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By Jonah Comstock July 7, 2014
The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has released an unpublished proposed rule that will soon lead to changes in coverage under Medicare Part B. Notably, the proposed rule will expand the range of telehealth services that can be reimbursed under Medicare. Since 2002, CMS has acknowledged that the range of use cases for telemedicine is always changing, and has provided a mechanism...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2014
Teladoc was one of the many signatories on one of the letters recently sent to incoming HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. After efforts to remove restrictions from CMS coverage of telehealth through legislative channels have stalled, telehealth stakeholders have sent a barrage of open letters to incoming US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging her to use her newfound...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2014
According to a new study, users of Philips Respironics' SleepMapper app were 22 percent more adherent to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy than non-users.  SleepMapper is an app and website platform from Philips for patients with sleep apnea who are already using CPAP therapy, which involves a face mask that blows air into a patient's upper airway while she sleeps. The system,...
By Jonah Comstock October 31, 2013
Rep. Gregg Harper (R- Mississippi) Calling Obamacare a contentious topic between Republicans and Democrats in the US House of Representatives would be something of an understatement. But that doesn't mean there's no bipartisan momentum in healthcare legislation. One bill currently in the House would expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage for telehealth, while another would restrict the FDA's...
By Jonah Comstock October 3, 2013
IBM's Careflow software At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, a slew of big data demoes kicked off Wednesday morning. They showed a handful of different ways data analytics can change healthcare -- whether the data comes from insurance claims or electronic health records. The theme was that big data didn't have to mean population data -- new initiatives are bringing the...
By Jonah Comstock August 22, 2013
This month, Medicare revealed the list of more than 2,000 hospitals losing up to 2 percent of their funding for failing to sufficiently reduce readmissions. Next year, those penalties can rise even higher. As troubling as this can be for hospitals, it should be good news for mobile health entrepreneurs, as the wake up call may drive hospitals to explore technology like telehealth, remote patient...
By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2013
San Francisco-based Hospice by the Bay, the second oldest hospice care facility in the nation, has introduced an app to help physicians refer patients to end of life care. "If you look at the overall population, the eligible population of Medicare patients, only about 50 percent of those eligible ever get hospice care for a lot of reasons," David Zwicky, director of business strategy at Hospice...
By Neil Versel March 14, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. Humetrix, the Del Mar, Calif.-based maker of mobile health information exchange app iBlueButton, is demonstrating its technology for the UK's National Health Service (NHS) this week. Like so many healthcare entities around the world, the NHS has been struggling to make electronic health records available and accessible to...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is working to promote more patient engagement and access with their own records. One avenue of this work is with the Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines, but the office is also working with data holders and app developers to encourage the development...
By Neil Versel August 27, 2012
Newly finalized rules for Stage 2 of the "meaningful use" electronic health records (EHR) incentive program take into consideration some of the ways mobile technology has changed how healthcare professionals and patients access health information. Notably, the 672-page rule, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Thursday, requires providers to conduct a risk...