Monthly Archive
for: ‘October, 2017’

HIMSS Shares “Wish List” With Congress

It’s been a busy year for telehealth and health IT on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than two dozen pieces of telehealth-related legislation, and one telehealth-friendly bill (the CHRONIC Care Act) even passing the Senate. But the 115th Congress isn’t over yet, and advocates want to keep the […]

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Survey Says: Providers, Orgs Value Telehealth

It’s no secret that patient demand for telehealth and mHealth services has grown in recent years, with some patients even factoring the provision of these services into their choice of health care providers. And health care organizations have responded in kind, with survey after survey highlighting organizations’ plans to invest, or continue to do so, […]

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Make Your Voice Heard in the URAC Telehealth Survey

Are you looking for the chance to share your insights into the current state of the telehealth industry? URAC and Telemedicine Magazine want to hear from you. The two are conducting a national survey on challenges and trends in telehealth; the results will help to shed light on strategies that have worked (and what hasn’t) for providers […]

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CTeL Summit Panels Will Highlight Legislative Tracking

Simply put, it’s been a particularly eventful year for telehealth legislation. At the federal level, more than two dozen bills have been introduced—most of them bipartisan, and many of them targeting the numerous restrictions that Medicare currently places on reimbursement. States throughout the country, from New York to Minnesota to Texas, have enacted legislation that […]

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Can Apps Help with Medication Adherence After Natural Disasters?

For health care providers, getting some patients to adhere to their medication schedules can be a bit of a headache. What’s more, this lack of adherence is a costly problem: it is the cause of 10 percent of all hospital admissions and approximately 125,000 patient deaths annually, and the reason behind as many as $289 […]

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Joint Commission Abandons Planned Telehealth Standards

This past week brought a piece of good news for many in the telehealth community, as the Joint Commission announced that it was abandoning its plan to create new direct-to-patient (DTP) telehealth standards for hospitals and ambulatory health care centers. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, the accrediting agency, which initially announced its plans to create the standards […]

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University of Mississippi Medical Center, HRSA Announce Partnership

Exciting news for patients and providers in the Magnolia State: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has officially designated the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) as a federal Telehealth Center of Excellence. “The UMMC Center for Telehealth is already a recognized national model for telehealth expansion,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in a […]

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Mobile Smoking Cessation Tool Earns FDA Approval

It seems like mobile apps these days have the power to help us do virtually anything, from hailing a ride to applying for a job to managing our health. Indeed, recent studies have showcased apps’ potential when it comes to health care, including for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. And now, the Food […]

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SEARCH Highlights New Telehealth Research

In many ways, 2017 has been a banner year for telehealth, with more than two dozen telehealth-friendly bills introduced in Congress, numerous states enacting legislation of their own, and continued investment in the industry. At the same time, there’s also been continued momentum on the research side. Last week, representatives from academic institutions, leading research […]

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Seema Verma in Line to be Next HHS Secretary?

Following last week’s resignation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) amid concerns about his use of private aircraft at taxpayer expense (and continuing health care drama on Capitol Hill), the first question that likely came to mind for most health care types was this one: Who will replace Price at […]

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