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

January 11, 2016 - 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 requirements for the final stage of the EHR Incentive Programs, scheduling the required Stage 3 meaningful use implementation for 2018. These changes, according...


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Few Physicians Think EHR Technology Improves Outcomes

by Vera Gruessner

The adoption of EHR technology was expected to improve patient health outcomes and quality of care. To determine whether EHR systems have truly helped with these healthcare objectives, who would be the most trustworthy professional to ask? Physicians...

Patient Portals and Tracking Devices Driving Engagement

by Vera Gruessner

As EHR systems, patient portals, telemedicine, electronic prescribing, and other technologies continue affecting the healthcare industry, more stakeholders are considering how these tools are impacting patient engagement. For instance, a Harris...

Do Patient Engagement Measures Address Privacy Concerns?

by Vera Gruessner

With patient engagement measures playing a significant role in the recently released Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed ruling, it becomes more imperative than in prior years to better understand how to effectively engage patients in their own healthcare....

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 of...

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 care. ...

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 evaluations...

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 American...

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 of MIT...

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 Catharine...

Telemedicine, Remote Care Projects Expand into School Districts

by Jennifer Bresnick

Telemedicine is moving into school districts as a way to provide care for low-level complaints without expensive and time-consuming disruptions for children. Schoolchildren and educational staff are gaining the ability to visit with their healthcare...

USDA Grant Adds 21 Rural Clinics to Telehealth Network

by Stephanie Reardon

$213,564 grant awarded to expand telemedicine services. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Services Distance Learning and Telemedicine program is contributing to the expansion of telemedicine services by awarding...

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, quality, and...

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, mHealth,...

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 Telemedicine...

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 published...

Telehealth Visits Are 83% Effective, Less Than Half as Costly

by Jennifer Bresnick

Replacing in-office consults, urgent care use, or emergency room visits with telehealth consults for common acute conditions can save more than 50% of typical costs, says a study presented by the Alliance for Connected Care.  Issues such...

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 healthcare...

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 predominantly...

USDA Awards $8.6 Million in Telehealth Grants for Rural Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 30 rural healthcare organizations will receive telehealth grants from the Department of Agriculture. Rural healthcare providers will be able to improve their telehealth connections with patients and communities thanks to more than $8.6...

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