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mHealthIntelligence September 30, 2021

FCC Announces Latest Awards From COVID-19 Telehealth Program

More than 70 healthcare organizations will receive funding from the Federal Communications Commission's COVID-19 Telehealth Program for projects aimed at expanding connected health platforms to improve access to care during the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence September 30, 2021

University of New England to Become Telehealth Education Hub

The US Health Resources and Service Administration has funded a project to increase telehealth distribution in rural areas of New England and has named the University of New England a telehealth education hub.

HealthcareITNews September 30, 2021

Most provider organizations boosting telehealth investments, survey finds

A new report from Amwell and HIMSS Analytics shows that hospital and health system leaders have embraced telemedicine and are preparing for a future filled with virtual care.

HealthcareITNews September 29, 2021

Women's healthcare startup Tia secures $100M for company growth

The hybrid virtual and in-person women’s health provider said it wants to expand its model to more than 100,000 members by 2023.

Telehealth.org September 29, 2021

Why You Should Care about PIPEDA As a Telehealth Provider?

As barriers to entry were lifted during the early days of the COVID pandemic, many telehealth providers have had the experience of working with clients and patients who are in foreign states and perhaps countries. For providers serving Canadian citizens, two important Canadian laws apply. Compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) is mandatory. See TBHI’s previous article about Email Privacy & Security Checklist: HIPAA, HITECH & PIPEDA for more information.

HealthcareITNews September 29, 2021

Virtual reality for pain management has potential, but hurdles remain

California Governor Gavin Newsom has extended an emergency order enacted in 2020 that protects physicians from HIPAA penalties should they accidentally expose patient data during the good faith provision of telehealth

mHealthIntelligence September 29, 2021

California Extends HIPAA Telehealth Waiver to End of PHE

California Governor Gavin Newsom has extended an emergency order enacted in 2020 that protects physicians from HIPAA penalties should they accidentally expose patient data during the good faith provision of telehealth

HealthcareITNews September 29, 2021

The future of the waiting room, and how telemedicine and mobile health could change it

The pandemic gave rise to telehealth and app-based scheduling – and new patient expectations. Long patient waits – and even waiting rooms themselves – may be things of the past, says one physician expert.

mHealthIntelligence September 29, 2021

Thomas Jefferson University Takes on Telehealth, mHealth Barriers

The Philadelphia-based university has launched the Jefferson Center for Connected Care, which aims to tackle the digital divide and address the barriers to care that telehealth and mHealth can both cause and conquer

mHealthIntelligence September 28, 2021

Telestroke Adoption Not Associated with Changes in Patient Outcomes

Harvard researchers did not find any association between telestroke adoption in hospitals and changes in annual stroke volumes and interhospital transfer rates.

CCHP September 28, 2021

New HHS-OIG Reports on Telehealth Challenges and Oversight in State Medicaid Programs

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) released two new telehealth reports, both related to the use of telehealth to deliver behavioral health services to Medicaid beneficiaries. HHS-OIG breaks up their study into two reports.

HealthcareITNews September 28, 2021

How CMS is boosting telehealth and RPM with new CPT codes

The inclusion of remote therapeutic monitoring codes in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule suggests that transformations in digital health policy initiated in response to COVID-19 are beginning to have some permanence.

Telehealth.org September 28, 2021

ADA Compliance: Is Your or Your Employer’s Website Within Regulations for ADA Accessibility?

Last year, there were more than 3,000 digital accessibility lawsuits filed. The number has increased by 23% from the year before. Internet users may sue healthcare organizations and practices with impairments and disabilities who allege site-use access barriers. These types of barriers can violate various state laws and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Businesses caught up in these types of lawsuits can ultimately pay millions and be bound by the settlement to create specific alterations to their websites. .

mHealthIntelligence September 28, 2021

HRSA Health Centers to Get $1B for Telehealth, Other Upgrades

The Biden Administration is awarding nearly $1 billion in American Rescue Plan funding through the HRSA to about 1,300 health centers across the country for capital improvements, including telehealth expansion.

HealthcareITNews September 27, 2021

HHS watchdog: State oversight needed for behavioral telehealth

The Office of Inspector General found that many states do not conduct monitoring specific to telemedicine – despite reporting concern about fraud, waste and abuse.

JDSUPRA September 27, 2021

Telehealth Awareness Week: Insights on Telehealth

In support of the American Telemedicine Association's Telehealth Awareness Week (September 19-25, 2021), Jones Day's Digital Health team shared key insights on various legal topics applicable to telehealth.

mHealthIntelligence September 27, 2021

Researchers Develop an mHealth Wearable That Can Deliver Vaccines

Researchers at Stanford and UNC have developed an mHealth wearable that can take the sting out of vaccine delivery, improve the effectiveness of the vaccine and be mass-produced for distribution in underserved regions.

Foley & Lardner LLP September 26, 2021

New Studies Show Efficacy of Telemedicine in Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment, as More Health Plans Explore Partnerships

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has experienced a troubling rise in alcohol consumption with parallels to an increased number of individuals struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Enter a new wave of telemedicine-based virtual AUD treatment providers that reach providers and patients in a uniquely modern way.

CCHP - Webinar September 24, 2021

Telehealth & Medicaid – Medicaid Telehealth Policy & Data, Evaluations, & Stakeholders-

COVID-19 has spurred Medicaid programs to expand their telehealth policies. It has also encouraged them to examine the effects and impacts of such policies and engaging stakeholders more often than before. Learn about the efforts some Medicaid programs have made in collecting data and working with other groups as they work on solidifying the next steps in their telehealth policy development.

mHealthIntelligence September 24, 2021

New Healthcare Platform for Black Americans Will Include Telehealth, mHealth

A new effort by several large corporations to address access and health equity issues among Black Americans will include telehealth and mHealth services.

mHealthIntelligence September 23, 2021

Addiction Recovery Specialists Find Unexpected Advantages to Using Telehealth

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Addiction Recovery Program is one of many across the country that has turned to telehealth to treat patients and their families during the pandemic. And they're seeing good results with a virtual platform.

HealthcareITNews September 23, 2021

Providence forms philanthropy initiative to tackle health equity, IT innovation

The new Providence National Foundation is targeting technologies and strategies for wider access to personalized care, including telehealth, genome sequencing, data mapping and more.

mHealthIntelligence September 23, 2021

Telehealth May Improve Outcomes for Children with Chronic Conditions

There is a high probability that using telehealth to treat children with chronic conditions can improve patient outcomes and reduce health system costs, University of Texas researchers found.

Telehealth.org September 23, 2021

Recent HIPAA Security Rule Update: Recognized Security Practices

As many readers will recall, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was relatively “toothless” until the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009 was enacted to impose and collect financial penalties for violations. Both of these laws have continued to evolve, which equates to adding new definitions requirements, and sanctions. The current change has to do with the definition of how to decide whether or not a covered entity or business associate had “recognized security practices” in place for at least 12 months prior to being disciplined.

Telehealth.org September 23, 2021

Telehealth Fraud: What Are the Risks with Offering Telehealth Services Now?

With the many perks of telehealth, such as allowing the healthcare industry to stay open and available for patients throughout the pandemic, its use has also made it ripe for potential abuse.

Telehealth.org September 23, 2021

Online CBT for Insomnia: Is Telehealth CBTi as Effective as In-Person Treatment?

Chronic insomnia, defined as dissatisfaction with sleep quality or duration, affects 10 to 15% of adults in the United States. Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for insomnia is widely known. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, also known as CBTi, is a scientifically researched insomnia treatment that addresses the physiological and psychological issues present in insomnia. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends CBTi as the first-line therapy for insomnia. CBTi was traditionally offered in-person in the past, but due to the forced and adoption of telehealth and telemedicine services during the global pandemic, online CBT for insomnia is available. Recent publications have supported the use of CBTi for digital populations

mHealthIntelligence September 22, 2021

Arizona Hospitals Use mHealth to Connect With Patients in the ED

Dignity Health's Arizona hospitals are using an mHealth platform that allows them to communicate with ED patients and their families, offering updates and other resources and reducing ED wait times and traffic.

mHealthIntelligence September 22, 2021

OIG Report Assesses Medicaid Telehealth Programs for Behavioral Health

A new data brief from the Office of the Inspector General takes states to task for not analyzing how telehealth affects the quality of behavioral health services - or monitoring for fraud, waste and abuse.

HealthcareITNews September 21, 2021

Indian doctors group taps Eka Care for online healthcare platform

They will collaborate to build and implement a technology solution that solves doctors' daily operational problems.

HealthcareITNews September 21, 2021

What will the next year look like for telehealth? 'Well above pre-pandemic levels'

We spoke with a telemedicine expert to get a feel for where virtual care technology goes from here, and how near-term changes in healthcare might impact the ways it's deployed.

mHealthIntelligence September 21, 2021

Lawmakers Asked to Boost Telehealth Resource Center Budget to $27M

"Telehealth advocates are urging lawmakers to set an annual budget of $27 million for the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, noting the 14-center network has seen traffic increase by 800 percent during the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews September 21, 2021

Boosted by virtual reality and AI, telesurgery is on the rise

"The goal is surgeons who have the world's best expert surgeon virtually at their side in every case and the experience of thousands of cases," says University of Washington's Dr. Sam Browd.

mHealthIntelligence September 21, 2021

CMS Investing $15M in Medicaid Mobile Health Crisis Intervention

The rescue plan funds will be used by state Medicaid programs and community health groups to develop mobile health intervention services for people experiencing a behavioral health or opioid use disorder crisis.

CCHP - Webinar September 20, 2021

Telehealth & Medicaid: Medicaid & Audio Only

When the COVID-19 pandemic began and a sharp pivot towards telehealth was made, policymakers quickly realized that not everyone would have access to video technology. Audio-only was quickly allowed as a modality to deliver services. Now, policymakers are deciding whether the temporary audio-only policies should be made permanent. During this webinar, panelists will discuss what their Medicaid programs may decide, or have already decided, to do.

Foley & Lardner LLP September 20, 2021

Top 5 FAQs on the FTC’s Warning to Health Apps to Report Breaches of Health Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just released a Policy Statement emphasizing how telemedicine and digital health apps can be held accountable under the Health Breach Notification Rule, even if the company is not subject to HIPAA. Digital health breaches are not limited solely to hacks and cybersecurity intrusions, but also occur when companies share user health information without the user’s consent. The Policy Statement was issued at the heels of a recent FTC enforcement action and settlement, where FTC alleged the company misrepresented how it would not share users’ sensitive personal health information with third parties. Members of Congress have also pressured the FTC to use the Health Breach Notification Rule as a tool to protect users from having their sensitive information exploited.

mHealthIntelligence September 20, 2021

VA Plans $1B Expansion of Remote Patient Monitoring Platform

The Department of Veterans Affairs is soliciting bids for four remote patient monitoring projects that could greatly expand the agency's ability to treat veterans in their own homes.

mHealthIntelligence September 20, 2021

Telehealth Groups Pressure CMS to Expand Coverage in 2022 Physician Fee Schedule

Several organizations have asked CMS to revise its proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule to permanently expand Medicare coverage for telehealth.

Telehealth.org September 18, 2021

What Are Digital Therapeutics? How Can They Help with the Mental Health Crisis?

Digital therapeutics is a term that can broadly be defined as a treatment or therapy that uses digital and often Internet-based health technology to create, support, and maintain positive behavior change.

mHealthIntelligence September 17, 2021

NIH to Use mHealth, Telehealth in Long COVID Research

The National Institutes of Health is launching a $470 million national study, coordinated by NYU Langone Health, that will use mHealth tools and telehealth platforms to assess the lingering effects of COVID-19.

mHealthIntelligence September 17, 2021

How a new wireless infrastructure changed the way one provider does business

The investment has helped Dickenson County Behavioral Health Services gain more reliable telehealth and cloud EHR access, among other new efficiencies.

mHealthIntelligence September 16, 2021

FTC Emphasizes Security Standards for mHealth Apps, Devices

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a policy statement re-emphasizing that mHealth apps and devices must conform with the Health Breach Notification Rule.

HealthcareITNews September 16, 2021

Managed Medicaid plans and health systems hampered from texting consumers by 30-year-old law

A 30-year-old federal law is preventing many managed Medicaid plans from communicating with their members in the way most consumers prefer to get information: by text.

mHealthIntelligence September 16, 2021

mHealth Wearables Detect Pandemic-Related Stress in Healthcare Workers

Researchers using mHealth wearables to measure healthcare workers’ physiological responses found that a lack of resilience and emotional support increases stress.

mHealthIntelligence September 15, 2021

AMA Survey Charts Explosive Growth of Telehealth Services in 2020

The American Medical Association's new Physician Practice Benchmark Survey shows a surge in telehealth adoption between 2018 and 2020, driven by the shift from in-person to virtual care during the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews September 15, 2021

Gopuff piloting a prescription-delivery service expansion

The snack delivery company is allowing some Philadelphia-based users to get birth control and acne medication, according to Insider.

mHealthIntelligence September 15, 2021

Supporters Blame Politics for Failed Alaska Telehealth Legislation

A proposal to allow care providers to issue prescriptions via telehealth failed in Alaska after legislators tried to add too many controversial amendments.

HealthcareITNews September 15, 2021

Taking stock of the sudden evolution of telemedicine

A virtual care expert leads readers through the recent history of telehealth and offers tips on new medical services that can be delivered via telehealth while complying with HIPAA.

mHealthIntelligence September 14, 2021

CMS Plans to Scrap Innovative mHealth Technology Program

CMS has proposed eliminating the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) program, which would have sped up Medicare coverage for mHealth technology classified by the FDA as 'breakthrough medical devices.

HealthcareITNews September 14, 2021

Alaska telehealth bill would ban COVID-19 vaccine requirements

The legislation, as passed by the state Senate, would expand access to telemedicine while disallowing business, state agencies and local governments from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations to access public spaces.

mHealthIntelligence September 14, 2021

Grant Funds Medical Device Development to Prevent Epileptic Seizures

A biomedical engineering professor will use the funds to continue his research for medical device development of a brain implant device that aims to prevent epileptic seizures.

