

mHealthIntelligence April 13, 2021

Biden Administration to Lift Restrictions on Telemedicine Abortions

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

Healthcare iT News April 12, 2021

The benefits and future of remote patient monitoring

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

mHealthIntelligence April 12, 2021

Deaconess Health Finds Success in Tailoring Telehealth to Specific Patients

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

CCHP April 12, 2021

Permanent Changes Finally Coming To Telehealth

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

mHealthIntelligence April 12, 2021

Supreme Court Ruling May Help Providers With mHealth Messaging Strategies

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

Becker’s Healthcare April 9, 2021

Humanizing technology to enhance personal interactions

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

mHealthIntelligence April 9, 2021

New Awards Target Research on Telehealth Value in Rheumatology

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

mHealthIntelligence April 9, 2021

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

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

Fierce Health Care April 9, 2021

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

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

mHealthntelligence April 8,2021

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

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

mHealthntelligence April 7, 2021

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

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

mHealthntelligence April 7, 2021

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

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

HealthCare IT News April 7,2021

Strategies for securing the remote patient monitoring ecosystem

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 7, 2021

Controversy about Eliminating Telephone Telehealth Coverage

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

mHealthntelligence April 6, 2021

Telehealth Becoming a Preferred Platform for Cardiovascular Care

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

mHealthntelligence April 6, 2021

North Dakota Lawmakers Shoot Down Telehealth Payment Parity Study

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

Health Care Law Today April 6, 2021

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

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

mHealthntelligence April 5, 2021

Michigan Lawmakers Debate the Use of Telehealth for Eye Exams

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 5, 2021

Important Telehealth Reimbursement Updates for Clinicians

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

Health Affairs Blog April 2, 2021

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

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

Becker’s Healthcare April 1, 2021

Virtual care: the first step on any healthcare journey

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

Becker’s Healthcare April 2021

Advancing care delivery innovation in 2021 and beyond

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

Fierce Health Care April 1, 2021

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

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

HealthCare IT News April 1, 2021

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

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

mHealthntelligence April 01, 2021

Fitbit, Stanford Medicine Project Uses mHealth to Track College Athletes

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

mHealthntelligence April 01, 2021

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

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

Becker’s Healthcare April 2021

Advancing care delivery innovation in 2021 and beyond

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

Healthcare IT News March 31, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 31, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 31, 2021

CMS Facing Pressure to Add Telehealth to Diabetes Prevention Programs

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telehealth Legislation: Update for Telebehavioral and Substance Abuse Treatment

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telephone Telehealth Safety Procedures for Professionals

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telehealth Drones and Why They can Make a Difference

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 30, 2021

FCC Approves Plan to Relaunch COVID-19 Telehealth Program

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

Health Care Law Today March 29, 2021

FAQs on Telemedicine and HIPAA During the Public Health Emergency

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 29, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 29, 2021

Support Builds to Add Telehealth Options for Critical Access Hospitals

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

Healthcare IT News March 26, 2021

When the next storm hits, telehealth could be a lifesaver

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 26, 2021

Congress to Get Another Shot at Telehealth Coverage for Specialists

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 26, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 25, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 25, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 24, 2021

NY Bill Would Provide Telehealth Coverage for Peer Advocates

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 24, 2021

Social Determinants of Health Stymied Pandemic Telehealth Use

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 23, 2021

Boston Medical Center Launches mHealth App for MAT Providers

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 23, 2021

Telehealth Access Disparities In COVID-19 Virtual Care Boom

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 22, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 22, 2021

Arkansas Lawmakers Clash Over Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 22, 2021

mHealth App Improves Kidney Medication Adherence, Engagement

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 19, 2021

Iowa Lawmakers Debate Payment Parity for Telemental Health Services

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 19, 2021

Researchers Work on a Drone That Can Make Telehealth House Calls

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 18, 2021

FCC Sets New Guidelines for COVID-19 Telehealth Program Relaunch

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 18, 2021

Florida Lawmakers Debate Veterinary Telehealth Expansion

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 17, 2021

Navigating the Benefits - and Challenges - of Telehealth From Home

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 17, 2021

Amazon Announces Nationwide Telehealth Platform, Open to Other Businesses

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 16, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 16, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 15, 2021

