Telehealth Buzz

Seema Verma Provides Some Answers on Telemedicine

The Senate Finance Committee today will likely help move President Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) one step closer to confirmation. During a Wednesday morning session, the committee is set to vote on the nomination of Seema Verma, an Indiana-based health care consultant who is perhaps best known for […]

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Proposed Budget Mean and Health IT? Likely Cuts Raise Concerns

President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, some initial details of which were released this week, has raised quite a few eyebrows. This is largely due to its suggested $54 billion increase in defense spending, to be offset by cuts to funding for non-defense programs at various federal agencies–what one administration official termed “lower priority programs […]

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Repeal and …Telehealth Reimbursement?

Perhaps no three words have been uttered more since the election of President Donald Trump, at least among those who follow health care, than “repeal and replace.” While no one appears to know yet just what a “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would look like, and while many have expressed concerns about the […]

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Nurse Licensure Compact: Full Adoption Coming Sooner than Expected?

It looks like it will be smooth sailing ahead for the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact in the coming months. As Politico reports, based on state legislative action, it seems like the compact allowing for nurse licensure portability among states may go into full effect even before its target date of December 31, 2018. “I don’t […]

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Telemedicine and Cardiovascular Care: AHA Guidelines Point to Opportunities

The staggering costs of cardiovascular disease in the United States have been well documented; a 2015 CDC Foundation study, for example, estimated that one out of every six dollars spent on health care goes toward caring for the approximately 85 million patients with these conditions, as well as seven million stroke survivors. However, the use […]

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Tom Price, Seema Verma, and EHRs: What’s to Come?

The November 2016 election of Donald Trump has continued to shake up the health care landscape, from the President’s repeated promises to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act to, of course, new leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Earlier this month, […]

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mHealth Gets High Marks From Patients—But is Supply Meeting Demand?

In an increasingly app-obsessed world, it’s only logical that patients, particularly those with chronic health conditions, would want to use their mobile devices to connect with their health care providers—and to take control of their health. As a recent West survey (via mHealth Intelligence) finds, an overwhelming majority of patients want “patient-specific support outside of […]

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Looking for Stolen Health Records? They’ll Cost You!

Looking to get your hands on some stolen electronic health records? Hopefully you aren’t, but on the off chance that you are, it’ll likely cost you a good deal of money on the black market. As a recent study from Trend Micro (via Dark Reading) found, “complete EHR databases can fetch as much as $500,000 […]

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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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