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NYS DOH May 23, 2022

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 18, 2022

MD Anderson, Business School Develop Design Framework for Virtual Care

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

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2022

Leveraging Telehospitalists in the Age of COVID-19

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

CCPH May 17, 2022

Use of Telemedicine to Facilitate Medication Abortions

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

mHealthIntelligence May 17, 2022

Remote Patient Monitoring Did Not Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions

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

mHealthIntelligence May 16, 2022

CDC: Children with Chronic Conditions More Likely to Use Telehealth

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

HealthcareITNews May 16, 2022

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

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

Foley & Lardner, LLP May 16, 2022

Alabama Enacts New Telemedicine Law

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

mHealthIntelligence May 16, 2022

NCQA Report: 3 Strategies to Close Telehealth Access Gaps

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

Bloomberg May 16, 2022

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

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

Telehealth.org may 15, 2022

HIPAA and Social Media: Best Practices

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

mHealthIntelligence May 13, 2022

NC Health System to Expand Remote Patient Monitoring Services

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

FIERCE Healthcare May 12, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 12, 2022

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 10, 2022

U of Maryland Medical School to Establish Virtual Reality Care Center

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

HEALTHCAREDIVE CCHP May 10, 2022

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

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

HEALTHCAREDIVE May 10, 2022

Telehealth use fell in February as omicron retreated

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

HealthcareITNews May 10, 2022

HHS awards $16.3M toward telehealth for family planning

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

HealthcareITNews May 9, 2022

How telehealth can improve efficiency and increase revenue

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

CCHP May 9, 2022

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2022

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

mHealthIntelligence May 9, 2022

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

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

CCHP May 9, 2022

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

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

Telehealth.org May 8, 2022

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

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

Telehealth.org May 8, 2022

Hybrid Healthcare is Here to Stay

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

Telehealth.org May 8, 2022

Over-the-Phone-Therapy: Rand Report Findings

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

Telehealth.org May 8, 2022

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

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

POLITICO May 8, 2022

Telemedicine abortion providers see a surge in interest

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

mHealthIntelligence May 6, 2022

Understanding Key Telehealth Disparities & Patient-Facing Barriers

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

FIERCEHealthcare May 6, 2022

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

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

ebn May 5, 2022

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

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

healthleaders May 5, 2022

HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS ARE TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT TELEHEALTH KIOSKS

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

mHealthIntelligence May 5, 2022

Telehealth Vendors Share New Solutions, Progress at ATA2022 Conference

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

mHealthIntelligence May 5, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 4, 2022

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

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

HEALTHCAREDIVE May 4, 2022

Telemedicine reached disadvantaged communities during pandemic, study finds

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

HealthcareITNews May 4, 2022

How telehealth can improve efficiency and increase revenue

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

mHealthIntelligence May 4, 2022

ATA, Others Release Digital Health App Assessment Framework

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

HealthcareITNews May 4, 2022

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

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

mHealthIntelligence May 3, 2022

NY Health System Strikes Partnership to Provide Remote Physical Exams

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

HealthcareITNews May 2, 2022

Telehealth can play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions

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

mHealthIntelligence May 2, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 2, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews May 2, 2022

Walmart launches telehealth program aimed at diabetes

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

Healthleaders May 2, 2022

CAN TELEHEALTH BRING THE HUMANITY BACK TO HEALTHCARE?

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

mHealthIntelligence May 2, 2022

Various Strategies Can Guide the Future of Telehealth

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

healthleaders April 28, 2022

VERMONT AMENDS ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW TO INCLUDE TELEMEDICINE

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

FIERCE Healthcare April 28, 2022

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

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 28, 2022

Telehealth More Likely to Prompt Follow-up for Acute Conditions

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

FIERCE Healthcare April 28, 2022

Telehealth grad programs train providers in virtual care

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 28, 2022

Digital Health Interventions Reduced Heart Failure Mortality

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

Telehealth.org April 27, 2022

Social Work Telehealth Leads in January 2022

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

Telehealth.org April 27, 2022

Anxiety Patients Seem to Prefer Telehealth

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

CCHP April 26, 2022

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

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 26, 2022

Disparities Common in Telehealth Use Among Pediatric CHIP Patients

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

healthLeaders April 26, 2022

AMERICAN TELEMEDICINE ASSOCIATION TOUTS THE NEXT PHASE OF VIRTUAL CARE

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

healthLeaders April 26, 2022

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: TRACKING TELEHEALTH CHANGES STATE-BY-STATE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 - APRIL 2022

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

HEALTHCAREDIVE April 25, 2022

Massive pandemic pivot to telehealth tallied in Fair Health report

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

FIERCE Healthcare April 25, 2022

Northwell Health taps Teladoc to expand virtual care across health system

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

HEALTHCAREDIVE April 25, 2022

Managing provider licensure amid expanding telehealth

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

HealthcareITNews April 25, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews April 25, 2022

With telehealth, Behavioral Nutrition sees many more patients

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

HealthcareITNews April 25, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews April 21, 2022

Northwell to expand virtual care offerings through Teladoc partnership

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

HealthcareITNews April 21, 2022

WELL Health, OSIS bring communications tech to community health centers

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 20, 2022

Loyola Medicine Adds American Sign Language Feature for Telehealth

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

CCHP April 19. 2021

Audio Only Telehealth Policy

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 19, 2022

Rural Providers to Use USDA Grants to Boost Telehealth Capabilities

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

Telehealth.org April 18, 2022

Telehealth Telepresence

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

Telehealth.org April 18, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews April 18, 2022

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

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 18, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews April 18, 2022

Five recommendations for improving clinical communication

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 18, 2022

Genetics, Behavioral Health Pediatric Subspecialists Use Telehealth Most

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

Telehealth.org April 17, 2022

PHE Renewal & Telehealth Reimbursement

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 15, 2022

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

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

The National Law Review April 15, 2022

OIG CREATES TELEHEALTH RESOURCES WEBPAGE

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

FIERCE Healthcare April 13, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews April 13, 2022

HHS extends public health emergency for another 90 days

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 13, 2022

Anxiety Disorder Patients Used Telehealth More During Pandemic

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

HealthcareITNews April 12, 2022

FDA releases medical device cybersecurity draft guidance

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

CCHP April 12, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews April 12, 2022

VA study shows benefits of telestroke program for patients

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 12, 2022

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Increase Access to Virtual Mental Health Services

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

Medical Express April 11, 2022

MEDICAL ASSISTANTS HELP CLOSE VIRTUAL-VISIT DIGITAL DIVIDE

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

JDSUPRA April 11, 2022

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: TRACKING TELEHEALTH CHANGES STATE-BY-STATE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 - APRIL 2022