Congress Targets Telehealth Coverage for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 15, 2021

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

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

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 13, 2021 L

UPDATE: Telemedicine Across State Lines Post-Pandemic

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 12, 2021

mHealth Robotics Can Improve Patient Satisfaction, Aid ED Triage

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 12, 2021

Virginia Expands Coverage for School Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2021

South Dakota Governor Permanently Extends Telehealth Coverage

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 10, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 10, 2021

Vermont Lawmaker’s Broadband Expansion Bill Would Boost Telehealth

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 9, 2021

Digital Onboarding Uses Telehealth to Start Conversations With Patients

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 9, 2021

Utah Expands Telehealth Coverage for Mental Health Services

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 8, 2021

National Quality Forum Looks to Update Telehealth Quality Benchmarks

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 8, 2021

COVID-19 Funds Help Kansas Health Centers Expand Telehealth Services

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 5, 2021

Pilot Program to Study Telehealth Value in Advance Care Planning

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 5, 2021

Staffing, Funds Key for Tech to Boost Patient Experience

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 4, 2021

California Amends ‘5150 Hold’ Law to Allow Telehealth Evaluations

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

California Hospital Uses mHealth Platform to Automate Contact Tracing

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

Maryland Lawmakers Debate Bill to Expand School-Based Telehealth

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 2, 2021

OIG Defends Recent Telehealth Audits, Recognizes Telefraud Challenges

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 2, 2021

Coalition Backs Illinois Telehealth Bill Supporting Payment Parity

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 1, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 1, 2021

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, February 26, 2021

Telehealth, RPM programs can benefit greatly from a nurse’s perspective

When the Illinois-based health provider Blessing Health System launched a remote patient monitoring program to extend care for COVID-19 patients to the home, they made sure nurses were involved in every step of the process.

mHealth Intelligence, February 25, 2021

USDA announces latest round of telemedicine, distance learning grants

Some 46 telehealth projects across the country are getting funding from the latest round of Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants from the USDA. Grantees in the northeast region include: 1) the University of Maine Health System, which plans telehealth and learning platforms at 42 locations around the state; 2) the North County Hospital Health Center in Vermont, which will employ telemedicine carts and remote patient monitoring services in two rural counties.

HHealthcare IT News, February 23, 2021

Digital health literacy as a social determinant of health

At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange conference, a telehealth leader at Brigham and Women's Hospital General Internal Medicine Division outlined five main facets to address when considering digital health equity: tech access, tech literacy, implementation, payment and standard of care.

Healthcare IT News, February 23, 2021

Health center customizes telehealth mobile device that's easy to use for the elderly

A model for vendor collaboration on usable telehealth solutions for a community health center is provided. During the pandemic Sano Health worked closely with St. Thomas Community Health Center to successfully develop a custom telehealth solution that struck the right balance between simplicity and functionality.

Center for Connected Health Policy, February 23, 2021

The 117th Congress signals a focus on telehealth with a series of telehealth expansion bills

This update from CCHP reviews a number of congressional bills which address telehealth policies beyond the pandemic. Telehealth elements within a draft of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 are also outlined.

mHealth Intelligence, February 17, 2021

Connected Care Alliance unveils telehealth licensing portability plan

The alliance is tackling telehealth licensure portability head-on with its proposed Medical Excellence Zone, a regional program that would allow states to recognize other states' medical licenses and promote telehealth adoption.

Healthcare IT News, February 17, 2021

Helio Health uses telehealth to solve access issues for Medicaid population

A profile is given for how Helio Health, a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment provider in Syracuse, New York, leveraged an FCC Telehealth Grant to deliver remote monitoring and video consultations to treat their patients.

