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Telemedicine in “Complex Cases”: A Good Fit

A new piece from Modern Healthcare aptly illustrates what many advocates have known for a long time: Even in the most complicated medical situations, quality telemedicine can provide patients with the expert, lifesaving health care that they need. Highlighting the case of Ron Cobbley, a rural Utah man found to have been suffering from a […]

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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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CMS Releases Proposed CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2017. Comments on the proposed schedule are due by 5:00 PM EST on September 6, 2016. Included in the proposal, is the addition of several codes for reimbursement regarding end-state renal disease related services for dialysis; advance […]

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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 BYOD Strategies Will Affect the Future of Mobile Health

Mobile devices and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies are seen as methods to improve communication between patients and physicians while also reducing health care costs and enabling better health information access. Many hospitals and clinics are requiring physicians to use mobile technology such as a tablet or smart phone to decrease costs. But are […]

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Teledentistry, the Latest Health Care Trend

Teledentistry is a growing field in telehealth, providing virtual dental services to individuals around the globe. Launched in 2014 in California, tele dentistry helps bridge the gap of quality dental care and build upon the existing principles of telemedicine. Unlike telemedicine where there is no face-to-face patient interaction, teledentistry is a service which allows hygienists […]

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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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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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Telemedicine Boost Patient Engagement

A HealthMine Survey of 500 consumers who use mobile/Internet-connect health applications discovered 39% are not aware of telemedicine. Only one-third of the respondents to the survey identified their health plan offers telehealth as an option. Many healthcare organizations are developing Apple and other technology to increase patient engagement via convenient physician access outside of offices […]

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