HealthcareITNews September 13, 2021

Groups Recover Together sees great success treating opioid use disorder via telehealth

Eighty-seven percent of its members said they felt as supported or more supported in a virtual care model.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021

Telehealth Expansion: 6 Additional States Announce Telehealth Coverage

While in-person care was restricted for safety reasons, the public health emergency (PHE), governments issued numerous waivers to extend telehealth coverage to make healthcare available. Several states have discontinued telehealth coverage or launched new laws to keep virtual care provisions intact as public health emergency orders continue to lift around the United States.

mHealthIntelligence September 13, 2021 

Study Touts FQHC Success at Integrating Telehealth, Mental Health Services

A five-year PCORI-funded study gave high marks to FQHCs who integrated telehealth with primary care services to help patients living with bipolar disorder and/or PTSD.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021 

5 Telehealth Trends to Watch in the Post-Pandemic World

At this point in the COVID pandemic, many professionals are keen to understand which technologies to consider as they expand their repertoire of technology and associated skills. Previously unavailable or unknown technologies have been made available, offering what can be a dizzying array of options without many basic explanations. With the rapid, forced adoption, many workflows were approximated digitally. Now maybe a good time to start reviewing what works, what doesn’t and consider upcoming alternatives.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021 

Voice Technology and Remote Patient Monitoring

Largely unknown to many professionals, voice technology, or conversational artificial intelligence, offers a range of benefits beyond delivering general health information to consumers. Voice technology refers to technology that allows a computer to recognize spoken words.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021 

Telehealth Interoperability: Optimization and Training

When the epidemic is finally over, telehealth and telemedicine will need to address the issue of interoperability. As telehealth and telemedicine companies adopt sophisticated technologies and integrate them into the healthcare system, telehealth interoperability stays a cornerstone to simplifying clinical workflow.

mHealthIntelligence September 13, 2021 

School Health Centers Get $5M to Expand Telehealth Access to Care

The Biden Administration is issuing more than $5 million in HRSA grants to 27 school health centers to expand access to care, often through telehealth.

HealthcareITNews September 13, 2021 

RemoteICU sues over HHS telehealth restrictions

The agency currently does not allow payment for critical-care telemedicine if the physician is located outside the United States.

Telehealth.org September 13, 2021 

Mental Healthcare for Rural Areas Via Telepsychiatry

Due to ongoing issues with mental healthcare service accessibility and availability, rural farming communities are in a state of emergency. The significant distance between a rural family farm and a mental health treatment center is a major barrier to timely access to care. In addition, there is a nationwide lack of psychiatrists, which is more pronounced in rural areas. However, with the rise of telemedicine, it has become possible to provide timely and early access to mental healthcare via a telepsychiatry platform.

mHealthIntelligence September 10, 2021

Rural Health System Receives Funds for New Virtual Care Center

More than $300 million will back the development of a virtual care center in South Dakota that aims to increase access to care for rural communities.

Telehealth.org September 10, 2021

Telehealth Legislation: Hope for Telehealth in Rural Areas

The latest study from The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) reported that rural areas only had 39.8 doctors per 100,000 residents compared to 53.3 to every 100,000 in urban spaces. Mental health care is similarly challenging to access. The NRHA estimates that 60% of rural residents live in mental health shortage areas. In light of that, it becomes understandable that 65% of all rural residents seeking mental health support receive it from their primary care physician.

HealthcareITNews September 10, 2021

Researchers say 'essential questions remain' about telehealth's diagnostic viability

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine found that although "telediagnosis" has potential, there's still a lot to learn about how it can work most effectively.

mHealthIntelligence September 9, 2021

South Dakota Governor’s Executive Order Bans Telemedicine Abortions

The executive order directs the state’s Department of Health and its physicians to abide by rules that prevent telemedicine abortions that lack initial in-person assessments.

mHealthIntelligence September 9, 2021

Mount Sinai Launches New mHealth App for Patient Data Access

The health system is expanding its current patient portal to offer a new mHealth app to simplify and improve patient data access.

mHealthIntelligence September 8, 2021

Using Remote Patient Monitoring to Improve Diabetes Care Management

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has partnered with a federally qualified health center to increase access to diabetes care management through a remote patient monitoring program.

HealthcareITNews September 7, 2021

How telepsychiatry is helping chip away at the mental health crisis

A psychiatrist who conducted one of the first virtual behavioral care visits explains how it's working for clinicians and patients. He stresses the importance of "webside manner."

mHealthIntelligence September 7, 2021

Mayo Clinic RPM Model Improves Outcomes For Acute COVID-19 Treatment

The nonprofit medical center expanded its existing multi-state remote patient monitoring program to assist patients with acute COVID-19 treatment.

HealthcareITNews September 7, 2021

Amazon looks to bring telehealth, in-person care to 20 more cities

It will soon offer the "full package" of hybrid virtual/in-person care in Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas and Boston, Insider reports, with more expansion to follow in 2022.

mHealthIntelligence September 7, 2021

Hospitals Plan For Telehealth Expansion Despite Declining Use

Telehealth visits now account for less than 20 percent of all appointments, according to research from UPMC and KLAS, but healthcare organizations still see a future for telehealth expansion.

HealthcareITNews September 7, 2021

Majority of healthcare orgs conducting less than 20% of visits virtually

Still, provider organizations recognize the value of telehealth when it comes to long-term care – especially for behavioral health patients and those with chronic issues, a new study shows.

mHealthIntelligence September 6, 2021

MD Program Seeks to Improve Access to Telemental Health Services

Ten Maryland jurisdictions will receive funding for broadband and wireless devices to increase access to telemental health services for underserved communities.

mHealthIntelligence September 3, 2021

CMS Faces Calls to Improve Remote Patient Monitoring Coverage in 2022 PFS

Telehealth advocates are submitting recommendations to CMS to improve coverage for remote patient monitoring services in the proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule.

mHealthIntelligence September 3, 2021

UC San Diego Health Takes Aim at Telehealth, mHealth Innovation

The health system has launched the Center for Health Innovation, which will use lessons learned from using telehealth and mHealth technology during the pandemic to develop and even commercialize new devices and platforms.

HealthcareITNews September 3, 2021

HIMSSCast: How telehealth will settle in through the pandemic and beyond

How will the use cases for telehealth shake out as time goes by?

HealthcareItNews September 2, 2021

Florida man pleads guilty in scheme exploiting amended telehealth restrictions

The U.S. Department of Justice says the laboratory owner admitted to his role in a $73 million Medicare kickback conspiracy.

mHealthIntelligence September 2, 2021

American Academy of Pediatrics Targets Parity in Telehealth Policy Statement

The AAP has unveiled a telehealth policy statement that calls for payment parity, as well as more efforts to address social determinants of health and improve access to quality care for all children.

mHealthIntelligence September 2, 2021

Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network Will Use Telehealth to Share Resources

Five children's hospitals have been recruited to launch a federally funded national network aimed at improving pediatric healthcare services during an emergency, and will use telehealth to support resource-sharing and best practices.

HealthcareItNews September 1, 2021

NYC Health + Hospitals keeps patients out of ER with virtual urgent care

In its first year, the health system treated more than 16,000 patients through Virtual ExpressCare. Theservice, launched at the peak of the pandemic, was crucial in preserving New York City's emergency care system.

mHealthIntelligence September 1, 2021

MetroHealth’s Institute for HOPE Takes Connected Health to a New Level

The Cleveland-based health system is forging new partnerships and launching programs that address the social determinants of health, sometimes through remote patient monitoring or telehealth platforms that boost access to care.

HealthcareItNews September 1, 2021

Online first visit consults high among private dental clinics in Japan, study shows

Japan has permitted the use of dental telemedicine for first and follow-up visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foley & Lardner LLP September 1, 2021

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Business Registry: What You Need to Know

New Jersey recently finalized regulations requiring all telemedicine or telehealth organizations providing telemedicine services to patients located in New Jersey to register with New Jersey’s Department of Health (Department) before October 15, 2021.

mHealthIntelligence September 1, 2021

New UCSF Study Touts Effectiveness of Telemedicine Abortions

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco finds that nearly all medication abortions conducted via telemedicine at a California clinic during the height of the pandemic were successful and safely done.

CCHP August 31, 2021

Tracking Telehealth Policy: Status of State Pandemic Expansions, Permanent Laws, and Top Issues

While telehealth policy has always varied by state, we have now entered into a new and confusing gray area as we phase out of pandemic-era policies, leaving many unsure what is still currently allowed and what will continue to be allowed via telehealth moving forward. Federally, not much has changed and since it has been indicated that the US public health emergency (PHE) will last through the end of the year most federal emergency flexibilities will remain in place through 2021.

mhealthintelligence August 31, 2021

Biden Administration Earmarks $11M for Pediatric Telehealth Expansion

The federal government is adding $10.7 million in stimulus funding to the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program, doubling the reach of a program that uses telehealth to help pediatric care providers access mental health specialists.

HealthcareITNews August 31, 2021

Stanford researchers: Telemedicine optimization requires training, interoperability

In a new Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association article, scientists highlight the gaps they still see in telemedicine and the opportunities for growth beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

mhealthintelligence August 31, 2021

Telehealth Reimbursement a Barrier for Rural Hospital EDs

Emergency department telehealth services can be beneficial to small, rural hospitals, but telehealth reimbursement methods and high costs often stand in the way.

mhealthintelligence August 30, 2021

Virtual Platform Offers Free Telehealth Services During Hurricane Ida

Residents in Louisiana and Mississippi who have been hit by Hurricane Ida can receive free telehealth services for non-emergent conditions.

mhealthintelligence August 30, 2021

Nonprofit Receives Funds to Continue Offering Telehealth Services

Renewed funding allows Global Partnership for Telehealth to remain the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center and to continue offering telehealth services to the underserved.

mhealthintelligence August 30, 2021

FQHC Telehealth Visits Work to Close Racial Health Disparities in MA

FQHC telehealth visits in Massachusetts surpassed 1M since the coronavirus pandemic began, helping to close key racial health disparities across the state.

mhealthintelligence August 27, 2021

FCC Launches 2nd Round of COVID-19 Telehealth Program With 62 Awards

The FCC has announced 62 award winners - one in each state and territory and Washington DC - for the first round of the newly revamped COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

Telehealth.org August 26, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring & Telehealth Interventions for Loneliness

The COVID-19 pandemic has given remote patient monitoring (RPM) the opportunity to shine as an effective tool for socialization to help keep isolated patients healthy— mentally and physically. Using telehealth and mHealth technology, Lewiston-based Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice has been monitoring patients at home for more than two decades. But in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, the role of the RPM platform has become much more crucial.

HealthcareITNews August 26, 2021

Mass. community health centers conduct more than 1M telehealth visits

The Massachusetts Federally Qualified Health Center Telehealth Consortium also announced that it had raised more than $6 million toward ensuring equitable and sustainable virtual care.

Telehealth.org August 26, 2021

Develop Your Disaster Preparedness Plan to Offer Telehealth as COVID, Wildfires & Hurricanes Surge

Are your telehealth services prepared for another COVID surge? Now might be the time to consider developing a telehealth disaster preparedness plan. As cities around the country are struggling to deal with the rapidly escalating COVID surge, announcements are pouring in from many different beleaguered healthcare groups.

Telehealth.org August 26, 2021

Telehealth Services Can Reduce Burden on Emergency Departments, Mental Health Services

A new study from the Bipartisan Policy Center observes a connection between telehealth services and reduced burdens on emergency departments across the country. When combined with some of the observations made by Telehealth.org in Risks & Benefits of Telehealth, this data suggests that telehealth therapy can also work to reduce some of the current burdens on mental health services in high traffic areas such as emergency departments.

Telehealth.org August 26, 2021

5 Easy Steps to HIPAA Compliant Texting

Providers who follow HIPAA standards will be able to text patients and clients and reap all the benefits associated with it, such as increased patient loyalty, referrals, and revenue. Patients and clients often prefer texting, but it falls on the provider to assure policies in accordance with HIPAA-compliant texting.

mhealthintelligence August 26, 2021

Large Business Survey Sees a Post-COVID Shift to Telehealth Services

An annual survey of some of the nation's largest businesses finds that many expanded their telehealth services during the pandemic, and they expect to continue that trend to address, among other things, mental health and the social determinants of health.

HealthcareITNews August 25, 2021

The prominent issues telehealth must tackle when the pandemic passes

A physician expert talks pre-pandemic regulations, ethical telemedicine across state lines, how virtual care technologies are boosting access and more.

mhealthintelligence August 25, 2021

MUSC, FQHC Consortium Unveil Telehealth Strategies for Sustainability

The Medical University of South Carolina and Massachusetts-based FQHC Telehealth Consortium have outlined their telehealth strategies in reports designed to help others establish scalable and sustainable programs.

HealthcareITNews August 25, 2021

Telehealth, virtual care well-suited for use in behavioral health

"We just don’t have enough psychiatrists and psychologists to meet the demand," said one expert during HIMSS21 Digital.

mhealthintelligence August 24, 2021

Research Questions Value of mHealth Apps for Chronic Kidney Disease

A Purdue University study found that only one of the 10 top mHealth apps for patients living with CKD allowed them to share data with their care provider, and only four personalized dietary advice based on the user's data.

mhealthintelligence August 24, 2021

Johns Hopkins Launches an EHR Tool to Improve Telehealth Adoption

Researchers at the Maryland-based health system have developed a scoring tool to help staff identify patients who might need help learning how to use mHealth and telehealth tools.

CCHP August 24, 2021

Telehealth and Clinical Trials: Increasing Diversity and Addressing Social Determinants of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified many existing disparities within the United States health care system, including those related to clinical trial processes. The increased use of telehealth to improve access to care for all individuals may have the ability to decrease disparities in clinical trial research.

HealthcareITNews August 24, 2021

Kaiser Permanente gives $143K toward telehealth expansion in Hawaii

The organization awarded grants to four safety net organizations that aim to connect low-income and unhoused communities with virtual care.

HealthcareITNews August 23, 2021

UPMC CMIO talks telehealth's new normal, EHR workflow, pharmacogenomics and more

Dr. Robert Bart sat down with Healthcare IT News to discuss UPMC's 1.25 million telemedicine visits in 2020, the value of robotic process automation, SDOH integration, the future of precision medicine and other leading-edge topics.

HealthcareITNews August 23, 2021

Beth Israel Deaconess creates homegrown telehealth with help from Amazon

Half of telehealth visits were done by video at peak, and BIDMC staff expect telemedicine to continue at the current volume of 20% of all ambulatory care visits. The CMIO, CIO and CTO of the Boston health system tell the story of the build.

Fierce Healthcare August 23, 2021

Industry Voices—Hospital staff unprepared for information blocking rules. It's time to invest in education, training

Healthcare administrators are dramatically underestimating the awareness people within their organizations have about recent information blocking rules and the consequences of failing to comply.

mhealthintelligence August 23, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Offers More Than Just Population Health Benefits

For one Utah doctor, a remote patient monitoring platform is helping him and his staff make chronic care management more personal - and effective.

mhealthintelligence August 20, 2021

New mHealth Study Uses VR to Address Senior Isolation

Senior communities in California and Massachusetts will be taking part in a federally funded mHealth study that will use virtual reality platforms to help seniors cope with isolation and loneliness.

HealthcareITNews August 20, 2021

COVID-19 telemonitoring tool adapted to prevent heat-related illness

Rome is using technology to combat health risks caused by climate change.

mhealthintelligence August 20, 2021

Nemours Survey: Parents Like Telehealth, But More Need to Be Convinced to Use It

A survey conducted by Nemours Children's Health and Amwell finds that parents flocked to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many hope to continue using it, but there are still gaps in their understanding of the value of virtual care.