Healthcare IT News, February 15, 2021

How NYU Langone Health used its FCC grant to expand Epic-linked telehealth

Working with Epic, Cisco and Apple as partners, NYU Langone created clinician-to-clinician video capabilities for physicians to discuss patient care and share treatment suggestions. They created mobile bedside video carts that allowed physicians to speak to patients virtually from a safe distance and document their symptoms in Epic's MyChart, a system that achieved 8,000 virtual visits a day..”

mHealth Intelligence, February 15, 2021

Questions arise over medicare coverage for mental health services by telehealth

A sentence tucked into last year's pandemic relief bill sets requirements for in-person care before Medicare will cover mental healthcare services via telehealth. The barrier this has caused prompted one expert to call it the “worst Medicare telehealth law of 2020.”

mHealth Intelligence, February 12, 2021

New coalition, programs focus on establishing telehealth equity

National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, a public-private partnership launched in 2008, recently worked with other stakeholders to launch the Telehealth Equity Coalition, designed to “improve access to quality and affordable healthcare by increasing adoption of telehealth, especially among those who have been left out or left behind.”

mHealth Intelligence, February 10, 2021

Baystate Health addresses value-based care gaps with connected health

The Massachusetts health system is saving thousands of dollars, reducing ED traffic and boosting clinical outcomes with a mobile integrated health program that sends care teams to selected patients' homes.

mHealth Intelligence, February 9, 2021

Telehealth for occupational health benefits both employee and employer

A report released Tuesday by Foley & Lardner LLP found that the COVID-19 pandemic compelled state and federal policymakers to remove restrictions on and expand reimbursement for telehealth and virtual care at unprecedented rates.

Healthcare IT News, February 9, 2021

Report shows 'vast improvement' in state telehealth reimbursement policies

A report released Tuesday by Foley & Lardner LLP found that the COVID-19 pandemic compelled state and federal policymakers to remove restrictions on and expand reimbursement for telehealth and virtual care at unprecedented rates.

mHealth Intelligence, February 8, 2021

Congress gets another shot at easing telehealth licensure restrictions

The TREAT Act, which has the support of dozens of health systems and connected health organizations, would allow providers to bypass licensing rules and use telehealth to treat patients in any state during the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2021

Humana launches remote patient monitoring program for chronic care

The insurer is partnering with DispatchHealth in a new CMS waiver program that allows them to combine home health, RPM and telehealth services to care for members with multiple chronic care management needs at home.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2021

Telehealth, licensure portability featured in new disaster preparedness plan

A proposed national strategy for preparing for the next pandemic or disaster includes increased access to and coverage of telehealth and a provider licensure plan. Those ideas are contained in a study released this week by the Healthcare Leadership Council.

mHealthcare Dive, February 3, 2021

Telehealth use during COVID-19 varied across specialties, was rarer among low-income patients, study finds

Telemedicine use skyrocketed last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but use was significantly lower in low-income areas, according to a new study of insured patients published in Health Affairs. The study also found specialties such as psychiatry, endocrinology and neurology had the highest uptake of virtual care

mHealth Intelligence, February 3, 2021

Telehealth reimbursement requires provider education, documentation

COVID-19 was a catalyst for telehealth reimbursement, but provider education on coding and documentation processes is key to successful payments.

mHealth Intelligence, February 2, 2021

Could the private payer market influence post-covid-19 telehealth coverage?

A report from the Center for Connected Health Policy says many of the nation's largest health plans made significant changes to telehealth coverage during the pandemic. How they shift from temporary to permanent coverage remains to be seen.

mHealth Intelligence, February 2, 2021

RAND telehealth survey finds value in including audio-only phones

About half of all primary care telehealth visits by low-income residents at California health clinics during the height of the pandemic were done by phone, as were almost two-thirds of the behavioral health visits.

Health Affairs Blog, January 29, 2021

Accelerating digital health to achieve equitable delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine

With the advent of multiple vaccine options that have early evidence of high efficacy, a pressing question for policy makers is the role, if any, of digital health in delivering vaccines equitably. In this piece, we argue that digital health has the potential to facilitate a more widely distributed model of vaccine delivery that can help reach traditionally underserved populations.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Global study using RPM, mHealth to treat COVID-19 patients at home

Project Coromec, with roots in Arizona, aims to use mHealth wearables and apps, AI bots and a telehealth platform to identify and treat COVID-19 patients at home, before they become sick enough to need hospitalization.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Will FCC’s emergency broadband benefit program boost telehealth?

