Telehealth Buzz

Bill to Improve Medicare ACO Program Includes Telehealth Provisions

A bi-partisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week aims to improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) by modifying the rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). It includes telehealth provisions sought by providers, who were quick to praise the proposed legislation. The bill increases incentives for ACOs to focus on quality of […]

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Working Group Update: Medical Specialties and Telemedicine Baseline Standards

On November 18, attendees of the Fall 2016 CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit will delve into a question of growing importance: What are the appropriate baseline standards for the practice of telemedicine for different medical specialties? As the use of telemedicine has grown, the range of conditions diagnosed and treated via this care delivery model has […]

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FTC Investigates Texas Medical Board for Possible Antitrust Violations

In a significant development for state medical boards, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has confirmed it is investigating the Texas Medical Board (TMB) over antitrust concerns, POLITICO reports. Earlier this month, the FTC and Department of Justice filed a joint amicus brief siding with Teladoc in its federal antitrust lawsuit against the Board.  The brief […]

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CTeL Summit Session: Could Your Telehealth Marketing Ignite an FTC Sanction or a Lawsuit?

On November 17, attendees of the Fall 2016 CTeL Telehealth Summit will focus on an important emerging issue for the telehealth community: the potential risks and liability posed by telehealth marketing. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with jurisdiction over truth in advertising, is turning its attention to telehealth marketing claims. So are private litigators. They […]

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AAFP Weighs in on Legislation Adding Telehealth Benefit to TRICARE

The American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP), which represents roughly 125,000 family physicians, has expressed concerns about a new telehealth benefit proposed for the TRICARE program. TRICARE provides health benefits to more than 8 million military personnel, retirees, and their dependents. The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 includes […]

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Majority of U.S. Smartphone Owners Using Phones to Manage Health

Americans increasingly use their mobile devices for health management, according to a study released last week by Ketchum, a global communications firm. The Ketchum mHealth Monitor maps U.S. consumers’ adoption of wearable technology, apps, and artificial intelligence (A.I.) for personal health and wellness. The firm surveyed 2,000 U.S. smartphone owners in April. Among the findings: […]

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CTeL Fall Summit: Q & A with Cybersecurity Experts

On November 18, attendees of the CTeL Fall Telehealth Summit will turn their attention to an urgent concern: how to protect health data in a world of increasing cyber-threats. Panelists for the session, “Held for Ransom: Protecting Yourself Against Cybersecurity Threats” will include two experts in cybersecurity for health care organizations: Robert Hudock, Esq. and Adam […]

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Inside the CTeL Summit: An Interview with CTeL Executive Director Greg Billings

Q Greg, what prompted the Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law to convene the first CTeL Summit? A Several years ago, CTeL was approached by representatives of large health systems, Fortune 100 companies, and state medical licensing boards as the appropriate organization to provide a neutral and unbiased forum to facilitate a high-level conversation among […]

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Patient Safety and Telemedicine

In an AHRQ Perspective piece published this week, Stephen Agboola and Joseph Kvedar of Partners Health make the case for enhancing patient safety measures in telemedicine and conducting more research on the impact of telemedicine on patient safety. They say that “telemedicine” (telemedicine, telehealth, connected health, eHealth and mHealth) on the whole is improving the […]

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Arkansas Loosens Telemedicine Restrictions

It’s official: Doctors in Arkansas can now treat a first-time patient using a telemedicine platform as long as they perform a “face-to-face” examination using real-time video technology. The new rule went into effect August 26. However, at least for the time being, patients must be located in a healthcare facility during telemedical encounters, although care […]

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