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Telehealth in Rural America: House Subcommittee Hears Testimony

For many of the more than 60 million people living in rural communities throughout the United States, telehealth serves as a literal lifeline, connecting patients with health care services when the number of physicians is limited and hospitals continue to close at staggeringly high rates. Last week, as Health Data Management first reported, the House […]

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Improper Medicare Payments for Meaningful Use, Telehealth?

Have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) been making improper payments to hospitals for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) and for telehealth services? That’s the question that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be considering. As Healthcare IT News […]

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FAST Act Gets House Committee Hearing

Another piece of telehealth-related legislation appears to be one step closer to passage. Six months into a Congress that’s already been a busy one for telehealth bills, mHealth Intelligence reports that H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, was set to be considered in the House Energy & Commerce Committee on July […]

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The Telehealth Reimbursement Coalition Needs Your Help. Join Us!

The Telehealth Reimbursement Coalition needs your help. This is a unique research opportunity—and one that we can’t undertake on our own. Led by CTeL, and bringing together experts from throughout the industry, the Coalition will be collecting data and research on the cost impact of telehealth. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the nonpartisan entity that assesses […]

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Join the Telehealth Reimbursement Coalition!

One of the highlights of this year’s Spring Executive Telehealth Summit was the inaugural meeting of the Telehealth Reimbursement Coalition. Led by CTeL, and bringing together experts from throughout the industry, as well as leaders on Capitol Hill, this group will be working to make a research-based case for broader Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for […]

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CHRONIC Care Act Gets Hearing, Markup

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act seems to have gotten one step closer to passage in the Senate. As first reported by Health Data Management, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the bipartisan legislation this week; the legislation then passed the committee unanimously on Thursday. During […]

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Newly Introduced HEART Act Focuses on Rural Telehealth

And the list of telehealth-related legislation introduced in the 115th Congress continues, yet again, to grow. As first reported by Healthcare Informatics and others, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) recently introduced the Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, which focuses on eliminating barriers to the use of telehealth in rural communities, including for cardiac […]

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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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