A $3.2 billion program spun out of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 aims to help low-income and underserved communities gain access to broadband services - and make it easier to access telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Washington is awash in new and reintroduced telehealth bills

In advance of the next session of Congress, lawmakers are scrambling to file new bills or resubmit old bills that aim to expand telehealth access and coverage through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, January 28, 2021

New bill tags $50 million in telehealth grants for mental health providers

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has introduced a bill that would set aside $50 million in SAMHSA grants to help behavioral health and substance abuse care providers expand or launch telehealth services focused on peer support.

mHealth Intelligence, January 28, 2021

NH lawmakers seek to end telehealth parity, audio-only phone coverage

New Hampshire lawmakers are debating a new bill that would eliminate payment parity for telehealth and coverage of audio-only phone calls, both of which were included in legislation signed into law last year.

Heathcare IT News, January 27, 2021

Telemedicine slashes no-shows and cancellations at Behavioral Health Services North

New Hampshire lawmakers are debating a new bill that would eliminate payment parity for telehealth and coverage of audio-only phone calls, both of which were included in legislation signed into law last year.

mHealth Intelligence, January 26, 2021

FSMB launches online resource for telehealth license portability

The Federation of State Medical Boards has launched an online platform aimed at helping hard-hit health systems bring in extra clinical help through telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. Provider Bridge gives volunteer care providers an online platform through which they can connect with health systems in need of help and, by way of license portability, treat patients via telehealth.

Center for Connected Health Policy News, January 26, 2020

New York plan to expand telehealth

Governor Cuomo recently announced his comprehensive proposal to enhance health care and behavioral health care access using telehealth. The policies will build upon the Governor’s emergency actions to expand flexibilities around its use and a New York commission’s recommendations to transform the health care delivery system with improved equity of access.

Health Care Law Today, January 25, 2021

CMS revises 2021 remote patient monitoring rules, issues correctionHealth Care Law Today, January 25, 2021 Link

CMS just issued a correction to its guidance on 2021 Medicare rules for remote physiologic monitoring (RPM) services. The correction is effective January 1, 2021 and revises the preamble commentary in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, published on December 1, 2020.

Healthcare IT News, January 25, 2021

U.S. lawmakers reintroduce House bill safeguarding access to telehealth

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives has reintroduced a bill aimed at expanding access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2021 includes broadly popular provisions such as eliminating geographic and originating site restrictions.

Healthcare IT News, January 25, 2021

Health Partners deploys school-based telehealth that even lay people can operate

Providers at the Western Ohio-based health system work with staff at more than 70 schools to keep kids healthy and avoid ER visits using virtual care. The tech vendor Tytocare is a partner in the project.

Forbes, January 22, 2021

Today’s virtual care revolution: how policy has shaped and will continue to shape telehealth

Virtual care advanced quickly in 2020 —and under duress—last year. How will we learn from the seismic shifts in care delivery we experienced thanks to COVID-19? How can we help providers and innovators embrace the transformation? How will we solidify these gains?

mHealth Intelligence, January 22, 2021

Staff training, education may be the keys to telehealth sustainability

Dozens of health systems and organizations in New York are joining forces with the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center to launch a statewide telehealth training program.

mHealth Intelligence, January 21, 2021

14 Telehealth Projects to Get FCC Connected Care Pilot Program Funding

The Federal Communications Commission has selected 14 telehealth projects spanning more than 150 sites in 11 states to receive funding from the $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program. The one grantee in the northeast region, the MA FQHC Telehealth Consortium, is getting $3,121,879 to provide mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment through RPM, video visits and other connected health services to roughly 75,000 patients in Massachusetts.

