What telemedicine, telehealth resource centers offer to providers
mHealth Intelligence, Special Feature, November 2018
This article profiles the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and the roles being played by its 12 regional centers (like NETRC) and the two national centers, one for policy and the other for technology.
CHQI Unveils Its First Class of Accredited Telehealth Providers
mHealth Intelligence, November 16, 2018
Five organizations, including two health systems, have been certified by the ClearHealth Quality Institute, one of two groups offering standards-based accreditation for connected care programs.
CMS code gives docs a chance to use store-and-forward telehealth
mHealth Intelligence., November 12, 2018
Beginning next year, Medicare will reimburse providers using store-and-forward telehealth (also known as asynchronous telehealth) to analyze and diagnose images sent to them from established patients
Kansas faces lawsuit over anti-abortion clause in telemedicine law
mHealth Intelligence, November 09, 2018
The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights is suing Kansas over a clause written into the state's telehealth guidelines that prohibits abortion by telemedicine.
Licensure compacts gain ground as a means to expand telehealth
mHealth Intelligence, November 08, 2018
Interstate licensure compacts for physicians, physical therapists and nurses are all showing growth as more states join in to make it easier to practice telehealth across state lines.
USDA report highlights challenges to rural telehealth adoption
mHealth Intelligence, November 07, 2018
A new report issued by the USDA points out that rural Americans aren't embracing telehealth as fast as their rural neighbors, even though they stand to see more benefits from connected care technology.
The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: Expanding Medicare coverage of telehealth services to combat the opioid crisis
The National Law Review, November 6, 2018
The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, signed into law by President Trump on October 24, 2018 includes provisions for expanding Medicare coverage for telehealth-based treatment for substance abuse, including reimbursement for services delivered to patients connecting to providers from home.
Big changes in 2019 for Medicare telehealth policy
This is an overview of the changes in Medicare reimbursement policy for telehealth services in finalized CMS 2019 Physician Fee Schedule. Included are services not based on interactive videoconferencing, such as virtual check-ins, remote evaluation of pre-recorded patient information and interprofessional internet consultation.
Understanding Medicare’s new remote evaluation of pre-recorded patient information (asynchronous telemedicine)
The National Law Review, November 6, 2018
The final rule recently published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule includes a new code for certain medical services delivered via asynchronous telemedicine technologies. This article provides the top 10 things to know about the new code and explains how it will work.
CMS to reimburse providers for remote patient monitoring services
mHealth Intelligence, November 02, 2018
CMS has issued its final update to the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, including three new CPT codes for reimbursement of remote patient monitoring. The changes mark an important step in the government's acceptance of mHealth and telehealth technology.
NY State expands telemedicine program for the homeless
The Heartland Institute News and Opinion, October 30, 2018
Under a grant-funded project,
United Concierge Medicine in Troy, NY, is working to implement telehealth services for the homeless at shelters in Schenectady.
Kaiser Permanente sees good results with video-based telehealth
mHealth Intelligence, October 16, 2018
Researchers with the California-based health system found high patient satisfaction rates and positive outcomes in an analysis of over 200,000 video-based telehealth encounters between 2015 and 2017.
How one health system gets behavioral healthcare into rural schools with telemedicine
mHealth Intelligence Featured Resource
The efforts of Heywood Healthcare to develop telemental health services for rural school in Massachusetts are profiled and initial outcomes for improved health care access are summarized. A key barrier for further success is the lack of training programs in colleges and nursing schools.