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Telehealth in D.C.? New City Council Bill Would Facilitate Expanded Usage

For many people, telehealth might seem like the kind of thing that would disproportionately benefit patients in rural areas–small-town patients who would otherwise have to drive long distances in order to visit a specialty provider, for example. But telehealth has equal potential when it comes to addressing health care disparities among patients living in underserved […]

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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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AAFP Weighs in on Legislation Adding Telehealth Benefit to TRICARE

The American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP), which represents roughly 125,000 family physicians, has expressed concerns about a new telehealth benefit proposed for the TRICARE program. TRICARE provides health benefits to more than 8 million military personnel, retirees, and their dependents. The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 includes […]

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FBI Raises Questions about Interstate Licensing Compact

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently informed state agencies in Minnesota and Montana about concerns over state laws which authorize states to participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. This compact allows doctors who hold medical licenses in one member state to obtain licenses in other states participating in the compact. This compact will […]

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How is Telemedicine Transforming Health Care

The improvement of technology is greatly benefiting the telehealth market. Faster internet speeds, changing insurance standards, smartphone advancements, and increased numbers of health care providers using telehealth services, are all working together to change the future of telehealth. Telemedicine services and technologies open the door for higher quality health care in remote locations. Doctors Without […]

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Texas Medical Board Proposes New Call Coverage Rules

On June 9th, the Texas Medical Board proposed new rules regarding physician call coverage. The new proposed rules would change the current telemedicine call coverage rule and would apply to all physicians call coverage relationships, not just telemedicine. The proposed rule would require a contractual relationship between the “physician who requests coverage” and the “covering […]

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Telehealth-Friendly Licensing Compacts Gain Momentum

Five more states have signed up to ease licensing processes for doctors hoping to practice telemedicine across state lines. Recently, Colorado became the 17th state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, with Gov. John Hickenlooper signing legislation on June 8. Overseen by the Federation of State Medical Boards, offers an expedited licensing process for […]

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Arkansas Telemedicine Proposal a ‘Good Compromise’

Arkansas’ medical board recently approved proposals to allow doctors and patients to use a telemedicine platform. The Arkansas State Medical Board signed off on amendments to Act 887 of 2015. This amendment allows clinicians to establish “a proper physician/patient relationship (via) real-time audio and visual telemedicine technology” as long as the platform “provides information at […]

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Texas State Medical Board Focuses on Telemedicine

A recent conflict between the Texas State Medical Board and a direct-to-consumer telehealth company, Teladoc, has opened the door for a conversation focused on ways to “modernize telemedicine statues and reduce the regulatory footprint governing the provision of telemedicine services”. During the discussions, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the Texas Medical Association, and the […]

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Connected: Telepharmacy Unites the Team

Telehealth and telepharmacy originated in rural areas where local, community pharmacies are miles apart. Patients in areas without local communities or clinics are able to receive prescriptions verified by pharmacists through the use of telemedicine technology. Telehealth delivers healthcare services and information via a variety of telecommunication technologies. Telepharmacy, according to the National Association of […]

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