mHealth Intelligence, January 20, 2021

CMS clarifies 2021 PFS reimbursements for remote patient monitoring

In an update posted this week in the Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has amended the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule to clarify reimbursement for remote patient monitoring programs.

mHealth Intelligence, January 20, 2021

Mount Sinai extends cancer care to the home with new telehealth program

The New York health system is launching a remote patient monitoring program that will allow care teams to track and communicate with patients at home through an mHealth wearable and telehealth platform.

mHealth Intelligence, January 19, 2021

Cancer docs say telehealth improves access to care, hedge on cost

A recent study from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital interviewed medical oncology health professionals on clinical effectiveness, patient experience, access to care, and financial impact of telehealth services. Most agreed that telehealth promotes access to care, but they had differing opinions on cost and clinical effectiveness.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog, January 16, 2021

Amazon Healthcare building a national telehealth business

Shipping giant,Amazon is launching a new service to provide essential medical services through Amazon Healthcare as a national telehealth business. Most recently Amazon has launched another business journey called Amazon HealthLake, a HIPAA-compliant service that allows healthcare providers, health insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies to store, transform, and analyze health data at a petabyte-scale.

JD Supra, January 15, 2021

Telemedicine Appointments Can Be Used To Establish Serious Health Conditions Under The FMLA

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits—generally speaking, health care appointments held via video conference—to qualify as in-person visits to a health care provider under certain circumstances.

Healthcare Dive, January 15, 2021

'Really difficult nut to crack': MedPAC torn over telehealth regs post-COVID-19

Members of an influential congressional advisory committee on Medicare are torn on how best to regulate telehealth after the COVID-19 public health emergency, hinting at the difficulty Washington faces as it looks to impose guardrails on virtual care without restricting its use after the pandemic ends.

mHealth Intelligence, January 14, 2021

Lawmakers face pressure to address licensure barriers for telehealth adoption

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits—generally speaking, health care appointments held via video conference—to qualify as in-person visits to a health care provider under certain circumstances.

mHealth Intelligence, January 13, 2021

ATA, DiMe launch initiative to support virtual-first telehealth programs

The IMPACT Initiative seeks to support telehealth and mHealth programs that are developed solely for the virtual space, rather than being added onto or integrated with existing care programs. The partnership between American Telemedicine Society and the Digital Medicine Society aims to create a framework for healthcare providers developing “virtual first” programs.

Healthcare IT News, January 13, 2021

CMS issues final rule on healthcare technology access for seniors

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a final rule on Tuesday meant to support innovative technology so Medicare beneficiaries have access to newer, advanced devices, called the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT).

mHealth Intelligence, January 12, 2021

CTelehealth survey sees more users for behavioral health than physical care

A RAND survey finds that telehealth use for mental health care has outpaced that for physical care during the early stages of the pandemic, and many people turned to telehealth specifically to connect with their own doctors.

Center for Connected Health Policy, January 12, 2021

Rhode Island telemedicine subcommittee makes recommendations for future of telemedicine policy

A subcommittee under the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner in Rhode Island has released recommendations regarding the future of telehealth in their state. The group included a broad range of stakeholders representing primary and specialty care providers, hospital systems, community health centers, and insurers among others.

Healthcare IT News, January 12, 2021

CNY Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes sweeping telehealth reforms

The governor announced legislation this week that would safeguard access to virtual care after the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor's proposal includes broad regulatory and statutory changes to allow for greater flexibility in where and how patient use telehealth, new requirements for insurers regarding telehealth coverage, technology expansions that would further enable virtual care, and professional development and education aimed at facilitating the use of telemedicine among patients and providers.

Center for Connected Health Policy, January 11, 2021

Public health emergency renewed into january, extending telehealth flexibilities

The US Health and Human Services Department last week officially renewed the public health emergency (PHE), a status that allows many of the waivers and expansions for telehealth that have occurred since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 to remain active.

