telehealth

By Heather Mack April 11, 2017
While diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults in the United States – and one of the most common complications from all types of diabetes – early detection and treatment can reduce that risk by up to 95 percent. However, the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy among uninsured safety net patients at the Los Angeles Department of Health Services– which has the...
By Heather Mack April 7, 2017
Federal standards for telemedicine reimbursement are becoming more of a reality. The newly reintroduced Senate Bill 870, called Creating High Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act of 2017 (also referred to as CHRONIC), aims to hone in on Medicare payment reform in order to expand telemedicine services for chronic disease management and at-home care coordination. Along...
By Heather Mack April 5, 2017
Patients in the intensive care unit need a lot of specialized monitoring, and physician shortages and high costs can create barriers in delivering consistently quality care in hospitals. But implementing a telehealth program can fill these gaps, reduce readmissions and save hospitals millions, says a new report commissioned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report, which was...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2017
When South Carolina health system Palmetto Health set out to create a telemedicine program at the six-hospital organization, they found that getting all the stakeholders on the same page to launch such a thing was no easy task. At the HIMSS Media Pop Health Forum today in Boston, Massachusetts, Chief Value and Informatics Officer Tripp Jennings and Telehealth Manager Amelia Bischoff described...
By Heather Mack April 3, 2017
Reimbursement for telemedicine is still far from equal across health plans and state lines, especially for those under government programs. But there’s a new piece of telemedicine legislation on the table that could establish a federal model for Medicare populations.   The bipartisan Senate bill functions as an experiment: Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the...
By Heather Mack March 30, 2017
Teladoc is now powering the telemedicine services of Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health, a large health system affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. The platform is live for Jefferson’s network of outpatient and inpatient care, which is comprised of six colleges, nine hospitals, and 34 outpatient and urgent care locations -- serving over 2.6 million patients annually. The Teladoc platform...
By Jeff Lagasse March 27, 2017
As lawmakers on Capitol Hill wrangle over the fate of the Affordable Care Act and its would-be replacement, the American Health Care Act, the National Academy of Medicine said its four main priorities for fixing the country's healthcare industry include continuing the shift from fee-for-service to value based payment models; empowering people to be fully engaged in their healthcare decisions;...
By Heather Mack March 24, 2017
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan has launched an app-based, 24/7 telemedicine service to offer patients across Pennsylvania video visits from UPMC emergency room nurses and clinicians. Initially launched on desktop in November 2016 to UPMC Health Plan employees, the app version of AnywhereCare is now available to all patients within the state. Even though emergency...
By Heather Mack March 23, 2017
The Idaho State Senate has voted to amend legislation that banned the use of telemedicine to prescribe medications that induce abortion, a move that comes just two months following the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood condemning the prohibition. House Bill 250 was passed 28-7, repealing a pair of telemedicine bills that worked together to outline overall telehealth policies in...
By Heather Mack March 23, 2017
Women recovering from breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy may be just fine checking in with their doctors via their smartphone rather than having to visit in person, a small study published in JAMA Surgery suggested.   Surgeons at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto randomly assigned 65 post-operative women to either attend planned follow-up visits with their doctor at one...