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for: ‘Telemedicine Standards’

Members of Congress urge CMS to allow telephone-only mental health care during COVID-19 & more Telehealth Buzz

Bipartisan Effort to Expand Access to Tele-mental Health for Medicare Recipients Last week U.S. Reps. John Katko (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Grace Napolitano (D-CA) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services urging the agencies to expand Medicare-covered telehealth services. The CARES Act […]

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Telehealth May Get Another Boost from Congress Telehealth Buzz

Telehealth May Get Another Boost from Congress On Friday the Healthcare Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act was introduced by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) to enhance telehealth services during COVID-19. The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Healthcare Connect Fund Program currently subsidizes the cost of broadband for rural healthcare facilities. The Act increases […]

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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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Summit Spotlight: Standards and Accreditation

There are dozens of different definitions of “telehealth” and “telemedicine”—and these inconsistencies may be holding the field back. Come learn more at the CTeL Fall Summit (December 4 and 5 in Washington, D.C.) breakout session on “Standardizing Telemedicine to Achieve Market Growth: Legal, Clinical, and Programmatic.” We’ll talk about the possibility of developing a set […]

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AAN Debuts Teleneurology Curriculum

Each year, according to data from the American Stroke Association, almost 800,000 people across the United States experience a stroke. What’s more, strokes are responsible for approximately one out of every 20 annual deaths, killing almost 130,000 people, and are the leading cause of preventable disability. While immediate treatment can help to prevent death and […]

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Joint Commission Abandons Planned Telehealth Standards

This past week brought a piece of good news for many in the telehealth community, as the Joint Commission announced that it was abandoning its plan to create new direct-to-patient (DTP) telehealth standards for hospitals and ambulatory health care centers. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, the accrediting agency, which initially announced its plans to create the standards […]

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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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Working Group Update: Medical Specialties and Telemedicine Baseline Standards

On November 18, attendees of the Fall 2016 CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit will delve into a question of growing importance: What are the appropriate baseline standards for the practice of telemedicine for different medical specialties? As the use of telemedicine has grown, the range of conditions diagnosed and treated via this care delivery model has […]

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