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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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Telemedicine and Cardiovascular Care: AHA Guidelines Point to Opportunities

The staggering costs of cardiovascular disease in the United States have been well documented; a 2015 CDC Foundation study, for example, estimated that one out of every six dollars spent on health care goes toward caring for the approximately 85 million patients with these conditions, as well as seven million stroke survivors. However, the use […]

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1 in 3 Antibiotics Prescribed in U.S. Are Unnecessary

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC) and the Pew Charitable Trust, nearly a third of antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and hospital-based clinics in the United States are unnecessary. The CDC study found that approximately 47 million unnecessary prescriptions are provided to patients every year […]

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LOSING THE RACE AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Antibiotics accounts for a dramatic decrease in deaths from infectious diseases. Today, only a few percent of deaths occur from infectious diseases. However, we as a culture have come to take antibiotics for granted. They are used inappropriately and indiscriminately. This trend has led to many raising concerns that the benefits from antibiotics will be […]

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Fight to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

“We now have a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, to better protect our children and grandchildren from the reemergence of diseases and infections that the world conquered decades ago” – President Barack Obama on his Executive Order to Combat Antibiotic Resistance, issued September 26, 2014 Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing issues […]

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Antibiotic Overprescribing and Telemedicine?

  “Doctors warn that we need to be smarter on how antibiotics are prescribed and used.” Nancy Snyderman, MD NBC News Chief Medical Editor   “The fact is that things like colds don’t get better with antibiotics but we’re still prescribing and using antibiotics in those patients and it just doesn’t provide them any benefit.” […]

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CTeL Comments on FSMB Telemedicine Guidelines

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) offered comments to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on the Federation’s “State Medical Boards’ Appropriate Regulation of Telemedicine (SMART)” recommendations. In a letter to the FSMB, CTeL was appreciative that some of the recommendations formulated in 2013 by CTeL’s Board of Directors […]

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New CDC Study Highlights Extent of Antibiotic Overprescribing

The important role that antibiotics have come to play in modern health care is undeniable.  But as instances of antibiotic-resistant infection continue to arise, it has become abundantly clear that antibiotic overuse can present danger to patients. The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law’s (CTeL) January 2014 Brown Bag Webinar dealt with […]

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