Telehehealth.org August 19, 2021

Future of Telehealth: How Quickly Will the Telehealth Market Grow?

The future of telehealth is the most popular topic nowadays, and there is no doubt that telehealth services will continue to be in high demand as the pandemic disrupts the traditional practice of consultation and the provision of healthcare worldwide.

HealthcareITNews August 19, 2021

Study shows increased use of digital mental health services following COVID-19 in Australia and New Zealand

The study looked at the number of people who engaged two online cognitive behavioural therapy service providers.

Telehealth.org August 19, 2021

Telehealth Home Health Telehealth Home Health

Home health care is making a rapid shift to support home telehealth, now that many home health professionals have experienced firsthand how it not only can save lives, but extend other much-needed telemental health services.

Telehealth.org August 19, 2021

Zoom Set to Launch Browser Oriented Features to Support Telehealth Services

Covid has accelerated the use of the virtual world, and virtual meetings are no exception. With the expansion of telehealth services, HIPAA compliant telehealth platforms are in demand, and clients and patients are increasingly accessing Zoom telehealth visits.

mhealthintelligence August 19, 2021

House Democrats Press for Telehealth Access to Abortion Services

House Democrats have introduced a resolution that aims to ensure that federal regulations on medication abortions reduce barriers to access and allow providers and patients to use telehealth.

mhealthintelligence August 19, 2021

mHealth App Improves Heart Attack Treatment, Care Coordination

The Mount Sinai Health System has launched a new mHealth app that seeks to improve care coordination and health outcomes for heart attack patients by facilitating physician communication and expediting treatment.

HealthcareITNews August 19, 2021

Voice technology opens new avenues for at-home healthcare

The evolution of speech recognition will also help patients navigate the user interfaces of remote monitoring devices and personal health devices, said experts in a HIMSS21 Digital session.

mhealthintelligence August 18, 2021

Congress Gets Another Shot at Legislating Payment Parity for Telehealth

Two Congressmen have reintroduced a bill that would mandate payment parity for telehealth services, as well as requiring payers to cover any telehealth service that's covered by Medicare.

mhealthintelligence August 18, 2021

Feds Investing $19 Million in Telehealth Resource Centers, Other Programs

The federal government is issuing more than $19 million in grants to several key connected health projects, including the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and the Telehealth Centers of Excellence program.

HealthcareITNews August 18, 2021

Mississippi provider org's use of telehealth enables huge turnaround during the pandemic

From July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, Southwest Mississippi Mental Health Complex experienced a 30% increase in clients served

CCHP August 17, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring: Benefits, Barriers, and Billing

Last month, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) released a new report, Remote Patient Monitoring in the Safety Net: What Payers and Providers Need to Know, which looks at remote patient monitoring (RPM) policy considerations and how RPM can improve chronic condition care and prevention. The CHCF report focuses on RPM’s use specific to safety-net providers given system constraints particularly limiting chronic illness management to those patient populations.

mhealthintelligence August 17, 2021

Planned Parenthood Challenges Montana’s Ban on Telemedicine Abortions

Montana's Planned Parenthood chapter has filed suit seeking to overturn four bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature this year that seek to curb abortion services. One would ban the use of telemedicine in medication abortions.

mhealthintelligence August 17, 2021

New Telehealth Certificate Program Takes Aim at Primary Care Providers

The American Board of Telehealth is launching a new certificate program to help primary care providers understand the challenges and benefits of delivering virtual care.

HealthcareITNews August 17, 2021

American Board of Telehealth launches certificate for virtual primary care

The program will cover a range of topics and best practices, including workflow, barriers to provision, regulatory considerations and health equity.

HealthcareITNews August 17, 2021

The 'internet of healthy things' poses unique privacy challenges

Experts at a HIMSS21 Global Digital Conference session explored the tension between broader data availability and the importance of IoT data privacy, explaining where HIPAA applies – and where it doesn't.

mhealthintelligence August 17, 2021

New Telehealth Certificate Program Takes Aim at Primary Care Providers

The American Board of Telehealth is launching a new certificate program to help primary care providers understand the challenges and benefits of delivering virtual care.

HealthcareITNews August 16, 2021

Going beyond traditional training: the emerging role of telementoring in digital health

Engin Demirel, EMEA head of product management, marketing and sales operations, customer solutions at Olympus, explains how telementoring is growing in value, providing many clinical and operational benefits to hospitals.

mhealthintelligence August 16, 2021

Report Cites Success of VA’s COVID-19 Remote Patient Monitoring Program

An analysis of the Department of Veterans' Affairs' COVID-19 remote patient monitoring program finds that the agency cared for more than 23,500 veterans in their homes during the height of the pandemic and maintained a 4 percent hospitalization rate.

HealthcareITNews August 16, 2021

Zoom's head of healthcare talks the future of telemedicine

Heidi West discusses telehealth/hybrid in-person care, the communities that could suffer without virtual care and the remaining obstacles to mainstreaming telemedicine. .

mhealthintelligence August 16, 2021

Telehealth, Mobile Integrated Health Included in New Federal Rural Grant Programs

The federal government is making up to $500 million in federal grants available for rural programs that, among other things, make use of telehealth and mobile integrated health to boost access to care, COVID-19 vaccines and nutrition resources.

mhealthintelligence August 13, 2021

Telestroke Services Give Hospitals an Effective Model for Improving Clinical Outcomes

Health systems across the country are literally saving lives through telestroke services, which use connected health channels to speed up diagnosis and treatment for stroke victims.

Telehealth.org August 13, 2021Telehealth.org August 13, 2021

OCD CBT Pediatric Telemedicine & Telehealth: Effective & Cost-Efficient

While Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) tends to traditionally be thought of as a disorder of adults, about 500,000 children in the United States live with OCD.

HealthcareITNews August 13, 2021 

The digital health tools one COVID-19 survivor relied on during his 100-day hospital stay

Frank Cutitta told HIMSS21 attendees that he was struck by how lonely he felt throughout his time battling the coronavirus.

Telehealth.org August 13, 2021 

Transgender Telemedicine and Telehealth Services: A Tremendous Asset

One of the most significant arguments for telehealth services is their ability to reach people in underserved communities. Telehealth.org described some of the foundational issues in its article The Future of Telehealth, Teletherapy, and Telemedicine.

mhealthintelligence August 13, 2021

Telehealth Can Improve Health Outcomes for Homeless Population

Telehealth could help people experiencing homelessness improve their health outcomes by eliminating typical barriers to care and giving them access to needed services, according to a new study.

HealthcareITNews August 12, 2021

Legislators at HIMSS21 point to telehealth as key pandemic-era tech

Rhode Island Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy and Florida Sen. Gayle Harrell explained the role virtual care has played in their states during COVID-19.

HealthcareITNews August 12, 2021

The future of aging technology and care

Remote care delivery becomes more important as the senior population grows, agree four health IT experts in a HIMSS21 Digital panel.

mhealthintelligence August 12, 2021

CVS Health Ruffles the Telehealth Market with Launch of Aetna Virtual Primary Care

As self-funded employers look for more telehealth services and employees ask for more access and options from home, CVS Health is jumping into the market with Aetna Virtual Primary Care

Healthcare Finance August 11,2021

Expanding telehealth into schools proves effective to address children's health needs

A pilot telehealth program in Missouri has decreased absences and educated the community on the benefits of virtual health technology.

HealthcareITNews August 11, 2021

HIMSS21 tech news: Secure telehealth connections, remote diabetes care with Fitbit

Kajeet unveils an Internet of Things solution for secure and reliable delivery of telemedicine services. LifeScan and Fitbit offer people with diabetes virtual care to lead to healthy lifestyle changes.

Healthcare Finance August 11,2021

Telehealth enabled NASA to care for astronauts in orbit, but agency is eyeing the moon and beyond

The ailments, approaches and technology are different, but telehealth is alive and well aboard the International Space Station.

HealthcareITNews August 11,2021

Health systems see telehealth dip, but the tech is here to stay

At HIMSS21 innovation leaders from four health systems discuss how telehealth is changing at their centers.

HealthcareITNews August 11,2021

OIG looking closely at telehealth as it weighs future enforcement

In a HIMSS21 session with updates on the HHS inspector general's oversight and compliance efforts, officials said they plan to ensure virtual care is provided with integrity, and will take aim at telehealth fraud schemes.

Mhealthintelligence August 11, 2021

Virtual Care Platforms Are Becoming Less Complex, But More Complete

Buoyed by their popularity during the pandemic, connected health companies are adding new features onto virtual care platforms to allow more collaboration between patients and providers.

HealthCareITNews August 11, 2021

India prioritising shift to remote care: survey

Healthcare leaders in India are also found heavily investing in telemedicine technology.

mhealthintelligence August 11, 2021

Federal Judge Shoots Down Indiana’s Ban on Telemedicine Abortions

A federal judge has issued permanent injunctions against Indiana's laws banning the use of telehealth in abortions and requiring an in-person exam prior to a medication abortion.

CCHP August 10, 2021

New State Telehealth Laws, A Push for New Federal Telehealth Laws, and Telehealth Benefits Related to Emergency Care

As California’s budget process recently came to a close, a number of new bills went into effect, including some with significant telehealth impacts. On July 20th Governor Newsom signed SB 156, a budget trailer bill, implementing the first year of a three-year $6 billion investment in broadband.

HealthcareITNews August 10, 2021

How the VA’s virtual care infrastructure enabled innovation during the pandemic

Dr. Christina Armstrong, a clinical psychologist at the VA’s Office of Connected Care, shares how other health systems can prepare for future crises with virtual care.

mhealthintelligence August 10, 2021

UPMC Expands Telehealth Network to Offer Access to Pediatric Specialists

The Pittsburgh-based health system is using telehealth to give outlying hospitals virtual access to specialists at UPMC Children's Hospital for consults and on-demand emergency care.

HealthcareITNews August 10, 2021

Pandemic preparedness is a national security issue, say experts at HIMSS21

A year after the Riyadh Declaration on Digital Health, panelists gathered at HIMSS21 to compare its recommendations with the real-world response to COVID-19.

Fierce Healthcare August 10, 2021

HIMSS21: Hospitals, payers and startups clamoring to be 'digital front door,' and it's overwhelming patients

Whether it’s a patient app, symptom checker, digital concierge services or a telehealth platform, there’s little shortage when it comes to options for a "digital front door" in the modern healthcare landscape.

HealthcareITNews August 9, 2021

Telehealth policy is key for patients of all incomes to access care

Abner Mason, founder and CEO of ConsejoSano, and Madhur Garg, medical director of radiation oncology at Montefiore Health system, discuss the role of technology in addressing SDoH.

mhealthintelligence August 9, 2021

New Bill Seeks Nationwide Medicare Coverage for Asynchronous Telehealth Services

A Montana Congressman has introduced a bill that would establish Medicare coverage for asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth services in all 50 states, expanding the possibilities for a platform that would improve rural access to care.

HealthcareITNews August 9, 2021

HIMSS21 tech news: Salesforce Health Cloud innovations; Vivify telehealth scheduling

New Salesforce "care from anywhere" innovations designed to improve patient access. Vivify Health offers new telemedicine automated CPT codes and video visit clinician scheduling.

mhealthintelligence August 9, 2021

Baylor Professor to Use Telehealth to Help Counsel Young Women At Risk

Baylor University Professor Danielle Parrish is using a $3.1 million National Institutes of Health grant to launch a platform that will use telehealth and mHealth to help young women 14-17 years old who've already had contact with the juvenile justice system.

HealthcareITNews August 9, 2021

Building lasting tele-behavioral health programs to address patient needs

In a HIMSS21 Global Conference Digital session, two experts discuss what it's taken for the University of Rochester to spin up a virtual behavioral health program over the past nine years.

HealthcareITNews August 6, 2021

Thailand closely monitors COVID-19 patients via telemedicine platform

The platform keeps a record of patients' daily food intake, treatments, prescriptions, and temperatures.

HealthcareITNews August 6, 2021

HIMSSCast: The future of telehealth reimbursement

McKinsey & Company's Oleg Bestsennyy and Gunjan Khanna discuss payment for telehealth and how it's changing.

mhealthintelligence August 6, 2021

Telehealth, RPM Strategies Help Hospitals Bring Acute Care Into the Home

A new report From Brigham & Women's Hospital finds that its Home Hospital program, which incorporates telehealth, remote patient monitoring and in-person services, treated dozens of acutely ill patients at home and freed up valuable bed space during the height of the pandemic.

mhealthintelligence August 6, 2021

Limited Broadband Poses a Significant Barrier to Telehealth Access

A new survey from the Bipartisan Policy Center detailing telehealth use during the past year finds that limited broadband and technology are still barriers to telehealth access.

HealthcareITNews August 6, 2021

Intermountain expands reach, broadens offerings of hospital at home program

Patients at a dozen Intermountain hospitals across hundreds of miles can now access 24/7 virtual care from tele-nurses, tele-hospitalists and other remote monitoring technicians and clinicians.

mhealthintelligence August 5, 2021

Michigan, Northeast Hospitals Top List of COVID-19 Telehealth Traffic

An analysis of hospital-based telehealth visits during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic finds the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers getting the most traffic, with a trio of Boston-based hospitals right behind.

mhealthintelligence August 5, 2021

UnitedHealthcare Launches Maternal Remote Patient Monitoring Program in Tennessee

The insurer will be using the Babyscripts platform in a remote patient monitoring program to help OB-GYNs across the state monitor their pregnant patients at home.

mhealthintelligence August 4, 2021

New Study Pitches Telehealth as Safer Than the Doctor’s Office

In a nod to the value of telehealth in primary care, researchers have found that a person visiting the doctor's office shortly after a visit from someone with the flu has a much higher chance of getting the flu as well.

mhealthintelligence August 4, 2021

Mercy Health Launches New Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

The Midwestern health system has unveiled Mercy on Call, a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform that links adult patients with a physician or advanced practice provider.

HealthcareITNews August 3, 2021

Asynchronous telehealth system saves Presbyterian Healthcare time and money

The New Mexico health system's patients and caregivers like the technology, which helps the provider deliver the right care at the right time in the right place.

HealthcareITNews August 3, 2021

CB Insights report: Global telehealth investment is still on the rise

Researchers found a 169% year-over-year increase in global telehealth investment, with the top five deals alone worth $1.5 billion.

mhealthintelligence August 3, 2021

Using Telehealth as a Platform to Tackle Social Barriers to Progress

The pandemic cast a sharp spotlight on social determinants of health. Now groups like Beam Up are using telehealth to address the barriers that keep people from growing and improving.

HealthcareITNews August 3, 2021

Behavioral health has a supply and demand issue. Can virtual care help?

