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State Update: New Telehealth Bills Signed in Vermont, Hawaii

It’s been a busy year for telehealth in many state legislatures (not to mention on Capitol Hill). Indeed, an April report from the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) identified more than 200 telehealth-related bills that had been introduced in 44 states in 2017 alone. Now, two states have enacted legislation that would make it […]

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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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Combating Blindness with Telemedicine: CHLA Treats Armenian Children

Worldwide, according to the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, an estimated 19 million children suffer from visual impairment—and 1.4 million of them will end up blind for life. The vast majority of these children live in developing countries, where a lack of access to specialized eye care often prevents them from having otherwise […]

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Microsoft Urges $10 Billion Broadband Investment

By now, it’s a well-established fact that access to high-quality telehealth care is nearly 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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Nurse Licensure Compact One Step Closer to Full Ratification

Good news for nurses seeking to practice telehealth across state lines: Following recent votes by state legislators in Delaware, Maine, and Texas, the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) is one step closer to activation. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, lawmakers in 25 states across the country have now approved the interstate compact, which allows for the portability […]

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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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Bipartisan RURAL Act Would Support Telehealth in Underserved Areas

In an already-busy Congress for telehealth-related legislation, two senators have added yet another bill to the steadily growing list. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), both longtime advocates for telehealth (and co-authors of the CONNECT for Health Act, also introduced this session), recently introduced the Reaching Underserved […]

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Trumpcare and Telemedicine: Possible Cuts Raise Concerns

For numerous students and their families in rural and underserved communities, the more than 2,000 school-based health centers in the United States, many of which use telemedicine to care for patients, provide a lifeline. Yet despite their popularity among the communities they serve, school-based telemedicine programs could be one of the many potential casualties of […]

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Survey Says: Patients Want Telehealth

It’s official. The people have spoken, and they want access to telehealth services. Or at least the respondents to one survey of consumers do. As PatientEngagementHIT first reported, the Advisory Board Company’s Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey found that 77 percent of people would be willing to have a health care provider visit via telehealth. […]

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