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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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Study Shows Savings From Telemedicine Cardiology Consults

Study after study has outlined the benefits of telemedicine and remote monitoring, particularly when it comes to time saved and patient satisfaction. Now, a newly released study is shedding additional light on the cost savings—arguably still the least developed area of telemedicine research—that can result from the use of remote cardiology consults. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, […]

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Florida Medicaid Data Breach Impacts 30,000 Patients

For as many as 30,000 Florida Medicaid patients, 2018 is starting off with some unwelcome news: their personal data may have been exposed following a November 2017 breach. As Healthcare IT News first reported, Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration, which operates the state’s Medicaid program, announced in a press release earlier this month that the source of […]

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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 in Urban Areas? Health Affairs Op-Ed Highlights Need

When it comes to the debate over telehealth reimbursement, advocates frequently tend to focus on the benefits that increased reimbursement could bring to rural, underserved communities—places where, by having access to telehealth care, patients could theoretically avoid having to drive long distances to see a specialty provider, or where small-town hospital closures have left residents […]

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Seema Verma in Line to be Next HHS Secretary?

Following last week’s resignation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) amid concerns about his use of private aircraft at taxpayer expense (and continuing health care drama on Capitol Hill), the first question that likely came to mind for most health care types was this one: Who will replace Price at […]

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Could Telemedicine Connect More Medicaid Patients With Specialty Care?

For any patient, the world of specialty care can be a challenging one to navigate. That can be particularly true for Medicaid patients in need of specialist care, given that they often face long waits for appointments, with a limited pool of providers willing to treat them—and it’s even true for those enrolled in managed […]

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mHealth and Pregnant Women: App Leads to Better Health Outcomes

While the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, its maternal and infant health outcomes, simply put, leave a good deal to be desired. Indeed, according to an NPR/ProPublica investigation, the U.S. maternal mortality rate tops that of other developed nations at 26.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. And Centers for […]

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Telehealth in Rural America: House Subcommittee Hears Testimony

For many of the more than 60 million people living in rural communities throughout the United States, telehealth serves as a literal lifeline, connecting patients with health care services when the number of physicians is limited and hospitals continue to close at staggeringly high rates. Last week, as Health Data Management first reported, the House […]

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Trumpcare and Telemedicine: Possible Cuts Raise Concerns

For numerous students and their families in rural and underserved communities, the more than 2,000 school-based health centers in the United States, many of which use telemedicine to care for patients, provide a lifeline. Yet despite their popularity among the communities they serve, school-based telemedicine programs could be one of the many potential casualties of […]

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