During HIMSS21 Global Conference Digital, the Cleveland Clinic's Julie Rish and the University of Rochester's Michael Hasselberg will discuss the ways behavioral telehealth can fill access gaps for patients in need.

mhealthintelligence August 3, 2021

Congress Again Eyes a Thorough Study of Telehealth During the Pandemic

US Rep. Robin Kelly has reintroduced a bill that would call on the Health and Human Services Department to evaluate how telehealth was used during the pandemic in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

mhealthintelligence August 2, 2021

Research Grants to Study Telehealth Use in Rheumatic Disease Treatment

The Rheumatology Research Foundation is funding two studies to examine the benefits and efficacy of using telehealth for rheumatic disease treatment.

HealthcareITNews August 2, 2021

For telehealth, a hybrid future mixed with in-person care – and mobile devices

A physician expert speaks to the future of virtual care, the role of connected health tools and how to secure them when used for telemedicine.

mhealthintelligence August 2, 2021

Wake Forest Trains Telehealth, RPM on Social Determinants of Health, Stroke Care

The Wake Forest School of Medicine is launching five studies that examine how telehealth, remote patient monitoring and mobile health can be used to address the social determinants of health. A sixth program continues work on using RPM to manage care at home for stroke survivors.

CCHP July 30, 2021

Medicaid & Telehealth: Summary and Findings from the Spring Webinar Series

COVID-19 has forever changed many aspects of our lives, including how health care is delivered. With the advent of the pandemic, a quick pivot to the use of telehealth to provide services was made, necessitating in many temporary telehealth policy changes on the federal and state level. Much attention has been paid to federal Medicare telehealth policy changes, but there has been less focus on the actions taken by state Medicaid programs.

CCHP July 30, 2021

CALIFORNIA TELEHEALTH POLICY: Post-PHE Updates

In early February, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released their initial proposed post-pandemic telehealth policy recommendations for Medi-Cal. The proposal only made a few of the temporary COVID-19 telehealth policies permanent, while some pieces of the proposal appeared to narrow pre-pandemic policies related to store-and-forward reimbursement.

Telehealth.org July 30, 2021

Nursing Home Telemedicine & Telehealth in Nursing Homes: Do They Improve Care?

The past 18 months have been devastating to nursing homes, which have long struggled quietly, all-too-often, without adequate staff or resources to meet their residents’ physical or behavioral health care needs.

mHealthIntelligence July 30, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Program Shines in Treating COVID-19

Using remote patient monitoring to treat COVID-19 can help patients avoid hospitalization and recover quickly, according to Kaiser Permanente Southern California researchers.

Telehealth.org July 30, 2021

Autism Telehealth: Viable Option for Treating Children With Autism?

With telehealth’s use on the rise, it has inevitably been increasingly used to reach out, diagnose, and treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

mHealthIntelligence July 30, 2021

New Bill Would Expand Home Health Options, Including Remote Patient Monitoring, for Seniors

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 would expand Medicare coverage for seniors who choose to go home after a hospital stay rather than to a skilled nursing facility. It would also open the door to remote patient monitoring, telehealth and other services.

JDSUPRA July 29, 2021

Medicaid managed care programs in Kansas are joining forces with CKF Addiction Treatment on a new telehealth program that works with primary care providers to screen patients for substance abuse issues and connect them with virtual care services.

As the United States is now more than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and as life for many is returning to some sense of normalcy, this is a great time for healthcare organizations to evaluate their compliance with the legal and regulatory developments that happened at a rapid pace at the beginning of the pandemic, as well as to take steps to mitigate new legal risks that continue to unfold.

mHealthIntelligence July 29, 2021

Kansas Medicaid Programs Launch Telehealth Partnership for Addiction Treatment

Medicaid managed care programs in Kansas are joining forces with CKF Addiction Treatment on a new telehealth program that works with primary care providers to screen patients for substance abuse issues and connect them with virtual care services.

mHealthIntelligence July 29, 2021

Telehealth Coverage Update: 7 States Announce Changes to Telehealth Reimbursement Post-COVID

Medicaid managed care programs in Kansas are joining forces with CKF Addiction Treatment on a new telehealth program that works with primary care providers to screen patients for substance abuse issues and connect them with virtual care services.

mHealthIntelligence July 28, 2021

North Carolina Gives Dentists, Hygienists More Leeway to Use Telehealth

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed legislation that sets standards for dentists and dental hygienists to use telehealth to connect wi

HealthcareITNews July 28, 2021

How one telehealth clinician is using technology to improve women's health

Dr. Mariea Snell's patients nationwide need only a smartphone to connect via text or video for complete care. She discusses her work tr

mHEALTHCAREDIVE July 28,2021

How the pandemic has accelerated digital payments in telehealth

Digitalization can simplify the medical bill payment process and give patients more information, earlier on, about their financi

mHealthIntelligence July 28, 2021

mHealth Data Collaborative Sets its Sights on Diversity and Equity

The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community (DATAcc) wants to develop best practices so that mHealth and telehealth tools and programs are addressing 'equity in health, healthcare and health outcomes. .

HealthcareITNews July 27, 2021 

As 'telehealth cliff' looms, hundreds of healthcare orgs urge Congress to act

More than 400 healthcare and technology organizations are calling on Capitol Hill to eliminate arbitrary restrictions while helping FQHCs and critical access hospitals offer wider access to virtual care.

mHealthIntelligence July 27, 2021  

Examining the Benefits and Challenges of Audio-Only Telehealth

The recent debate over audio-only telehealth coverage centers on the value of the phone call. Is it a proper method for healthcare delivery, and should doctors be reimbursed for it?

mHealthIntelligence July 27, 2021  

Hawai’i Program Brings Telehealth - and Digital Literacy Training - to Libraries

The state is targeting access to care and the digital divide with a federally funded program that will bring telehealth services and digital literacy training to 15 libraries serving underserved communities.

mHealthIntelligence July 26, 2021  

New Bill Aims to Launch Pilot Programs for Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring

A bill introduced last week by US Rep. David Schweikert would launch demonstration projects in Medicare, Medicaid and the VA for innovative new telehealth remote patient monitoring and digital therapeutic services.

Health Care Law Today July 26, 2021  

Florida Board of Medicine to Reconsider Telemedicine Weight Loss Rule

The Florida Board of Medicine will hold a rule development workshop to discuss updating the provisions of its rule for prescribing obesity drugs. Under the current rule (Florida Administrative Code 64B8-9.012), a physician who prescribes, orders, or provides weight loss enhancers must have the patient undergo an in-person exam within 2 to 4 weeks of receiving a prescription, order, or dosage. This in-person requirement has limited the use of telemedicine in Florida for clinical weight loss treatment.

HealthcareITNews July 26, 2021  

Illinois permanently expands access to telehealth

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law mandating coverage parity for virtual mental health and substance use disorder services.

mHealthIntelligence July 26, 2021  

To Tackle the Digital Divide, A Program Teaches Seniors How to Use Telehealth

A pilot program in South Carolina is addressing the digital divide by teaching seniors in rural counties how to use telehealth technology.

HealthcareITNews July 26, 2021  

Providence St. Joseph Health builds a powerful telehealth program

With help from $1.9 million in FCC telemedicine funding, it has monitored more than 18,000 patients since March 2020 while driving a Net Promoter Score greater than 70.

HealthcareITNews July 26, 2021  

Only 10% of EDs are for pediatric patients. Telehealth could help tackle this gap

Dr. Brian D’Anza, medical director of telehealth at University Hospitals, will be speaking at HIMSS21 about the health system’s new emergency room pediatric telehealth program.

Los Angeles Times July 25, 2021  

Telehealth leapt forward with COVID-19. Who was left behind?

When Johnnett Kent learned she had lung cancer, the COVID-19 pandemic was already descending on California. Her doctor didn’t want the 49-year-old to risk her health by heading into a crowded clinic between surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

mHealthIntelligence July 23, 2021  

Audio-Only Telehealth Has its Fans (Patients) and its Critics (Providers)

While the US debates the value of the modality, a South Korean survey finds that patients like to use audio-only telehealth platforms to connect with their care provider - but their providers aren’t so sure.

Telehealth.org July 23, 2021  

What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Many behavioral clinicians have not yet been introduced to some of the newest alternative technical modalities, including remote patient monitoring (RPM). Others aren’t clear about how it can help them improve treatment outcomes in their practices.

Health Care Law Today July 23, 2021  

Medicare Proposes New Changes for Telehealth Services in 2022

On July 13, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advance copy of the calendar year (CY) 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed payment rule, to be published on July 23, 2021. While the proposed rule introduces some new virtual care services (including Remote Therapeutic Monitoring), CMS rejected all requests to permanently add new telehealth services next year.

mHealthIntelligence July 23, 2021 

New Illinois Law Gives Patients the Right to Choose - or Reject -Telehealth

Governor JB Pritzker has signed landmark telehealth legislation that, among other things, establishes payment parity and allows patients to choose telehealth without having to give a reason for doing so.

Telehealth.org July 23,2021 

Mobile Device Security and HIPAA Compliance

With the widespread adoption of mobile devices in the behavioral health space, it is important to be cognizant of how mobile device use can affect client or patient privacy and your organization’s overall security

mHealthIntelligence July 22, 2021

Merck, Evidation Eye Remote Patient Monitoring for Alzheimer’s Care

The pharma giant and digital health company are partnering on a remote patient monitoring program that will use mHealth wearables and smartphones to develop care management protocols for people living with Alzheimer's Disease.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

There's No Place Like Home: How Hospital Automation Is Elevating Telehealth to Bring the Hospital to the Home

Explore the most pressing challenges of the post-COVID landscape, and discover how Hospital Automation technology is the linchpin of an elevated telehealth platform that both patients and clinicians can depend on.

mHealthIntelligence July 21, 2021

New Grant Gives the MAVEN Project a Chance to Improve its Telehealth Outreach

The MAVEN Project, a national non-profit that uses telehealth to give primary care providers in community health clinics access to resources, consults and peer support, is using a $25,000 grant to improve its platform.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

The future of telehealth: Informatics, scalability and interoperability

A Philips executive describes what's happening now with virtual care – and what needs to happen to ensure a solid future for telemedicine and remote patient monitoring.

HealthIntelligence July 21, 2021

New Letter Urges Congress to Establish a Post-Pandemic Telehealth Policy

The eHealth Initiative and several high-profile organizations are once again asking Congressional leadership to enact long-term telehealth policy to preserve some access and coverage rules that have been enacted during the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Mass General Brigham on the finer points of EHR-telehealth integration

In advance of his HIMSS21 session, a senior manager explains how the health system conducted 1.38 million ambulatory visits in 2020.

Health Care Law Today July 21, 2021

CMS to Permanently Cover Audio-Only Telemedicine for Mental Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed permanent Medicare coverage of audio-only mental health telehealth services. Currently, Medicare covers audio-only telehealth under temporary waivers that will expire when the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends. The change, contained in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, is intended to maintain patient access to mental health care post-PHE and reflects CMS’ growing confidence in virtual care technologies.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Virtual care management growth may slow, but will keep climbing, analysts say

A new Chilmark Research report profiled more than a dozen virtual care vendors, highlighting the importance of thinking beyond synchronous video appointments.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Australian seniors are comfortable using telehealth despite challenges, survey shows

However, Australians across all ages still prefer face-to-face consults.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Progressive Therapeutics allays telehealth security concerns with EHR integration

It averages 4,500 telehealth encounters per month and has not had a single security lapse or data breach in the eight years it has been using the EHR-integrated telehealth solution.

HealthcareITNews July 21, 2021

Virtual healthcare trajectory remains vital post-pandemic

Michelle Snyder, Partner, McKesson Ventures, looks for investors and providers to continue to embrace virtual care.

mHealthIntelligence July 20, 2021

A California FQHC Plots its Path to Telehealth and RPM Sustainability

The Northeast Valley Health Corporation is building off a virtual care strategy launched during the pandemic to develop telehealth and remote patient monitoring programs that address barriers to care for its underserved patients.

mHealthIntelligence July 20, 2021

Progressive Therapeutics allays telehealth security concerns with EHR integration

Two Congressmen have re-introduced proposed legislation that would prompt payers to cover any telehealth service that's already being offered in-person.

mHealthIntelligence July 20, 2021

Progressive Therapeutics allays telehealth security concerns with EHR integration

Two Congressmen have re-introduced proposed legislation that would prompt payers to cover any telehealth service that's already being offered in-person.

HealthcareITNews July 19, 2021

Progressive Therapeutics allays telehealth security concerns with EHR integration

It averages 4,500 telehealth encounters per month and has not had a single security lapse or data breach in the eight years it has been using the EHR-integrated telehealth solution.

mHealthIntelligence July 19, 2021

CMS Expands Remote Patient Monitoring Coverage in Proposed 2022 PFS

CMS has added coverage for 'remote therapeutic monitoring' services in its proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule, but for health systems with remote patient monitoring programs, there are still questions about reimbursement.

mHealthIntelligence July 19, 2021

Congress Gets Another Shot at Codifying Telehealth Coverage for FQHCs, RHCs

The HEALTH Act has been re-introduced to Congress, with a goal of making permanent Medicare coverage for telehealth services delivered by federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.

HealthcareITNews July 16, 2021

Australia permits longer telephone consults in COVID-19 hotspots

The move enables citizens to continue seeing their doctors, renew prescriptions and seek mental health support while at home.

Health Care Law Today July 15, 2021

A Target on Telehealth: Government Action Against Telehealth Fraud in the Wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is expected to prompt unprecedented levels of regulatory enforcement activity that is focused on the use of telemedicine. In fact, fraudulent and abusive telehealth practices was an area identified by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as an enforcement priority even prior to the COVID-19 PHE.

HealthcareITNews July 15, 2021

For people with disabilities, accessing care can be 'overwhelming'

At HIMSS21, consultant and patient advocate Laura Jantos will offer personal perspective on the "huge opportunity" to develop tools that help all patients to engage meaningfully with their own care.

HealthcareITNews July 15, 2021

CMS seeks to expand telehealth mental health access

Proposed rule asks for feedback on data collection on LGBTQ+, race and ethnicity, rural populations and more.

Health Care Law Today July 15, 2021

CMS Proposes New Remote Therapeutic Monitoring Codes: What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new category of digital health services—Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM)—to complement the existing suite of Remote Physiological Monitoring (RPM) codes covered under Medicare. The new codes, part of the proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule, are intended to expand the scope and reach of digital health technologies to reimburse monitoring of non-physiologic data.

HealthcareITNews July 15, 2021

Teladoc and Microsoft team up on integrated virtual care

The companies announced this week that Teladoc's Solo platform will be accessible within the Microsoft Teams environment.

mHealthIntelligence July 15, 2021

CMS Bypasses Telehealth Coverage in Medicare Diabetes Prevention Programs

Despite pressure from lawmakers and telehealth advocates, CMS won't approve Medicare coverage for virtual care in Diabetes Prevention Programs.

mHealthIntelligence July 15, 2021

UAB Expands Telehealth Platform to Serve Patients With Vision Problems

UAB Eye Care, a clinical arm of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is expanding its telehealth platform to treat patients at home who may not be able to drive to the clinic for treatment of low vision issues.

