Telehealth Buzz

Texas State Medical Board Focuses on Telemedicine

A recent conflict between the Texas State Medical Board and a direct-to-consumer telehealth company, Teladoc, has opened the door for a conversation focused on ways to “modernize telemedicine statues and reduce the regulatory footprint governing the provision of telemedicine services”. During the discussions, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the Texas Medical Association, and the […]

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Study Assesses Direct-to-Consumer Teledermatology Services

A recent study published in JAMA Dermatology, utilized fake patients to assess the performance of direct-to-consumer (DTC) teledermatology websites. This study suggests incorrect diagnoses were made, treatment recommendations contradicted guidelines, and presciprdtions lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects and pregnancy risks. This study continues the dialogue of wondering how effective direct-to-consumer services are in providing […]

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Telemedicine Applied too Broadly, Time Needed to Identify Ideal Applications

Extending typical physician office visits by utilizing similar technologies we use to communicate on a day-to-day basis is one way for providers to venture into a new tech-centered healthcare environment. Patients are viewing telemedicine as a simple extension of the brick and mortar care model made famous by companies like Minute Clinic, which offers convenient […]

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25 Percent of Healthcare Providers Offer Telehealth, Telemedicine Services

According to a recent study by KPMG, 25 percent of healthcare providers have implemented telehealth and telemedicine programs which are financially stable and improving efficiency. This survey collected information from 120 individuals working for healthcare providers. Telehealth is defined by KPMG as a technology which connects clinicians with their patients. Telemedicine utilizes technology to connect […]

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Connected: Telepharmacy Unites the Team

Telehealth and telepharmacy originated in rural areas where local, community pharmacies are miles apart. Patients in areas without local communities or clinics are able to receive prescriptions verified by pharmacists through the use of telemedicine technology. Telehealth delivers healthcare services and information via a variety of telecommunication technologies. Telepharmacy, according to the National Association of […]

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Telemedicine: A Game Changer for Senior Healthcare

In today’s age, retirees and seniors are now able to receive high-quality medical services without leaving the comfort of their home. All thanks to telemedicine. Telemedicine, a high-tech patient care model, is quickly gaining momentum as a way to lower costs while improving healthcare quality, specifically amongst aging populations. The objective of telemedicine is to […]

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Telemedicine Use Increases Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries

In a recent study, Harvard Medical School researchers discovered the number of telemedicine visits provided to Medicare beneficiaries increase by 28 percent each year from 2004 to 2013, with a total of 107,000 visits provided in 2013. This research is one of the first to measure the frequency of telemedicine over the years. In order […]

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1 in 3 Antibiotics Prescribed in U.S. Are Unnecessary

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC) and the Pew Charitable Trust, nearly a third of antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and hospital-based clinics in the United States are unnecessary. The CDC study found that approximately 47 million unnecessary prescriptions are provided to patients every year […]

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AHA Brief Highlights Telehealth Benefits

A new AHA issue brief recently claimed that policymakers can advance care deliver and increase benefit to patients through expanding access to telehealth in Medicare and new payment models. “A growing body of evidence shows that telehealth can not only expand access to services but also create cost savings,” the report notes. The Veterans Health […]

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Medicare’s Best Program: Chronic Care Management

The Politics of Health Care Medicare’s Best Program: Chronic Care Management These are the five most important numbers for a Medicare patient and their physician- 99490. In January 2015, the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program went into effect. Since then, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been using Medicare CPT Code 99490 […]

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