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

Healthleaders April 11, 2022

TELEHEALTH: THE CURRENT PHE STATUS AND WHAT TO EXPECT

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 8, 2022

Tablet Devices Assisted Mental Healthcare Services For US Veterans

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

MedCityNews April 7, 2022

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

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

FOLEY, Foley & Lardner, LLP April 7, 2022

Health Providers Must Avoid COVID Reimbursement Missteps

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

HEALTHCAREDIVE April 7, 2022

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

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

FOLEY, Foley & Lardner, LLP April 7, 2022

New Florida Law Allows Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

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

HealthcareITNews April 7,2022

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

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 6, 2022

Telehealth Usage Jumped 10% Nationally in January

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 6, 2022

57% of Medical Practices Use Remote Physiologic Monitoring

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

HealthcareIT News April 6, 2022

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

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

healthleaders April 6, 2022

STATES CONSIDER CUTTING BACK ON TELEHEALTH FREEDOMS

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

CCHP April 5, 2022

Increased Importance in Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment via Telehealth

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 5, 2022

4 States Advance Telehealth Bills

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 5, 2022

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

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

Telehealth.org April 5, 2022

Feeling Cybersecure Yet? Cybersecurity for Telehealth Professionals

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

Telehealth.org

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

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

HealthcareIT News April 4, 2022

Telehealth platform Coviu adds language interpretation service

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 4, 2022

GAO Urges Medicaid to Study the Effects of Telehealth Use

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

The Boston Globe April 4, 2022

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

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

Telehealth.org April 3, 2022

Social Work Telehealth Services Increase Patient Satisfaction

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

Telehealth.org April 3, 2022

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

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE April 1, 2022

New Bill Aims to Make Telehealth an Excepted Employee Benefit

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 31, 2022

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

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

HealthcareITNews March 31, 2022

Bipartisan legislation would broaden telehealth benefits for employees

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

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 30, 2022

Audio-Only Telehealth Supported Care Delivery at FQHCs During Pandemic

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

CCHP March 29, 2022

CCHP Releases Updated 2022 Telehealth Billing Guide

The Center for Connected Health Policy's (CCHP) updated billing guide for 2022, Billing for Telehealth Encounters: An Introductory Guide on Medicare Fee-For-Service is now available!!

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 29, 2022

Remote Patient Monitoring Program Effective in Treating COVID-19

Through a home monitoring program, clinicians were successfully able to identify and treat COVID-19 patients, including those who were high-risk, a new study shows. (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to extend the government’s COVID-19 public health emergency, which is set to expire April 16.

FIERCE Healthcare March 28, 2022

Provider groups again ask HHS to extend public health emergency

Industry provider groups are again asking Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to extend the government’s COVID-19 public health emergency, which is set to expire April 16.

HealthcareITNews March 28, 2022

The value of integrating in-person and virtual care

The retail industry with its e-commerce boom has lessons to teach healthcare, says an innovation leader at Teladoc Health.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 28, 2022

Project ECHO Program Cut Hospital Admissions Among Diabetics by 44%

The telementoring program operated by Rutgers medical school helped Medicaid patients with diabetes avoid hospitalizations, a new study shows.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 28, 2022

Telehealth Supported Opioid Use Disorder Treatment at Safety-Net Clinic

The implementation of telehealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic helped an FQHC retain patients in its opioid use disorder treatment program, ensuring continued access to care, a study shows.

Telehealth.org March 26, 2022

Empirical Support for Increased Demand for Telehealth, Telemental Health, Telebehavioral Health & Teletherapy

Reports consistently show that many people want to continue the option of having telehealth visits even after the pandemic. This article summarizes two studies that describe the importance and acceptance of what is variably referred to as telemental health, teletherapy, and telebehavioral health care delivery models. While telemental health and teletherapy are often used interchangeably, telebehavioral health stands on its own as a term used to refer to the telehealth delivery of either mental health or substance use services.

Telehealth.org March 25, 2022

Remote Patient Monitoring & How RPM Can Be Integrated into Virtual Healthcare

Multiple CPT codes for reimbursement from payors have made the viability of using remote patient monitoring devices a reality for many healthcare services. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) determines and keeps track of health-related daily tasks and metrics such as sleep cycles, blood pressure, temperature, insulin levels, heart rate, etc.  

CCHP March 25, 2022

Billing for Telehealth Encounters – An Introductory Guide on Medicare Fee-For-Service

CCHP has released a new updated telehealth billing guide as a follow up to its 2021 billing guide to provide a helpful tool for healthcare entities trying to navigate the complexities of billing for telehealth and virtually delivered services.

Bloomberg Law March 25, 2022

More Telehealth Data Urged Before Making Eased Rules Permanent

Congress should get a clearer picture of how patients use telehealth before making pandemic-inspired relaxed rules permanent, Medicare advisers say. Lawmakers recently extended telehealth changes until five months after the end of the public health emergency is declared. This extension in the omnibus spending package eases telehealth advocates’ concerns about a “telehealth cliff,” or the abrupt cut off of coverage of most virtual care.  

Telehealth.org March 25, 2022

HIPAA Compliant Email for Therapists

Email provides a convenient way to communicate. However, there are security implications to consider. Email security is of particular concern when using it to communicate with patients. As a healthcare provider, HIPAA regulates what is appropriate for patient communications, including the tools used for communication. HIPAA compliant email for therapists takes patient confidentiality and the use of a HIPAA compliant encryption service provider into consideration.  

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 25, 2022

Remote Blood Oxygen Monitoring Helped Detect COVID-19 Deterioration

During the COVID-19 pandemic, at-home blood oxygen monitoring assisted in identifying clinical deterioration among patients infected with the disease, a new study shows.  

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 24, 2022

AMA: 69% of Physicians Use Audio-Only Telehealth

Audio-video synchronous platforms are still the most used telehealth modality, but a large proportion of physicians are also using phone-only modalities, a new AMA survey shows.  

HealthcareITNews March 23, 2022

Telehealth will endure, but providers are managing expectations

Most consider telehealth convenient, but about 28% describe it as frustrating, citing care quality and technical considerations.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 23, 2022

FCC Closes Out Connected Care Pilot With $30M in New Grants

Sixteen new projects have been selected to receive the funding in the last round of the program established in 2020 to support the advancement of connected care.

HealthcareITNews March 23, 2022

Telehealth can effectively manage COVID-19 at home, study finds

University of Iowa researchers found that a telemonitoring program could help reduce hospital resource utilization while allowing timely identification of disease progression.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 23, 2022

Telehealth Supported Care for Community Mental Health Centers

Although telehealth had a different effect on all community mental health center patients, virtual care supported care continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Law Review March 22, 2022

OIG: Telehealth “Critical” to Maintaining Access to Care Amidst COVID-19

The federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published a report (OIG Report) as part of a series of analyses of the expansion and utilization of telehealth in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. In its report, the OIG concludes that telehealth was “critical for providing services to Medicare beneficiaries during the first year of the pandemic” and that the utilization of telehealth “demonstrates the long-term potential of telehealth to increase access to health care for beneficiaries.” The OIG’s conclusions are notable because they come at a time when policymakers and health care stakeholders are determining whether and how to make permanent certain expansions of telehealth for patients nationwide.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 22, 2022

Medicare Patients Received 54.5M Office Visits Via Telehealth in 2020

Office visits represented 48 percent of all telehealth services used in the first year of the pandemic, making it the service most accessed via telehealth, federal data shows. 