HEALTHCAREDIVE July 14, 2021

Extended reality holds 'incredible potential' for remote care applications

Although XR tech is often used for games and entertainment, experts say it can be leveraged for creative healthcare solutions too. .

HEALTHCAREDIVE July 14, 2021

CMS proposes extension of Medicare telehealth coverage

Provider groups are not happy with the payment adjustment included — a 3.75% reduction to the conversion factor due to budget neutrality requirements — and will likely seek congressional intervention. Provider groups are not happy with the payment adjustment included — a 3.75% reduction to the conversion factor due to budget neutrality requirements — and will likely seek congressional intervention.

HealthcareITNews July14, 2021

Extended reality holds 'incredible potential' for remote care applications

Although XR tech is often used for games and entertainment, experts say it can be leveraged for creative healthcare solutions too.

mHealthIntelligence July 14, 2021

CMS Expands Telehealth Coverage in Proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposal includes expanding Medicare coverage for telehealth services that address mental health and substance abuse issues and extending most COVID-19 freedoms until the end of 2023, as well as some coverage for FQHCs and RHCs.

mHealthIntelligence July 14, 2021

Texas Governor OKs Telehealth, RPM Services, Broadband Expansion

Governor Greg Abbott has signed new laws expanding Medicaid coverage for telehealth and remote patient monitoring services and creating a state department and strategy for expanding broadband connectivity.

HealthcareITNews July 13, 2021

How Geisinger uses telehealth to keep patients at home and out of the hospital

An executive at its Center for Telehealth explains how the Pennsylvania health system evaluates virtual care models – and when it knows it's time for an ER visit instead.

mHealthIntelligence July 13, 2021

Senators Seek Continued Support for Pediatric Telehealth, DLT Programs

Senator Jacky Rosen is leading efforts to boost the budgets for two pediatric telehealth programs and to continue support for the USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, which has been funding projects since 1994.

mHealthIntelligence July 13, 2021

Telehealth Outpatient Care Delivery Increased During Pandemic

A JAMA study outlined how telehealth outpatient care delivery increased last year for short-term and long-term treatments.

HealthcareITNews July 12, 2021

Deaconess Health RPM program reduces cost of care by $7.4 million

Remote patient monitoring technology also has helped the health system drop its 30-day readmission rate from 14% to 6%.

mHealthIntelligence July 12, 2021

Virtual Care Visits Improve Patient Satisfaction, Engagement Levels

A new study from the Cleveland Clinic shows how virtual care visits have improved patient satisfaction levels and produced similar outcomes as in-person care.

mHealthIntelligence July 12, 2021

22 States Changed Policies to Include Pandemic Telehealth Coverage

A Commonwealth Fund study finds that states altered their policies surrounding audio-only telehealth, cost-sharing, and provider reimbursement to improve telehealth coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.

HEALTHCAREDIVE July 12, 2021

Telehealth use stabilizing at 38 times pre-COVID-19 levels, McKinsey says

Telehealth use overall has stabilized at levels 38 times higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from 13% to 17% of visits across all specialties, according to new data from McKinsey released roughly a year since the first major spike in COVID-19 cases.

mHealthIntelligence July 12, 2021

Optimizing Telehealth to Benefit Patients and the Bottom Line

Optimizing telehealth strategies now that virtual care is here to stay can not only improve patient experience, but increase revenue.

Telebavioral Health Institute July 10, 2021

Creating a Virtual Office to Maximize Teletherapy or Telehealth Services

AOver the last year, many clients have reported satisfaction and acceptance of telehealth and teletherapy as a convenient way to receive care from the privacy of their own homes. Providers also find virtual care to be an effective and cost-efficient way to provide clients access to care. In the future, many clients and patients, as well as providers, can expect to make telehealth or teletherapy a part of their healthcare experience.

HealthcareITNews July 9, 2021

Telemedicine found to be effective for diabetes management in KSA and UAE

A new report released by the EIU shows that new hybrid models of care – involving in-person care, remote care, and predictive modelling supporting real-time care – will emerge post-pandemic.

HealthcareITNews July 9, 2021

Telemedicine found to be effective for diabetes management in KSA and UAE

A new report released by the EIU shows that new hybrid models of care – involving in-person care, remote care, and predictive modelling supporting real-time care – will emerge post-pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence July 9, 2021

New Research Center Aims Telehealth at Gambling and Gaming Addiction

The Kindbridge Research Institute, with help from Rutgers University's Center for Gambling Studies, is looking to develop a telehealth model to help treat people living with gambling and gaming addiction.

mHealthIntelligence July 9, 2021

UMass Memorial Eyes Telehealth, RPM Benefits in New Hospital at Home Program

UMass Memorial Health will soon launch a new program that integrates telehealth, remote patient monitoring and in-person care to treat patients at home rather than in the hospital.

FIERCE Healthcare July 8, 2021

Virtual visits drop for 3rd month as in-person care resumes

Americans are slowly returning to medical facilities to receive care and are using fewer telehealth services after last year's pandemic high, according to new data.

JDSUPRA July 8, 2021

Connecticut Telehealth Version 2021 and Beyond: Some Things to Know

With the proliferation of new digital platforms and increasing consumer demand, Connecticut providers could use a crash course, at the very least, on the contours of the new telehealth law signed by Governor Ned Lamont on May 10, 2021, Public Act 21-9 (the “Act”). 

HealthcareITNews July 8, 2021

Telehealth may help reduce medicine's carbon footprint

A wide-ranging study recently found that an increase in telehealth over the past six years corresponded with a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation.

HealthIntelligence July 8, 2021

Congress Eyes Seniors’ Access to mHealth Tools for Diabetes Care Management

Senators Susan Collins and Jeanne Shaheen have submitted a bill that aims to expand access to mHealth tools for seniors in need of diabetes care management.

HealthcareITNews July 8, 2021

Patients are just as satisfied with virtual visits, Cleveland Clinic study finds

Researchers found that more than half of survey respondents agreed that their telehealth visit was better than an in-person one.

mHealthIntelligence July 8, 2021

Study: Addiction Treatment mHealth Apps Aren’t Protecting Patient Data

An analysis of 10 of the most popular mHealth apps for opioid addiction treatment and recovery finds that few are putting enough effort into protecting a user's personal health information.

JDSUPRA July 8, 2021

Connecticut Telehealth Version 2021 and Beyond: Some Things to Know

With the proliferation of new digital platforms and increasing consumer demand, Connecticut providers could use a crash course, at the very least, on the contours of the new telehealth law signed by Governor Ned Lamont on May 10, 2021, Public Act 21-9 (the “Act”). The Act was passed as a temporary statute in effect until June 30, 2023 and codifies aspects of the telehealth-related Executive Orders issued by the Governor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence July 7, 2021

Kaiser Permanente Study Measures the Impact of Telehealth on the Environment

A five-year analysis of outpatient visits at a Pacific Northwest health system found that a shift to telehealth helped to dramatically reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

HEALTHCAREDIVE July 7,2021

Digital health funding in 2021 smashes past year's record with $14.7B

The first half of 2021 alone brought in $14.7 billion in digital health funding, quickly zooming past the previous annual record set last year, according to Rock Health.

mHealthIntelligence July 7, 2021

Wyoming VA Center Takes Telehealth Services on the Road for Distant Vets

The Cheyenne VA Medical Center has taken its TECS program on the road, bring telehealth services to veterans across the state who need access to specialty eye care.

STATE of REFORM July 7, 2021

Alaska senators introduce Rural and Frontier Telehealth Expansion Act

Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski last week introduced the Rural and Frontier Telehealth Expansion Act. The legislation aims to permanently expand access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence July 6, 2021

Study IDs Need for Telemental Health Resources for Patients and Providers

A study out of Canada finds that policy experts and lawmakers need to provide more support for telehealth for mental healthcare services - and that both patients and their primary care providers will benefit.

CCHP July 6, 2021

Commonwealth Fund Analyzes State COVID-19 Telehealth Changes, Recommending Longer Term Expansion Data to Determine Permanent Policies

The Commonwealth Fund recently released an issue brief titled, States’ Actions to Expand Telemedicine Access During COVID-19 and Future Policy Considerations, to help inform future policy considerations for telehealth post-pandemic. Focusing on private insurance coverage, the authors reviewed pre-pandemic state telehealth statutes as well as state emergency actions related to telehealth between March 2020 and March 2021.

mHealthIntelligence July 6, 2021

NJ Governor OKs Telehealth Prescriptions for Medical Marijuana

Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law a telehealth bill he originally vetoed, after lawmakers amended the legislation to eliminate a waiting period and in-person exam requirements.

mHealthIntelligence July 5, 2021

Ochsner Health Takes Remote Patient Monitoring to a National Level

The New Orleans health system is marketing its remote patient monitoring programs to businesses and health plans across the country, and will soon expand the platform to cover more chronic health conditions.

Telebavioral Health Institute July 4, 2021

Telehealth Update: Continuing Telehealth Regulations to Support Ongoing Telehealth Services

Controversies are raging about the continuation of telehealth services and particularly telehealth reimbursement. Areas of contention about the future of telehealth as the nation starts to emerge from COVID include Medicare telehealth, Medicaid telehealth, telehealth licensure, and related telehealth regulations.

Health Care Law Today July 2, 2021

Florida Ends Telehealth Waivers; Department of Health Issues Update

lorida’s telehealth emergency waivers ended on June 26, 2021, after Governor Ron DeSantis’ Office allowed the waivers to expire. The waivers were originally contained in Emergency Orders 20-002 and 20-003. On July 1, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued a gu

mHealthIntelligence July 2, 2021

Pilot Program Uses Telehealth to Help LTC, Rehab Patients Transition Home

West Virginia University is reporting good results in a pilot program that uses telehealth to help patients transition home after a stay in a long-term care or nursing facility.

HealthccareITNews July 2, 2021

How the pandemic has reshaped CIOs' views on adaptability, agility, security and hiring

Three health IT leaders from provider organizations nationwide share some advice based on tough lessons learned in the latest installment of Healthcare IT News' feature series.

USNews July 2, 2021

Telehealth Most Common in Coastal States During Coronavirus Pandemic

More than one-fifth of households recently had a virtual appointment with a health professional, according to Census Bureau data.

mHealthIntelligence July 2, 2021

Cincinnati Children’s Integrates Telehealth Into Suicide Prevention Study

The hospital is using a PCORI grant to integrate telehealth into a five-year study that aims to develop suicide prevention and treatment strategies for at-risk adolescents.

mHealthIntelligence July 1, 2021

Telehealth Services Reduce ER Visits for Individuals with Disabilities

Recent research indicates telehealth services have led to fewer ER visits and lower healthcare costs for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

HealthccareITNews July 1, 2021

How telehealth enabled critical care for newborns during COVID-19

When the United Kingdom went into lockdown, babies kept being born and kept needing care. That's where teleneonatology came in.

HealthccareITNews July 1, 2021

Nemours manages care at home through a single digital platform

Having a medical home platform helps to manage care and avoid unnecessary ER visits.

mHealthIntelligence July 1, 2021

Second Opinions Via Telehealth Have Value to Patients and Providers

The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic is using telehealth to offer second opinions, a service that benefits not only the patient but the primary care provider as well.

HealthcareITNews June 30, 2021

Report: Telehealth use beginning to taper

After a spike in spring 2020 – especially in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii and Vermont – patient utilization of video visits has dropped off, say analysts.

mHealthIntelligence June 30, 2021

Clinicians Show Intent to Continue Telehealth Use Post-Pandemic

High comfort and satisfaction levels increase the chances of primary care providers continuing to offer telehealth and virtual care services after the coronavirus pandemic is over, according to a recent study.

HealthcareITNews June 30, 2021

Patients are looking to go back to brick-and-mortar post pandemic

New data from HIMSS' State of Healthcare survey reveals that the bulk of patients are looking to return to in-person care. However, younger generations are more likely to continue on telehealth.

JDSupra June 30, 2021

Abrupt End to New York State of Emergency Creates Uncertain Future for Out-of-State Licensed Health Care Professionals

On June 24, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 210, which officially declared the end of the New York State of Emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic effective June 25, 2021. The issuance of the Executive Order marked an important milestone for life post-pandemic and a welcome result for small businesses barely treading water trying to comply with the COVID-19 restrictions. However, the abruptness of the announcement, the limited carve-outs for health care professionals and the organizations that employ or contract with them, and the lack of permanent alternative solutions will create a tumultuous few weeks for those parties.

HealthCare Law Today June 30, 2021

New Bill Targets Broadband Funding to Fuel Telehealth Expansion

New York’s telehealth emergency waivers have expired, according to a June 25, 2021 announcement issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office declaring the waivers (contained in Executive Orders 202 through 202.11 and 205 through 205.3) are no longer necessary. Concurrent with the Governor’s announcement, the New York State Department of Health issued a guidance document on the New York Medicaid program’s continued coverage of telehealth services for the duration of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE).

HealthcareITNews June 29, 2021

What the future holds for HHS-OIG health IT enforcement

From interoperability to telehealth and beyond, an upcoming HIMSS21 presentation will shed light on the regulations and penalties health IT stakeholders should be mindful of in the months ahead.

HealthcareITNews June 29, 2021

Telemedicine saves the day for Avera Health in the COVID-19 era

In a preview of his upcoming HIMSS21 session, the health system's chief medical information officer talks about the processes and technologies powering the health system's pandemic response.

mHealthIntelligence June 29, 2021

As State Emergencies End, Providers Look for New Telehealth Limits

Healthcare providers in some states are scrambling to determine what their telehealth platforms can and can't do in the wake of expiring state emergency declarations.

HealthcareITNews June 29, 2021

Metro Health's telehealth and RPM program is helping patients avoid hospital stays

The Michigan provider organization has been keeping COVID-19 patients at home – and recording a 95% satisfaction rate among patients in the program.

HealthcareITNews June 29, 2021

Sen. Brian Schatz: Telehealth is 'single shining exception' to partisanship

Panelists emphasized virtual care's longer-term potential at the final day of the American Telemedicine Association conference and expo.

