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No ‘slam dunk fix’ in HIPAA privacy law to protect abortion patients

The Biden administration wants to lean on the deca


18 Health Systems Collaborate to Develop Hospital-at-Home Tools

Ariadne Labs and CaroNova brought the health systems together to develop tools to help providers set up


Hospitals have low level of accountability for connected device breaches

Hospitals are not taking basic security actions and have low levels of accountability regarding cyberattacks, ransomware and data theft stemming from b


New Collab Aims to Improve Virtual Mental Health Services for Medicaid Patients

Brave Health has collaborated with MedArrive to enhance and expand virtual mental health services


Medicare Remote Patient Monitoring Use Shot Up During Pandemic

A recent study showed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a 555 percent increase in the use of remote patient monitoring


Telehealth Bolsters Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment for Veterans

New research shows that audio and video-based telehealth helped reduce opioid use disorder treatment barriers among veterans


Washington State Launches Free Telehealth Program for COVID-19 Treatment

The Washington State Department of Health aims to improve virtual access to COVID-19 treatment b

HealthcareITNews August 2, 2022

Stony Brook Medicine crafts a telehealth strategic plan that bears fruit

The health system's use of telemedicine ranges from outpatient to inpatient and remote


HHS, DOJ Issue Guidance to Eliminate Telehealth Discrimination

The federal agencies' guidance provides examples of discrimination during telehealth visits and actions to ensure virtual


Health Literacy, Location Impact Type of Telehealth Modality Used

New research shows that factors such as health literacy and area deprivation index (ADI) can influence whether video-ba


Telehealth Bolsters Maternal Care Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction

New research shows that implementing telehealth, either in place of or as a supplement to in-person care, led to good clinical outcomes and hig


New Clinical Trial to Assess Telehealth Strategies for Migraine Treatment

Cincinnati Children’s received a $12.9 million grant to support research on two different telehealth-enabled methods for


NY Health System to Add Telemental Health Services to Urgent Care Platform

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provided NYC Health+Hospitals with a $3.9 million grant to support the addition of a telemental health service to


House Passes Bill Extending Telehealth Flexibilities to End of 2024

The passing of HR 4040 by the US House of Representatives has resulted in a two-year extension of telehealth flexibilities enac

HealthCareITNews July 27, 2022

How telehealth can help solve the physician specialist shortage

Dr. Chris Gallagher, a cardiologist and CEO of SOC Telemed, sees "the power of telemedicine to change patients' lives and make a real differ


Smartphone App Can Detect Skin Cancer Among Older People

Stanford Health researchers found that a smartphone app can help providers detec

CCHP July 26, 20222

OIG FRAUD ALERT: Focuses on Purported Telemedicine Company Practices, Cautions Practitioners

Citing a significant increase in fraud schemes, on July 20th the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a special fraud alert to warn providers of questionabl

JDSUPRA July 25, 2022

Reproductive Healthcare Issues for Employers Series, Part 3: HHS Guidance on HIPAA and Other Privacy Issues

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruling the constitutionally protected right to an abortion, federal agencies have issued guidance intended to help protect the privacy of patients. Employers should carefully consider this guidance because it impacts their respons


ATA Displays Gratitude for the Expansion of PHE Flexibilities

ATA and ATA Action shared high levels of support for new telehealth legislation supporting the


AHA Says Senate Should Codify Virtual Mental Health in Telehealth

AHA sent the Senate Finance Committee a letter offering constructive opinions, like adding virtual me

HealthCareITNews July 25, 2022

MaineHealth turned a COVID-19 grant into a permanent telehealth program

"There is now a robust, extensive and dynamic virtual care option for patients that did not exist prior to the pandemic," its

JDSUPRA July 22, 2022

Protecting Health Information Post Roe – Part 2: Steps for Health Care Providers

State laws that restrict or criminalize abortions will require significant amounts of health information to enforce, putting new pressure on health care providers caught in the middle of competing obligations to their patients and to regulatory and law enforcement authori

HealthcareItNews July 22, 2022

Roundup: Monash Health sets up virtual clinic for blood pressure management and more briefs

Also, the Australian government is subsidising the cost of teleconsultation for the prescription of COVI


DOJ Files Criminal Charges in Telemedicine Fraud Schemes Totaling $1.2B

Thirty-six defendants were charged in the schemes, which involved telehealth providers ordering unnecessary genetic tests and durable medical equipment in exchange for kickbacks. July 21, 2022

White House Office on National Drug Policy: Telehealth Prescribing for Substance Use Disorders

The White House Office on National Drug Policy (ONDCP) supports permanent telehealth prescribing for people with Substance Use Disorders (SUD), according to the issued guidance “ Telehealth and Substance Use Disorder Services in the Era of Covid-19: Review and

JDSUPRA July 21, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Guidance on Risks to Privacy of Reproductive Health Information Post-Dobbs

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Biden Administration has outlined a framework for federal executive action designed to protect access to reproductive health care. On July 8, 2022, President Biden issued an Executive Order Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services (the “Executive Order”) directing federal agencies, including the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take various steps to address “this health crisis.”1 July 21, 2022

92% of Consumers Report Convenience #1 Consideration when Choosing A Health Professional

According to a recent report, healthcare professionals believe virtual visits have increased patients’ and clients’ interest in telehealth adoption. CVS Health conducted a survey, Health Care Insights Study 2022, to understand health providers’ and consumers’ health care experience during COVID-19. They were interested in understanding which barriers may hinder their ability to improve digital health online service outcomes. CVS surveyed 1000 adults who answered 69 questions. They also surveyed 400 healthcare providers, who answered 42 questions. According to Adult Data 2022, 19.86% of American adults report mental health illnesses, which translates into nearly 50 million Americans. The CVS survey suggests that virtual care can help reduce the effect of this epidemic.

HealthcareItNews July 21, 2022

Northern Health to expand virtual ED access to COVID-19, aged care patients

This will help free up ambulances and hospitals that are currently overwhelmed with rising COVID-19 cases. July 21, 2022

Pediatric Virtual Visits: A New Approach to Pediatric Mental Health Service

Telehealth can help healthcare providers expand their pediatric mental health services to clients and patients across the US through pediatric virtual visits and pediatric telemedicine. Mental health issues in children, adolescents, and young adults have become a significant cause of concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, pediatric mental health-related visits increased 24% in just seven months among children between 5 and 11 years old.


Most Americans Support Expansion of Asynchronous Telehealth Options

A new survey shows that a majority of Americans support legislation that would expand asynchronous telehealth, thereby increasing access to care, particularly mental healthcare.

OliverWyman, July 21, 2022

Amazon Acquires OneMedical

What the $3.9 billion deal could mean for the industry July 20, 2022

What is the Difference Between Synchronous Telehealth vs Asynchronous Telehealth?

Synchronous telehealth occurs when real-time technology allows the patient or client to interact with a practitioner using a telephone or video connection — or a combination of both. Providers and patients communicate directly, mimicking real-time interactions where the parties converse as they would in person.

JSDSUPRA July 20, 2022

HIPAA Disclosures of Protected Health Information after Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: Foster Swift Highlights Navigating Michigan and Federal Law

After the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) was tasked with responding to how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) would be affected. Particularly, HHS’s Office for Civil Rights has released guidance regarding how the HIPAA Privacy Rule may or may not permit disclosure of an individual’s sexual and reproductive health information without express authorization from the patient.

Foley & Lardner LLP July 20, 2022

OIG Special Fraud Alert on Arrangements with Telemedicine Companies

On July 20, 2022, HHS-OIG published a new Special Fraud Alert on arrangements with telemedicine companies, setting forth seven characteristics OIG believes could suggest a given arrangement poses a heighted risk of fraud and abuse. The Alert follows dozens of civil and criminal investigations into fraud schemes involving companies that claimed to provide telehealth, telemedicine, or telemarketing services, but allegedly engaged in kickbacks and substandard medical practices to generate medically unnecessary orders and prescriptions. Those purported telemedicine companies, OIG stated in the Alert, “exploited the growing acceptance and use of telehealth” and present “the potential for considerable harm to Federal health care programs and their beneficiaries.”

CCHP July 19, 2022


On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the unpublished version of the proposals for the CY 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). CMS uses this process to make administrative updates to Medicare’s policy related to telehealth.

