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Fierce Healthcare, August 13 2019

Telehealth use jumps at inpatient facilities while outpatient adoption remains flat: Survey

Telehealth adoption among hospitals and health systems is on the rise- up from 54% in 2014 to 85% in 2019, while adoption among outpatient healthcare facilities remains flat, according to two new reports.

mHealth Intelligence, August 13 2019

Care Coordination tech to drive social detereminants of healthcare

The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) is partnering with Unite Us, a community care coordination platform, to build a statewide network of social and clinical services providers to address the social determinants of health

Home Healthcare News, August 11 2019

When it comes to telehealth reimbursement, "just start billing"

The use of remote patient monitoring (RPM) is becoming more common with in-home care providers, progress that is accelerating after CMS added new codes for such services. In the face of uncertainties on code application, one agency was told by them "Just start billing and we'll see how it goes"

Government Technology News, August 09 2019

Floria Deploys Telehealth Portals in 63 public schools

Florida recently announced the installation of telehealth portals in 63 public schools with a goal of providing mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

Becker's Hospital Review, August 09 2019

Dartmouth-Hitchcock unviels telemedicine ICU Unit

Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center launched its new telemedicine intensive care unit program to help extend care to critically ill patients at rural hospitals

National Law Review, August 07 2019

Connecticut empowers DSS to expand Medicaid coverage of telehealth services

A new law that became effective this July revises the criteria and process by which the Connecticut Department of Social Services determines the telehealth services covered by the Medicaid program. A priority is now set to consider whether telehealth services are likely to expand access to medically necessary services where there is a clinical need for those services.

mHealth Intelligence, August 6, 2019

Mount Sinai uses telehealth to improve care management for IBD patients

New York's Mount Sinai Health System is using a telehealth platform to boost care management for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, giving both them and their care providers more opportunities to collaborate.

mHealth Intelligence, August 5, 2019

New study ties prescription rates to telehealth, doctor ratings

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have once again tied the use of a telehealth platform to higher antibiotic prescription rates for children with respiratory tract infections - and better reviews for those doctors.

mHealth Intelligence, August 2, 2019

FCC tweaks rural health care program to aid telehealth expansion

The Federal Communication Commission is making changes to its Rural Health Care Program in a bid to boost telehealth expansion in rural America. But some commissioners are wondering if the changes will have the desired effect.

Rural Health Monitor, August, 2019

Mobile telehealth units and care coordinators improve emergency care services for rural Arizona patients

One overview of a telehealth program in eastern Arizona emergency medicine describes progress and outcomes of use of telemedicine-equipped ambulances by first responders and of remote monitoring intervention by care coordinators for patients discharged from area hospitals.

mHealth Intelligence, July 30, 2019

CMS proposal adds telehealth to opioid abuse treatment via Medicare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing new CPT codes and bundled episodes of care that will support care providers who use telehealth to treat patients dealing with opioid use disorder.

Portland Press Herald & Governement IT News, July 29, 2019

Maine's telehealth hopes need broadband to become reality

This story covers how broadband communications are essential for providing reliable telehealth services but many areas of rural Maine still don't have the broadband Internet or cellular network access needed. NETRC Director Danielle Louder provided an overview on model programs, progress, and barriers to telehealth in Maine.

Skilled Nursing News, July 28, 2019

SNF telehealth adoption hampered by capital and cultural obstacles

Skilled nursing providers are becoming increasingly interested in telehealth technology as a way of improving clinical outcomes and reducing care costs. However, systemic obstacles such as poor reimbursement combined with narrow financial margin are slowing adoption by SNFs.

US Department of Veterans Affairs, July 23, 2019

VA telestroke program improving care for Veterans

Emergency stroke care for veterans continues to improve thanks to the expansion of VAs National Telestroke Program, one of the first nationwide telestroke programs in the world. The program was launched in 2017 and now provides acute stroke services in over 30 VA medical centers.

