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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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Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Expands & more Telehealth Buzz

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Expands Telehealth During COVID-19 Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) has sped up plans for expanded telehealth services in response to the pandemic. Planned Parenthood’s existing m-health platform, PP Direct, has experienced a 60% increase in use since the COVID-19 outbreak in March. The new system allows practitioners […]

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California Executive Order Relaxes Telehealth Requirements and more Telehealth Buzz

California Executive Order Relaxes Telehealth Requirements California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth. The order relaxes privacy and security laws associated with video chat and m-health platforms to facilitate better access to care during COVID-19. Providers may now use platforms such as Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom for real-time audio-visual […]

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More Changes to Telehealth from CMS this Week and more Telehealth Buzz

More Changes to Telehealth from CMS this Week From the Press Release: Emergency departments can now use telehealth services to quickly assess patients. 80 additional services can now be furnished via telehealth. Providers can bill for telehealth visits at the same rate as in-person visits. Practitioners can now engage with new patients via telehealth. CMS […]

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Oregon Provides Clarity on Telehealth Use During COVID-19 and more Telehealth Buzz

Oregon Provides Clarity on Telehealth Use During COVID-19 Two Oregon administrative agencies issued guidelines for health plans concerning the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak: “Health plans should cover telehealth services delivered by in-network providers to replace in-person visits whenever possible and medically or clinically appropriate. Health plans shall ensure their members’ cost-sharing requirements […]

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Humana Announces New Telehealth Standards For COVID-19 Response and more Telehealth Buzz

Humana Announces New Telehealth Standards For COVID-19 Response Humana announced several changes to its policies to increase access to telehealth during the pandemic.  The company will: waive co-payments for telehealth services provided by in-network providers; temporarily enforce payment parity for in-network telehealth services; allow coverage for audio-only services; and expand the list of eligible providers […]

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Telehealth Rehabilitation Options for Veterans and more Telehealth Buzz

Telehealth Gives Veterans Access to More Rehabilitation Options Veterans Affairs hospitals in Indianapolis, IN, Cleveland, OH, and Jackson, MS, will soon be offering art therapy to veterans via telehealth. The program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health and the National Endowment for the Arts and is run […]

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New OK Bill Aims to Reduce Emergency Psych Admissions Using Telehealth & More in Today’s Telehealth Buzz

New OK Bill Aims to Reduce Emergency Psych Admissions Using Telehealth S.B. 1208 was introduced in the Oklahoma Senate by State Senator Michael Bergstrom. S.B. 1208 would connect police officers responding to mental health crisis situations with mental health specialists via telehealth to determine appropriate care. The bill is based on a successful two-year program […]

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Amazon Care Poised to Disrupt the Telehealth Market and more in today’s Telehealth Buzz

Streaming Services Giving Insight into Patient Preferences for Healthcare Privia Health’s Virtual Health Medical Director, Dr. Joseph DeVeau, outlines criteria for a successful telehealth program in a new post for the American Medical Association Understand and appeal to patients: Convenience shapes consumer preferences and patient expectations. Just as consumers choose Netflix over going to the […]

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Virginia Covering the “Last Mile” with Rural Broadband Grants

Last month Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced more than $18.3 million in grants to address the broadband gap in underserved areas and increase access to healthcare and other necessary services. “Broadband is a necessity for communities to attract business, for students to use educational resources, and for Virginians to receive healthcare through telemedicine,” Northam said […]

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