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What is Holding Back ACO Telehealth Use, Reimbursement?

December 30, 2014 - ACO telehealth use would enable these risk-based organizations to improve healthcare costs, quality, and access, but regulation restricts its use to rural areas. Telehealth continues to show its ability to improve healthcare costs, quality, and access, but regulatory restrictions still hinder the use of this health information technology among accountable care organizations whose goal is...

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Vermont Health Information Exchange Adds Telehealth Component

by Kate Monica

An agreement between the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) and two healthcare organizations that provide telehealth services in the state now give providers connected to the statewide network access to telemonitoring data. In a...

AMA Tabs Stage 3 Meaningful Use a Top 2016 Health IT Concern

by Sara Heath

Among the top healthcare IT concerns for the upcoming year is Stage 3 meaningful use, according to the American Medical Association (AMA). Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its schedule and...

Support for Mental Health Found Lacking in Patient Portals

by Sara Heath

Although electronic health visits, or eVisits, for various health conditions are increasing, recent research shows healthcare providers still need to create considerable headway in providing mental and behavioral healthcare via eVisit. In...

Arkansas Legislature Considers Health IT Legislation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The state government of Arkansas several pieces of health IT legislation, two of which would have a direct impact on healthcare organizations and providers in the state. The first is a reappropriations bill to fund the state’s Office...

50% of Execs Think mHealth will be Key to Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Half of executive leaders believe that patient engagement will rely heavily on mobile health technologies within the next five years, according to a poll conducted by The Economist.  mHealth technologies will be key to providing patients...

Medicare Must Embrace Telehealth, Reduce Barriers to Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Labeling telehealth as “increasingly vital” to the healthcare delivery system, the American Hospital Association (AHA) urged the Committee on Energy and Commerce to reduce Medicare’s financial and technological barriers to remote...

In-Person Consults at Center of State Telehealth Debates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Are in-person consults that establish a relationship with a primary care provider a necessity for patients who want to engage in telehealth?  That’s the question at issue in several states where changing technology demands new...

Majority of Patients Want Ease, Convenience of Telehealth

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients are craving easier and more convenient ways to access healthcare, and would prefer to turn to telehealth instead of a traditional office visit for a number of routine services, says a Harris Poll conducted in conjunction with...

FDA Won’t Scrutinize Low-Risk Wearables, mHealth Devices

by Jennifer Bresnick

Low-risk wearables, apps, and mHealth devices intended to support general wellness or healthy lifestyle choices will not be closely scrutinized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency says in newly released draft guidance. ...

mHealth, Data Analytics See $4.7 Billion in 2014 VC Funding

by Jennifer Bresnick

The past year saw a $4.7 billion investment in healthcare IT companies, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group, as venture capital firms seek to promote lucrative technologies in the practice-facing and consumer-facing markets. ...

eICU Telehealth Data Allows Clinical Analytics for Researchers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Telehealth is mostly viewed as a quick way to review a skin rash with a physician through video conferencing or text messaging, not as a source of rich and comprehensive patient data for clinical analytics.  But a new project coming out...

Telehealth, Alarm Fatigue, Readmissions Top ECRI Watch List

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospital quality and the health IT infrastructure that can support improvements to patient safety and patient care figure highly in the ECRI Institute Top Ten C-Suite Watch List for 2015.  As the healthcare system moves deeper into...

New York State Signs Telehealth Parity Bill into Law

by Jennifer Bresnick

New York State has joined more than half the nation in enacting a telehealth parity law requiring private insurers to cover remote care at the same rate as their public insurance counterparts.  The legislation, sponsored by State Senator...

What is Holding Back ACO Telehealth Use, Reimbursement?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

ACO telehealth use would enable these risk-based organizations to improve healthcare costs, quality, and access, but regulation restricts its use to rural areas. Telehealth continues to show its ability to improve healthcare costs,...

Kentucky Broadband Internet Expansion Will Foster Telehealth

by Jennifer Bresnick

Kentucky’s broadband internet expansion will enable telehealth to reach patients in remote, rural areas. Residents and patients in Kentucky will soon have access to high-speed broadband internet services that will bring telehealth,...

ATA Opens Telehealth Accreditation Program to Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) invites telehealth providers to apply for an accreditation that highlights quality and patient safety. Eligible telemedicine providers can now apply to receive accreditation from the American...

Fee-for-Service Reimbursement Limits Telehealth Adoption

by Stephanie Reardon

New payment model that incorporates value-based reimbursements would improve telehealth adoption rates. As the healthcare industry begins to update its technology, the implementation of more telehealth services lags behind. A report...

How Can Providers Leverage Telehealth to Improve Care?

by Jennifer Bresnick

As telehealth hits the mainstream, providers must understand how and when to engage patients in remote care. Whether you love it or hate it, telehealth is becoming an increasingly important tool for patients looking to connect with...

Telehealth in Mississippi Targets Remote Care for Diabetes

by Jennifer Bresnick

A telehealth pilot that puts tablets into the hands of diabetic patients is seeing immediate success in Mississippi. Telehealth is helping providers to tackle diabetes in the state of Mississippi, bringing connected care to patients in a...

CMS Targets Increased Health IT Use For Shared Savings ACOs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A forthcoming proposed rule includes a provision requiring MSSP ACOs to state their plans for leveraging health IT. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to increase health IT use among accountable care...



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