CCHP June 29, 2021

New Wave of Federal Bipartisan Bills to Expand Telehealth

At present, CCHP is tracking over 100 pieces of telehealth legislation in the current federal legislative session. This month we have seen a number of bipartisan bills introduced, continuing the federal push to expand telehealth availability and codify flexibilities allowed during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

mHealthIntelligence June 29, 2021

Florida Research Project Tackles Low Telehealth Access in Minority Populations

Researchers at the University of North Florida are launching a study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to examine how social determinants of health have negatively affected telehealth access in minority populations.

mHealthIntelligence June 28, 2021

Cures 2.0 Includes Provisions to Expand Telehealth Coverage, Services

While focusing on research to tackle cancer and other diseases, the massive Cures 2.0 bill unveiled last week includes provisions aimed at extending telehealth coverage and access beyond the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence June 28, 2021

Uncertain Telehealth Laws Keep Substance Abuse Care Providers on Their Toes

Providers specializing in substance abuse care are using telehealth for services like MAT therapy, but the shifting landscape of post-COVID-19 telehealth rules may force them to scale back those plans.

mHealthIntelligence June 25, 2021

Senators Seek Extra Federal Funding for Telehealth Services in Frontier States

A group of Senators has submitted a bill that would boost federal funding for telehealth services in so-called frontier states and states that have limited broadband access.

mHealthIntelligence June 25, 2021 

Could telehealth worsen inequity? 'Not under my watch,' says HHS Sec. Becerra

Top health officials from HHS and VA have signaled their ongoing support for telemedicine in the long term, but also want to ensure that "technology is being used properly."

mHealthIntelligence June 25, 2021 

SF-Based FQHC Adds Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring to PACE Services

North East Medical Services, which offers PACE services to thousands of seniors in the San Francisco area, is adding remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs to the platform to expand and improve care.

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2021 

USDA, FCC, and NTIA Announce Interagency Agreement to Coordinate Broadband Funding Deployment

Broadband Integrity Coordination Act Prompted Agency Leaders to Improve Information Sharing to Best Deploy Federal Broadband Funds

Telebehavioral Health Institute June 24, 2021

Breaking News: New Bill Removes In-Person Requirement for Telemental Health

The Covid-19 pandemic was accompanied by a dramatic increase in demand for mental health services from standard mental health treatment to substance abuse disorder treatment. Contrary to common sense, Medicare recipients were required to see a provider in person within six months of getting telehealth services.

HealthcareITNews June 24, 2021

22 states changed telemedicine laws during the pandemic

Most pursued changes via administrative action, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report, which may not be a permanent solution after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.

mHealthIntelligence June 24, 2021

PA Payer Supports Innovative Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

Independence Blue Cross is issuing grants to support the expansion of three Penn Medicine Programs that aim to improve patient care through remote patient monitoring and telehealth channels.

Telebehavioral Health Institute June 24, 2021

Telehealth and Health Disparities

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 changed telehealth access in the U.S. and around the world. While the pandemic caused innumerable problems for businesses and industries, telehealth treatment modalities during the public health emergency saw high levels of growth in the U.S.

mHealthIntelligence June 24, 2021

Senators Eye Medicare Coverage for Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Programs

A group of Senators has re-introduced a bill that would establish Medicare coverage for telehealth services in CMS-sanctioned Diabetes Prevention Programs.

HealthcareDive June 24, 2021

Biden admin 'absolutely supportive' of telehealth once crisis ebbs, Becerra says

The Biden administration's top health policy official on Thursday reiterated his support for expanded telehealth access after the COVID-19 national emergency expires, as Congress considers a slate of bills that would permanently nix regulatory barriers to virtual care.

Telebehavioral Health Institute June 24, 2021

The Hybrid Healthcare System: Post-Pandemic Telehealth

Healthcare providers have been using telehealth to provide treatments to patients due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many providers use zoom or telephone to diagnose and give treatment to clients or patients, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to do the same thing once the public health emergency (PHE) ends.

FIERCE Healthcare June 23, 2021 L

Top health experts talk telehealth regulation, health inequality

While the telehealth industry is booming, plenty of challenges remain, including the changing regulatory environment and the impact on vulnerable communities.

JDSupra June 23, 2021

Bipartisan CONNECT for Health Act of 2021 Seeks to Permanently Expand Telehealth Reimbursement

On 29 April 2021, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021, S. 1512 (the Act).1 The bill, which currently has 59 cosponsors in the Senate,2 aims to codify the expanded access to telehealth services provided by the current Section 1135 waivers due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), in addition to other measures that support the provision of telehealth care.

mHealthIntelligence June 23, 2021

Telehealth Yields Similar Outcomes as In-Person HIV Treatment

A new study finds that treating HIV with telehealth produces similar health outcomes as face-to-face treatment, presenting a potential solution for individuals in rural areas who have difficulty accessing care.

CCHP June 22, 2021

New SAMHSA Telehealth Guide: Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory recently released a new evidence-based resource guide titled, Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders, to support implementation of telehealth across diverse mental health and substance use disorder treatment settings.

mHealthIntelligence June 22, 2021

New Program Combines Telehealth, Peer Support to Treat Veterans With PTSD

University of Texas researchers are treating veterans living with PTSD with a combination of telehealth sessions and in-person support from peers who've successfully completed treatment.

mHealthIntelligence June 22, 2021

Cheney, Dingell Launch Bipartisan Effort to Codify COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers

When COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the Trump administration temporarily waived numerous government barriers to allow health care workers to deliver remote care througUS Reps Liz Cheney and Debbie Dingell are joining the telehealth policy bandwagon with a bill that - like so many others - aims to extend telehealth coverage and access beyond the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence June 21, 2021

Is It Time for a Telehealth Strategy?

Survey finds telehealth will grow 37% from pre-COVID levels when PHE ends, indicating a pressing need for telehealth strategy.

mHealthIntelligence June 21, 2021

Banner Health Eyes Connected Health Strategy With Digital Health Formulary

The Arizona-based health system has launched a digital health program that allows providers to prescribe apps and services for remote patient monitoring and other platforms.

HealthcareITNews June 21, 2021

How telemedicine can help everyone have a primary care physician

The National Academy of Medicine says having a primary care doc is key. A physician expert in telehealth explains technology's role in fulfilling this need.

mHealthIntelligence June 21, 2021

Can a Package of Telehealth Bills Gain the Attention of Congress?

Senator John Kennedy is hoping that four telehealth bills packaged together can push Congress to take action on long-term connected health policy.

HealthcareITNews June 21, 2021

Texas passes law authorizing teledentistry

The state board of dental examiners had previously issued guidance that effectively banned virtual dentistry.

Forbes June 18, 2021

Transforming Telehealth Access In The Post-Pandemic Era

Telehealth has emerged as a viable delivery model of care and in the process has helped to transform the digital patient journey and redefined what the "digital touch" looks like.

HealthcareITNews June 18, 2021

CIOs tackle barriers to innovation, telehealth integration, analytics and more

Four health IT leaders from across the country discuss lessons learned during the pandemic in the latest installment in our feature series. They spotlight some "long-term 'change the game' strategies" developed over the past year.

mHealthIntelligence June 18, 2021

Medicare Sees Increased Use Under Extended Telehealth Coverage

With other payers looking at Medicare’s actions on telehealth coverage, a Kaiser Family Foundation brief offers insights on Medicare beneficiaries that support the permanent expansion of connected health services.

mHealthIntelligence June 18, 2021

FCC Launches Connected Care Pilot Program, Announces 36 Award Recipients

The Federal Communications Commission has posted new guidelines for its Connected Care Pilot Program and announced 36 telehealth projects that have qualified for funding.

JDSupra June 18, 2021

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 - June 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the United States, states, payers, and providers are looking for ways to expand access to telehealth services.

mHealthIntelligence June 17, 2021

Can retail play a role in connecting Americans with care?

Leaders from Walmart, Best Buy and Philips offer their predictions for the future of telehealth – and part their companies can play.

The Hill June 16, 2021

Sen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution

When COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the Trump administration temporarily waived numerous government barriers to allow health care workers to deliver remote care through telehealth. These changes allowed providers to deliver life-saving care and slow the spread of the virus.

Fierce HealthCare June 17, 2021

Past, current ONC chiefs: Bipartisan work, industry collaboration yields successful health IT policy

The role of national coordinator for health IT comes with its fair share of policy constraints and budget limitations, but partisanship is one of the few Capitol Hill hurdles the office has managed to avoid over the past decade and a half.

HealthcareITNews June 17, 2021

Why there's no future in healthcare without digital

Leadership is crucial to developing new strategies to provide more sustainable healthcare and improve outcomes, says David Labajo, VP of digital sales Europe at GE Healthcare.

mHealthIntelligence June 17, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Promotes Chronic Care Management, Home Health

Remote patient monitoring solutions can play a critical role in chronic care management and home health programs that work to drive down care costs and improve patient outcomes.

JDSupra June 16, 2021

The “State” of Telehealth: Oregon Looks to Provide Parity for Telehealth

On June 1, 2021, the Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, signed House Bill 2508A (“HB2508A” or the “Bill”) which, among other things, requires parity for healthcare services delivered through telehealth, upon satisfaction of certain criteria. The Bill expands coverage of and reimbursement for telehealth services in Oregon, promoting equitable and safe access to care.

HEALTHCAREDIVE June 16, 2021

Mobile health apps have 'serious problems' with patient privacy, study warns

Mobile health applications have "serious problems" with privacy, according to a new analysis of more than 20,000 health-related mobile apps published Wednesday in the BMJ.

The Hill June 16, 2021

Sen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution

When COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the Trump administration temporarily waived numerous government barriers to allow health care workers to deliver remote care through telehealth. These changes allowed providers to deliver life-saving care and slow the spread of the virus.

HealthcareITNews June 16, 2021

Telemental Healthcare Access Act would repeal in-person service requirements

The bipartisan bill would eliminate a mandate for Medicare patients to be seen in person before receiving virtual behavioral care. .

mHealthIntelligence June 16, 2021

mHealth Collaborative Unveils New Definition, Resources for ‘Virtual First Care’

The IMPACT initiative, launched in January by the Digital Medicine Society and the American Telemedicine Association, is aimed at helping providers and payers who want to skip in-person services and focus solely on virtual first care.

mHealthIntelligence June 16, 2021

How telehealth overcomes barriers to cleft palate care and speech therapy

Dr. Cate Crowley, a professor at Columbia University and cleft palate care medical advisor, explains telemedicine's reach and ability to reduce stigma.

Fierce Healthcare June 15, 2021

AMA adopts policies to advance telehealth, close digital divide and tackle prior authorization burdens

The country’s largest physician organization is taking steps to rein in bureaucratic prior authorization requirements that can lead to delayed and disruptive treatment for patients.

CCHP June 15, 2021

KFF Report on Telehealth Medicare Use Offers Future Policy Implications

A Kaiser Family Foundation brief presents new information and analysis of Medicare beneficiaries’ utilization of telehealth using Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) survey data from between summer and fall of 2020 while CMS emergency telehealth expansions were in effect.

mHealthIntelligence June 15, 2021

Asynchronous Telehealth Can Extend Primary Care at Community Health Networks

At one community health network, asynchronous telehealth is expanding access to primary care services for patients.

The Washington Post June 14, 2021

The Health 202: Lawmakers are deciding the future of telehealth

During the pandemic, Medicare has been paying for health care delivered virtually for a broader swath of patients. Many view that as a positive development for the future of health care in the United States — but the waivers for telehealth are headed for expiration at the end of the year.

mHealthIntelligence June 14, 2021

Is the Time Right for Skilled Nursing Facilities to Embrace Telehealth?

The pandemic has given skilled nursing facilities an opportunity to embrace telehealth. Are they ready now to prove sustainability and scalability?

Jdsupra June 14, 2021

[Webinar] Protecting the Telehealth Consumer: FTC and State-Based Considerations - June 22nd, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

As the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is easing, telemedicine is facing an important crossroads. While telehealth services have demonstrated their value as an integral part of care delivery, federal and state waivers instituted during the crisis are likely to expire soon. As lawmakers and agency officials consider updated or expanded digital health rules, regulators are expected to intensify their scrutiny of providers.

mHealthIntelligence June 14, 2021

CAMA Launches Telehealth Immersion Program to Promote Sustainability

The American Medical Association has launched a new program to help providers craft a long-term strategy for telehealth scalability and sustainability.

The CT Mirror June 12, 2021

Telemedicine a blessing for some, inaccessible for others

When the pandemic began, LaVita King of Bridgeport worried about how she would continue to see her behavioral health therapist and primary care physician at Southwest Community Health Center.

The Hill June 11, 2021

Make Medicare and Medicaid telehealth coverage permanent

Unpacking the impact of COVID-19 will take years. In the U.S. alone hundreds of thousands of people lost loved ones, lost their incomes and are still managing the virus’ long-term physical effects. Many more are dealing with increased anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

Kaiser Health News June 11, 2021

Doctor on Call? Lawmakers Debate How Much to Pay for Phone Appointments

It took covid-19 to give millions of Americans the option of telling their doctor about their aches and pains by phone.

mHealthIntelligence June 11, 2021

New Senate Bill Seeks To Continue COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage

A bill submitted this week in the US Senate seeks to make permanent several emergency telehealth measures enacted during the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence June 11, 2021

Tribal Communities See Benefits and Challenges in Using Telehealth

A recent roundtable discussion about virtual care in tribal communities examined the telehealth methods that Native Americans use and the technological challenges they still face.

Telebavioral Health Institute June 10, 2021

Harris Poll Shows 84% of US Patients Prefer Telehealth Appointments

While 2020 virtual health care policies during the public health emergency are starting to wane, more than 600 bills supporting new telehealth laws are currently pending at A recent Harris Poll survey confirms that clients/patients have embraced virtual care due to its convenience and the personal safety it offers. The Harris Poll, currently part of Harris Insights and Analytics, is one of the longest-running surveys investigating public opinion, motivation, and social sentiment in the United States since 1963. An online survey of adults was carried out in the United States, on behalf of NextGen Healthcare, a company specializing in healthcare technology.

Telebavioral Health Institute June 10, 2021

Risks & Benefits of Telehealth: Controversy about Post-Pandemic Telehealth

While 2020 virtual health care policies during the public health emergency are starting to wane, more than 600 bills supporting new telehealth laws are currently pending at both the federal and state levels. Congressional measures largely support the expansion of telehealth access, especially in Medicare. The many benefits of telehealth have become quite obvious to many consumers and professionals alike.

HealthcareITNews June 10, 2021

Amazon attracting multiple companies to telehealth service

An Amazon exec said that the organization has had "quite a bit of interest from other companies in using this service," according to CNBC.

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

Kentucky Hospital Association Signs Remote Patient Monitoring Deal

The non-profit is partnering with California-based Community Wellness to give healthcare providers in the state guidance on launching remote patient monitoring programs.

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

Telehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyone

Experts at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference and expo highlighted the improvements necessary for virtual care to be truly equitable.

mHealthIntelligence June 10, 2021

Q&A: How a Brooklyn Clinic Developed Its Virtual Care Strategy

Oula launched in 2019 and started seeing patients in 2020. The prenatal clinic's co-founder and CEO explains how they developed a virtual care strategy and are now transitioning to a hybrid platform.