HealthcareItNews July 19, 2022

DiMe releases toolkits to help scale wearables, remote patient monitoring

The toolkits are based on the Digital Medicine Society's Sensor Data Integrations project, which includes organizations like Amazon Web Services, Oracle, the Moffitt Cancer Center, Takeda and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

HealthcareItNews July 19, 2022

Groups doubles down on telehealth with a mobile app to treat opioid addiction White House Issues Recommendations on Telehealth and SUD services

The value-based care provider focused on opioid-use disorder has built an effective combination of telemedicine and connected health.

HealthcareItNews July 18, 2022

FCC and other awards helped enable permanent telehealth policy changes in Virginia White House Issues Recommendations on Telehealth and SUD services

With support from a range of federal agencies the University of Virginia Health System has worked with community hospitals and other healthcare organizations on virtual care.

JDSUPRA July 18, 2022

White House Issues Recommendations on Telehealth and SUD services

In June 2022, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), via the Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association, released its “Telehealth and Substance Use Disorder Services in the Era of COVID-19: Review and Recommendations” (the “SUD Recommendations”). Although this publication does not have the force of law, it provides clear directions to legislators and agencies on advancements in telehealth for Substance Use Disorder (“SUD”) patients.

healthleaders July 15, 2022


Healthcare organizations are turning to remote patient monitoring to improve care management and give patients an on-demand connection to their care teams, but they need to plan carefully to make sure the program is sustainable and scalable.

Healthleaders July 15, 2022


In a move expected to anger virtual care advocates, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed dropping Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services, including telephone calls, in its 2023 Physician Fee Schedule. The proposed action would take place 151 days after the end of the public health emergency.


SC Hospital Receives $500K+ Grant to Support Telehealth Expansion

The Duke Endowment provided Conway Medical Center with a $510,000 grant to support the implementation of telehealth services.

HealthAffairs July 15, 2022

Audio-Only Telemedicine Visits: Flaws In The Underlying Data Make It Hard To Assess Their Use And Impact

In the ongoing debate about the future of telemedicine reimbursement, the role of audio-only visits has been particularly contentious. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicare and other payers began reimbursing for both audio-only and video visits at the same rate as in-person visits.


Lack of payment pathway clarity hinders digital therapeutics, analysts say

The lack of clarity around payment pathways is preventing digital therapeutics companies from getting treatments to patients, according to Forrester Research.


New Partnership to Implement In-Home Acute Care in Wisconsin

Marshfield Clinic Health System is working to implement in-home acute cute in Wisconsin through a collaboration with DispatchHealth.

Healthleaders July 14, 2022


Health system executives at a recent HealthLeaders round-table explained how to create an effective remote patient monitoring strategy, from selecting the right patient population and technology to securing staff buy-in.

Foley & Lardner LLP July 14, 2022

Medicare Telehealth Services for 2023 – CMS Proposes Substantial Changes

On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule.

KHN July 14, 2022

Rural Hospital Rescue Program Is Met With Skepticism From Administrators

In West Texas, the tiny hospital in Crosbyton has only two beds, and they’re not always occupied. New Partnership to Implement In-Home Acute Care in Wisconsin.


Penn Medicine Receives Grants to Further Virtual Care Innovation

Three Penn Medicine projects, including one that aims to improve access to buprenorphine through telehealth, received $200,000 each from Independence Blue Cross. July 13, 2022

Practice Alert: Proposed CMS Reimbursement for LMFTs, LPCs, Addiction Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers & Others

After decades of seeking inclusion as providers under Medicare, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, addiction counselors, and certified peer recovery specialists are being included to the full extent of their licensure in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursement proposal to change the CMS 2023 Physician Fee Schedule.

KHN July 13, 2022

US, World Bank Give Ukraine $1.7B To Pay Health Workers

Funds come from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Treasury Department, and the World Bank and are to support the complex and stressed health system in the country during the invasion. USA Today reports that telehealth assistance is also coming from U.S. doctors. July 13, 2022

Building a HIPAA Compliant Website

Several recently exposed healthcare organizations reported use of the Facebook MetaPixelhase raised eyebrows, given that using the MetaPixel can be a HIPAA violation when it collects patient information.


NY Launches Virtual COVID-19 Care Service Amid Rising Omicron Cases

The New York State Department of Health is working with NYC Health + Hospitals to provide virtual care for COVID-19-positive patients who do not have a healthcare provider. July 13, 2022

Metrics Regarding the Growing Importance of Telehealth & Telemental Health

Fair Health is an independent nonprofit that collects data for and manages the nation’s largest health insurance claims databases.

healthleaders July 14, 2022


In May of this year, a little more than a quarter of American patients (26%) sought both telemedicine and remote counseling services, versus 21% in November 2021.

CCHP July 12, 2022

Telehealth Policy Heats Up with Abortion Decisions...Plus, Telehealth SUD recommendations from White House & More

In light of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson, many are now looking to telemedicine as a potential solution to help ease the burden of individuals seeking abortions in states where it may now be illegal.

healthleaders July 12, 2022


Mass General Brigham plans to dramatically scale up its hospital-at-home program, a project executives say will help contain health care spending and manage an ongoing capacity crunch at its hospitals.


Remote Patient Monitoring Linked to Lower COVID-19 Hospitalizations

New research shows that remote patient monitoring can help reduce hospitalizations and intensive care unit stays among patients with COVID-19.

healthleaders July 12, 2022


A U.S. health network is incorporating the telemedicine system it developed in the pandemic to offer free consultations to medical workers in Ukraine.

Foley & Lardner LLP July 12, 2022

Remote Therapeutic Monitoring: What You Need to Know About CMS’ Proposed Changes

On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed five new changes to Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) services under the Medicare program.

HealthcareITNews July 12, 2022

The key relationship between health equity and telemedicine

"As healthcare providers continue to navigate and find ways to improve the telehealth experience, we have to be intentional about bringing all voices to the table," one expert says.

KHN July 11, 2022

Gulf Of Mexico May Get Floating Abortion Clinic

To skirt Texas' and other Southern states' new anti-abortion laws, media outlets report on plans for a floating reproductive health center in the Gulf of Mexico, where care is instead regulated at a federal level. Also: HIPAA, abortion providers and technology, health education, vasectomies, and more.


Transforming virtual care to virtual-first care beyond the pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have accelerated the demand for and use of virtual care, current trends and individual perceptions indicate virtual care is here to stay.


53% of Healthcare Providers Say Adding Telehealth Drove Up Patient Visits

Providers believe that adding virtual care services increased clinic visits as patients are more likely to make and keep appointments if telehealth is an available option, new survey results show.


Florida Hospital to Provide New Option for Acute Care at Home

Through Tampa General Hospital's new hospital-at-home program, patients will have access to remote patient monitoring technologies and at-home care resources.


Remote Patient Monitoring Can Detect In-Hospital Patient Deterioration

New research shows that a wearable remote patient monitoring device can help detect clinical deterioration among patients in the hospital.

KHN July 8, 2022

Digital Mental Health Companies Draw Scrutiny and Growing Concerns

When Pat Paulson’s son told her he was feeling anxious and depressed at college, Paulson went through her Blue Cross Blue Shield provider directory and started calling mental health therapists.

HealthcareITNews July 8, 2022

HIMSSCast: ATA CEO says telehealth future is hybrid, outlines policy priorities and challenges

Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, offers a deep dive into a variety of telehealth topics, including the ATA's CEO Advisory Group on Using Telehealth to Eliminate Disparities and Inequities. July 7, 2022

New OCR Guidance Regarding HIPAA-Compliant Phones

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced the latest HIPAA guidelines regarding the audio-only service for all telehealth technologies. July 7, 2022

Teladoc Adds Drug Delivery, Lab Collection to Virtual Primary Care Service

The telemedicine provider's Primary360 service will now include referrals to internal Teladoc programs, medication delivery, and at-home lab sample collection. July 7, 2022

Mental Health Gaming as a Mental Health Tool?

The controversy over the pros and cons of video games and mental health has raged for decades. Now in 2022, at least one Internet startup has launched a gaming “mental health tool” to assist mental health practitioners with delivering mental health gaming services as an augmentation to their service offerings.


COVID-19 Reappears on Top Five Telehealth Diagnoses List

COVID-19 appeared on the top five telehealth diagnoses list in April for the first time since January, according to new data. July 7, 2022

State Laws & Telehealth Abortion Pills for Remote Abortions

It didn’t take long for many states to take action after the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade judgment.


