May 3, 2017
A group of US Senators introduced a new version of a bipartisan bill today seeking Medicare-covered expansion of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services nationwide. The bill was previously introduced by the six-Senator group, which is headed by Brian Schatz (D-HI), in February.
Called the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act,...
December 12, 2016
The American Medical Association, The American Heart Association, HIMSS and the DHX have joined to create Xcertia, collaborative to evaluate and improve the safety and effectiveness of mobile health apps.
The goal of the group is to establish best practices in mHealth app development, officials say. Xcertia aims to create a framework to improve mobile development and will serve as a resource to...
November 22, 2016
In a far cry from the previous comparison of digital health tools to “snake oil,” the American Medical Association is now openly embracing them, albeit with a healthy dose of discretion and some ground rules.
During the AMA’s Interim Meeting last week in Orlando, the group approved a list of principles to guide coverage and payment policies that support the use of mobile health apps and devices...
October 13, 2016
The digital behavioral health coaching program from Omada Health has been shown to reduce overweight and obese seniors' risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease by helping them lose weight and adopt healthier behaviors, according to a new study.
Over a three-year span, researchers looked at 1,121 adults age 65 or older who had a baseline body mass index of 24 or higher, plus...
July 26, 2016
San Francisco-based Omada Health, an online and mobile behavioral medicine company, announced today a partnership with the American Medical Association and a new customer, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare system, which will offer Omada’s flagship diabetes prevention program (DPP), Prevent, to its patients.
The Prevent program aims to reduce the number of adults who develop type 2 diabetes. All...
June 16, 2016
Last week, Dr. James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association, shook the digital health world, or at least the digital health Twitterverse, with a proclamation that digital health is the new "snake oil".
“From ineffective electronic health records, to an explosion of direct-to-consumer digital health products, to apps of mixed quality, this is the digital snake oil of the early 21st...
June 13, 2016
The American Medical Association's CEO Dr. James Madara kicked off the House of Delegates at the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago yesterday by drawing parallels between the "quackery" and "snake oil" common among self-proclaimed doctors a year ago, and direct-to-consumer digital health services today.
“Today we have really remarkable tools -- robotic surgery, new forms of radiation treatment,...
June 2, 2016
A year ago the American Medical Association's ethics council almost took a vote to adopt a set of guidelines focused on ethical considerations related to the use of online or mobile visits between patients and physicians, but a physician from Texas helped convince the committee to rethink its plans and table the discussion until later that year.
Now, 12 months later, the guidelines appear to have...
October 22, 2015
An American Well video visit.
The American Medical Association has begun the process of creating a host of new CPT codes to support the reimbursement of telemedicine. A working group tasked with generating such a list met for the first time last week.
CPT stands for "Current Procedural Terminology" and the codes are used by healthcare providers and insurers to communicate the nature of...
June 30, 2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on telemedicine, coming out in favor of better reimbursement and regulatory support for telemedicine, but against direct-to-consumer telemedicine offerings like Teladoc.
“Although quality telemedicine care promises to increase access to pediatric medical subspecialty and surgical specialty care for patients in underserved urban and...