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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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Arkansas Loosens Telemedicine Restrictions

It’s official: Doctors in Arkansas can now treat a first-time patient using a telemedicine platform as long as they perform a “face-to-face” examination using real-time video technology. The new rule went into effect August 26. However, at least for the time being, patients must be located in a healthcare facility during telemedical encounters, although care […]

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Medical Board Fights Back Against Telemedicine Antitrust Case

The Texas Medical Board, a state agency responsible for regulation physicians, filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals specifically asking for a lawsuit brought forth by Teladoc Inc. to be dismissed. The Texas Medical Board is requesting the dismissal due to “state action immunity”. This state action gives state entities immunity from federal […]

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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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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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Is Your Child’s Pediatrician Better Than a Smartphone?

Dr. Chad Hayes, a pediatrician in South Carolina, recently published an opinion editorial in the Washington Post, below is a summary of his piece. Technology in medicine is advancing everyday. Today, surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive procedures utilizing robots. Radiologists are able to review images and diagnose from halfway across the globe. Mental-health […]

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Small Number of Docs Account for Large Share of Malpractice Claims

A relatively small number of doctors are responsible for a disproportionate percentage of paid malpractice claims, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Certain specialities report the highest number of paid malpractice claims, including orthopedic, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, obstetrician-gynecologist, and general surgery. Physicians in these specialities had twice the risk of recurrence compared with […]

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TELEHEALTH CAN BRING DOCTORS CLOSER TO PATIENTS

Physicians expressing concerns about losing their patients to telehealth, will find solace in recent evidence which suggests telehealth is simply an extension of their existing relationship, rather than a replacement for them as the primary provider. Jan Oldenburg, a healthcare IT consultant, and Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, founder of THINK-Health, a healthcare consultancy, shared multiple examples of […]

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BILL TO ALLOW AUDIO-ONLY TELEMEDICINE BAD FOR MISSISSIPPI

The Mississippi State Medical Association, headed by Dr. Dan Edney of Vicksburg, along with a number of state physicians and students, recently warned the public and state senators about a bill recently passed in the House. This bill has potential dangers for the future of telemedicine. “Bad telemedicine is like your physician wearing a blindfold,” […]

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Direct to Consumer Telemedicine Providers Beware

“We don’t have any authority over the company or health system providing direct to consumer (DTC)  telemedicine.  Only the physician.  We have to wait for a complaint.” When asked about enforcement of medical practice laws, this is the nearly unanimous response from state medical boards. This response came to the forefront when CTeL reviewed a […]

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