HEALTHCAREDIVE June 9, 2021

Telehealth use dropped again in March, but at slower rate

Telehealth use dropped for the second month in a row in March, though the rate of decline slowed a bit, according to new data tracked by nonprofit Fair Health.

mHealthIntelligence June 9, 2021

With ER Visits Rising, Payers Pitch mHealth and Telehealth as an Alternative

With the pandemic in the rear-view mirror, people are going back to the ER, and payers are trying to steer them instead toward mHealth apps, telehealth platforms and retail clinics.

HealthcareITNews June 9, 2021

Mount Sinai eases translation in 200 languages through its Epic telehealth platform

The New York health system integrates Language Line Solutions, Epic and Caregility to deliver telemedicine to its widely diverse patient population.

mHealthIntelligence June 9, 2021

New Survey Finds Patients Are Ready for Remote Patient Monitoring

Four out of five are in favor of remote patient monitoring, according to a survey by MSI International, and many see value in the platform for chronic care management.

mHealthIntelligence June 8, 2021

Canadian Study Highlights Value of Telehealth Access for Postpartum Care

The study found a 30 percent increase in women seeking help for postpartum mental health issues during the coronavirus, highlighting both the value of virtual care access and the need for more services.

HealthcareITNews June 8, 2021

Knock, knock, knockin' on the digital front door

A mobile patient engagement IT expert discusses next steps for the technologies that have grown in use and popularity during the pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence June 8, 2021

ASF Grants Fund Innovative Telehealth Services for Autism Treatment

The grants will fund studies that focus on using telehealth to improve care management and access for families of children with autism.

Kaiser Health News June 7, 2021

Covid Was a Tipping Point for Telehealth. If Some Have Their Way, Virtual Visits Are Here to Stay.

As the covid crisis wanes and life approaches normal across the U.S., health industry leaders and many patient advocates are pushing Congress and the Biden administration to preserve the pandemic-fueled expansion of telehealth that has transformed how millions of Americans see the doctor.

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

Study Targets Benefits of Asynchronous Telehealth for Mental Health Care

Researchers at UC Davis say an aysnchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth platform can be just as effective as an audio-visual platform in providing telemental health services.

HealthcareITNews June 7, 2021

What data and technologies are needed to propel telehealth quality?

A hospital physician specializing in strategic initiatives offers an in-depth preview of her HIMSS21 educational session, which will explore ways to build on today's telemedicine success for the future.

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

How Medical Practices Can Succeed At Remote Patient Monitoring

Once mastered, the remote patient monitoring platform gives the practice a pathway to establishing meaningful care management.

HealthcareITNews June 7, 2021

Health IT's role in the home

Connect America CEO Janet Dillione describes the role of remote patient monitoring and hospital in the home in the evolving delivery of healthcare.

mHealthIntelligence June 7, 2021

Georgia Partnership Aims to Use Telehealth to Help the Uninsured

Emory University and Giving Health are joining forces to study how the non-profit can expand its telehealth services to help low-income, uninsured people with chronic conditions.

Health Care Law Today June 7, 2021

Telemedicine Companies Can Use Patent Law as a Strategic Advantage

This is the first of a multi-part series on how telemedicine and digital health entrepreneurs can better avail themselves of patent and intellectual property strategies to gain a competitive advantage and increase the asset valuation for their company.

mHealthIntelligence June 4, 2021

New mHealth Group Targets Data Security, Tackling the Digital Divide

The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community (DATAcc) looks to develop best practices for the use of mHealth data gathered outside the traditional healthcare setting.

mHealthIntelligence June 3, 2021

Telehealth Use Yields Successful Post-Op Physical Therapy Results

An Intermountain Healthcare study has found that physical therapy services delivered via telehealth for post-operative patients produce similar outcomes to in-person care, and at a lower cost.

mHealthIntelligence June 3, 2021

Illinois Moves to Expand Telehealth Coverage, With Limited Payment Parity

Illinois lawmakers have OK'd legislation to permanently expand COVID-19 telehealth coverage, with payment parity for mental health services and a task force to study long-term reimbursement.

HealthcareITNews June 3, 2021

Glen Tullman: In the future, telehealth will just be 'health'

Patients will expect care to meet them where they are, said the Livongo founder and former Allscripts CEO at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference.

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

Providers face a magnetic pull toward in-person care, says ATA board chair

American Telemedicine Association Board Chair Dr. Joseph Kvedar called on clinicians, suppliers, payers and patients to play their part in fighting for long-term telehealth access.

Politico Future Pulse June 2, 2021

Fixing what telehealth couldn’t

THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU … AND YOU… AND YOU: Health providers are grappling now, and probably for some time to come, with a backlog of needs that went unmet as patients stayed home for fear of getting Covid. But human maintenance can only be deferred so long.

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

How we can avoid the 'telehealth cliff'

Advocates at the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference warned that Congress must act to safeguard telehealth access before the public health emergency ends.

mHealthIntelligence June 2, 2021

Could Congress Help Community Health Centers Expand Mobile Health Outreach?

A bill before Congress would give community health centers more leeway in using HRSA funding to build and equip mobile health units for community outreach.

HealthcareITNews June 2, 2021

What is needed for telehealth's next big steps forward?

Cisco's global healthcare leader spells out the necessities for virtual care evolution, and discusses the importance of the digital front door.

mHealthIntelligence June 2, 2021

Wellstar Uses Remote Patient Monitoring to Create Partnerships With Patients

The Atlanta-based health system is finding that a remote patient monitoring program involves a lot more than collecting and using data, and that relationships play a role in seeing success.

CCHP June 1, 2021

GAO Reports on Telehealth COVID-19 Flexibility Findings

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released testimony May 19th regarding their ongoing assessment of COVID-19 flexibilities within the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as required under federal pandemic response oversight provisions included the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Provided before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, the GAO focused its summarized findings around the effects of program flexibilities and preliminary observations related to telehealth waivers of certain federal requirements, as well as considerations regarding ongoing use.

mHealthIntelligence June 1, 2021

Texas Lawmakers OK Telehealth Expansion for Medicaid, Public Health Plans

Unanimously approved by both chambers and headed to the governor's desk, the bill permanently extends coverage for a wide range of telehealth platforms, including audio-only services.

mHealthIntelligence June 1, 2021

FCC Is Ready to Move Forward With Connected Care Pilot Program

The agency hopes to get the OK at its June commission meeting to post a second Report and Order on the program, which aims to boost telehealth adoption by funding broadband expansion projects.

HealthcareITNews June 1, 2021

Blessing Health System's school-based telehealth program is a hit

In a HIMSS21 educational session, the rural health system's virtual health coordinator will walk attendees through how the program works, the technologies used and the successes achieved.

Health Care Law Today June 1, 2021

Five To-Do’s for Telemed Companies Before the Public Health Emergency Ends

Patient privacy will continue to be a top priority for regulators as patients continue to rely heavily on telemedicine. Foley & Lardner LLP attorneys say taking steps now to ensure compliance with HIPAA will put vendors and health-care providers ahead of what is sure to be a hectic and confusing time as the public health emergency waivers and federal enforcement discretion comes to an end.

mHealthIntelligence May 28, 2021

mHealth Program Aims to Address Pandemic Stress, Burnout in Nurses

The mHealth platform offers positive affirmation and support resources via text messages to nurses who have experienced heightened stress from working during the pandemic.

Fierce Healthcare May 28,2021

J.D. Power: Telehealth use boosts members' satisfaction with health plans

Increased telehealth use under the pandemic is encouraging members to engage more with their health plans, according to a new report from J.D. Power.

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

HIMSSCast: Telehealth in the trenches

Two small-practice therapists discuss their COVID-19 telehealth experiences.

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

Need for virtual mental health services skyrockets during COVID-19 pandemic

Providers learn valuable lessons that can help them deliver effective digital care in the future.

mHealthIntelligence May 28, 2021

Senators Want to Codify VA’s Telehealth Success, Add More Services

A new bill before the Senate looks to expand the VA's telehealth and mHealth platform to further address gaps in care and boost access for rural veterans.

HealthcareIT News May 28, 2021

Using technology to enhance patient care

The accelerated use of technology is making healthcare safer and more accessible for patients, says Susan Lucas Collins, global head of healthcare services at Twilio.

HealthcareIT News May 27, 20211

Physicians in favor of permanent telehealth expansion

At the same time, a new report finds, stakeholders should not ignore the limitations of current virtual care models.

mHealthIntelligence May 27, 2021

California Provider Sees Telehealth as an Integral Part of PACE Programs

WelbeHealth President Matt Patterson says COVID-19 has taught the industry a good lesson on how to use telehealth, and it should be a permanent part of the senior care service.

mHealthIntelligence May 27, 2021

DOJ Files Charges Linked to Abuse of COVID-19 Telehealth Freedoms

The DOJ charges focus on companies and individuals committing fraud, which telehealth advocates say shouldn't be linked to the telehealth industry.

HealthcareIT News May 27, 2021

How remote patient monitoring transformed pediatric care at UVA Children’s Hospital

The pandemic led to an explosion in the use of remote models of care, from telehealth to remote patient monitoring and more. Many providers have adopted these modalities for the first time as a result of COVID-19. But those at UVA Children’s Hospital were ahead of the trend and have utilized remote patient monitoring for about seven years under the guidance of pediatric cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Vergales.

mHealthIntelligence May 26, 2021

Congress to Debate Medicare Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

A bill to establish Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services is now in the House, setting the stage for a debate on whether the telephone is a good healthcare tool.

mHealthIntelligence May 26, 2021

3 Health Systems Join Project to Create Continuous mHealth COVID-19 Monitor

Intermountain Health, Rush University Medical Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center are joining the effort to create an mHealth wearable for remote patient monitoring programs.

HealthcareIT News May 25, 2021

House reps seek to permanently safeguard audio-only telehealth coverage

A bipartisan bill introduced this week would allow providers to offer audio-only telemedicine services to Medicare enrollees.

CCHP May 25, 2021

Senator Warner Encourages DEA Action on Telehealth & Prescribing

Earlier this month Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the long-delayed regulations from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for a telehealth registry to prescribe controlled substance.

HealthcareIT News May 25 2021

Geisinger and Noteworth launch virtual care platform to help control chronic diseases

The Telehealth Expansion Act of 2021 would exempt telehealth visits from meeting deductible requirements in high-deductible health plans, allowing patients more freedom to use virtual care.

mHealthIntelligence May 25, 2021

Pediatric Telehealth Use Grows Despite Some Parent Reluctance

More children have been attending virtual care visits during the pandemic, and parents are warming up to the idea of telehealth, though some remain hesitant.

mHealthIntelligence May 25, 2021

New Bill Aims to Reduce the Financial Burden of a Telehealth Visit

The Telehealth Expansion Act of 2021 would exempt telehealth visits from meeting deductible requirements in high-deductible health plans, allowing patients more freedom to use virtual care.

HealthcareIT News May 24, 2021

Will virtual primary care become a new model of healthcare delivery?

The pandemic drove many patients to their primary care docs via video. And it worked. A telehealth expert explains how this shift could become a permanent hybrid with in-person care.

McNight’s Long-Term Care News May 24, 2021

Telehealth is here to stay, study says

The pandemic drove telehealth’s current popularity and, according to a recent study, telehealth won’t be going away anytime soon — regardless of COVID-19 status.

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Why Bother with Telehealth Training?

Telehealth growth is one of the few silver linings to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that offices are beginning to re-open, many professionals and their organizations are forced to decide if they will continue offering telehealth, or go back to exclusive in-person care

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Future of Telehealth Reimbursement: Offering Medicare Telehealth Services?

While many United States healthcare providers are returning to their in-person offices, many others are digging in to offer hybrid telehealth or exclusive telehealth practices moving forward.

HealthcareIT News May 24, 2021

Inpatient telemedicine improves care and patient satisfaction at Howard University Hospital

Staff are looking to make specialist visits more accessible, which could further improve patient satisfaction and lead to a faster and streamlined clinical process that may shorten length of stay and improve clinical outcome.

Telebavioral Health Institute May 24, 2021

Proposed Changes for HIPAA Privacy Rule Receive Pushback

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released in January 2021, leaving it open to public comment until May 6, 2021.

HealthcareITNews May 24, 2021

Using data to work effectively toward health equity

Aggregating information can disguise differences in the way different groups of vulnerable people access care – and prevent organizations from taking useful action.

mHealthIntelligence May 24, 2021

Virginia Includes Telehealth in New Pediatric Mental Health Program

Virginia has unveiled a program to help primary care providers improve care management for pediatric patients with mental health needs, and they'll be using telehealth to do so.

mHealthIntelligence May 21, 2021

Feds Invest $14M to Integrate Telehealth Into Pediatric Primary Care Offices

The Health and Human Services Department is using more than $14 million in pandemic relief funding on programs that use telehealth to connect behavioral healthcare specialists with pediatric primary care providers.

mHealthIntelligence May 21, 2021

Digital Duds: The mHealth Wearable Market Looks to Sensor-Embedded Clothing

mHealth wearables have often focused on watches, wristbands and jewelry. Now the spotlight is shining on sensor-embedded clothing that can help providers track movement and other health data.

HealthcareITNews May 21, 2021

KLAS: Teladoc, Epic report widest breadth of telehealth capabilities

Meanwhile, Amwell and Caregility said they had deep rates of customer adoption of their telemedicine tools.

HealthcareITNews May 21, 2021

How IT leaders are reimagining and repurposing technologies to handle new challenges

In the latest installment of our COVID-19 era lessons learned feature series, execs with varied backgrounds put the patient at the center while pursuing IT transformation.

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 21, 2021

Telehealth Opioids and Ryan Haight Act: Update

The Ryan Haight Act of 2008 was temporarily waived through the end of the COVID public health emergency (PHE) through the end of 2021 at the federal level, but after the PHE, it is slated to roll back into effect. It requires an in-person meeting before any practitioner can legally prescribe controlled substances via telehealth.

HEALTHCAREDIVE, May 20, 2021

Virtual proctoring, training poised to be new normal in post-pandemic surgical interactions

Prior to the COVID-19 public health crisis, momentum to transition operating rooms into digitally connected learning environments was building. Social distancing mandates accelerated those efforts.

mHealthIntelligence May 20, 2021

GAO Tells Congress to Wait on Expanding Telehealth Coverage Past the Pandemic

A new report and testimony from the Government Accountability Office says the full effect of CMS waivers on telehealth coverage during the pandemic isn't yet known, and more study is needed.

mHealthIntelligence May 20, 2021

California Doctors’ Group Pushes Full Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth

The California Medical Association is taking issue with Governor Gavin Newsom's proposal to reimburse audio-only telehealth services for Medi-Cal members at 65 percent of comparable in-person care.