Over Half of Americans Unlikely to Use Telehealth Post-Pandemic

A new survey shows that though a large number of Americans favor the continuation of telehealth services, a little over half do not plan to use them after the pandemic has ended.


NIH Grant to Fund Study on mHealth App for Anxiety, Depression

Researchers created a mobile app to help users manage mental health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic through symptom monitoring and education.

CCHP July 6, 2022

What Might Happen in Telehealth Policy After the PHE

This video will look at where telehealth policy may be when the federal public health emergency is declared over. View the PPT for this video

HealthcareITNews July 6, 2022

At CommonSpirit Health, telebehavioral care decreases length of stay, cuts costs

Additional benefits included an increase in satisfaction and expectations of care met, and 61% of cases are seen within 30 minutes.

CCHP July 5, 2022

FAIR Health Study Showcases Importance of Telehealth to Mental Health Treatment

FAIR Health recently released an issue brief looking at “The Evolution of Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic” utilizing data from their Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker.


Researchers found that following an increase in telehealth use, there was an increase in Medicare patients with severe mental health conditions receiving the minimum levels of care.

Continuous glucose monitors can accurately measure blood sugar levels even among patients on dialysis, a population on which CGM hasn’t been widely tested.


Continues Glucose Monitors Effective RPM for ESRD Patients

Continuous glucose monitors can accurately measure blood sugar levels even among patients on dialysis, a population on which CGM hasn’t been widely tested.

HealthcareITNews July 11, 2022

How AI and NLP can boost care via remote patient monitoring

Project Ronin, which focuses on cancer care via RPM, shows how artificial intelligence, natural language processing and EHRs come together to aid physicians.

HealthcareITNEWS July 1, 2022

HIMSSCast: Henry Ford director of virtual care talks telehealth

Courtney Stevens at Detroit's Henry Ford Health System discusses optimizing telehealth integration into care pathways, conducting comprehensive exams via video and improving telehealth literacy. June 30, 2022

Whistleblowers Earn $$ for Reporting Telehealth Fraud and Abuse

The increased use of telehealth, along with a decrease in the enforcement of existing HIPAA laws, has spawned a new wave of telehealth, particularly telemedicine fraud and abuse. The False Claims Act and other state and federal qui tam laws protect against government-funded medical insurance schemes and reimburse whistleblowers up to 30% of monies granted in associated legal actions.


HHS issues guidance on when providers may be forced to share patient information

Healthcare providers are not permitted to disclose patient health information unless faced with a court order, the HHS said Wednesday in an attempt to provide clarity following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. June 30, 2022

How to Instill a Culture of Compliance In Behavioral Services

Instilling a culture of compliance in one’s independent practice, group practice, clinic, or agency is integral to running a successful healthcare service.


AHRQ Offers Tips for Picking Mental Health mHealth Apps

Providers, patients, and payers will benefit from an AHRQ brief that evaluates mental health mHealth apps. June 30, 2022

Federation of State Medical Boards Publishes New Telemedicine Guidelines

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently released new and updated telemedicine guidelines.

CCHP June 29, 2022

Medicaid & State Telehealth Policy – Medicaid Telehealth Policy & Substance Use Disorder

In addition to COVID-19, the United States faced another public health crisis, the opioid epidemic. During COVID-19, some substance use disorder (SUD) patients found themselves cut off from care. Telehealth was used to help alleviate some of these access issues. In this webinar, we’ll hear about various approaches to the use of telehealth to treat SUD from federal, state and local perspectives.


mHealth Wearable Device Can Predict Concussion Risk

Researchers discovered that an mHealth wearable device can detect potential concussions among contact sports athletes.

HealthcareITNews June 28, 2022

How remote patient monitoring improves care, saves money for chronic care

Half the population has at least one chronic disease. Care for these sick patients is costly. RPM has the potential to help.


New Toolkit Aims to Support Effective Virtual-First Care Transitions

The Digital Medicine Society and American Telemedicine Association have developed a new toolkit to support the integration of virtual and in-person healthcare.

CCHP June 28, 2022

Interstate Telehealth Use Data Seeks to Inform State Licensure Policies

A recent article in Health Affairs, titled Interstate Telehealth Use by Medicare Beneficiaries, examined the data behind interstate telehealth use before and after COVID-19 licensure waivers.

Foley & Lardner LLP June 27, 2022

Three Considerations for Health Care Providers After the Dobbs Decision

Last week, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, holding that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, and overruling precedent established by Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113,and Planned Parenthood of Southern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833. Health care providers that provide a full spectrum of women’s health care services, including abortion, will need to understand how the Dobbs decision impacts the care they can provide to patients. Absent a federal protection of a patient’s ability to obtain an abortion, providers operating in this space will need to understand the scope of State laws that apply to abortion services. Below are three key considerations that health care providers will need to consider.

FIERCE Healthcare June 27, 2022

Digital abortion providers, doctors brace for complex legal landscape after SCOTUS ruling

Even just a few hours after the Supreme Court released its decision to overturn the legal right to an abortion in the U.S., digital abortion providers were gearing up to expand their services in anticipation of surging demand.


Telehealth Use Remained Steady in 2021 for Medicare Beneficiaries

Although the future of telehealth flexibilities remains uncertain, researchers found that telehealth use was steady and did not lead to a spike in total visits among Medicare beneficiaries in 2021.

healthleaders June 27,2022


Researchers at the University of Michigan, analyzing Medicare data through 2021, are reporting that the traditional Medicare population used telehealth during the pandemic to access care, but they haven't been overusing the platform.


NY Health System to Use Digital Platform to Inform Teenagers of Diabetes Risks

Mount Sinai Health System is working with mPulse Mobile to create a health program delivered via a digital solution that will inform teenagers of diabetes risks.


Organizations Collaborate to Assess Impact of Virtual Care on COPD Readmissions

Hartford HealthCare and Wellinks are joining forces to conduct the POWER study, which will examine the impact of a virtual management solution on readmissions for patients with COPD.


Patients Report Better Telehealth Experiences Than Providers

Patient experience with telehealth appears to be better than provider experience, with only 15 percent of patients saying they had a difficult time obtaining the care they expected, a new report shows. June 23, 2022

Prescribing Controlled Substances Across State Lines – What to Expect After Telehealth Waiver Expiration

Before the pandemic, clinicians prescribing controlled substances over state lines had to have a license in each state where they prescribed telehealth-controlled substances. This prohibition has roots in The Ryan Haight Act, which has prohibited health care providers from prescribing controlled substances over state lines since 2009. June June 23, 2022

Audio-Only Telehealth HIPAA Guidance Issued: Practitioner Update

Covered health care providers increasingly use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth. New audio-only HIPAA privacy guidance was issued on 6/13/22 by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).


Connected Health Initiative Urges CMS to Support mHealth Innovation in IPPS

The Connected Health Initiative sent a letter to CMS expressing support for its proposed IPPS but urged the agency to bolster mobile health innovation and limit associated burdens. June 23, 2022

HHS & HRSA Award $64 Million to Expand Telehealth Innovation in Community Health Centers & Rural & Underserved Communities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded nearly $55 million to 29 HRSA-funded health centers to increase health care access and quality for underserved populations through virtual care such as: Telehealth Remote patient monitoring; Digital patient tools, and Health information technology platforms.

CCHP June 22, 2022

Medicaid & State Telehealth Policy: Telehealth Private Payer Laws

The majority of states have passed laws impacting private health plans’ coverage of telehealth-delivered services. This webinar will focus on the path of these laws by looking at how one came into being with legislation, how a health plan implements and reaction to such a policy and does the entity that would enforce such a law have to say.

The White House June 22, 2022

ONDCP Announces Report on Improving Telehealth Services for Substance Use Disorder

The report by the Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association (LAPPA) found telehealth services can provide increased access to vulnerable individuals with substance use disorder, decrease costs, and reduce spread of communicable diseases. It recommended expanding and making consistent current state and federal telehealth policies. Beating the opioid epidemic is a key pillar of President Biden’s Unity Agenda.

CCHP June 21, 2022


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance on the use of remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth to assist health care providers and health plans, or covered entities, bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules (HIPAA Rules).