CCHP March 22, 2022 March 22, 2022

Telehealth PHE Expansions to Continue 151 Days Post-PHE and New MedPAC Report Recommendations

On March 15th President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. This bill will extend federal telehealth flexibilities for 151 days post-public health emergency (PHE), including PHE location, provider, and audio-only expansions, and includes new report requirements. A delay to the new in-person telemental health visit requirement in Medicare was also included for the same period of time.

HEALTHCAREDIVE March 22, 2022

The case for hybrid care models

Telehealth is increasingly being woven into healthcare organizations' future plans, giving hope to proponents of care models combining physical and digital aspects.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 22, 2022

Telehealth Helped Maintain Type 1 Diabetes Care Among Kids During Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, continuous glucose monitors and telehealth assisted clinicians in providing uninterrupted type 1 diabetes care to pediatric patients.

HealthcareITNews March 21, 2022

Is remote patient monitoring the new cybercrime target?

Find out why criminals are targeting patients at home, how criminals are trying to access hospital and health system RPM servers – and what CISOs and IT professionals should be doing to fight back.

FOLEY, Foley & Lardner, LLP March 21, 2022

Is Hospital Care at Home Here to Stay?

It has been almost two years since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first issued blanket waivers of certain hospital conditions of participation allowing healthcare systems and hospitals to provide hospital services in locations beyond their existing walls during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).

HealthcareITNews March 21, 2022

It takes a village: How collaboration and inclusion drive equitable health solutions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has helped bring care to underserved populations through the use of virtual care and telehealth. However, achieving true health equity will take a village: community leaders, providers, payers and, most importantly, patients themselves working together.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 21, 2022

Telehealth Cut Missed Appointments Among Kids With TB by 11%

A new study shows that following the implementation of telehealth, the rate of missed follow-up appointments among children with tuberculosis dropped.

CCHP March 18, 2022

Telehealth Policy Impacts of the 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act

This chart contains a quick reference guide outlining the major impacts on federal telehealth policy on Medicare. For the most part, the policies focus on the temporary changes that were made to Medicare telehealth policy in response to COVID-19.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 18, 2022

Heart Failure Readmissions Similar After Telehealth, In-Person Follow-up

Though heart failure readmission rates were lower for those who participated in early follow-up visits, a study shows no significant difference between follow-ups conducted virtually and in-person.

National Law ReviewMarch 17, 2022

COVID-19: State Law Telehealth Considerations: State Licensure Requirements Persist, Permissible Telehealth Modalities Generally Expand, and Insurance Parity Laws Ensure Reimbursement (Part 2 of a 3-Part Series)

As the explosion of telemedicine continues during and, as many expect, after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), state laws and regulations that affect the delivery of telemedicine services continue to expand and contract. In this three-part series, we explore key state regulatory considerations related to the provision of care through telehealth, including state licensure requirements, the establishment of the patient-provider relationship and permissible modalities, and Medicaid and insurance regulations that affect reimbursement and payment parity. Understanding each of these issues on a state-by-state basis is critical to the successful implementation of telemedicine services.

HealthcareITNews March 17, 2022

How open source innovation can mitigate digital health inequities

During HIMSS22, presenters discussed how an open source model of sharing ideas and innovation could help solve access inequities in digital health.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 17, 2022

FCC to Authorize $640M for Broadband Expansion

The new funds will help broadband carriers expand access to reliable internet in 26 states, thereby bolstering telehealth use.

FOLEY, Foley & Lardner, LLP March 17, 2022

Congress Extends Telehealth Flexibilities: 7 Things You Need to Know

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (the Act), was passed by the U.S. House and Senate on March 9th and 10th, 2022, and signed into law by the President on March 15, 2022. The Act extends certain telehealth flexibilities for Medicare patients for 151 days after the official end of the federal public health emergency (PHE). Currently, the PHE will end in mid-April unless further extended.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 17, 2022

Safety-Net Facilities Continue to Rely on Audio-Only Telehealth

Researchers found that telehealth through audio-only platforms remained popular in federally qualified health centers during the pandemic, particularly for behavioral health services.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 16, 2022

Microsoft Teams Adds New Virtual Care Features

The features, which include enabling organizations to collect patient triage information, and access analytics, aim to enhance the virtual visit experience within Teams.

HEALTHCAREDIVE March 16, 2022

Pandemic hastens shift away from hospital inpatient care, Moody's reports

The long-term shift from hospital-based care toward more treatment delivered in the home and ambulatory centers picked up pace during the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to continue to gain momentum, pressuring revenue growth and margins in the hospital sector, according to new research from Moody's Investors Service.

HealthcareITNews March 16, 2022

Hospitals at home poised to save money, keep the patient in familiar environment

Panelists at HIMSS22 discussed the benefits and challenges of implementing a hospital-at-home program.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 16, 2022

Over a Third of Patients Continue to Use Telehealth for Mental Healthcare

Although virtual outpatient care has declined since 2020, 36 percent of patients with mental health and substance use disorders still use telehealth in 2022, new data shows.

FIERCE Healthcare March 15, 2022

Providers see telehealth as convenient, but frustrations remain

While providers often find telehealth as convenient as their patients do, a number of frustrations with virtual care linger, according to a new survey from Optum.

HealthcareITNews March 15, 2022

HIMSSCast: The role of telehealth in gender-affirming care

Plume cofounder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jerrica Kirkley discusses the value of telemedicine in providing care for trans and gender-nonconforming people.

FIERCE Healthcare March 15, 2022

ProposedFrom access to care coordination, U.S. primary care lags far behind other wealthy countries: report

Primary care in the United States falls far behind other high-income nations, a new report reveals.

CCHP March 15, 2022

Proposed Permanent Telehealth Policies in California Medicaid: Expansions, Exceptions, and Evaluation

As states continue to grapple with post-public health emergency (PHE) telehealth policies, California’s Medicaid agency, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), recently released their permanent proposal document. The majority of the telehealth expansions made during COVID appear to remain, including those around audio-only and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health centers (RHC). The issue of payment parity remains unclear, however, as the budget trailer bill language implementing the proposal only explicitly speaks to parity for synchronous modalities and other exceptions.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 15, 2022

51% of Clinicians Worry That Telehealth Hinders Ability to Show Empathy

The importance of soft skills, like empathy, is rising alongside a need for enhanced technical skills, and as a result, medical training will need an overhaul, a new report shows.

FIERCE Healthcare March 15, 2022

From access to care coordination, U.S. primary care lags far behind other wealthy countries: report

Primary care in the United States falls far behind other high-income nations, a new report reveals.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 14, 2022

mHealth App Doubled Screenings at Family, Internal Medicine Practices

The use of self-administered screening via tablet devices doubled the detection of urgent concerns in patients, like depression or fall risk, a new study shows. icient time for Congress and the administration to analyze the impact of telehealth on patient care.”

