Monthly Archive
for: ‘November, 2017’

HHS Plans Audit of Medicaid Telehealth Spending

“Audit” is a word that doesn’t exactly inspire happiness or excitement in most people, so it’s likely that a piece of recent news from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t necessarily be a welcome one. As Health Care Law Today and others first reported, the department […]

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Telehealth Grant Opportunity: Maryland Health Care Commission

Looking for a telehealth-related grant opportunity? (And when you think about it, what telehealth program wouldn’t welcome potential additional funding?) If so, look no further than the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), which recently issued an official call for telehealth grant applications, with a focus on programs seeking to improve patient medication management. According to […]

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What We Are Thankful For

As the CTeL team prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ve been taking some time to reflect on what we’re thankful for. One of those things: all of you! Whether you’re a casual reader of our newsletter, or you follow us on social media, or you attend our twice-yearly summits, or you’ve sought out some answers from […]

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Using Fitbits to Further Precision Medicine: Fitbit, STSI Team Up

For the more than 23 million people (at last count) who currently use Fitbits, the devices might seem like they have little purpose beyond a user’s own daily life—beyond serving as a way to track weekly exercise and sleep habits, or to fuel weekly step competitions with friends and coworkers. But for researchers at the […]

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Is the DOD Underutilizing Telehealth?

Is the Department of Defense (DOD) fully utilizing telehealth? That’s the question at the heart of a new report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examines the department’s use of the technologies in FY 2016. The short answer? The DOD has a ways to go when it comes to expanding its use […]

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Get Ready for the CTeL Summit!

It’s official: The CTeL Executive Telehealth Fall Summit is just two weeks away! We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to Washington for a robust, thought-provoking conversation about the future of telehealth—from the legislative efforts underway on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures, to emerging markets and arising legal issues. Along with a range of panel […]

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Diagnosing COPD From Your Voice? New App Makes That a Reality

An estimated more than 30 million Americans currently have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Each year, according to one study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it accounts for as much as $36 billion in U.S. health care spending and related economic costs; it is also the third most common cause of […]

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Alleviating the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Areas: The Role of Telemedicine

More than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015, according to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans die of opioid overdoses—many of them in rural communities, where patients seeking treatment for addiction often face significant geographic […]

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Bringing Telemedicine to Puerto Rico: New York Hospital Steps Up

Simply put, since Hurricane Maria first made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, the storm’s impact on the island has been nothing short of devastating. Along with leaving numerous residents without water and power, it has left many of the island’s hospitals with extremely limited resources as they work to treat the patients […]

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Despite Widespread Support, Some Oppose VA Telehealth Rule

Since the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued its proposed rule on telehealth, which would permit all VA physicians to treat patients via telehealth across state lines, regardless of where they’re licensed, the agency has received widespread praise—from provider groups to health IT advocates, among others. But the rule is not without its detractors. As Fierce […]

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