As cross-state telemedicine waivers expire, virtual care advocates focus on long-term policy changes

There’s a complication: No one solution to the U.S.’ patchy physician licensing infrastructure has universal buy-in


The cultural and mental health skills that medical and health science students need in today’s world

From memorizing facts about illnesses to learning how to perform procedures, every medical and health science university offers curricula and opportunities to ensure that its students hone their hard skills.

HealthITNews June 20, 2022

How telehealth can help inpatient care, and what a hybrid future looks like

A telemedicine expert discusses how virtual care will evolve beyond its current use. KY Health System to Implement Hospital-at-Home Program.


Interest in RPM, Personal Health Tech Adoption Lagging Among Clinicians

Only about a third of rural and non-rural clinicians currently use remote patient monitoring and personal health technologies, and one-fourth have expressed no interest in either.


Smartphone-Based Tympanometry System Can Test Ear Function

Researchers determined that a smartphone-based tympanometry system can evaluate middle ear function on par with standard tympanometry systems.


Telehealth Effective in Referring Rural Children to Hearing Care

Researchers found that referring rural children to hearing care specialists using telehealth promotes faster access to care compared to standard care methods.


Patient Characteristics Strongly Tied to Telehealth Use

Although more information is needed, researchers believe that patient characteristics like race and insurance status are closely associated with telehealth use.

Foley & Lardner LLP June 16, 2022

HIPAA & Telehealth: FAQs from HHS Guidance on Audio-Only Telehealth

Preparation for operations after the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) have commenced. HHS released guidance on using remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth services in compliance with HIPAA. In March of 2020, HHS stated it would exercise enforcement discretion for noncompliance with HIPAA in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth services using non-public facing audio or video remote communication technologies during the PHE. That enforcement discretion will end when the PHE ends.


PCORI to Fund Research on Chronic Care Management Using Telehealth

The nonprofit will provide $50 million in funding for research on telehealth-based strategies to improve chronic care.


Mental Health Remained Common Telehealth Diagnosis Through Pandemic

Despite various changes in telehealth utilization, mental health conditions were the most common telehealth diagnosis nationally throughout the pandemic.

JDSUPRA June 15, 2022

Congress Releases Draft American Data Privacy and Protection Act

Last week, congressional leaders released a draft bipartisan bill that, if adopted, would establish the nation’s first comprehensive federal privacy law. June 15, 2022

Proposed Changes to Medicare Requirements for Telehealth, Including In-Person Visits

In 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the scope of CMS telehealth services. Under the new telehealth policy, Medicare telehealth reimbursement became available for video and audio services, but an unpopular Medicare requirement for in-person meetings has continued for telebehavioral health services.

HealthcareITNews June 15, 2022

Assessing the success of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy

Physician, researcher and scientist Dr. Jorge Palacios explains how this style of care works and how it can help combat today's mental healthcare crisis.


FDA Approves Smartwatch-Based Solution to Monitor Parkinson’s Disease

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the StrivePD Ecosystem for Parkinson’s disease monitoring through the Apple Watch.

HealthcareITNews June 14, 2022

The challenges of telemental health, and how they can be overcome

Mental healthcare may be among the more intuitive specialties to deliver via telemedicine – but privacy demands, technology difficulties and the need for safe places deter some from taking advantage.


State Medical Board Group Offers Guidelines for Appropriate Telehealth Use

The Federation of State Medical Boards has provided updated guidelines for providers to ensure appropriate telehealth use when providing care.

healthleaders June 14, 2022


The Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights has released guidelines on how healthcare providers can use audio-only telehealth platforms, including the phone, that meet requirements set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Foley & Lardner LLP June 13, 2022

3 Considerations for Telemedicine Companies Shifting Reimbursement Models

This article originally appeared in Entrepreneur on May 31, 2022, and is republished here with permission. In what feels like an instant, telemedicine has gone from an emerging niche to a must-have. The pandemic created an opportunity for telemedicine providers to grow — rapidly — giving even more reason for venture capital and private equity firms to accelerate that growth and back many new entrants. With loads of capital supporting expansion, coupled with a material uptick in consumer use of ecommerce, the emphasis has been growth and market share. Many emerging telemedicine companies have prioritized planting flags and building a user base as quickly as possible.

Healthleaders June 7, 2022


Telehealth legislation continues to be introduced at the federal level, including the recently released Telemental Health Access to Care Act and the Connecting Rural Telehealth to the Future Act. On May 26th a bipartisan group of several U.S. Senators put out a discussion draft of the Telemental Health Access to Care Act as part of the Senate Finance Committee’s work regarding improving mental health access through telehealth.

CCPH June 7, 2022

New Federal Bills, Limited Movement

Telehealth legislation continues to be introduced at the federal level, including the recently released Telemental Health Access to Care Act and the Connecting Rural Telehealth to the Future Act. On May 26th a bipartisan group of several U.S. Senators put out a discussion draft of the Telemental Health Access to Care Act as part of the Senate Finance Committee’s work regarding improving mental health access through telehealth.

Healthleaders June 7, 2022


Medical deserts create a shortage of care in both rural and urban areas due to geographical and economic causes, but AI-infused health IT tools and telehealth can help.

FIERCE Healthcare June 7, 2022

Interstate telehealth visits in jeopardy as pandemic licensure waivers expire

Temporary measures implemented by insurers and state governments during the COVID-19 pandemic have made it easier for patients to seek care from out-of-state clinicians via virtual care visits.


Rollback of Telehealth Flexibilities Will Affect Each State Differently

According to researchers, states must individually consider how the return of more restrictive interstate telehealth policies will impact residents based on usage rates.


National Telehealth Use Declines for 2nd Consecutive Month

New data from FAIR Health shows that telehealth use continued to decline in the first quarter of the year, falling by 6.1 percent in March.

Healthleaders June 6, 2022


With increased bandwidth, 5G connectivity brings latency low enough to provide real-time information that will advance telemedicine and revolutionize future health-care delivery.


Virtual Frailty Exams Improve Patient Comfort, Diagnostic Accuracy

Researchers found that performing frailty exams virtually result in accurate diagnoses and help ensure high comfort among blood cancer patients.


Economic Disadvantage Linked to Missed Pediatric Telehealth Appointments

Researchers found that a higher probability of economic disadvantage was associated with a higher rate of missed telehealth appointments for pediatric patients.

News wise June 6, 2022

Doctors Across State Borders: Telehealth Study Could Inform Policy

As special pandemic rules end, new analysis shows potential outsize impact on patients in some states and rural areas of others

Healthleaders June 6, 2022


Therapists who are treating families, Medicaid beneficiaries, or patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to continue offering teletherapy post-pandemic, according to a new study published in JMIR. June 3, 2022

HHS Awards Nearly $55 Million to Increase Virtual Health Care Through Community Health Centers

In February, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $55 million to 29 HRSA-funded health centers.

HealthcareITNews June 3, 2022

There's broad-based support to stop telehealth cliff

Congress will act prior to the end of flexibilities allowed under the public health emergency, ATA says. June 3, 2022

Research Confirms OCD Teletherapy Benefits

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is recognized as one of the most effective therapies for managing the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). June 3, 2022

Will You Get Involved? Remote Patient Monitoring Device Market to Exceed USD 101.02 Billion by 2028

The global impact of COVID-19 has created a “demand shock” of interest in remote patient monitoring devices (RPM) and associated clinical services.

CCHP June 3, 2022

Medicaid & State Telehealth Policy: School-Based Telehealth

This webinar is a part of CCHP’s Medicaid and State Telehealth Policy webinar series and will focus on the use of telehealth to deliver services in a school-based program. Learn how Medicaid and Education departments work together to ensure children receive the services they need.


Remote Monitoring Using Wearable Effective in Tracking Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers at Verily found that remote patient monitoring through a wearable can effectively track Parkinson’s Disease and measure patient response.


Initiating Telehealth Visits Through Text Messaging Benefits Patients

Researchers found that connecting with a patient through text messaging to let them know when their provider was ready to see them provided patients with scheduling flexibility.


Telehealth Raises Visit Completion Rate by 20% for Rural Residents

A study found that telehealth can be used to expand access to primary care in rural areas as it can help increase the proportion of appointments completed.


Hospitals’ Telehealth Partnership Aims to Cut Down on Long Travel Times

A new virtual care collaboration between Ascension St. Vincent’s Chilton and UAB Medicine aims to provide care while eliminating travel constraints.