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 14, 2022

PemHealth App Doubled Screenings at Family, Internal Medicine Practices

The use of self-administered screening via tablet devices doubled the detection of urgent concerns in patients, like depression or fall risk, a new study shows.

Telehealth.org March 13, 2022

Permanent & Comprehensive Telehealth Reform: 336 Groups Submit Letter to Congress

According to a January 31 press release from the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), in early 2022, 336 pro-telehealth organizations signed a joint letter sent to Congress urging guidance for creating permanent, comprehensive telehealth reform. The letter stated, “facilitating a pathway to comprehensive permanent telehealth reform that would provide certainty to patients and our nation’s healthcare providers while providing sufficient time for Congress and the administration to analyze the impact of telehealth on patient care.”

Telehealth.org March 13, 2022

The Future of Telehealth Reimbursement: Consumer Demand & Patient Loyalty

The pandemic has caused a significant boost in the telehealth industry, but concerns have arisen regarding telehealth reimbursement transparency. Consumer demand is forcing payors to increase telehealth options and be more transparent about the future telehealth reimbursement structures. Consumer demand also forces providers to offer more options to encourage patient loyalty and retention.

Telehealth.org March 13, 2022

Study: Teledentistry effective way to broaden rural access

Teledentistry enables rural access to care, lowers costs and helps provide preventive services, a new study has found.

JDSUPRA March 11, 2022

Emerging Trends in Out-of-State Telehealth Licensure Legislation

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, states typically required providers to be licensed in the state(s) where they were practicing. In response to the pandemic, nearly all states provided temporary waivers of these requirements. State-by-state flexibilities varied, but many states allowed out-of-state providers to practice in state without a license if they were licensed and in good standing in another state.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 11, 2022

Telehealth Bolstered Finances of California Medicaid Providers

Telehealth use skyrocketed among Medicaid patients in California, and a majority of providers caring for this population said it helped stabilize their finances, a new report shows

HealthcareITNews March 11, 2022

Biden has big plans for mental health, but will they work?

President Joe Biden's strategy to address the country's psychological crisis relies on telehealth as a key component – but that may not be enough to bridge the provider gap.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 11, 2022

New Bill Aims to Extend Acute Hospital Care at Home Waiver

A bill introduced in the Senate aims to extend CMS‘ Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver for two years after the COVID-19 public health emergency reaches an end.

HealthcareITNews March 11, 2022

Amwell, LG Electronics team up on connected health tools

Using devices and peripheral technologies, LG will host services from Amwell's Converge virtual-care platform, the companies said.

CNN health March 10, 2022

People with disabilities left behind by telemedicine and other pandemic medical innovation People with disabilities left behind by telemedicine and other pandemic medical innovation

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HealthcareITNews March 10, 2022

House extends virtual care flexibilities beyond public health emergency Part One

The spending package, which now heads to the Senate, includes provisions regarding telehealth's originating site, e

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 10, 2022

Home-Based Remote Patient Monitoring Yields Highly Accurate BP Readings

A new study shows that home-based blood pressure measurement is highly reliable with a mean difference of -0.1 mmHg compared with ambulatory monitoring.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 10, 2022

Congress Omnibus Bill Includes Extension of Medicare Telehealth Coverage

If enacted into law, the omnibus spending package will extend numerous telehealth waivers for Medicare beneficiaries at least five months after the public health crisis has ended.

FOLEY, Foley & Lardner, LLP March 9, 2022

How does the Federal No Surprises Act Impact Telemedicine Providers? Part One

In this two-part blog series, we dive into the key points for telemedicine providers in the several hundred pages of the No Surprises Act interim regulations (NSA). The good news for the telemedicine industry is that the majority of the several hundred pages of statut

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 9, 2022

Patient Comfort With Virtual Mental Healthcare is High

Healthcare consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable with receiving mental health services virtually, and plan sponsors — both payers and human resources directors — are paying attention.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 9, 2022

National Telehealth Use Skyrocketed Amid Omicron Surge

In December, national telehealth use rose by 11.4 percent, increasing its prevalence in all medical claim lines by 0.5 percent, new data shows.

HealthcareITNews March 8, 2022

How remote patient monitoring is moving into the mainstream

RPM can greatly aid providers treating chronic conditions and ease overburdened ho

CCHP March 8, 2022

Anticipation Builds for Upcoming Telehealth Policy Changes When COVID PHE Ends

Federal Regulations Expected on Substance Use Disorder/Buprenorphine and TRICARE At the end of January the Regulatory Information Service Center published the Fall 2021 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. This publication describes regulatory actions that are developing and may have a significant economic impact on a large number of small entities. Two of the planned regulations outlined in the agenda impact telehealth policy for prescribing of buprenorphine and also in the TRICARE program.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 8, 2021

Aetna Expands Access to Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment

The payer is offering the virtual treatment program in-network to its commercial members in California, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Telehealth.org March 8, 2022

Healthcare Cybersecurity: Effective Ways to Avoid Healthcare Phishing Attacks

Healthcare cybersecurity is one of the main concerns for healthcare providers nowadays. According to a survey conducted by Arlington Research and commissioned by Kaspersky, 52% of surveyed telehealth practitioners reported clients declined to participate in telehealth appointments because they did not trust telehealth cybersecurity. A third of those surveyed indicated that physicians had their patients’ data compromised while performing remote telehealth sessions.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 8, 2022

72 Orgs Request Continued Virtual Access to Controlled Substances

In anticipation of pandemic policies expiring, 72 organizations are asking the federal government to ensure continued access to controlled substances via telehealth.

Telehealth.org March 8, 2021

What Are HIPAA Password Requirements? Can HIPAA-Compliant “Password Managers” Help?

With so many things to consider regarding HIPAA compliance, passwords are often overlooked. HIPAA password requirements are among the most important and easiest patient-protection measures healthcare professionals use to prevent access to protected health information (PHI). Using a HIPAA-compliant password manager can be considered an integral component of maintaining your compliance.

HealthcareITNews March 7, 2022

More than 70 orgs urge DEA: Revise telehealth controlled-substance rules

The American Psychiatric Association, American Telemedicine Association, American Medical Association and dozens of other stakeholders pushed for the permanent waiver of in-person prescription requirements.

HealthcareITNews March 7, 2022

Hospital-at-home program helps Island Health boost patient satisfaction

A full 100% of patients and family caregivers said they'd recommend the remote-monitoring experience to family and friends, says a leader from the health system, who will explain more at HIMSS22.

HEALTHCAREDIVE March 7, 2022

Telehealth use increased amid omicron as 2021 drew to a close

Telehealth use continued ticking up at the end of 2021 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the omicron variant, according to new data from Fair Health.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 7, 2022

1 in 5 Patients Find Wearables Hard to Use

But despite issues with usability, patients cited several benefits linked to wearables, including gaining a better understanding of their health, a new survey shows.