HealthcareITNews May 20, 2021

AMA publishes framework to highlight value of virtual care

The initiative, developed in partnership with Manatt Health, emphasizes that the benefits of digitally enabled services go beyond dollars and cents.

Health Affairs Blog, May 19, 2021

Five Areas Where The Office Of Civil Rights Can Improve Its Proposed Changes To HIPAA, And Advance Interoperability

On December 10, 2020, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released draft regulatory changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), stating its intention to “support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the healthcare industry.” For unknown reasons, the proposed regulatory changes were not officially published in the Federal Register until January 21, 2021.

KFF Newsroom May 19, 2021

More Than 1 in 4 Medicare Beneficiaries Had a Telehealth Visit Between the Summer and Fall of 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic kept people home last year, just over 1 in 4 Medicare beneficiaries had a telehealth visit with a doctor or other health professional between the summer and fall of 2020, a new KFF analysis finds.

HealthcareITNews May 19, 2021

Mobile patient communication and telehealth tool helps transform Indiana Hernia Center

A surgeon brings the doctor-patient relationship fully into the digital age to change the way he and his team practice medicine.

mHealthIntelligence May 19, 2021

AMA Launches Initiative to Redefine the Value of Virtual Care

The American Medical Association has introduced a new framework to improve the way payers and providers assess the value of virtual care.

USNews May 19, 2021

Senators Want to Make Pandemic Telehealth Changes Permanent

Maine’s senators are joining a push to make the use of telehealth easier as the country moves beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealthIntelligence May 19, 2021

Connecticut’s New Telehealth Law Sees Long-Term Policy as a Work in Progress

The Columbus Dispatch May 18, 2021

Telehealth has permanent place in mental health treatment post-pandemic, providers say

After a year of talking with patients via Zoom, phone and sometimes FaceTime, some mental health providers are confident that telemedicine is here to stay, even after the pandemic goes away.

Healthcare IT News May 18, 2021

Telehealth can be an effective alternative for seniors, study shows

Researchers examined more than 300,000 virtual visits for patients older than 60 over the course of three years.

Healthcare IT News May 18, 2021

Preparing for proposed HIPAA rules in IT, HIM, compliance and privacy

Rita Bowen, vice president of privacy, compliance and HIM policy at MRO, discusses how the changes could affect healthcare provider organizations.

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2021

Nova Scotia Launches Telehealth Pilot to Connect Residents With PCPs

The Canadian province will use a telehealth platform to improve access to care for roughly 7 percent of the province's population that doesn't have a primary care provider.

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2021

$2M Army Project Aims to Create an mHealth Wearable to Diagnose Concussions

The Army-backed program to create the mHealth wearable includes researchers from West Point's Keller Army Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as digital health company Oculogica.

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2021

Virtual Care Tool Provides Mental Health Support for Youths

A not-for-profit healthcare system has introduced a new virtual care tool that has the potential to help youths in need of behavioral health support.

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2021

Maine Home Health Program Uses Telehealth, RPM to Combat Loneliness

Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice has launched a new program through its remote patient monitoring platform that connects lonely and isolated patients with volunteers to talk about whatever they want to talk about.

mHealthIntelligence May 14, 2021

Federal Funding for Emergency Home Visits for Families Includes Telehealth

The Health and Human Services Department is including allowances for telehealth in the disbursement of $40 million in pandemic relief funds to the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

mHealthIntelligence May 14, 2021

American Academy of Neurology Lobbies for Telehealth Coverage

The AAN has released a position statement supporting permanent expansion of telehealth coverage beyond the coronavirus pandemic and will be meeting with lawmakers next week in Washington DC to press that point.

HealthcareITNews May 14, 2021

Digital health tools are not effective as standalone solutions, expert says

The human element behind digital health solutions maximizes benefits for patients.

Health Affairs Blog May 14, 2021

Podcast: Three Unanswered Questions For Telehealth's Future

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the telehealth landscape. Many physicians and patients had their first experience with a telehealth visit as lockdown measures limited in-person physician offices.

HealthcareFinanceNews May 13, 2021

Walmart's MeMD versus Amazon Care: The race to invest in telehealth

Walmart's acquisition of MeMD is an investment in omnichannel access to care that directly competes with traditional providers.

HealthcareITNews May 13, 2021

Arizona passes law to dramatically expand telehealth access

The omnibus legislation packages together a number of provisions aimed at facilitating virtual care in the state.

mHealthIntelligence May 13, 2021

Pequot Nation Shows Promising Diabetes Results with Telehealth

After partnering with a telehealth program and receiving virtual treatments, the Pequot Tribal Nation members have shown compelling results in diabetes care management.

mHealthIntelligence May 13, 2021

Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic to Expand Home-Based Connected Health Program

The two health systems are investing $100 million to scale up a connected health program that uses telehealth, mHealth and home health services to manage care for acute care patients at home.

HealthcareITNews May 12, 2021

Nursing execs dish on the digital health tools they've found most useful during the pandemic

On International Nurses Day, RNs from around the country say telehealth, mobile apps and, yes, electronic health records have been integral to providing seamless patient care at their organizations.

mHealthIntelligence May 12, 2021

Chekhov and a Checkup: Delaware Libraries Introduce Telehealth Kiosks

Three Delaware libraries have installed telehealth kiosks in the first stage of what may be a statewide program to give patrons easy access to healthcare services, as well as other resources.

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

Vendor Survey IDs Challenges for Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

A survey of cardiac remote patient monitoring programs by Vector Remote Care finds that many aren't optimizing their platforms to get all the clinical and financial benefits they should be getting. Vendor Survey IDs Challenges for Remote Patient Monitoring Programs.

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

HIPAA: Permitted Uses and Disclosure of Protected Health Information

Given the number of complaints being submitted to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the HIPAA enforcement arm of the US federal government, many healthcare professionals lack clarity about the dictates of the HIPAA Privacy Rule concerning the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI). When healthcare providers, or their employees, fail to follow these guidelines, it is a finable offense. To provide guidance, the correct use and disclosure PHI are discussed below. Vendor Survey IDs Challenges for Remote Patient Monitoring Programs.

Telebavioral Health Instituted May 12, 2021

Using Telehealth CPT Codes To Ensure You Are Getting Fully Compensated

The omnibus legislation packages together a number of provisions aimed at facilitating virtual care in the state.

Becker’s Hospital Review May 11, 2021

16 key takeaways from 6 recent telehealth reports

Telehealth may become a permanent aspect of how patients receive their healthcare. Here are 16 takeaways from six recent reports on telehealth.

mHealthIntelligence May 11, 2021

WVU Researchers Try to Determine How Much Telehealth is Enough

A research team at West Virginia University is trying to determine the right number of telehealth 'doses' to achieve positive results. They're finding it's not that simple.

mHealthIntelligence May 11, 2021

New Study Shows mHealth Games Help Children With Autism - And Their Parents

The program coordinated by Magellan Health and Mightier, a spinoff from Boston Children's and Harvard medical School, finds that mHealth games boost behavioral health outcomes in kids and reduce stress in their parents.

CCHP May 11, 2021

CONNECT Act Breakdown, Medicaid Directors’ Views on Telehealth & CMS Issues Warning

The “Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021” was recently introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). Having authored previous iterations of this bill, Senator Schatz notes that this Act will promote higher quality of care, increased access to care and reduce spending in Medicare through the expansion of telehealth services. Thus far, it has received bipartisan support from the majority of his fellow Senators.

Healthcare Law Today Webinar May 10, 2021

Let’s Talk Compliance | HIPAA Breach & Penalties

Foley & Lardner, together with PYA, hosted a Let’s Talk Compliance informal discussion and Q&A on HIPAA Breach & Penalties on Friday, April 30. The panel of presenters included Foley Partner Jennifer Urban, PYA Principal Barry Mathis, and Mayo Clinic’s Legal Counsel Betty H. Khin who moderated the discussion.

MMA May 10, 2021

Pandemic’s telehealth advances will be lost if Congress doesn’t act

The pandemic has proven telehealth is a critical part of effective, efficient and equitable health care, and the AMA is encouraging Congress to act now so patients don't lose the option of connecting with their physicians through this convenient, accessible mode of care.

HealthcareITNews May 10, 2021

How much telehealth do patients need? Researchers weigh in

What's the optimal "dose" of virtual care? A team from West Virginia University says more data is still needed.

mHealthIntelligence May 10, 2021

AdventHealth Expands Walt Disney World Partnership to Include Telehealth

The Florida health system is expanding a 20-year partnership with Walt Disney World to add a telehealth platform and mHealth app to the Magic Kingdom's list of attractions.

HealthcareITNews May 10, 2021

Telehealth 2050: The future design of virtual care technology

In the future, your doctor will shower with you! Well, not exactly. But here's what one telemedicine expert has to say about the coming evolution of remote care.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Congress: Act Now To Ensure Telehealth Access For Medicare Beneficiaries

There is broad recognition that telehealth services have helped ensure access to necessary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Less attention has been paid to an underappreciated statutory provision, section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Mutual Recognition Of Physician Licensure By States Would Provide For Better Patient Care

A system in which states recognize licenses from sister states, following nursing’s successful model, would leave the country better positioned to confront future emergencies and, more importantly, to replace in-person visits with telehealth encounters.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

How Telehealth Can Enable New Care Management Strategies In Alternative Payment Models

Telehealth continues to play a critical role in health care delivery amid COVID-19. In a prior post, we described how policy makers can maximize the benefits of telehealth by featuring it prominently in a post-COVID-19 payment policy reboot. However, that reset should involve more than simply using telehealth to improve the effectiveness of existing alternative payment model (APM) strategies, such as redesigning discharge decisions or meeting quality measures through population health management.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Understanding The Case For Telehealth Payment Parity

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth use surged as a result of Medicare and private payers loosened payment restrictions. While there is bipartisan support from lawmakers, administrators, and clinicians for the continued use of telehealth following the pandemic, debate about multiple implementation issues remains, importantly: Should telehealth continue to be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person care?

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

The Coming Conflict Over Tele-Visits: The Need For Innovation In Payment And Information Sharing

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the use of virtual physician office visits as temporary substitutes for certain in-person visits. These “tele-visits” can be based on video capabilities, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or electronic health record-embedded tools, or by telephone. Recent estimates suggest that tele-visits increased during 2020 by 50 percent, and that 20 percent of all physician office visits during 2020 will have been tele-visits.

mHealthIntelligence May 10, 2021

CTA, ACC Partner on mHealth, Telehelath Standards in Cardiovascular Care

The Consumer Technology Association and American College of Cardiology are joining forces on a project to create best practices for mHealth and telehealth devices that target cardiovascular health.

Health Affairs Blog May 7, 2021

The Future of Clinical Trials: How Will New Technologies Affect The Lives Of Participants?

We would like to introduce you to Mary, David, Sarah, and Tim. We invite you to follow their lives from the present to a future world where technological advances have been fully embraced by all stakeholders in the clinical trial enterprise, enabled by supportive policies, and integrated into the health care system.

CCHP May 7, 2021 

Telehealth & Medicaid: Medicaid Telehealth Policies for Children and Youth

This webinar will feature presentations on current trends and innovations in Medicaid telehealth policy for children and youth.

mHealthIntelligence May 7, 2021  

Washington State Passes Legislation Supporting Audio-Only Telehealth

Governor Jay Inslee has signed a law that mandates coverage for audio-only telehealth services in certain circumstances. Support for the modality is growing as providers look for better ways to reach patients where they are.

HealthcareITNews May 7, 2021  

IT execs talk new strategies for analytics, patient engagement, telehealth and more

In feature No. 7 of our lessons learned series, a CIO, a CMIO and two IT directors offer readers what they've discovered since the pandemic response has reshaped health system priorities.

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

Arizona’s New Telehealth Law Supports Audio-Only Platforms, License Portability

Governor Doug Ducey's signature this week on HB 2454 pushes Arizona to the front of the line in post-COVID-19 telehealth policy, providing guidance on a number of connected health issues.

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

Providers Adapt to Telehealth to Identify Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

With the pandemic cutting out in-person care and curbing wellness checkups, healthcare providers are using telehealth platforms to try and identify - and treat - cases of child abuse and neglect.

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2021 

Ochsner Launches Telehealth Service For Stressed Teachers, Support Staff

Ochsner Health is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Education on a telehealth program designed to help elementary school teachers and support staff access mental health services.

Healthcare Dive May 5. 20211 

Telehealth use dropped in February for first time since September

Telehealth utilization among the commercially insured fell 16% from January to February, the first month-to-month drop since September, according to a tracker from nonprofit Fair Health.

mHealthIntelligence May 5, 2021 

Warner Again Presses DEA to Let Providers Prescribe via Telehealth

Virginia Senator Mark Warner sent a letter this week to Attorney General Merrick Garland and the DEA asking them to fulfill a long-delayed pledge to allow providers to use telehealth to prescribe controlled substances.

JDSUPRA May 4, 2021 

HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Through July 19, 2021; Additional Renewals Are Expected

On April 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration for COVID‑19 will be renewed for another 90 days, beginning on April 21 (the date the PHE was previously scheduled to expire) and extending through July 19, 2021.

Telebehavioral Health Institute May 4, 2021

What Are HIPAA Audit Requirements?

Each year, behavioral health professionals are required to conduct six HIPAA audits. These audits assess your current HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification practices against HIPAA standards.TBHI’s also previously discussed 8 Common HIPAA Violations That Increase Legal Risk. More details are discussed on HIPAA audit requirements.

Telebehavioral Health Institute May 4, 2021

Telehealth Intake & Screening: Key Roles of Setting and Diagnosis

While many clinicians have been serving their clients and patients through telehealth for over a year, many have been reluctant to grow their telehealth practices. They report being unsure of how to proceed, which of course, belies the fact that many do not know that an entire telehealth evidence-base exists and literally is at their fingertips to help with these issues.

Healthcare IT News May 4, 2021

Post-pandemic, majority of patients say they prefer in-person care, survey finds

At the same time, a large percentage said they'd prefer telehealth, or a combination of the two.

US News May 3, 2021

Telemedicine Can Be Key to Helping the Homeless Community

With telemedicine and a bit of innovation, advocates and physicians can partner to provide quality care to those experiencing homelessness.

mHealthIntelligence May 3, 2021

New mHealth Study Takes on Health Outcomes Among the Homeless

Researchers at the University of Texas are launching an AHRQ-funded study that looks to determine whether mHealth can improve access to care for homeless populations and boost health outcomes.

mHealthIntelligence May 3, 2021

TNew mHealth Study Takes on Health Outcomes Among the Homeless

TResearchers at the University of Texas are launching an AHRQ-funded study that looks to determine whether mHealth can improve access to care for homeless populations and boost health outcomes.

mHealthIntelligence April 29, 2021

Is Telehealth More Stressful for Nurses Than In-Person Care?

A new study out of the University of Missouri finds that nurses in some telehealth programs may be doing twice the work that they'd be doing treating patients in person.

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