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Tapping into Successful Telehealth Models to Improve Utilization and ROI

On November 17, the Fall 2016 CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit will address a topic at the forefront of many minds: how to improve telehealth utilization and ROI. The promise of telehealth is determined by the utilization of services. Similarly, telehealth will continue to expand only if providers, health systems, insurers, and employers can find a […]

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Insurers Urge CBO to Consider Their Data in Telemedicine Evaluations

Eleven private insurers are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to take the experience of commercial health insurers into account when evaluating the potential impact of telemedicine coverage on Medicare. As reported last week in Healthcare Informatics, representatives of some of the nation’s largest private insurers sent a public letter in October to CBO director […]

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Telemedicine Behind Bars

Providing healthcare to prisoners is difficult and expensive. Many correctional facilities are located in remote areas where healthcare professionals, particularly specialists, are scarce. Add to that the challenge of finding doctors willing to work in a prison setting and treat potentially dangerous criminals in person. Yet transporting inmates for treatment at hospitals and other healthcare […]

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CTeL Fall Summit: Q & A with RAND Telehealth Researchers

DTC telehealth is spreading rapidly, but high quality research on important aspects of this innovative healthcare delivery model remains limited. Two researchers at the forefront of attempts to close the gap are Lori Uscher-Pines, PhD, MSc, and J. Scott Ashwood, PhD, from RAND Corporation. They will share their very latest research findings with Summit attendees […]

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HHS Finalizes MACRA Rule, Some Telehealth Advocates Disappointed

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized its policies for how the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement the new Medicare Quality Payment Program. This program, part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), replaces the former and flawed Medicare Part B Sustainable Growth Rate […]

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Texas Medical Board Drops Appeal in Teladoc Case

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has ended its challenge to a federal court’s ruling last December that denied its motion to dismiss Teladoc’s antitrust claims against the board. The district court had determined that the TMB was not immune to federal antitrust laws, and the board appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

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Q & A on Telehealth Marketing with Legal Expert Joe McMenamin

On November 17, attendees of the Fall 2016 CTeL Telehealth Summit will focus on an important emerging issue for the telehealth community: the potential risks and liability posed by telehealth marketing. Joining the panel will be telehealth legal expert Joe McMenamin, MD, JD, a physician-attorney whose law practice and consultancy concentrate on and benefit from […]

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More Employers Offer Telehealth Benefits, But Few Employees Use Them

Employers have embraced telehealth with gusto. Seventy percent of large employers now offer telehealth benefits, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). Next year, 90 percent will do so. Use of telehealth by employees has lagged though, as reported in a recent Chicago Tribune article.  The same NBGH […]

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Doctors Much Better at Diagnosis than Symptom Checkers

Online symptom checkers – websites and apps that use computer algorithms to help patients self-diagnose – have become very popular. Many people jump on the internet to figure out what ails them by using WebMD, the Mayo Clinic’s Symptom Checker, AskMD, Drugs.com, and the like. A study published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests […]

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FBI Still Objects to Interstate Licensing Compact’s Use of Its Data

Implementation of the new Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has hit a serious snag.  To date, 17 states have enacted legislation authorizing their participation in the compact, which offers voluntary, expedited multi-state licensing for qualified physicians. The compact, set to go into effect in January 2017, is expected to expand access to health care, especially in […]

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