Forbes June 2, 2022

The Future Of Telehealth In A Post-Pandemic World

The Covid-19 pandemic changed healthcare. We saw clinic closures, overflowing emergency rooms, disruptions to routine care, doctor shortages and the entire industry stretched thin. June 1, 2022

Rural Healthcare

Walmart is on a mission to transform the cost and convenience of healthcare in the communities we serve, by ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable and convenient care. Ninety percent of the population is located within 10 miles of a Walmart, with 4,000 of our stores located in HRSA designated medically underserved areas, which puts us in a unique position to the front door of healthcare for all Americans.

HealthcareITNews June 1, 2022

River Valley Counseling Center boosts productivity and experience with telehealth

From putting band-aids on decades-old computers to conducting high-quality telemedicine visits, the mental health organization is making its clinicians and patients happy.


2 New Telehealth Bills Aim to Solidify Expanded Virtual Care Access

Congress will consider two new bills that intend to create accessible options for virtual healthcare, particularly for some Medicare beneficiaries and rural residents.

CCHP May 31, 2022

Licensure, Billing and Post-PHE Telehealth Policy-Your Questions Answered

As the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, CCHP develops educational telehealth policy resources and provides technical assistance to those who have questions regarding state and federal telehealth policies.

mHealthIntelligence May 31, 2022

Partnership Aims to Provide 911 Patients With Virtual Care

The 28-state health system is using telemedicine to greatly expand its footprint for its specialists, who are concentrated in a metro area of northwest Ohio.

CCHP May 28, 2022

Telehealth Policy at Different Levels of Different Levels of Government Diagram

CCHP has created a quick reference diagram outlining telehealth policy as it falls within different levels of government for both state and federal policy.

HealthcareITNews May 27, 2022

CVS Health unveils new virtual primary care platform

The integrated telehealth offering will be available to Aetna plan sponsors and CVS Caremark members in early 2023.

JDSUPRA May 26, 2022

Public Health Emergency Set for Extension: Lack of Notice Implies Renewal through Mid-October

The declared Public Health Emergency (PHE) under the Public Health Service Act will apparently be renewed at least one further time beyond its current July 15, 2022 expiration, as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has repeatedly committed to provide a 60-day notice prior to the termination or expiration of the PHE, and mid-May has passed without any such notice. Assuming that HHS issues the maximum 90-day renewal in line with the length of past renewals, such a renewal would extend the PHE through October 13, 2022.


Millions of people counting on Congress to protect telehealth access

“We need more help.” These words from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra during recent testimony on Capitol Hill capture the urgency for Congress to act on permanent solutions to protect access to telehealth. May 26, 2022

How to Establish a Strong Telepresence in Video Relationships

While most healthcare practitioners today will agree that telehealth services can be helpful, most are still unclear about the video-related factors that can help or hinder video relationships with their patients and clients through telehealth visits. The simple steps below can help to strengthen telehealth telepresence to ensure patient satisfaction.

mHealthIntelligence May 25, 2022

US Senators Release Draft Telehealth Policies for Mental Healthcare

Four US Senators have released a draft for telehealth policies that aim to bolster mental healthcare amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. May 25, 2022

Teladoc Health: Partnership with Tech Giants to Expand Telehealth Services

Teladoc Health, a leader in whole-person virtual care has been in the news since the start of 2022. The digital healthcare provider announced a major new collaboration with Amazon Alexa to expand Teladoc telehealth services. Here’s a brief look at what efforts Teledoc Health is making to make telehealth services more accessible.  

mHealthIntelligence May 25, 2022

Organizations Collaborate to Eliminate Virtual Healthcare Disparities

Various organizations across healthcare and academia have created an alliance to eliminate virtual healthcare disparities by increasing care access and building on digital health innovations.  

CCHP May 24, 2022

Studies Show How Telehealth Can increase Equitable Access to Care

Focus on the relationship between telehealth and disparities in access to care continues to result in new research examining pandemic era data and the use of telehealth among disadvantaged populations. While policymakers and studies often try to put findings into two groups, whether telehealth increases or decreases inequities, recent research shows that the study framework used and considerations made may impact outcomes more so than telehealth itself.  

FIERCE Healthcare May 24, 2022

Howard University, Teva Pharmaceuticals launch coalition to advocate for equity through digital health

A cross-industry coalition called the Digital Health for Equitable Health (DHEH) Alliance launched last week with the goal of reducing disparities through digital health.  

healthleaders May 24, 2022


Propelled by more engaged consumers and available digital health devices, healthcare providers are taking that next step and replicating the physical exam at home.

Forbes May 24, 2022

Telehealth’s Newest Frontier: Emergency Medicine

Telehealth has been a prominent buzzword for the last few years. With the emergence of Covid-19 and a newfound respect for remote healthcare services, telehealth/telemedicine have been a large focus of healthcare organizations and physicians alike.

HealthcareITNews May 24, 2022

Is telemedicine an answer to physician burnout and staffing shortages?

A physician who works full time via telehealth – and in brick-and-mortar ERs on the side – discusses the benefits to herself and the industry.

mHealthIntelligence May 24, 2022

Telehealth Widely Used by Allergy, Immunology Providers

An AMA survey shows that 92 percent of allergy and immunology providers used a telehealth modality for care delivery in 2021.

JDSUPRA May 23, 2022

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 - May 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the United States, states, payers, and providers are looking for ways to expand access to telehealth services. Telehealth is an essential tool in ensuring patients are able to access the healthcare services they need in as safe a manner as possible. In order to provide our clients with quick and actionable guidance on the evolving telehealth landscape, Manatt Health has developed a federal and comprehensive 50-state tracker for policy, regulatory and legal changes related to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is the executive summary, which outlines federal developments from the past two weeks, new state-level developments, and older federal developments.

mHealthIntelligence May 23, 2022

New mHealth App Aims to Support Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

A new smartphone application developed by the University of Virginia Health provides access to remote care for patients struggling with opioid use disorder.

HealthcareITNews May 23, 2022

Study: Teletherapy program reduces OCD symptoms

Researchers found a 43.4% mean reduction in patient-rated obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

mHealthIntelligence May 23, 2022

Digital Health Literacy Screening Tool Can Help Close Care Gaps

Researchers developed a scaled approach to assess digital health literacy across various populations, helping identify those who cannot reap the benefits of telehealth.

NYS DOH May 23, 2022

Tell the NYS DOH about your thoughts and experiences with telehealth!

The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete and is available in 11 languages. Whether you have used telehealth or not, please click on the link below to complete the survey, then share it with your friends and family members so they can complete it, too. The survey will close on 7/01/2022.

HealthcareITNews May 20, 2022

AMA, Brigham and Women's, Joint Commission target equity, quality & safety

Their new peer network of major health systems is designed to boost health outcomes for marginalized patient populations, helping hospitals "apply an equity lens to all aspects of quality and safety." .

Bloomberg Law May 19, 2022

Post-Covid Telehealth Rules: What Providers Need to Know

Holland & Knight’s Suzanne Joy looks at some of the Covid-19 public health emergency flexibilities that helped broaden access to telehealth services for Medicare patients during the pandemic. She says those provisions have been extended through July 15, but providers need to prepare for changes to come afterward regarding access, payment, and new regulations.

mHealthIntelligence May 19, 2022

Use of Virtual Care Tools in Some Underserved Populations is Rising

Though various underserved populations, like those living in rural areas, are still lagging in digital health adoption, some groups are using these tools at higher rates.

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2022

Telehealth Remains Popular Among Adults Over 50

A 2022 study revealed that one-third of adults 50 years or older are interested in using telehealth themselves or for a loved one, which is similar to interest levels among older adults in 2020.

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2022

MD Anderson, Business School Develop Design Framework for Virtual Care

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School created a framework to help healthcare organizations design and implement virtual care services.

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2022

Leveraging Telehospitalists in the Age of COVID-19

Providence expanded its telehospitalist program to include cross-cover capabilities and daytime coverage at smaller facilities, helping them manage COVID-19-related volume surges during the pandemic.

