telehealth

By Heather Mack April 20, 2017
Telemedicine platform providers – featuring integration with electronic health records, provider networks and various other data streams – are certainly not in short supply. But some healthcare professionals have been eschewing the all-inclusive approach and using the foundational technology of Zoom, the Silicon Valley-based maker of enterprise video conferencing platforms. Zoom took note of...
By Heather Mack April 19, 2017
Ohio telemedicine regulations outline expectations for prescribing After months of squabbling between legislators and the medical community, Ohio’s State Medical Board approved regulations to clarify standards of care for the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication. Under the newly-approved rules, clinicians can write prescriptions for non-controlled medications to a patient even without...
By Heather Mack April 13, 2017
Accessing medical services across the expansive state of Montana can be tough. With a majority of residents marooned in rural areas that can be separated by significant distances or poor road conditions, more people are using telemedicine to meet with their doctors. Accordingly, legislators have introduced a bill to put, as Representative Kirk Wagoner said, “sideboards on the practice of...
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;...