Telehealth Buzz

CMS Telemedicine Reimbusement Codes for Calendar Year 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a publication entitled Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services for Calendar Year (CY) 2013  which outlines the newly-approved, telemedicine reimbursement codes for Calendar Year 2013. These changes were included as part of the Calendar Year (CY) 2013 physician fee schedule rulemaking process.   As a part of this […]

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CTeL Member in the News: Avera’s Telemedicine Critical Care Program

A recent issue of The Atlantic featured South Dakota’s Avera Health Telemedicine Critical Care Program, explaining to its readers the important role that telemedicine plays in providing emergency care expertise to rural hospitals throughout the Great Plains.  Avera Health is a longtime member of The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL). […]

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Federation of State Medical Boards to FTC: Respect Our Jurisdiction

Tension between the state and federal levels of government is nothing new, and a report from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) authority over state health officials on antitrust matters is adding a bit of fuel to the fire. As The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and […]

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How to better protect ePHI? Experts offer suggestions on Privacy

Along with the growing usage of mobile devices in the health care field have come an increasing number of experts expressing concern over what they perceive as a lack of effort to protect patient privacy.  Beyond the negative effects for patients, breaches of health care data can be extremely expensive for payers, given Health Insurance […]

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CTeL December Webinar: FCC Rural Health Care Program Changes and Telemedicine?

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) December Brown Bag webinar will hear an overview of expected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changes to the Rural Health Care Program and learn how changes in this important Federal program can impact broadband services in telemedicine programs. The topic will be:    FCC Program to […]

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Increasingly, Physicians are Putting Their Smartphones to Work

Given the ever-expanding number of people using smartphones of recent, it’s no surprise that many healthcare providers are following the trend, too.  And beyond that, as reported in Fierce Mobile Healthcare, a recent HIMSS survey of health IT professionals finds an increasing number of clinicians are now bringing the devices into their practices as well—and […]

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Despite HIPAA and HITECH Act, Data Breaches Remain a Problem

Adding to the growing chorus of experts who feel healthcare practices are not doing enough to protect their patients’ privileged health information, a new study from the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) found a disturbingly high number of data breaches over the past few years. As reported in Healthcare IT News, despite Health Insurance Portability […]

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In the U.K., Doctor Certain “visits” via Smartphone Will Soon Become a Reality

Imagine being able to use your iPhone for a “visit” with a physician.  In the U.K., this will soon become a normal way of life for patients and providers.  As reported by Fierce Health IT and mHIMSS, the country’s Digital First initiative “aims to reduce unnecessary face-to-face contact between patients and healthcare professionals by incorporating […]

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New Study Points to Potential Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Hospital readmissions have long been a headache for providers, patients, and Medicare alike.  Now, a recent study has shed light on some possible solutions.  As reported by Fierce Healthcare, a study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing found strong linkages between the “social environmental factors” in the lives of elderly home […]

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Arkansas Medical Board Issues Guidance on Telemedicine and Internet-Based Patient Healthcare

The Arkansas State Medical Board recently issued guidance in their Fall 2012 newsletter on the topic “When Does Telemedicine or Internet-Based Patient Healthcare Violate Regulation 2.8?” The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) receives frequent questions related to how the physician-patient relationship can be established through telemedicine and meet the requirements […]

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