HealthcareITNews March 4, 2022

HIMSSCast: The supply, demand and yield of telehealth

Sanjula Jain, Trilliant Health chief research officer and senior vice president of market strategy, breaks down the firm's recent report on virtual care.

FIERCE Healthcare March 4, 2021

Evernorth: Find the balance between virtual, in-person care

Striking the balance between virtual and in-person care is a key trend to watch heading into the rest of 2022, according to a new survey from Evernorth.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 4, 2021

38% of Patients Have Received Virtual Care in 2022

Researchers also found that 76 percent of patients who have had a telehealth visit would prefer to continue using it in the future, a new report shows.

FIERCE Healthcare March 4, 2021

Industry Voices—The opportunity for telehealth beyond COVID: Expanding access to quality care

Throughout the pandemic, telehealth has provided access to quality care for millions of patients across the country. Even now, with the return of in office appointments, telehealth continues to broaden access to quality care— particularly in rural areas with fewer providers and for mental and behavioral health services.

Telehealth.org March 4, 2021

Telehealth Alcohol Treatment Supported by Health Plans

Alcohol consumption has been a problem since the dawn of humanity but has been on the rise since the onset of the pandemic. One in 20 adults in the US meets diagnostic criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder treatment (AUD); however, only a small fraction of these individuals receive treatment. Telehealth alcohol treatment now offers a variety of evidence-based interventions.

FIERCE Healthcare March 4, 2022

Doctors expect virtual primary care to surpass in-person visits in 5 years: survey

COVID-19 vaccines have been available to the public for more than a year, and doctors are struggling to keep empathizing with their unvaccinated patients.

Telehealth.org March 4, 2022

Digital Consumer Ratings: Telehealth Patient Satisfaction Boosts Telehealth Provider Marketing

Cultivating digital healthcare provider ratings is essential for practice development efforts, whether in-person, digital, or hybrid telehealth practice. Telehealth patient satisfaction is a classic topic in telehealth. More than ever, public telehealth provider ranking services are playing a pivotal role in patient and client “loyalty and acquisitions.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 4, 2022

Chatham University Offers Telehealth Certification

Chatham University, a HIMSS educational partner, established the online course with the aim of enhancing telehealth training as virtual care use remains high.

JDSUPR March 4, 2022

Massachusetts Updates State Telemedicine Guidance for Physicians

Effective February 3, 2022, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (BoRM), which oversees physician licensure and the practice of medicine, updated its “Policy on Telemedicine in the Commonwealth” (Policy) to provide more guidance for licensed physicians on utilization of telemedicine in practice. BoRM initially issued this Policy in 2020 in connection with the onset of COVID-19 and the significant corresponding expansion of telemedicine and other telehealth care delivery models for patients and providers.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 3, 2022

Biden’s Plans to Curb Mental Health Crisis Include Virtual Care

In his first State of the Union address, the president laid out his administration's plans to tackle the mental health epidemic, including expanding access to telebehavioral healthcare.

HealthcareITNews March 3, 2022

Tū Ora Compass Health, Pinnacle launch after-hours telehealth service

The telehealth service will be rolled out via 45 practices this month.

HealthcareITNews March 3, 2022

Researchers to facilitate telemedicine for managing chronic illnesses in rural Pakistan

New technologies will be deployed to enable doctors in Karachi to see patients in rural communities via video.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 3, 2022

MS Patients Report Satisfaction With Telehealth During Pandemic

A majority of patients with multiple sclerosis were satisfied with the telehealth services they received during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study revealed.

KHN March 3, 2022

Rise In Telehealth Use Also Increasing Demand For Medical Office Space

More than 30% of telehealth visits resulted in a physical office visit, according to a new survey that polled more than 4,000 people in January, Modern Healthcare reported.

HealthcareITNews March 2, 2022

Audio-only telehealth benefits patients in need, study finds

Research from the University of California suggests that additional resources are needed to maximize virtual care's potential among marginalized people.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 2, 2022

Bilingual Staff Improve Telehealth Experience in Safety-Net Settings

Along with staff members who speak the patient's preferred language, the availability of audio-only visits helped boost access to telehealth and the patient experience, according to a new study.

JDSUPRA March 2, 2022

Congress Considers Extending Medicare Telehealth Flexibilities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, HHS has allowed numerous telehealth flexibilities across Medicare and Medicaid, making it possible for patients to receive care remotely from their homes and enabling states, managed care organizations, and providers to expand access to care. The telehealth landscape looks drastically different now compared with before the pandemic, with patients and providers alike now expecting the ability to receive care via telehealth when clinically appropriate.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 2, 2022

Telehealth-Enabled Social Services Helped Boost Patient Satisfaction

A new study shows that connecting patients to social workers using a tablet service resulted in a visit satisfaction score of 4.7 out of five.

HealthcareITNews March 1, 2022

Combining virtual care and personal touch to help the underserved

The CEO of Modivcare discusses the kinds of services that can both treat illness and address social determinants of health when combined with telehealth.

FIERCE Healthcare March 1, 2022

Plume expands to 4 states, claims to be largest trans care provider

Plume, a telehealth provider of transgender care, is expanding to four additional states, with services now in 37 states across the U.S.

HealthcareITNews March 1, 2022

The future of telemedicine: purpose-built, integrated platforms

Integrated telemedicine solutions can address current pain points.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 1, 2022

UNC Gets $2.8M to Study Impact of Personalized Messaging on Weight Loss

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has received millions in new funding from the National Institutes of Health to study how personalized messaging can help those aiming to lose weight.

JDSUPRA March 1, 2022

Top Issues in Behavioral Health for 2022

HEALTHCAREDIVE March 1, 2022

Teladoc partners with Amazon on smart speaker medical calls

The two companies make interesting bedfellows for the partnership, given they are direct competitors in virtual-first primary care delivery.

FOLEY, Foley & Lardner, LLP March 1, 2022

Health Plans’ Prior Authorization Rules are under Scrutiny by the DOL for Mental Health Parity Compliance – See the DOL’s Top Five Non-Quantitative “Red Flags” for Health Plans

On January 25, 2022, the U.S. Departments of Labor (“DOL”), Treasury, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) provided a report (the “Report”) on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“MHPAEA”) compliance to Congress. As background, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”) imposed new obligations on health plans and health insurance issuers to document how they apply non-quantitative treatment limitations (“NQTLs”) to mental health and substance use disorder (“MH/SUD”) services in parity with how they apply such NQTLs to medical/surgical services.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE March 1, 2022

NY Health System to Expand Virtual Access to Behavioral Healthcare

A new collaboration between aptihealth and St. Peter’s Health Partners will extend access to virtual behavioral healthcare for 11,000-plus employees and more than 1 million patients.

