Using telemedicine to treat Opioid Use Disorder in rural areas- JAMA Medical News & Perspectives, August 28, 2019 Link
The benefits of using telehealth to enhance access to treatment for opioid use disorder in rural areas is highlighted and promising programs for behavioral treatment in West Virginia and Maryland are profiled. 

Care coordination tech to drive social determinants of health care
mHealth Intelligence, August 13, 201 9 Link
The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) is partnering with Unite Us, a community care coordination platform, to build a statewide network of social and clinical services providers to address the social determinants of health.
Telehealth use jumps at inpatient facilities while outpatient adoption remains flat: survey
Fierce Healthcare, August 12, 2019 Link
Telehealth adoption among hospitals and health systems is on the rise—up from 54% in 2014 to 85% in 2019—while adoption among outpatient healthcare facilities remains flat, according to two new reports.
When it comes to telehealth reimbursement, ‘just start billing’
Home Healthcare News, August 11, 2019 Link
The use of remote patient monitoring (RPM) is becoming more common with in-home care providers, progress that is accelerating after CMS added new codes for such services. In the face of uncertainties on code application, one agency was told by them “Just start billing and we’ll see how it goes.”
Dartmouth-Hitchcock unveils telemedicine ICU unit
Becker’s Hospital Review, August 9, 2019 Link
Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center launched its new telemedicine intensive care unit program to help extend care to critically ill patients at rural hospitals.
Florida deploys telehealth portals in 63 public schools
Government Technology News, August 9, 2019 Link
Florida recently announced the installation of telehealth portals in 63 public schools with a goal of providing mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael.
Connecticut empowers DSS to expand Medicaid coverage of telehealth services
National Law Review, August 7, 2019 Link
A new law that became effective this July revises the criteria and process by which the Connecticut Department of Social Services determines the telehealth services covered by the Medicaid program. A priority is now set to consider whether telehealth services are likely to expand access to medically necessary services where there is a clinical need for those services.
Maine’s telehealth hopes need broadband to become reality
Portland Press Herald & Government IT News, July 29, 2019 Link
This story covers how broadband communications are essential for providing reliable telehealth services but many areas of rural Maine still don’t have the broadband Internet or cellular network access needed. NETRC Director Danielle Louder provided an overview on model programs, progress, and barriers to telehealth in Maine.
Mobile telehealth units and care coordinators improve emergency care services for rural Arizona patients
Rural Health Monitor, August, 2019 Link
On overview of a telehealth program in eastern Arizona emergency medicine describes progress and outcomes of use of telemedicine-equipped ambulances by first responders and of remote monitoring intervention by care coordinators for patients discharged from area hospitals.
Mount Sinai uses telehealth to improve care management for IBD patients
mHealth Intelligence, August 6, 2019 Link
New York's Mount Sinai Health System is using a telehealth platform to boost care management for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, giving both them and their care providers more opportunities to collaborate.
New study ties prescription rates to telehealth, doctor ratings- mHealth Intelligence, August 5, 2019 Link
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have once again tied the use of a telehealth platform to higher antibiotic prescription rates for children with respiratory tract infections - and better reviews for those doctors.
FCC tweaks rural health care program to aid telehealth expansion- mHealth Intelligence, August 2, 2019 Link
The Federal Communication Commission is making changes to its Rural Health Care Program in a bid to boost telehealth expansion in rural America. But some commissioners are wondering if the changes will have the desired effect.
CMS proposal adds telehealth to opioid abuse treatment via Medicare- mHealth Intelligence, July 30, 2019 Link
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing new CPT codes and bundled episodes of care that will support care providers who use telehealth to treat patients dealing with opioid use disorder.
Anthem partners with startup K Health on symptom checker and telehealth app- MedCity News, July 22, 2019  Link
The health insurance provider Anthem has tapped primary care startup K Health to launch a new co-branded app to help their 40 million policy members determine potential diagnoses and text with doctors for medical advice.
SNF telehealth adoption hampered by capital and cultural obstacles- Skilled Nursing News, July 28, 2019 Link
Skilled nursing providers are becoming increasingly interested in telehealth technology as a way of improving clinical outcomes and reducing care costs. However, systemic obstacles such as poor reimbursement combined with narrow financial margin are slowing adoption by SNFs.
VA telestroke program improving care for Veterans- U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, July 23, 2019 Link
Emergency stroke care for veterans continues to improve thanks to the expansion of VA’s National Telestroke Program, one of the first nationwide telestroke programs in the world.
The program was launched in 2017 and now provides acute stroke services in over 30 VA medical centers.
Maine still waiting for internet health care revolution- Portland Press Herald, July 28, 2019 Link
Poor broadband and out-of-step Medicare policies relegate Maine's use of telehealth to small niches when it should be in the mainstream.
ATA releases 2019 update of state-by-state telehealth report cards- mHealth Intelligence, July 19, 2019 Link
The American Telemedicine Association has updated its survey of state telehealth coverage and reimbursement policies and laws, which was last issued in 2017: press release and link (requires a free registration).