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Is the DOD Underutilizing Telehealth?

Is the Department of Defense (DOD) fully utilizing telehealth? That’s the question at the heart of a new report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examines the department’s use of the technologies in FY 2016. The short answer? The DOD has a ways to go when it comes to expanding its use […]

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House Overwhelmingly Passes VETS Act

It’s already been a banner year for telehealth on Capitol Hill, with more than two dozen (mostly bipartisan) pieces of legislation introduced. Now, telehealth advocates can point to another concrete legislative victory. As Stripes, mHealth Intelligence, and others first reported, on Tuesday, November 7, the House passed H.R. 2123, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act, by […]

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New Bipartisan Bill Would Create Cybersecurity Position at HHS

At a time when large-scale data breaches have frequently dominated headlines, experts have repeatedly warned that many health care organizations are not well prepared for cyberattacks, with some calling on the government to do more to provide support. Now, two Members of Congress are seeking to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services […]

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The Push for Rural Broadband Coverage Continues

By now, it’s been well established that access to high-quality telehealth care is virtually impossible without access to high-quality broadband Internet. And it’s been equally well established that, while progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, work remains to be done in terms of getting people connected. Indeed, […]

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HIMSS Shares “Wish List” With Congress

It’s been a busy year for telehealth and health IT on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than two dozen pieces of telehealth-related legislation, and one telehealth-friendly bill (the CHRONIC Care Act) even passing the Senate. But the 115th Congress isn’t over yet, and advocates want to keep the […]

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CTeL Summit Panels Will Highlight Legislative Tracking

Simply put, it’s been a particularly eventful year for telehealth legislation. At the federal level, more than two dozen bills have been introduced—most of them bipartisan, and many of them targeting the numerous restrictions that Medicare currently places on reimbursement. States throughout the country, from New York to Minnesota to Texas, have enacted legislation that […]

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University of Mississippi Medical Center, HRSA Announce Partnership

Exciting news for patients and providers in the Magnolia State: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has officially designated the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) as a federal Telehealth Center of Excellence. “The UMMC Center for Telehealth is already a recognized national model for telehealth expansion,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in a […]

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CHRONIC Care Act Passes the Senate

Telehealth advocates can point to their first (partial) legislative victory with the Senate passage of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act. As mHealth Intelligence, MobiHealthNews, and others first reported, the bipartisan bill unanimously passed the upper chamber earlier this week. “The CHRONIC Care Act is a culmination of a bipartisan, committee-wide effort, which […]

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Senate Broadband Caucus Highlights Telehealth in Expo

You could be forgiven for thinking that Democrats and Republicans in the current Congress simply can’t agree on anything—especially when it comes to health care. But throughout the current legislative session, telehealth has stood out as one of those rare areas of bipartisan agreement, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than […]

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House Committees Advance Key Telehealth Bills

Two House of Representatives committees this week advanced key bipartisan pieces of telehealth legislation, giving the push for expanded reimbursement additional momentum in a Congress that’s already been busy when it comes to the introduction of telehealth bills. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, two bills—the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act and the Increasing Telehealth Access in Medicare Act—cleared […]

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