CCPH May 17, 2022

Use of Telemedicine to Facilitate Medication Abortions

As a result of the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe V. Wade and the fate of abortions, Politico is reporting that telemedicine companies are seeing a surge in interest and web traffic. According to the article, 20 states currently ban virtual abortions, while the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks telemedicine laws and pending legislation nationwide, reports that 19 states require the clinician providing a medication abortion to be physically present when the medication is administered, thereby prohibiting telemedicine from being use to prescribe abortion medication.

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2022

Remote Patient Monitoring Did Not Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions

A new study found that a year-long remote patient monitoring program to care for previously hospitalized heart failure patients did not reduce readmissions or mortality. May 16, 2022

Legislators Pave the Way to Improved Access and Coverage for Telehealth Visits

The past two years have seen an exponential increase in telehealth policies regarding telehealth visits and coverage.

mHealthIntelligence May 16, 2022

CDC: Children with Chronic Conditions More Likely to Use Telehealth

Children with chronic conditions, like asthma or a developmental condition, were more likely to use telehealth because of the pandemic, according to new CDC data.

HealthcareITNews May 16, 2022

Telehealth can be a safe technique in high-risk pregnancies, study shows

A recent meta-analysis found that telemedicine interventions had a positive impact on many maternal and neonatal health measures.

Foley & Lardner, LLP May 16, 2022

Alabama Enacts New Telemedicine Law

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey recently signed SB 272 into law, setting forth telemedicine practice standards and abolishing Alabama’s previous “special purpose license” that allowed physicians licensed in other states to practice across state lines into Alabama. The law is effective July 11, 2022.

mHealthIntelligence May 16, 2022

NCQA Report: 3 Strategies to Close Telehealth Access Gaps

The National Committee for Quality Assurance released a telehealth report that highlighted care disparities and strategies for improvement.

Bloomberg May 16, 2022

US Set to Extend Covid-19 Public Health Emergency Past July

The US government will extend the Covid-19 public-health emergency past mid-July, continuing pandemic-era policies as the nearly 2 1/2-year outbreak drags on. may 15, 2022

HIPAA and Social Media: Best Practices

Social media has become an essential part of promoting business, but you must consider how HIPAA and social media intersect as a healthcare provider or company.

mHealthIntelligence May 13, 2022

NC Health System to Expand Remote Patient Monitoring Services

Novant Health is working with Health Recovery Solutions to expand remote patient monitoring by providing electronic devices to patients.

FIERCE Healthcare May 12, 2022

Study: Medicare needs to improve reimbursements for home care to entice more ACO investment

Medicare needs to make more home care services reimbursable for accountable care organizations to entice more providers to offer such care, a new study found. 

HealthcareITNews May 12, 2022

Broadband access, outdated laws among hurdles to equitable telehealth, says NCQA

The National Committee for Quality Assurance identified three key opportunities to improve virtual care delivery, including tailoring telehealth use to individual needs.

mHealthIntelligence May 10, 2022

U of Maryland Medical School to Establish Virtual Reality Care Center

Following a grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Maryland School of Medicine aims to enhance virtual reality-based care by creating a new center.


50 STATE TELEHEALTH POLICY REPORT: Trends in Telehealth Policy Show States Prepping for the End of COVID PHE

Today the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is releasing its bi-annual summary of state telehealth policy changes for Spring 2022.


Telehealth use fell in February as omicron retreated

Telehealth visits for COVID-19 diagnoses fell in February, mirroring the sharp decline in new cases of the virus reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after January’s omicron-driven peak, according to Fair Health’s monthly telehealth claims tracker.

HealthcareITNews May 10, 2022

HHS awards $16.3M toward telehealth for family planning

More than two-dozen grantees throughout the country will have access to up to $700,000 in funding to expand their virtual care capacity.

HealthcareITNews May 9, 2022

How telehealth can improve efficiency and increase revenue

Juli Stover, chief strategy officer at eVisit, outlines three ways health system CIOs and virtual care execs can boost the ROI of their telemedicine investments.

CCHP May 9, 2022

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2022

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is releasing its Spring 2022 Summary Report of the state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies catalogued in CCHP’s online Policy Finder tool. The information for this summary report covers updates in state telehealth policy made between January and mid-April 2022.

mHealthIntelligence May 9, 2022

PA Provider, Public Health Dept. to Boost Virtual Access to OUD Treatment

Penn Medicine and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced that they will work together to improve virtual care access for opioid use disorder treatment.

CCHP May 9, 2022

State Summary Chart, Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies, Spring 2022

This chart provides a quick reference summary of each state’s telehealth policy on Medicaid reimbursement, private payer reimbursement laws (both if a law exists and whether or not payment parity is required), and professional requirements around interstate compacts and consent based on information gathered between January and April 2022 May 8, 2022

Did You Violate HIPAA? How to Effectively Compose a HIPAA Breach Notification

Businesses operating in the healthcare field must protect their patients’ sensitive personal data. Companies must maintain the security and privacy of the information by the guidelines defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). May 8, 2022

Hybrid Healthcare is Here to Stay

While in-person healthcare is undoubtedly necessary, many technical innovations have already and will continue to improve healthcare. May 8, 2022

Over-the-Phone-Therapy: Rand Report Findings

A recently published RAND Corporation report confirms telehealth can improve healthcare access and high utilization of over-the-phone-therapy visits, also known as audio-only telehealth visits. May 8, 2022

Healthcare Information Security vs HIPAA Compliance: What’s the Difference?

Healthcare information security and HIPAA compliance: how do they differ, and where do they overlap? There are significant differences, and ultimately, you need both to run a successful healthcare service.

POLITICO May 8, 2022

Telemedicine abortion providers see a surge in interest

If the Supreme Court adopts the draft opinion, experts forecast that people seeking abortions will turn to telemedicine and abortion pills that can be mailed discreetly to a home.

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2022

Understanding Key Telehealth Disparities & Patient-Facing Barriers

Though the telehealth spike in recent years has largely been beneficial for patients, there are several entrenched care gaps and access barriers widening health inequities that must be addressed.

FIERCEHealthcare May 6, 2022

Medicare patients in poor neighborhoods benefited most from CMS telehealth expansion, study finds

Expanding Medicare coverage of telemedicine during the pandemic increased odds of use among minority populations and patients in metropolitan areas, a new study found.

ebn May 5, 2022

Virtual care programs for addiction, popular during COVID, are here to stay

Not surprisingly, since early 2020, there’s been a noticeable increase in substance use disorders. A study of American adults showed psychological distress related to the pandemic was strongly associated with alcohol use quantity and frequency, as well as heavy drinking, and the National Laboratory Services’ Millennium Health reported a 32% increase for non-prescription fentanyl, a 20% increase for methamphetamines, and a 10% increase for cocaine from mid-March to May 2020.

healthleaders May 5, 2022


Self-contained telehealth kiosks had a short-lived heyday about 10 years ago. Now they're getting a second chance, as healthcare organizations look at new ways to improve access and deliver care to remote populations.

mHealthIntelligence May 5, 2022

Telehealth Vendors Share New Solutions, Progress at ATA2022 Conference

Telehealth vendors such as TytoCare and Connect America unveiled new products and shared data at the 2022 ATA conference and expo.

mHealthIntelligence May 5, 2022

Boston Children’s to Expand Virtual Access to Specialists Via New Collab

Boston Children's Hospital and Summus Global, are working together to expand access to specialist expertise virtually and bolster hospital's second opinion program.

HealthcareITNews May 4, 2022

How one grant can enhance care delivery and health education across the board

Decatur County Memorial Hospital used nearly $700K from the FCC to implement telehealth and remote patient monitoring and improve network infrastructure, helping both providers and rural patients.


Telemedicine reached disadvantaged communities during pandemic, study finds

As large numbers of providers and patients turned to telemedicine during COVID-19, the highest increase in the use of virtual care occurred among people in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods, according to a new study in Health Affairs that tracked Medicare beneficiaries.

HealthcareITNews May 4, 2022

How telehealth can improve efficiency and increase revenue

Juli Stover, chief strategy officer at eVisit, outlines three ways health system CIOs and virtual care execs can boost the ROI of their telemedicine investments.

mHealthIntelligence May 4, 2022

ATA, Others Release Digital Health App Assessment Framework

In collaboration with its partners, the American Telemedicine Association has released an open framework to help clinicians and patients select and adopt high-quality digital health tools.

