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CONNECT for Health Act Reintroduced

Add one more bill to the steadily growing list of telehealth-related legislation that’s been introduced since the 115th Congress convened in January. As Healthcare Informatics and others first reported, a bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, which is aimed at improving […]

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Growth, and Limitations, for Rural Tele-Mental Health

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, making it a fitting time for the release of a new study on the utilization of telemedicine among rural Medicare beneficiaries for mental health services. Published in the most recent edition of Health Affairs, the study from researchers at Harvard Medical School and RAND uncovered strong growth in utilization […]

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Medicare is Holding Telehealth Back: New GAO Study

Study after study, it seems, has pointed to the cost savings and enhanced health outcomes that could result from the broader implementation of telehealth and remote monitoring. But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization. As Health […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Promotes Telehealth for Chronic Disease Patients

It’s been well documented that a small percentage of patients account for a disproportionate amount of the spending on health care in the United States. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, for example, estimates that care for patients with chronic diseases like heart disease, COPD, and diabetes “accounts for approximately 75 percent of the […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Expand Telehealth Reimbursement

These days, it may not appear that the two parties in Congress can agree on much. But telehealth has long been an area that has seen strong bipartisan support, and the recent introduction of a new bill aimed at expanded use of telehealth technologies shows that that bipartisan spirit appears to still be alive. As […]

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Seema Verma Provides Some Answers on Telemedicine

The Senate Finance Committee today will likely help move President Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) one step closer to confirmation. During a Wednesday morning session, the committee is set to vote on the nomination of Seema Verma, an Indiana-based health care consultant who is perhaps best known for […]

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Repeal and …Telehealth Reimbursement?

Perhaps no three words have been uttered more since the election of President Donald Trump, at least among those who follow health care, than “repeal and replace.” While no one appears to know yet just what a “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would look like, and while many have expressed concerns about the […]

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Telemedicine and Cardiovascular Care: AHA Guidelines Point to Opportunities

The staggering costs of cardiovascular disease in the United States have been well documented; a 2015 CDC Foundation study, for example, estimated that one out of every six dollars spent on health care goes toward caring for the approximately 85 million patients with these conditions, as well as seven million stroke survivors. However, the use […]

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Telemedicine Use Increases Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries

In a recent study, Harvard Medical School researchers discovered the number of telemedicine visits provided to Medicare beneficiaries increase by 28 percent each year from 2004 to 2013, with a total of 107,000 visits provided in 2013. This research is one of the first to measure the frequency of telemedicine over the years. In order […]

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AHA Brief Highlights Telehealth Benefits

A new AHA issue brief recently claimed that policymakers can advance care deliver and increase benefit to patients through expanding access to telehealth in Medicare and new payment models. “A growing body of evidence shows that telehealth can not only expand access to services but also create cost savings,” the report notes. The Veterans Health […]

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