HealthAffairs February 23, 2022

Solving Rural US Health Care Challenges With Frugal Innovation: Low-Costs, High Returns

With the successful bipartisan passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in November 2021, there is renewed national interest in building sustainable health infrastructure. However, despite these exciting opportunities, rural America has historically been left behind with these developments. Aging health infrastructure, limited access to broadband internet, relative physical isolation from commercial and government services, and less influence on policy changes given the smaller populations are common themes that pose challenges to effective care provision, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges, however, are not unique to the US and are a well-documented phenomenon in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). LMICs have sought to tackle similar concerns through novel “frugal” innovations that may also be applicable in the rural US context. In this Forefront article, we seek to describe challenges in care provision in rural health, investigate examples of frugal innovations in LMICs that could work in the current rural American context, and explore opportunities to encourage the adoption of these innovations.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 23, 2022

Tennessee Hospital Launches At-Home Hospital Program

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s new program allows for 24/7 care at home with the aim of increasing patient comfort and hospital capacity.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 22, 2022

FCC Plans to Change Telecom Rate Determination for Rural Providers

The commission is seeking comments on proposed changes to how it sets rates for the Rural Health Care Program, which supports rural provider access to broadband and other telecommunications services.

CCHP February 22, 2022

The Latest in Pandemic Telehealth Data – Access, Disparities, and Utilization

As policymakers consider permanent telehealth policy changes, tracking the latest data has become increasingly important, in addition to breaking down data highlights and differences. Two new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Data Highlight reports were recently released that look at telehealth trends amongst Medicare patients during the pandemic. In addition, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report submitted to Congress in early February assessed telehealth expansion impacts related to mental healthcare access for military service members. Key findings from the CMS data include that telehealth may reduce hospital readmission rates and disparities and improve opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment access. Meanwhile the GAO report showcased the importance of telehealth education to both providers and patients in ensuring access to care via telehealth.

HealthcareITNews February 22, 2022

CIOs looking to expand telehealth and make it part of the permanent workflow

A hospitals and health systems expert from Teladoc Health discusses where telemedicine goes now that it's secured a permanent role in a hybrid care future.

HealthAffairs February 22, 2022

Delivering On The Promise Of Health Information Technology In 2022

The passage of the HITECH Act and the 2011 launch of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (now known as the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program and commonly referred to as Meaningful Use) were pivotal events in health information technology (IT). They began the historic, nationwide effort to rapidly convert our health care delivery system from paper to electronic health records (EHRs). Through large public and private financial investments, as well as enormous “sweat equity” from provider organizations and technology developers, more than 90 percent of hospitals and physician practices now use EHR systems.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 22, 2022

Black Cardiovascular Disease Patients Prefer Text-Based BP Monitoring

Text-based blood pressure monitoring had a 100 percent use rate among Black patients with cardiovascular disease, a new study shows.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 21, 2022

Telehealth Attendance Higher Than In-Person Among HIV Patients

During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth attendance rates among HIV patients were 17 percent higher than in-person visit attendance rates.

HealthcareITNews February 18, 2022

Tech can help address the behavioral health crisis, says AMA

A new report outlines the role digital tools can play in supporting the integrated delivery of behavioral and physical healthcare.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 18, 2022

Telehealth Adoption Highest Among Diabetes, GI Care Providers

Rheumatologists, urologists, and nephrologists also made the list of top five adopters of telehealth among specialists, according to a new survey.

HealthcareITNews February 18, 2022

How a medical university's Telehealth Service Implementation Model can help you

Shawn Valenta of Wellpath describes how the model helped his organization set up an emergency medicine telehealth service in this preview of his HIMSS22 session.

HealthcareITNews February 18, 2022

At Nicklaus Children's, successful telehealth expansion depends on customer input

In a preview of their HIMSS22 session, innovators from the Miami-based health system explain how they've addressed individualized patient concerns around virtual care.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 18, 2022

79% of Patients Want Call, Text to Signal Start of Telehealth Visit

Most patients, including those with chronic illnesses, wanted to be notified via call or text that their virtual visit was about to begin rather than stand by in a virtual waiting room, per a new poll.

HealthcareITNews February 17, 2022

Tech difficulties pose telehealth barriers for patients of color

A systematic review of more than two dozen studies found that telehealth-delivered interventions were mostly effective for a variety of conditions, but challenges still exist.

HealthcareITNews February 17, 2022

Michigan Avenue Primary Care integrates EHR, telehealth and scheduling

"If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that we, as healthcare providers, need to up our games in terms of the patient experience," said its associate medical director.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 16, 2022

HHS Pours $55M Into Boosting Virtual Care Access

HHS is awarding $55 million to 29 different Health Resources and Services Administration-funded health centers to increase access to and quality of virtual care.

HealthcareITNews February 16, 2022

Report shows overwhelming patient interest in post-pandemic virtual care

Research from the telehealth platform Doximity finds that nearly three-quarters of patients surveyed say they plan to keep receiving at least some care virtually.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 15, 2022

Low Proportion of Older Adults Are Using Use Health Apps

Despite older adults having the most potential to benefit from health apps, a new study reveals that only 28 percent of this population are currently using at least one of these apps.

CCHP February 15, 2022

New ASPE Issue Brief Addresses Audio-only vs. Live Video Use and Interaction with Healthcare Disparities

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Office of Health Policy recently released a new Issue Brief titled National Survey Trends in Telehealth Use in 2021: Disparities in Utilization and Audio vs. Video Services. The analysis found a number of trends that can be helpful in understanding remaining telehealth barriers and their interaction with health care disparities. Utilizing Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey (HPS) information from 2021, the study focused on differences in use between live video and audio-only telehealth modalities. Overall findings showed that telehealth use was common and utilization rates were generally similar across most demographic subgroups, except those that were uninsured. Utilization rates of live-video telehealth, however, were found to be lower among underserved populations, such as those with lower incomes and Black, Latino, and Asian respondents.

Telehealth.org February 15, 2022

Updating Telehealth Policies Can Benefit Telehealth Opioid Treatment

During the pandemic, the forced adoption of telehealth has continued to help those struggling with opioid addiction living in rural areas, including many previously incarcerated, marginalized, homeless people, and their families. In the United States alone, a recent PEW Trusts’ study reported that 71,000 people died due to opioid overdose in the past year alone, while 1.6 million are grappling with opioid use disorder.

Foley & Lardner, LLP February 15, 2022

The Federal Telehealth Extension and Evaluation Act: What You Need to Know

On February 7, 2022, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Telemedicine Extension and Evaluation Act, an important bipartisan legislation to ensure predictable patient access to telehealth following the end of the public health emergency, allow more time to gather data around virtual care utilization and efficacy, and avoid a sudden drop-off in access to care (known as the telehealth cliff).

Telehealth.org February 15, 2022

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule Deadline Approaching (3/1/22)

An important HIPAA deadline is coming up that behavioral health professionals must be aware of: the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule deadline. Hopefully, you have already reported more significant breaches that affected 500 or more patients. However, if your practice was breached and the incident involved less than 500 patients, now is the time to report it.

