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for: ‘Telehealth’

Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Crisis

It’s difficult to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid addiction epidemic. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans […]

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CHRONIC Care Act Passes the Senate

Telehealth advocates can point to their first (partial) legislative victory with the Senate passage of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act. As mHealth Intelligence, MobiHealthNews, and others first reported, the bipartisan bill unanimously passed the upper chamber earlier this week. “The CHRONIC Care Act is a culmination of a bipartisan, committee-wide effort, which […]

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Senate Broadband Caucus Highlights Telehealth in Expo

You could be forgiven for thinking that Democrats and Republicans in the current Congress simply can’t agree on anything—especially when it comes to health care. But throughout the current legislative session, telehealth has stood out as one of those rare areas of bipartisan agreement, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than […]

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Telehealth a Top Priority for Health Care Execs: Study

It’s no secret that the demand for telehealth and mHealth services has grown in recent years, with some patients even factoring the provision of these services into their choice of health care providers, and with large employers increasingly including telehealth coverage in employee benefits packages. And the results of yet another study show that health […]

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New Study: Pediatric Telemedicine Saves Time and Money

Anyone who ever played sports as a child, or is currently the parent of sports-playing children, is probably well aware of the fact that injuries are a pretty common occurrence on the field. While most, of course, tend not to be too significant, more severe injuries—i.e., potential concussions or broken bones—often require parents and children […]

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CTeL Summit: Get the Early Bird Rate While You Still Can!

Have you registered for the CTeL Fall Executive Telehealth Summit yet? If you still haven’t bought your ticket (and what’s stopping you?), there’s good news: You can still register at the early bird rate, but only until this Friday. Bonus: Along with a lower rate, early bird registration also gets you complimentary access to any of the […]

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The Push For Telehealth Reimbursement: Advocates Lobby CMS

In a year during which efforts to expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services have gained new momentum, more and more advocates are taking their case directly to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As mHealth Intelligence first reported, a variety of different health care advocacy organizations have submitted comments to the agency in support of […]

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Does Your Plan Cover Telemedicine? Most Don’t Know

With more and more patients, providers, and health care organizations seeking to utilize telemedicine services, a new survey has shed light on widespread uncertainty among patients about whether or not their insurance plans actually provide telemedicine coverage. As Markets Insider first reported, data from a HealthMine survey showed that the majority (57 percent) of Medicare plan members […]

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House Committees Advance Key Telehealth Bills

Two House of Representatives committees this week advanced key bipartisan pieces of telehealth legislation, giving the push for expanded reimbursement additional momentum in a Congress that’s already been busy when it comes to the introduction of telehealth bills. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, two bills—the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act and the Increasing Telehealth Access in Medicare Act—cleared […]

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Medicare Spending on Telehealth Grew in 2016, But is Still Low

Good news/bad news when it comes to Medicare and telemedicine: While the program spent more money on reimbursement for telehealth services in the past year than they ever had in the past, Medicare’s spending on it still only accounts for a small percentage of its overall budget. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, recently released data from the […]

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