HealthcareITNews May 4, 2022

ACP, ATA, ORCHA announce new framework supporting health app safety

The Digital Health Assessment Framework includes components to analyze tools' data and privacy, clinical assurance and safety, usability and accessibility, and technical security and stability.

mHealthIntelligence May 3, 2022

NY Health System Strikes Partnership to Provide Remote Physical Exams

A partnership between Rochester Regional Health and TytoCare aims to enhance telehealth through the addition of remote physical examinations.

HealthcareITNews May 2, 2022

Telehealth can play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions

Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that telehealth appointments saved 2.2 million gallons of gas for patients since the start of the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence May 2, 2022

Emergency Room Follow-Ups Similar After Telehealth, In-Person Visits

In most cases, emergency department follow-up rates were similar among patients who received care through telehealth and those who sought care in person, a new study shows.

HealthcareITNews May 2, 2022

How UCHealth's Virtual Health Center has enabled innovation and scaled capability and capacity

The telehealth and RPM use cases the Colorado health system had been prioritizing prior to the pandemic shifted gears when it was forced to fast-track many of its initiatives in a more controlled approach.

HealthcareITNews May 2, 2022

Walmart launches telehealth program aimed at diabetes

The initiative was developed for employers and payers to help workers and members improve management of the disease.

Healthleaders May 2, 2022


The American Telemedicine Association kicked off ATA2022 this week with an examination of the challenges faced by care providers, and a plea that telehealth could be the avenue by which providers reconnect with their patients and understand the patient experience.

mHealthIntelligence May 2, 2022

Various Strategies Can Guide the Future of Telehealth

Although telehealth has provided various benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, several efforts further enhance services.

healthleaders April 28, 2022


The state is one of 10 and Washington DC that allow patients with a terminal illness to request help in dying from a healthcare provider, but had been the only one that didn't specifically allow that request to be made via a video visit.

FIERCE Healthcare April 28, 2022

Walmart Health rolls out virtual diabetes program as retail giant moves deeper into treating chronic conditions

Building on its acquisition of telehealth provider MeMD last year, Walmart Health is rolling out a virtual care diabetes program for employers and payers.


Telehealth More Likely to Prompt Follow-up for Acute Conditions

New research shows that telehealth appointments for acute conditions were more likely than in-person appointments to result in a follow-up visit.

FIERCE Healthcare April 28, 2022

Telehealth grad programs train providers in virtual care

Despite exploding in popularity during the pandemic, telehealth has been around in healthcare for years. But the sudden shift to virtual care in 2020 forced the pace of innovation in health tech to accelerate—and some providers have struggled to keep up.


Digital Health Interventions Reduced Heart Failure Mortality

New research shows that all-cause and cardiovascular mortality decreased following the implementation of digital health interventions. April 27, 2022

Social Work Telehealth Leads in January 2022

The pandemic has caused a boost in telehealth utilization that continues to increase. According to FAIR Health’s Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker, the expansion of the Medicare telehealth industry had been on the rise for three straight months before January 2022. April 27, 2022

Anxiety Patients Seem to Prefer Telehealth

New research from the Oregon Health & Science University reports findings after reviewing the records of 101.7 million outpatient mental health visits. Noting variability in telehealth adoption in their sample, Jane Zhu, MD, and colleagues found that the highest adoption rate was among people who struggle with anxiety disorders.

CCHP April 26, 2022

Telehealth Policy is More Than Just Laws – Best Practice Guidelines & Guidances

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the influx of providers new to utilizing telehealth to deliver services not only sparked an increase in demands for individualized technical assistance but also for best practice guidelines. Prior to the pandemic, best practice guidelines for the most part were created by professional organizations/societies or individual institutions to be used solely by their organizations.


Disparities Common in Telehealth Use Among Pediatric CHIP Patients

Researchers found that publicly insured pediatric patients who used telehealth less frequently lived in rural areas with lower family incomes.

healthLeaders April 26, 2022


ATA2022, taking place next week in Boston, will give the organization an opportunity to plan the evolution of telehealth beyond the pandemic, and to talk about bringing virtual care to an 'inspirational level.

healthLeaders April 26, 2022


Below is the executive summary, which outlines federal developments from the past two weeks, new state-level developments, and older federal developments.


Massive pandemic pivot to telehealth tallied in Fair Health report

Telehealth usage expanded by more than 7,000% across the U.S. in 2020, compared to the year before, according to nonprofit Fair Health’s fifth annual healthcare indicators report. The newly released report, culled from a database of 36 billion private insurance claims, documents the tremendous scale up of virtual care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, when hospital services were limited or patients avoided in-person visits to decrease their risk of infection.

FIERCE Healthcare April 25, 2022

Northwell Health taps Teladoc to expand virtual care across health system

Northwell Health is set to deploy Teladoc Health’s virtual care platform across the health system to expand its telehealth offerings.


Managing provider licensure amid expanding telehealth

If there’s one thing the healthcare industry has learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the widespread appetite for virtual care and the opportunity for expanded telehealth services across the healthcare continuum.

HealthcareITNews April 25, 2022

How a single COVID-19 telehealth grant will help one provider for years to come

Burrell Behavioral Health's CIO tells the organization's story of telemedicine expansion spurred by the pandemic – and fueled by patient and clinician desire.

HealthcareITNews April 25, 2022

With telehealth, Behavioral Nutrition sees many more patients

While patients might have traveled from 45 minutes away before telehealth services were available, now the organization is seeing people who live an hour and a half drive away.

HealthcareITNews April 25, 2022

AMA survey: Majority of physicians say telehealth enables more comprehensive quality care

Most respondents, however, point to the digital divide as the biggest obstacle to accessing virtual services.

HealthcareITNews April 21, 2022

Northwell to expand virtual care offerings through Teladoc partnership

The companies say the platform will allow patients at New York's largest healthcare provider to access a broad spectrum of clinical services.

HealthcareITNews April 21, 2022

WELL Health, OSIS bring communications tech to community health centers

WELL's platform aims to facilitate conversations among patients and providers via secure texting, email or phone messaging.


Loyola Medicine Adds American Sign Language Feature for Telehealth

The health system implemented the new feature with the aim of expanding telehealth access to deaf and hard-of-hearing patients.

CCHP April 19. 2021

Audio Only Telehealth Policy

Audio-only has become one of the most discussed telehealth policy issues over the course of the pandemic. Its utilization, quality, and overall importance to access to care continue to be of focus in some of the latest telehealth surveys and studies. The American Medical Association (AMA) released their 2021 Telehealth Survey Report at the end of March, showcasing that more than two-thirds of providers utilizing telehealth use audio-only in particular.


Rural Providers to Use USDA Grants to Boost Telehealth Capabilities

USDA is providing $43 million in new funds to rural healthcare providers, many of whom have earmarked the funds to implement and support telehealth services. April 18, 2022

Telehealth Telepresence

To maximize the effectiveness of your telehealth telepresence in sessions with clients or patients, replicate an in-person clinical encounter as closely as possible. Issues can be separated into two categories: maximizing telepresence workflows and maximizing appearance, popularly known as the “Zoom look.” April 18, 2022

Opioid Crisis: Money, Telehealth Addiction Treatment with Suboxone Telemedicine & Tele-MAT

The addiction rehabilitation industry has grown substantially in response to the opioid crisis, responsible for over 100,000 deaths in 2021. Among US veterans diagnosed with opioid use disorder (OUD), estimates were 69,132 in 2017. Since the COVID pandemic, telehealth technology has been used to bridge that gap nationwide by patients and clients to consult with prescribers for suboxone telemedicine and buprenorphine telemedicine.

HealthcareITNews April 18, 2022

At Baptist Health, Epic-linked asynchronous telehealth boosts provider and patient experience

The health system has kept the time for patients to get their diagnosis, treatment plan and any prescriptions from their provider through the telemedicine system to less than 25 minutes on average.


UT Health San Antonio to Expand Access to Substance Use Disorder Support App

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is expanding the availability of the WEconnect Recovery app to people in Texas suffering from substance use disorders.

HealthcareITNews April 18, 2022

Five recommendations for improving clinical communication

Real-time, contextual communication improves patient outcomes, care team collaboration and the clinician experience.