HealthcareITNews February 15, 2022

8 benefits of Telehealth

Healthcare providers are faced with new challenges: balancing best-practice patient care, reworking guidelines to protect and support their personnel, and much more.

Telehealth.org February 14, 2022

Insurers Reimbursing Internet Fees: New Telehealth Benefits

A McKinsey report revealed that nearly 40% of US residents surveyed prefer telehealth services compared to 11% before COVID-19 in the United States. The report also concluded that reimbursement for telehealth is a factor in 84% of providers wanting to continue. While 40 states now have laws requiring telehealth coverage, 22 states have amended their regulations to bring parity in insurance payments for telemedicine and in-person services

JDSUPRA February 14, 2022

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

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

Telehealth.org February 14, 2022

5 Telehealth Legal Issues to Watch in 2022

The rapid shift to reliance on digital healthcare technologies has successfully produced convenient ways to diagnose and treat patients. However, that shift comes with its share of telehealth legal issues that clinicians and practitioners must address. This article will explore the current climate of digital health regulation to inform providers of critical issues to move forward with the necessary awareness.

HealthcareITNews February 10, 2022

Senators intro bipartisan effort toward modernizing health privacy laws

Teladoc Health, IBM, Epic and athenahealth all signed on to support the proposed legislation.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 10, 2022

New Senate Bill Aims to Extend Medicare Telehealth Waivers By 2 Years

The bill proposes extending Medicare reimbursement for a range of telehealth services, including substance abuse treatment, for two years after the public health emergency has ended

HealthcareITNews February 9, 2022

How Henry Ford Health System's 100% virtual behavioral care program works

The manager of access care technology at the Detroit provider offers an advance look at her HIMSS22 session, which will dive deep into the unique telehealth initiative.

HealthcareITNews February 9, 2022

More funds added for psychosocial telehealth to support ovarian cancer patients in Australia

It will help reach 800 more women from regional communities. .

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 9, 2022 

Remote Monitoring, Telehealth Use Linked to Tighter Blood Pressure Control

An enhanced telehealth program, which included remote patient monitoring, helped under-resourced groups gain better control over their blood pressure, a new study shows.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 9, 2022 

Patients with PTSD, Bipolar Disorder Engaged With Telemental Care

FQHC patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder responded well to two telepsychiatry approaches, a new study shows.

HealthcareITNews February 8, 2022

How the hybrid future of telemedicine may play out

An expert from Philips goes in-depth into the combination of in-person and virtual care, and how that could lead to a better experience and decreased costs.

healthleaders February 8, 2022

UPSTATE NY HEALTH SYSTEM FINDS STRONG DEMAND FOR MOBILE HEALTHCARE

The Hudson Headwaters Health Network is seeing significant interest in its new mobile health unit, a specially designed vehicle to take healthcare right to the people.

CCHP February 8, 2022

Telehealth Update to Medicare CY2022 PFS, FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding, and New Federal & State Telehealth Policy Updates

CMS Releases Article on CY2022 Telehealth Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

HealthcareITNews February 3, 2022

Virtua Health offers lessons in creating a Digital Transformation Office, Part 2

The health system gears up with six telehealth programs and reports positive results for its efforts. Additionally, its experts offer helpful advice.

HealthcareITNews February 3, 2022

HHS study shows fewer video visits for older patients, people of color

Researchers from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation found that although telehealth use was fairly consistent across demographic groups, rates varied dramatically when it came to video and audio utilization.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 3, 2022

NJ Clinicians Boost Access to Cardiac Care With Tele-Ultrasound System

The tele-ultrasound system enables patients to receive diagnostic cardiac ultrasounds in a remote setting, eliminating the need to travel to a cardiologist.

HealthcareITNews February 2, 2022

Virtua Health offers lessons in creating a Digital Transformation Office, Part 1

C-suite executives and health IT leaders have much to learn from the East Coast health system's massive digital health overhaul.

FIERCEHealthcare February 2, 2022

HHS: Disparities in video telehealth use highlight key barriers to access

While telehealth use exploded during the pandemic, a new federal study found massive income disparities in video versus audio services.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 1, 2022

Telehealth Maintained Care Quality for Type 2 Diabetics During Pandemic

Patients who used telehealth during the pandemic for type 2 diabetes care were just as likely to achieve quality measures as patients who received in-person care before the pandemic, a study found.

HealthcareITNews February 1, 2022

Hundreds of orgs ask Congress to extend telehealth waivers through 2024

More than 330 stakeholders outlined several steps for charting a path toward comprehensive telemedicine reform after the public health emergency.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE February 1, 2022

Pressure on Congress to Solidify Telehealth Access Builds

Two letters urging permanent telehealth reform were sent to leaders of the House and Senate as expanded telehealth access continues to be tied to the public health emergency declaration.

HealthcareITNews February 1, 2022

Cleveland Clinic leader: Telehealth now a 'permanent mode' of care delivery

Frank McGillin, CEO of The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic, talks about next steps: relaxed licensure requirements, personalized care for complex conditions, a move toward concierge care – and avoiding 'platform sprawl.'

CCHP February 1, 2022

Statekeholders Urge Federal Action on Expired Telehealth Benefits & Emergency Expansions

At the end of 2021, a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which allowed patients increased access to telehealth, expired. Under the law, employees with high-deductible health plans and Health Savings Accounts (HDHP-HSAs) were able to receive telehealth benefits pre-deductible, rather than having to meet certain out-of-pocket thresholds before telehealth would be covered by their employer or health plan. On January 21, 2022, health care stakeholders sent a letter to Congressional Leaders urging them to quickly reinstate these provisions of law and ensure telehealth access is maintained for all Americans. The letter includes the citation of a survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, indicating that 96 percent of employers were utilizing that law to offer telehealth coverage pre-deductible to 32 million employees across the country.

HealthcareITNews January 31, 2022

WVU Medicine uses $781K grant to greatly boost telehealth to rural patients

The health system transformed its meager telemedicine offerings with big investments in software, hardware and infrastructure.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 31, 2022

Florida Senate Passes Bill Allowing Audio-Only Telehealth Use

The bill includes an updated definition of telehealth which eliminates the section that states audio-only telephone calls are not considered telehealth.

HealthcareITNews January 31, 2022

Dozens of U.S. legislators push for telehealth coverage expansion

A bipartisan group of 45 elected officials asked congressional leadership to include a short-term extension of Medicare services in government funding legislation.

Manchester Ink Link January 30, 2022

NH hospitals receive $1.3M in federal grant money for expanded telehealth services

CONCORD, NH – Catholic Medical Center in Manchester and Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth will receive a total of $1,307,324 in federal grant funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help strengthen telehealth services as communities continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 28, 2022

GOP, Independent Senators Co-Sponsor Medicare Telehealth Access Bill

The bipartisan legislation would eliminate Medicare’s geographic and originating site restrictions and establish policies that ensure Medicare coverage for telehealth services.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 27, 2022

In New FCC Funding Round, 100 Providers Get $48M to Advance Telehealth

The agency has approved provider applications from across the country in its sixth and final funding round, which will be used to support the growth and enhancement of telehealth services.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 27, 2022

Parents, Patients Prefer Telehealth, In-Person Combo for Asthma Care

Young adult patients and parents of pediatric patients appreciated the convenience of using telehealth for asthma care but found in-person care to be more effective in certain circumstances, a study found.

