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USDA Announces Telemedicine Funding to Address Opioid Epidemic

Agriculture Secretary of the USDA, Tom Vilsack, announced five Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant awards to help provide treatment for the growing opioid epidemic in rural central Appalachia. This development is a result of President Obama’s task for the USDA to focus on rural opioid use in the country. “Because addiction treatment is often […]

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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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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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AMA to Ponder Creation of Telehealth Ethical Guidelines

Telemedicine is on the rise, and can no longer be termed just a “fad”. The American Medical Association (AMA) is working to establish ethical guidelines for telemedicine and telehealth. What does this mean for telemedicine? Telemedicine is now officially on the way to becoming a part of the health care continuum of care. AMA’s ethical […]

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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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Telemedicine: A Game Changer for Senior Healthcare

In today’s age, retirees and seniors are now able to receive high-quality medical services without leaving the comfort of their home. All thanks to telemedicine. Telemedicine, a high-tech patient care model, is quickly gaining momentum as a way to lower costs while improving healthcare quality, specifically amongst aging populations. The objective of telemedicine is to […]

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Medicare’s Best Program: Chronic Care Management

The Politics of Health Care Medicare’s Best Program: Chronic Care Management These are the five most important numbers for a Medicare patient and their physician- 99490. In January 2015, the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program went into effect. Since then, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been using Medicare CPT Code 99490 […]

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