MedCity News, July 22, 2019

Anthem partners with startup K Health on symptom checker and telehealth app

The health insurance provider Anthem has tapped primary care startup K Health to launch a new co-branded app to help their 40 million policy members determine potential diagnoses and text with doctors for medical advice.

mHealth Intelligence, July 19, 2019

ATA releases 2019 update of state-by-state telehealth report cards

The American Telemedicine Association has updated its survey of state telehealth coverage and reimbursement policies and laws, which was last issued in 2017. (requires a free registration).

Masters of Public Health Online-Baylor University, June 18, 2019

Rural, Remote, and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America's Cities

The Master of Public Health Online program at Baylor University's new resource, "Rural, Remote, and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America's Cities", discusses health disparities between metro and non-metro counties and offers strategies on how to collaborate to foster better health results in rural areas

mHealth Intelligence, June 18, 2019

Maine Approves Telehealth Coverage Parity, Embraces RPM Programs

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law new telehealth guidelines that require payers to cover any services that they would cover in person. The new law also opens the door to remote patient monitoring and allows doctors to use phone-based telehealth in certain situations.

mHealth Intelligence, June 18, 2019

UMass Memorial Ready to Launch Telehealth Program for NICU Care

The Massachusetts health system will soon be rolling out a telehealth program aimed at connecting rural hospitals and clinics with NICU specialists to help improve care and outcomes for its most fragile patients.

mHealth Intelligence, June 17, 2019

MaineHealth Looks to Create a Blueprint for Telehealth Success

Speaking at this week's Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference in Portland, Jasmine Bishop, the Maine-based network's telehealth program manager, laid out a framework for success that relies heavily on planning, practice and data.

mHealth Intelligence, June 18, 2019

TTAC Director Doris Barta Talks about Telehealth Resources, Trends

Ahead of the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center's annual conference in Portland, ME, Doris Barta of the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center talks about the TTAC's role in telehealth adoption and support.

Center for Connected Health Policy, June 11, 2019

CMS offers expansion of existing telehealth waiver & requests applications for bundled payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recently requested applications for the second cohort of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model (BPCI-Advanced), which includes a variety of opportunities to incorporate telehealth solutions.

Insurance Journal, June 10, 2019

How the workers' compensation industry is embracing telemedicine

Though slow to emerge, more workers' compensation systems,have recently been adopting telehealth to provide remote medical care and rehabilitation services to injured employees, including use of video technology embedded in smart phones, tablets and computers.

mHealth Intelligence, June 10, 2019

ATA's Johnson Looks to dispel the 7 myths of telehealth adoption

At Xtelligent Healthcare Media's Value-Based Summit on Telehealth last week in Atlanta, American Telemedicine Association's CEO Ann Mond Johnson challenged providers to look beyond even inaccurate descriptions of telehealth and embrace connected care: Telehealth is only for rural areas; Telehealth is more expensive; Telehealth is not high quality; Telehealth is impersonal; Telehealth providers prescribe more drugs than those treating patients in person; Telehealth is a threat to providers; Telehealth is only synchronous communication.

WMUR, June 10, 2019

Telemedicine brings access to speciality healthcare to North Country

North Country Healthcare, a group of for hospitals serving northern New Hampshire is accelerating its access to specialty care via a telemedicine network, including seven specialties offered via video linkages with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

MultiBriefs, June 4, 2019

New Study: Rural Telehealth Capabilities are lagging

A research report recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine found as association between rural counties with inadequate broadband infrastructure and low rates of telemedicine use among Medicare enrollee. The broadband penetration rate in the most rural counties was 62% if primary care physician access was adequate, compared with 38% if it was inadequate, according to the study.

