Telehealth Buzz

Clinton Sees Role for Telehealth in Advancing Mental Health Agenda

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton rolled out her comprehensive plan for mental health on Wednesday, and telehealth plays an important role in it. Under the Clinton plan, telehealth would help achieve two policy goals: closing gaps in mental health care availability and improving care coordination. Clinton’s plan identifies the shortage of mental health providers as […]

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AHRQ Review of Telehealth Evidence Offers a Research Roadmap

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently published a comprehensive overview of the evidence on telehealth and patient outcomes. One key takeaway: Sufficient evidence exists to show the effectiveness of telehealth for several specific uses and types of patients, but not to judge the cost-effectiveness of telehealth more broadly. AHRQ, an agency within the […]

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REGISTER NOW: CTeL Fall Summit (November 17-18) in Washington, DC

THE SOCIAL NETWORK PRACTIONER. On November 17, 2016 in Washington, D.C., attendees of the CTeL Summit will be diving deep into the topic of social networks and telehealth. Medical practitioners increasingly use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms to engage with patients or share knowledge with the public. These new communication tools present […]

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IBM’s Watson Diagnoses Japanese Woman’s Rare Cancer

IBM’s Watson has successfully diagnosed a Japanese woman’s rare form of leukemia that went misdiagnosed by doctors for months. Silicon Angle reports that doctors from the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science turned to Watson after the woman failed to respond to treatment. They fed Watson the patient’s genetic data and compared it to […]

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HHS Delivers Report to Congress on E-Health and Telemedicine

In a new report to Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) touts telehealth’s promise to increase access to quality care and improve outcomes and is cautiously optimistic about its ability to reduce costs. Congress requested the report from HHS in December 2015 as part of an appropriations bill. The request urged the […]

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HRSA Awards $7.2 Million in Grants for Rural Telehealth

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced in August that it has awarded $16 million to improve access to quality health care in rural communities. The money will benefit 60 rural communities in 32 states and seven Rural Health Research Centers. Around $7.2 million of the total will go to programs expanding telehealth services […]

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Hospital Systems Turn to Telehealth for Mental Health Care

Hospital systems of all sizes increasingly use video consults for mental health care. According to Healthcare IT News, hospitals report high patient satisfaction and other benefits from the provision of mental health services via telehealth.  Hospitals are successfully using this approach with patients of all ages, from children to seniors. Illini Community Hospital uses three […]

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CMS Clarifies Telemedicine Reimbursement Under Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified their requirements for state amendments for telemedicine services. According to CMS, states need not submit plan amendments for telemedicine coverage under Medicaid if they intend to pay for services provided via telemedicine in the same way they reimburse in-person visits. CMS approval is only needed […]

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Employers Project No Change in the Growth of Health Benefit Costs

Large U.S. Employers Project No Change in the Growth of Health Benefit Costs in 2017, More to Offer Telehealth Health benefit cost increases at large U.S. employers are expected to remain at 6% in 2017, despite a large increase in pharmacy costs, particularly for specialty drugs. This information comes from a recent annual survey conducted […]

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CTeL Summit: CTeL 50 State Research Review of Telemedicine Regulations

On day one of the 2016 Fall CTeL Executive Summit, we will be highlighting a 50 state telemedicine regulation review. To grab your seat for this important discussion, register today! State regulations on telemedicine lack uniformity and are in a state of flux, creating uncertainty for practitioners and others. This session presents the findings from […]

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