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New VA Proposed Rule Would Increase Telehealth Access

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telehealth and remote monitoring to treat its patients. Indeed, in 2015, the agency’s providers completed more than 2.1 million telehealth visits, 45 percent of which were with rural patients. And in August, the agency announced its telehealth-focused “Anywhere to Anywhere […]

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VA, White House Highlight Telehealth for Vets

The Veterans Administration (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telehealth to treat its patients. Indeed, in 2015, the agency’s providers completed more than 2.1 million telehealth visits, 45 percent of which were with rural patients. Now, that trend is continuing with the unveiling last Thursday of a new initiative designed to […]

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New Legislation Promotes Telehealth for Vets

Add one more bill to the list of telehealth-related legislation put forward in the 115th Congress since it convened in January. As Health Data Management first reported, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers recently announced the introduction of the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act. Introduced in the House by Rep. Julia […]

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Global Telehealth Market Estimated to Grow to $45.4 billion by 2021

An 815-page study published this month by independent research firm Winter Green, estimates the 2014 worldwide telemedicine, m-health, and tele-health markets at $1.5 billion, and predicts explosive growth to $45.4 billion within seven years. The study defines three separate market segments: Telemedicine  “… is the tracking and monitoring of chronic disease.  Vital signs and advice […]

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Increased Telehealth Use with New Veterans Secretary?

The Veterans Administration (VA) has long taken advantage of telehealth, and now, with new leadership in the wake of severe delays in patient care, the agency could likely turn to the technologies to alleviate some of the issues that have been plaguing it.   As Healthcare IT News suggested, the newly confirmed Secretary of Veterans Affairs, […]

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FSMB President Optimistic about Interstate Compact and Telemedicine

For physicians, including those utilizing telemedicine, seeking to practice across state lines, the multi-state licensure process may soon be getting much less complicated.  As Dr. Humayun Chaudhry, president of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) told attendees during The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law’s  (CTeL) July webinar, the drafting of […]

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Enhanced Telehealth Coverage for CMS Reimbursement? Proposed Legislation

Longtime telehealth advocates Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) are seeking again to expand Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine.  As Fierce Health IT and others first reported, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014 is slated for introduction in the coming weeks; the legislation would “provide for a phased-in expansion of telehealth coverage […]

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Telemedicine for Veterans: Congress Extends Coverage

The Veterans Administration (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telehealth, and thanks to a provision included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, it seems that trend will continue.  As first reported by Pennsylvania’s Erie TV News, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) secured an extension of the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP), […]

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Increased Availability of Telemedicine Services for Veterans?

The list of telemedicine-related legislation introduced in Congress this year is continuing to grow.  As first reported by California’s Lake County News and others, less than a month after the introduction of the Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013 by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), Thompson, along with Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), has […]

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Bipartisan Legislation Would Improve Veterans’ Access to Care Through Telemedicine Licensure

A new, bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would seek to improve veterans’ access to health care through the use of an enhanced licensure process for telemedicine. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2012, introduced last week by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), “expands the current […]

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