Telehealth Buzz

State Update: Telehealth Bills Enacted in Minnesota, New Jersey

It’s been a busy year for telehealth in many state legislatures (not to mention on Capitol Hill). Indeed, an April report from the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) identified more than 200 telehealth-related bills that had been introduced in 44 states in 2017 alone. Now, two more states have enacted legislation that would make […]

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VA, White House Highlight Telehealth for Vets

The Veterans Administration (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telehealth to treat its patients. Indeed, in 2015, the agency’s providers completed more than 2.1 million telehealth visits, 45 percent of which were with rural patients. Now, that trend is continuing with the unveiling last Thursday of a new initiative designed to […]

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Southwest TRC to Hold Service Provider Showcase

The Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (TRC) will be holding its third annual Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPS) in Phoenix on October 2 and 3, 2017, and you’re invited to be a part of it! Join us at SPS 2017 to hear from telehealth thought leaders, health care innovators, and policy experts who will […]

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mHealth and Pregnant Women: App Leads to Better Health Outcomes

While the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, its maternal and infant health outcomes, simply put, leave a good deal to be desired. Indeed, according to an NPR/ProPublica investigation, the U.S. maternal mortality rate tops that of other developed nations at 26.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. And Centers for […]

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Which States Excel at EHR Adoption? (And Which Struggle?)

To risk stating the obvious, for many health care organizations these days, electronic health records (EHRs) are both an essential part of their modern medical practices and (when not implemented well) a source of endless frustration. But according to a new study from think tank the Center for Data Innovation, some states have excelled when […]

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House Bill Targets Medicare Telehealth Restrictions

In a Congress that’s already been busy when it comes to the introduction of telehealth-related bills, two House members have dropped yet another bipartisan bill—and like many of those introduced earlier in this legislative session, it’s specifically aimed at eliminating the restrictions that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) place on Medicare reimbursement […]

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Hospitals and Power Grid Attacks: Experts Urge Better Preparedness

It’s fairly common knowledge that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. This spring, too, saw the “WannaCry” ransomware attack cause widespread disruption in the U.S. and United Kingdom, including in some hospitals. Now, experts […]

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“Alexa, Call My Doctor”: Amazon Focusing on Health

What if you could order up a virtual doctor’s visit or fill a prescription as easily as you could purchase a new pair of shoes or a bottle of laundry detergent: on Amazon? According to recent reports, the company’s top-secret health care lab, dubbed “1492,” is working to make those scenarios a reality for consumers. […]

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New Bill Would Broaden Medicare Reimbursement for Telemedicine

In a Congress that’s already been eventful (as we’ve often documented here) when it comes to the introduction of telemedicine-related legislation, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced yet another bill, this time seeking to expand Medicare reimbursement for health care services provided via telemedicine. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), along […]

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New Legislation Would Allow for More Flexibility on Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid. With that in mind, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) […]

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