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Spotlight on Advocacy at the CTeL Summit

It’s undeniable that this has been a busy Congress when it comes to the introduction of telemedicine legislation. States, too, have been active in this area. But how can members of the telemedicine community help increase the possibility of those bills actually becoming law? How can you build sustainable relationships with lawmakers and their staff? […]

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Senators Push For More Action on Opioids

It’s hard to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid epidemic. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 64,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2016. What’s more, each day approximately 115 Americans (or […]

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Telehealth Wins in Budget Deal; Fares Less Well in Pres. Budget

The 115th Congress continues to be a promising one for telehealth advocates, as last week’s passage of legislation to fund the government (and avert a shutdown) contained several pieces of very good news. As Fierce Healthcare and others first reported, the $400 billion continuing resolution incorporated the provisions of the bipartisan CHRONIC Care Act, which […]

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Spotlight on Policy at the CTeL Summit

The 115th Congress, which began in January of last year, has been a particularly active one when it comes to the introduction of telehealth-related legislation. The states, too, have been busy in this department. What kinds of bills have been introduced, and what are their chances of actually becoming law? Come to the CTeL Summit, […]

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House Spending Measure Includes CHRONIC Care Act Provisions

Potential good news from Capitol Hill for telemedicine advocates: The House’s stopgap spending bill, which the chamber passed on Tuesday, includes the provisions of a key piece of telemedicine legislation. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, the continuing resolution would incorporate the provisions of the CHRONIC Care Act, which has earned the endorsement of a number of telemedicine advocacy […]

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Don’t Miss Out on the Early Bird Rate for the CTeL Summit!

Save the date! It’s time for the CTeL Spring Executive Telehealth Summit 10.0. Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 14-Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and get ready for two days of thought-provoking conversations about the future of telemedicine. Here’s a sampling of what’s on the agenda: The Opioid Epidemic and the Role of […]

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Health IT Now Launches Opioid Safety Initiative

It’s hard to overstate the impact that the opioid crisis has had throughout the United States. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 64,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2016. What’s more, each day approximately 115 Americans (or more, by […]

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Telehealth and Preventive Care? New Bill Could Open the Door

It’s been well documented that a small percentage of patients account for a disproportionate amount of the spending on health care in the United States. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, for example, estimates that care for patients with chronic diseases like heart disease, COPD, and diabetes “accounts for approximately 75 percent of the […]

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VETS Act Passes the Senate

2018 is already off to a good start—at least on Capitol Hill—for telehealth advocates, with the passage of a key piece of legislation in the Senate. On Wednesday, January 3, lawmakers unanimously gave their approval to the bipartisan Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), the bill’s lead sponsor, announced in a […]

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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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