Telehealth Buzz

Telemedicine Effectively Connects Parkinson’s Patients, Neurologists

Parkinson’s disease currently impacts as many as one million Americans, per the Parkinson’s Foundation, with about 60,000 people each year receiving a new diagnosis. What’s more, each year the disease accounts for approximately $25 billion in health care spending, between the costs of treatment, lost wages, and other factors. But according to the results of […]

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Last Chance for Early Bird Rate at the Southwest TRC Showcase!

The Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (TRC) will be holding its third annual Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPS) in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 2 and 3, 2017, and you’re invited to be a part of it! And don’t miss your chance to attend at a discounted rate: Early bird registration for SPS 2017 ends […]

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Most Consumers Want Virtual Care: New Study

The people have spoken (yet again), and they want access to virtual visits. Or, at least that’s what the results of one survey indicated. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, market researchers from Parks Associates found that a majority of people living in households with broadband access wanted to be able to receive health care remotely, […]

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Is Telehealth Helping Cut Down on Office Visits? Study Says No

For many patients, one of the main selling points of telehealth might be its potential to help them cut down on office visits to health care providers—to allow them to access care from the comfort of home, rather than having to spend the time on an in-office encounter. But according to a new multi-year study […]

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Could Telemedicine Help Reduce SNF Hospitalizations? New CMS Pilot

Each year, hospital readmissions among skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients cost Medicare more than $4 billion—not an insignificant sum of money. But could telemedicine help to cut down on those readmissions? That’s what the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are seeking to find out with a new yearlong pilot program funded in conjunction […]

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Can e-Prescribing Help Alleviate the Opioid Epidemic?

It’s difficult to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid addiction epidemic. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans […]

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Telemedicine Benefits on the Rise with Employers: Study

For employees of large companies, having access to telemedicine care is increasingly becoming “the new normal.” In fact, according to one recent employer survey, 96 percent of large companies will be offering some sort of telemedicine coverage to their employees during the next year. As Forbes, MobiHealthNews, and others first reported, the National Business Group […]

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Coming Soon: CTeL Report on Occupational Therapy and Telemedicine

Stay tuned: A new (and timely) report will soon be available in the CTeL Resource Library. The report, entitled “Telehealth in Occupational Therapy Practice: Establishing the Client/Provider Relationship,” will focus on the evolving role of telehealth among occupational therapists and their patients. Occupational therapy (OT) is one of the many fields where providers have recently […]

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CHRONIC Care Act to Get Floor Vote in Senate

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act is officially on the Senate calendar, adding to the momentum surrounding telehealth legislation in the 115th Congress. As first reported by CQ, the bipartisan bill, which unanimously passed the Senate Finance Committee back in May, was placed on the legislative calendar on […]

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HHS OIG Announces Review of Telehealth Payments

What does the recently announced Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) review of Medicare telehealth payments mean for the future of telehealth reimbursement? That’s the question that some advocates are asking following the announcement that the agency will be examining potential improper payments from the Centers for Medicare […]

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