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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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Arkansas Loosens Telemedicine Restrictions

It’s official: Doctors in Arkansas can now treat a first-time patient using a telemedicine platform as long as they perform a “face-to-face” examination using real-time video technology. The new rule went into effect August 26. However, at least for the time being, patients must be located in a healthcare facility during telemedical encounters, although care […]

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How is Telemedicine Transforming Health Care

The improvement of technology is greatly benefiting the telehealth market. Faster internet speeds, changing insurance standards, smartphone advancements, and increased numbers of health care providers using telehealth services, are all working together to change the future of telehealth. Telemedicine services and technologies open the door for higher quality health care in remote locations. Doctors Without […]

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Telehealth-Friendly Licensing Compacts Gain Momentum

Five more states have signed up to ease licensing processes for doctors hoping to practice telemedicine across state lines. Recently, Colorado became the 17th state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, with Gov. John Hickenlooper signing legislation on June 8. Overseen by the Federation of State Medical Boards, offers an expedited licensing process for […]

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Is Your Child’s Pediatrician Better Than a Smartphone?

Dr. Chad Hayes, a pediatrician in South Carolina, recently published an opinion editorial in the Washington Post, below is a summary of his piece. Technology in medicine is advancing everyday. Today, surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive procedures utilizing robots. Radiologists are able to review images and diagnose from halfway across the globe. Mental-health […]

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Arkansas Telemedicine Proposal a ‘Good Compromise’

Arkansas’ medical board recently approved proposals to allow doctors and patients to use a telemedicine platform. The Arkansas State Medical Board signed off on amendments to Act 887 of 2015. This amendment allows clinicians to establish “a proper physician/patient relationship (via) real-time audio and visual telemedicine technology” as long as the platform “provides information at […]

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DOCTORS STRUGGLE TO FIND VALUE IN TELEHEALTH

A few months ago, mHealthIntellgience.com ran an article focusing on the struggles doctors are facing in finding value in telehealth, with a strong focus on telehealth reimbursement. “All doctors use telehealth in some form with their patients just by getting on the phone and talking to them,” Dr. Peter Weigel, Westfield, N.J.-based physician, says. “But […]

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TELEHEALTH CAN BRING DOCTORS CLOSER TO PATIENTS

Physicians expressing concerns about losing their patients to telehealth, will find solace in recent evidence which suggests telehealth is simply an extension of their existing relationship, rather than a replacement for them as the primary provider. Jan Oldenburg, a healthcare IT consultant, and Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, founder of THINK-Health, a healthcare consultancy, shared multiple examples of […]

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BILL TO ALLOW AUDIO-ONLY TELEMEDICINE BAD FOR MISSISSIPPI

The Mississippi State Medical Association, headed by Dr. Dan Edney of Vicksburg, along with a number of state physicians and students, recently warned the public and state senators about a bill recently passed in the House. This bill has potential dangers for the future of telemedicine. “Bad telemedicine is like your physician wearing a blindfold,” […]

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Direct to Consumer Telemedicine Providers Beware

“We don’t have any authority over the company or health system providing direct to consumer (DTC)  telemedicine.  Only the physician.  We have to wait for a complaint.” When asked about enforcement of medical practice laws, this is the nearly unanimous response from state medical boards. This response came to the forefront when CTeL reviewed a […]

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