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Oregon Provides Clarity on Telehealth Use During COVID-19 and more Telehealth Buzz

Oregon Provides Clarity on Telehealth Use During COVID-19 Two Oregon administrative agencies issued guidelines for health plans concerning the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak: “Health plans should cover telehealth services delivered by in-network providers to replace in-person visits whenever possible and medically or clinically appropriate. Health plans shall ensure their members’ cost-sharing requirements […]

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2020: New Year, New You, and New Telehealth Bills

A new year brings so much possibility. For states that were not able to get telehealth legislation passed, 2020 brings a new chance for failed telehealth bills. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, Washington and South Dakota, for example, are both ringing in the New Year with telehealth bills from the previous legislative year that did […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As with any new technology, it takes time to figure out best practices. Mistakes are made. Success is followed by failure, and the cycle repeats. It is all part of the process. Telehealth, of course, is no different. One thing that providers in the field are still trying to figure out: prescribing standards and antibiotic […]

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Governor DeSantis Signs Florida Telehealth Bill

Great news for telehealth advocates in Florida! As we reported this spring, both chambers of the state’s legislature had passed a new telehealth bill, H.B. 23; the legislation was at the time awaiting the governor’s signature. In summary, H.B. 23 “cements the validity of telehealth services in Florida, establishes new telehealth practice standards, creates a […]

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Connecting at the Right Time and Place

It seems that there are new reports practically every day of dangerous, highly infectious diseases breaking out. And amid these outbreaks, hospitals face a potential crisis when it comes to the amount of antibiotics available to treat patients. As Dr. Rima Abdel-Massih, a physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the chief […]

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Telemedicine Possibly Tied to Increased Antibiotic Prescriptions

The important role that antibiotics have come to play in modern health care is undeniable. But as instances of antibiotic-resistant infection continue to arise, it has become abundantly clear that antibiotic overuse can present danger to patients—and as one new study highlights, the use of telemedicine could be making the problem a bit worse among […]

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Federal Trade Commission Sues Surescripts, Alleging Anti-Competitive Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a lawsuit against Surescripts, a widely known health information exchange company, for illegally performing vertical and horizontal restraints upon the electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) process. Specifically, the FTC alleges the company was trying to obtain a monopoly over the routing and eligibility of e-prescribing. According to HealthPayer Intelligence, which […]

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Does Telemedicine Lead to Overprescribing?

The important role that antibiotics have come to play in modern health care is undeniable. But as instances of antibiotic-resistant infection continue to arise, it has become abundantly clear that antibiotic overuse can present danger to patients—and as one new study highlights, the use of telemedicine could be making the problem a bit worse. As […]

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HHS Encourages Provision of MAT Via Telemedicine

More than 42,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2016, according to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. What’s more, each day approximately 130 Americans die of opioid overdoses—many of them in rural communities, where patients seeking treatment for addiction often face significant geographic […]

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VA Turns to Telemedicine for Better Antibiotic Prescribing Practices

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telemedicine 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. Now, the agency is again turning to telemedicine—this time with the […]

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