Genetics, Behavioral Health Pediatric Subspecialists Use Telehealth Most

A recent study showed that pediatric telehealth use among different subspecialties was inconsistent, indicating variation in patient needs. April 17, 2022

PHE Renewal & Telehealth Reimbursement

Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists. This action has solidified the forward movement toward telehealth reimbursement, other telehealth funding for rural areas, and the MedPAC report for further telehealth reimbursement, including the 99441 CPT code reimbursement for audio-only telehealth.


Black, Hispanic Patients Less Likely to Use Telehealth, New Study Shows

A new study shows that telehealth use remains inconsistent among racial and socioeconomic groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly due to the digital divide.

The National Law Review April 15, 2022


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently created a new webpage related to telehealth. The purpose of the webpage is to summarize the OIG’s telehealth oversight work to provide a summary of its findings and recommendations that can be used by policymakers and other stakeholders to evaluate potential changes to federal telehealth policies.

FIERCE Healthcare April 13, 2022

Bipartisan bill aims to create incentives for mental health providers to adopt electronic records, health IT systems

New legislation aims to ensure that mental health providers are not left out in the push to adopt electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT systems.

HealthcareITNews April 13, 2022

HHS extends public health emergency for another 90 days

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has announced a 90-day extension of the public health emergency that was due to expire on April 16.


Anxiety Disorder Patients Used Telehealth More During Pandemic

A greater proportion of people with anxiety and fear-based mental health disorders received care through telehealth rather than in-person in 2020, a new study shows.

HealthcareITNews April 12, 2022

FDA releases medical device cybersecurity draft guidance

The agency is seeking stakeholder feedback on the guidance, which seeks to clearly outline its recommendations for premarket submission content when it comes to cybersecurity concerns.

CCHP April 12, 2022

Anticipated Telehealth Changes When/If PHE Ends: What Stays, What Goes and When Could it Happen?

As the Biden Administration contemplates allowing the federal COVID-19 public health emergency to expire on April 16, 2022, many will start wondering which telehealth flexibilities they enjoyed during the PHE will come to an end and which will stay.

HealthcareITNews April 12, 2022

VA study shows benefits of telestroke program for patients

The initiative allows a remote specialist to evaluate individuals via a mobile device and provide a treatment plan for on-site staff to carry out.


Bipartisan Bill Aims to Increase Access to Virtual Mental Health Services

Three US senators have introduced legislation to increase access to virtual mental health services for children and underserved populations.

Medical Express April 11, 2022


Patients participating in video visits with their primary care doctors in fall 2020 benefited from having a medical assistant help connect the call, particularly if they needed language interpretation or lived in a low-socioeconomic-status neighborhood, according to Kaiser Permanente research published April 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

JDSUPRA April 11, 2022


Manatt Health has developed a federal and comprehensive 50-state tracker for policy, regulatory and legal changes related to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthleaders April 11, 2022


While the 151-day extension of telehealth coverage beyond the PHE may not provide much long-term clarity regarding telehealth policy, the de-linking of telehealth coverage from the PHE is notable and necessary.


Tablet Devices Assisted Mental Healthcare Services For US Veterans

Researchers found that tablet devices were successful in delivering mental healthcare services to US Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MedCityNews April 7, 2022

What’s at stake if Congress doesn’t extend Covid-era telehealth rules?

Congress will have to debate whether pandemic era telehealth reimbursement and relaxation of rules should be made permanent. Given that those rules helped historically underserved populations access care as well as those seeking mental health services, experts believe there's too much to lose to simply go back to the old ways.

FOLEY, Foley & Lardner, LLP April 7, 2022

Health Providers Must Avoid COVID Reimbursement Missteps

One Health Resources and Services Administration program, “COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured,” has been a huge source of funding for COVID-19 services during the public health emergency.


Telehealth use rose for third straight month in January as omicron spread

Telehealth use increased for the third straight month in January, when the highly infectious omicron variant was raging. The number of claims that were for telehealth visits increased more than 10% between December and January, according to Fair Health's monthly tracker out Wednesday.

FOLEY, Foley & Lardner, LLP April 7, 2022

New Florida Law Allows Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Florida has taken another step towards expanding telemedicine. On April 6, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law legislation to remove Florida’s prior restrictions on telemedicine prescribing of controlled substances. Previously, Florida had a general prohibition on prescribing controlled substances via telemedicine, with only narrow exceptions.

HealthcareITNews April 7,2022

Roundup: Bayer to launch 27 telemedicine centres in India and more briefs

Also, Vietnam is set to release vaccine passports on 15 April.


Telehealth Usage Jumped 10% Nationally in January

Telehealth utilization increased 10.2 percent in January, making up 5.4 percent of all medical claim lines, according to new data.


57% of Medical Practices Use Remote Physiologic Monitoring

Remote physiologic monitoring is expected to increase even further, with 76 percent of medical practice leaders saying they will deploy these services in the next year or two, per a new survey.

HealthcareIT News April 6, 2022

Government Accountability Office asks CMS to assess telehealth quality for Medicaid beneficiaries

The number of Medicaid beneficiaries using the technology is on the upswing, with five states showing big increases during the pandemic

healthleaders April 6, 2022


The pandemic created a surge in virtual care as state and federal lawmakers relaxed the rules to expand telehealth access and coverage, but now some states are looking to tighten the regulations

CCHP April 5, 2022

Increased Importance in Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment via Telehealth

A focus around accessing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment via telehealth has strengthened during the course of the pandemic both in terms of policy and research.


4 States Advance Telehealth Bills

As the healthcare industry awaits word on federal laws that would make telehealth flexibilities permanent, states are working to solidify regulations around virtual care delivery.


Boston Researchers’ 3-Pronged Approach to Combating ‘Digital Redlining’

Researchers from Boston University and Boston Medical Center examined how telehealth widens the digital divide and developed strategies to eliminate digital health inequities. April 5, 2022

Feeling Cybersecure Yet? Cybersecurity for Telehealth Professionals

As a digital mega-trend that is difficult to ignore, the “Great Dispersion” refers to the sidestepping of traditional channels to have faster, more comprehensive, contactless, and more convenient delivery of products and services.

“Extremely High Adherence” to AAP Guidelines Reported by ADHD Telemedicine Clinics

About 6 million children in the United States suffer from attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Seventy-seven percent of these children require medication or behavioral intervention.

HealthcareIT News April 4, 2022

Telehealth platform Coviu adds language interpretation service

The new service offers on-demand access to interpreters via video telehealth.


GAO Urges Medicaid to Study the Effects of Telehealth Use

As telehealth use increases, the Government Accountability Office urged Medicaid to ensure that agencies provide beneficiaries with optimal care levels.

The Boston Globe April 4, 2022

The pandemic-era telemedicine boom has peaked. Here’s why.

As the public health emergency subsides, doctors, Medicare, and private insurers are evaluating how much of a role virtual care will play going forward. April 3, 2022

Social Work Telehealth Services Increase Patient Satisfaction

A pilot project conducted at the Mayo Clinic by Fibbs and colleagues examining the feasibility of social work telehealth services was recently reported in Frontiers in Psychiatry. Expanding Access to Social Support in Primary Care via Telemedicine showed increased telehealth patient satisfaction when patients used a tablet to digitally connect with social workers in two busy primary care clinics. April 3, 2022

Audio-Only Telehealth & Other Telehealth Services Permanently Approved for Reimbursement

For the first time, patients during COVID could meet with their healthcare providers without sitting in waiting rooms with potentially distressingly ill patients. Routine and follow-up care were relegated mainly to audio-only telehealth visits, followed by video-based telehealth in utilization rates.


New Bill Aims to Make Telehealth an Excepted Employee Benefit

Introduced in the House, the legislation would allow employers to offer standalone telehealth programs as a benefit separate from employees' medical health plans.


Wisconsin Government Provides $5M in Grants to Bolster Telehealth Services

The state government is providing the funding to expand virtual care for child psychiatry and establish neighborhood-based telehealth access points, including at food pantries and libraries

HealthcareITNews March 31, 2022

Bipartisan legislation would broaden telehealth benefits for employees

The Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act would amend HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act to allow employers to offer standalone telehealth service programs – not unlike dental and vision plans – in addition to existing health insurance plans.


Audio-Only Telehealth Supported Care Delivery at FQHCs During Pandemic

Telehealth helped safety-net facilities provide continuous care during the COVID-19 pandemic, with audio-only telehealth becoming the most used care modality for behavioral health, a new report shows.

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