Healthcare IT News, January 11, 2021

HHS invests $8 million to address gaps in rural telehealth through the Telehealth Broadband Pilot Program

Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded $8 million to fund projects in the Telehealth Broadband Pilot program, which assesses the broadband capacity available to rural healthcare providers and patient communities to improve their access to telehealth. The program will be implemented in four state locations and the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center (TTAC), based out of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Healthcare IT News, January 11, 2021

Brigham and Women's and Biofourmis codevelop home hospital technology

Now that CMS will pay for home hospital care, Brigham and Women's and other pioneering providers are pushing forward with this care in part to help with the crush of COVID-19 patients.

Governor's Press Release, January 10, 2021

Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Telehealth for All as Part of 2021 State of the State

Reimagine New York Commission Recommends Comprehensive Reforms to Pave the Way for Health Care Delivery Transformation. Proposal Seeks to Modernize Regulations and Facilitate Access to Quality Health Care Including Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services in Underserved and Rural Communities.

mHealth Intelligence, January 8, 2021

New study ties telehealth success to staff education, support

A University of Connecticut study found that a telehealth program at a California assisted living facility failed to live up to expectations because front-line staff were opposed to using it.

mHealth Intelligence, January 7, 2021

After trial and error, providers weigh virtual care offerings to fit post-COVID-19 needs

Providers that have experimented with virtual care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are prepping for their post-COVID operations, though some are still exploring options after months of trial and error with

mHealth Intelligence, January 7, 2021

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, West Health launch geriatric telehealth program

The New Hampshire health system is launching a telehealth platform that will give four rural hospitals access to specialized care for seniors and training and resources for providers.

mHealth Intelligence, January 6, 2021

Vermont workgroup outlines long-term coverage for audio-only telehealth

The workgroup has issued a 114-page report that examines how audio-only telehealth services have improved access to care during the COVID-19 crisis, with recommendations for continuing commercial payer and Medicaid coverage.

mHealth Intelligence, January 6, 2021

NY healthcare program adds telehealth services for PACE participants

ArchCare, run by the Archdiocese of New York, is adding a home telehealth platform for seniors in its CMS PACE managed care program.

Healthcare IT News, January 5, 2021

At UPMC, Android-enabled telehealth keeps child transplant patients safe

Even amid the pandemic, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh found success for peri-and post-transplant care in 2020. It's now tending to hundreds of children with video visits during the second wave of COVID-19.

mHealth Intelligence, January 5, 2021

Labor Dept. makes telehealth a permanent option for FMLA requests

Federal officials have permanently extended an emergency order giving employees the option to use telehealth to meet with doctors to qualify for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

mHealth Intelligence, January 4, 2021

Telehealth supporters see little to celebrate in pandemic relief bill

The bill signed into law by President Trump before Christmas offers a few telehealth tidbits - including Medicare coverage for telemental health and rural hospitals and funding for broadband connectivity - but the criticism has so far outweighed the compliments.

mHealth Intelligence, January 4, 2021

Baker signs Massachusetts telehealth bill with parity provisions into law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive healthcare bill into law on New Year's Day, mandating permanent payment parity for telemental health and establishing two years of parity for primary and chronic care services.

mHealth Intelligence, December 29, 2020

Trump, Congress give new life to FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The relief bill signed into law this past weekend by President Trump includes $250 million for the Federal Communications Commission's COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was shut down in July after exhausting its budget.

Healthcare IT News, December 23, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 patients likely had better outcomes thanks to RPM

In work recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the health system found that COVID-19 patients who received care at their facilities had lower observed mortality rates than the national average, and remote patient monitoring may have been one difference-maker.

mHealth Intelligence, December 31, 2020

Telemedicine care disparities draw concern for health equity

TAccording to researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, their study published recently in JAMA Network Open demonstrates that factors like age, language preferences, and median household income lead are associated with disparities in telehealth utilization during the pandemic, drawing concerns for health equity.

mHealth Intelligence, December 23, 2020

Telehealth study touts benefits of RPM for joint replacement rehabilitation

In a recent publication in JAMA Network Open, researchers at Penn Medicine saw a fourfold reduction in rehospitalizations among knee and hip replacement patients who used telehealth tools at home rather than participate in a traditional in-person rehab program.

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