Telehealth Buzz

UPDATE: STEP Act Introduced; Telemedicine in the Department of Defense

UPDATE:  CTeL’s staff recently spoke with the staff of Representative Thompson about the status of the STEP Act.   Representative Thompson successfully offered his STEP Act as an amendment to a Department of Defense bill when it was recently considered on the House floor.    The staff has been in contact with Senate offices about having the […]

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Rural Veterans Health Care Focus on Conrad Bills

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) introduced two bills in the U.S. Senate that would improve health care options for veterans living in rural communities.  The Veterans Telemedicine Act of 2011 expands the use of telehealth technology at veterans health care facilities, giving veterans access to advanced care without having to travel long distances to reach a […]

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Mobile Apps Helps Doctors Diagnose Strokes

According to CNN, both the iPhone and the Android are using new medical applications, which enables doctors to diagnose stroke patients over the phone and immediately start prescribing treatment. The outcome for acute stroke sufferers rests greatly upon how quickly they receive care.  ResolutionMD Mobile uses image compression, microprocessors, and wireless bandwidth to provide healthcare […]

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Begich: Rural Veterans Deserve Affordable Health Care

With the support of Senators Charles Grassley (D-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT), U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) reintroduced The Veterans Telehealth Act of 2011.  The bill would provide veterans living in rural areas with more affordable and accessible healthcare, by reducing the cost of travel. Currently, the Veterans Health Administration Telemedicine program provides 42,000 veterans […]

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Remote Patient Monitoring Market to Reach $9.3 B

According to a new report, Global Patient Monitoring System 2010-2014, done by TechNavio, technical advancements in the remote patient monitoring industry is expected to grow over the next two years, Healthcare IT News reports.  Specifically, the report reveals that the global patient monitoring market will reach $9.3 billion in 2014.  The study is based on […]

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HRSA Announces Telehealth Training Center Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for its AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) Telehealth Training Centers Program.  The program is the professional training arm of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program authorized under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.  The AETC program is a network of both regional […]

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CTeL Report Released on the Telehealth Credentialing and Privileging Final Rule

On July 5, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement the final rule on credentialing and privileging requirements for telehealth practitioners.  This rule will put in place a process for originating site hospitals (location of the patient) to rely on the credentialing and privileging decisions of the distant site hospital (location […]

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HRSA Announces $12 Million in Grants for Rural

In an effort to help rural healthcare providers achieve meaningful use of electronic health records, the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that it will award  40 grants, for a total amount of $12 million.  The grants will be distributed through the Rural Health IT Network Program.  All applications are due Friday, May 27, […]

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Conflicting Language about Medicare Reimbursement Stalls Teledermatology

Experts say that dermatologists would be more enthusiastic to get involved with teledermatology if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) didn’t enforce regulations with such conflicting language, Modern Medicine reports. Hon S. Pak, MD, chairman of the teledermatology task force of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) explains, that under Medicare’s clinical services […]

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CMS Telehealth Credentialing and Privileging Final Rule Released

Here it is!  Click below for the final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the new procedures for credentialing and privileging telehealth providers.   This is fresh off the presses.  The “ink is still wet” and we haven’t even taken the time to review it.   But, we wanted to this to be […]

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