Health Center Promising Practices, HRSA, June 2019

Iowa Department of Public Health uses TelePrEP to prevent HIV

This article highlights a model telemedicine program in which the Iowa Department of Public Health is delivering a coordinated, statewide HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) program to address access issues

Observer-Dispatch, May 31, 2019

Telemedicine on the rise in Upstate New York

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is reporting a 188% higher usage rate of telemedicine services in Upstate New York over a three-year period. They estimate that New Yorkers made more than 180,000 telemedicine visits last year.

mHealth Intelligence, May 30, 2019

CCHP report finds video-based telemedicine coverage is nationwide

The latest report on state Medicaid coverage of telehealth by the Center for Connected Health Policy finds that video-based telemedicine is now covered in some form in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The updated report also highlights progress in state adoptiong of the Interstate Licensure Compact, reimbursement coverage of Rmote Patient Monitoring, and store-and-forward forms of telemedicine.

The Rural Health Monitor, May 29, 2019

Virtual Telehealth Librarians: A closer look at a Regional Telehealth Resource Center's technical assistance

Examples of effective technical assistance provided by the system of 12 regional Telehealth Resource Centers, a program funded by the Health Resources and Services administration. Recent efforts of the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center is profiled along with its productive collaboration with the national TRCs, the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center and the Center for Connected Health Policy.

Infectious Disease Advisor, May 29, 2019

IDSA issues updated statement on use of telemedicine and telehealth technologies

The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) issued an updated statement supporting the appropriate use of telemedicine and telehealth technologies in clinical care, research, and education. Details of the position statement were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

WABI 5, May 24, 2019

Local Patients receive benefits of telemedicine (Bangor, ME)

The plans of a recent grantee of a USDA Rural Development telemedicine grant, the Maine Rural Health Collaborative, is profiled. The project is led by St. Joseph's Healthcare in Bangor and involves collaboration with nine health care facilities in rural northern and eastern Maine to implement specialty care for diverse services such as telerheumatology.

Harvard Business Review, May 15, 2019

Telehealth is improving healthcare in rural areas

Telemedicine program outcomes and successes of Intermountain Healthcare in Utah is reviewed. Over 40 specialty care services are currently being delivered by their programs to spoke sites in seven western states.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog April 28, 2019

Telepsychology across state lines officially approved: PSYPACT

PSYPACT is an interstate compact specifically designed to facilitate the practice of telepsychology and the temporary face-to-face practice of psychology across state lines. With Georgia's legislative adoption of the compact on April 23rd, 2019, this achieves the minimum of eight states necessary to officially legalize interjurisdictional telepsychology by member states.

mHealth Intelligence, April 18, 2019

Yale doctors to test telehealth to treat pregnant women with OUD

Yale University researchers will use a $5.5 million PCORI grant to study whether a telehealth platform can help rural health providers improve care for pregnant women

Center for Connected Health Policy Issues In Focus, April 17, 2019

Medicare Advantage Plans & Telehealth

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final rules for changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and how they may treat telehealth-delivered services in basic coverage plans

Worcester Business Journal, April 9, 2019

UMass Prize Will Fund Telemedicine Initiative

A plan to evaluate opioid overdose patients using technology known as telemedicine has received an annual prize and funding from the UMass Memorial Medical Group

mHealth Intelligence, April 8, 2019

Are Doctors Who Use DTC telehealth overprescribing to children?

A new study finds that doctors using direct-to-consumer telehealth to treat children are prescribing more antibiotics than they would during an in-person visit - and they're not following standards of care, either.

Becker's Hospital Review, April 8, 2019

Stony Brook Medicine Unveils Mobile Stroke Unit, Telemedicine Program

Stony Brook (N.Y.) launched a mobile stroke unit program, which incorporates telemedicine to allow emergency medical technicians to communicate with the health system's neurologists through video.

Journal of Emergency Medical Services, April 4, 2019

Thinking About Applying for New CMS ET3 Model?

EMS providers will by this summer have the opportunity to adopt the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) Model as a Medicare services Alternate Payment Model (APM), an approach involving telehealth linkage to treatment onsite at 9-1-1 ambulance calls as an alternative to unnecessary ED transport for many cases.The model showed promise for Medicare cost savings by research funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation