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In 2016, Significant Growth in Remote Monitoring Usage–Again

Now might be a good time to invest in some mHealth stock. For yet another year in a row, the use of remote monitoring and connected medical devices has skyrocketed, with the market in the midst of what researchers term “a growth phase fueled by rising market acceptance in several key verticals.” As first reported […]

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Telehealth in D.C.? New City Council Bill Would Facilitate Expanded Usage

For many people, telehealth might seem like the kind of thing that would disproportionately benefit patients in rural areas–small-town patients who would otherwise have to drive long distances in order to visit a specialty provider, for example. But telehealth has equal potential when it comes to addressing health care disparities among patients living in underserved […]

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CMS’ New Second in Command: A Health IT Expert?

As health care consultant Seema Verma awaits final Senate confirmation in her bid to become director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and amid continued questions about what “repeal and replace” will mean for health IT, President Trump has reportedly selected a second in command for the agency. Washington-based attorney Demetrios Kouzoukas, […]

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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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CTeL Conference: Repeal and Replace: Telehealth Impacts and Opportunities

Twenty-two million people in the U.S. may be at risk of losing their health insurance. Telehealth is the organic choice to step up to fill some care needs if ‘repeal and replace’ eliminates or curtails reimbursement for some health services. But will existing telemedicine models be sufficient to care for an aging baby boomer population […]

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Who Will Get the VA’s EHR Contract? Some Possibilities

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues its efforts to modernize its health care infrastructure and better leverage new technologies, one key goal will be updating its electronic health records system. Now, as Politico first reported, companies are beginning to vie for what will likely be a contract in the billions. Among the likely contenders: […]

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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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