HealthcareITNews January 26, 2022

COVID-19 virtual ward helped Singaporean health system save over 3,500 bed days

To date, more than 500 patients have been cared for via the NUHS COVID-19 Virtual Ward.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 26, 2022

Technology, Privacy Concerns Pose Barriers to Virtual HIV Care

Patients with HIV and their providers recognize the benefits of using telehealth for HIV care but noted that technology access and privacy concerns hinder virtual care success.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 26, 2022

NY Payer Launches Virtual Care Solution for Medicaid Members

MVP Health Care joined forces with Galileo to launch a bilingual virtual care app for Medicaid members in New York.

Healthcare Finance January 25, 2022

No Surprises Act implementation includes telehealth

Independent physician groups, which include telehealth docs, must now accept a rate that someone else has negotiated, expert says.

CCPH January 25, 2022 

Appeals Court Decision Highlights Telehealth Reimbursement Complexities and Provider Location Impacts

The initial decision to deny a Florida-based telehealth company, RemoteICU (RICU), Medicare payments for telehealth treatment delivered by overseas doctors during the public health emergency (PHE) was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last Tuesday. CCHP has been tracking the case since the lawsuit was first filed by RICU early last year against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), arguing that restricting reimbursement for telehealth providers out of the country violated federal telehealth waivers requiring Medicare to pay for critical-care services regardless of whether the provider and patient are in different locations. RICU’s contracted physicians are located abroad but do maintain licenses in the United States.

Telehealth.org January 25, 2022

Legal & Ethical Processes for Choosing Digital Communication Tools for Healthcare

As an increasing number of healthcare technologies are gaining visibility in the marketplace, providers are often bewildered about choosing the right tool for the right job. When it comes to healthcare communication, choices are confusing, but many vendors overlook legal and ethical requirements and specific clinical needs experienced by various provider groups.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 25, 2022

Cigna: Virtual Care Reduces Healthcare Costs by About $100 Per Visit

Virtual care yielded lower healthcare costs for Cigna members and expanded access to care for members without a primary care physician, according to a white paper from the payer.

HealthcareITNews January 24, 2022

The shifting digital health investment landscape in 2022

Signs point toward another historic year in VC investment, experts say, which will benefit the medical system as it evolves to encapsulate more digital services.

HealthcareITNews January 24, 2022

Telehealth advocates ramp up pressure on elected officials

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in hospitals around the country, stakeholders ask elected officials to safeguard access to virtual care.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 24, 2022

Interpreters, Privacy Bolster Virtual Care for Non-English Speakers

Patients with limited English proficiency were less likely to attend virtual video visits, prompting clinicians to update their telehealth platforms, increase patient outreach and education, as well as the use of language interpreters.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 24, 2022

American Telemedicine Association Launches New Advocacy Group

Several prominent organizations, like HCA Healthcare and Walmart, have joined the group as founding council members to advocate for permanent access to telehealth.

HealthcareITNews January 21, 2022

HIMSSCast: Taking telehealth beyond the video chat

Dr. Maulik Majmudar discusses the use cases for virtual care, including for patients with chronic conditions.

Telehealth.org January 21, 2022

Remote Patient Monitoring: Myths & Misconceptions

What Is Remote Patient Monitoring? Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is gaining popularity as the US Health and Human Services Administration’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) continues to approve new CPT codes to reimburse providers for their use.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 21, 2022

ASCO Releases Standards on Using Telehealth for Cancer Care

When using telehealth for cancer care, providers should conduct initial patient assessments, provide education about the technology, and use virtual platforms for clinical trials, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

HealthcareITNews January 21, 2022

Behavioral health and telemedicine: What's in store for 2022

Eric Meier, a mental health technology expert, discusses where behavioral health is headed this year, and describes how telehealth can help offer wider access to care.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 20, 2022

Telehealth Boosted Access to Follow-Up Visits for Black Patients

Following the adoption of telehealth, Black patients saw high completion rates for follow-up visits after hospitalizations, suggesting the modality increased access to care, a study found.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 20, 2022

Telehealth Use Among Medical Groups Peaked in First Half of 2020

Primary care, medical specialty, and surgical specialty providers saw an uptick in telehealth utilization when the pandemic hit in 2020, but virtual care use dwindled in the second half of the year, a survey found.

HealthcareITNews January 20, 2022

Like banks, healthcare will become digital-first in 2022, Zoom healthcare lead says

Ron Emerson, RN, also predicts video soon will be a part of every healthcare experience.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 20, 2022

WVU Medicine to Deploy Virtual Diabetes Care App for Employees

WVU Medicine, the largest private employer in West Virginia, is offering the app to its employees with the aim of improving type 2 diabetes outcomes and, potentially, reversing the condition.

HealthcareITNews January 20, 2022

Like it, love it, gotta have it? A health economist on attitudes toward telemedicine

Sanjula Jain, chief research officer at Trilliant Health, says she believes some patients' reasons for using – or not using – telehealth have been overlooked.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 19, 2022

Doctors Outside US Cannot Bill Medicare for Telehealth, Court Confirms

RemoteICU, a telehealth company that has been fighting a legal battle to enable its physicians outside the U.S. to receive Medicare payments during the pandemic, has lost its appeal.

HealthcareITNews January 19, 2022      

Black surgical patients used telehealth more often in late 2020

A new study taking a closer look at surgical consultations early in the pandemic highlighted patterns among individuals who relied on video and audio-only visits.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 19, 2022     

Telehealth Use Among Medical Groups Peaked in First Half of 2020

Primary care, medical specialty, and surgical specialty providers saw an uptick in telehealth utilization when the pandemic hit in 2020, but virtual care use dwindled in the second half of the year, a survey found.

CCHP January 18, 2022  

PEW Report Shows Importance of Telehealth in Improving Access to Opioid Treatment

In December, The PEW Charitable Trusts (PEW) released a new report, State Policy Changes Could Increase Access to Opioid Treatment via Telehealth, exploring the benefits of utilizing telehealth to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and offering states policy recommendations to address telehealth policy barriers that hinder those benefits.

HealthcareITNews January 18, 2022  

HHS, DOD and vendors partner for critical care via telehealth

Across the country, the organizations are relieving stressed-out critical-care teams and filling in where necessary to fight COVID-19. The telehealth system is ready for other disasters, as well.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 18, 2022  

Health Systems Make COVID-19 Telehealth Expansion Plans With FCC Grants

Mercy and Tampa General Hospital have laid out their plans for using the FCC grants to increase access to COVID-19 telehealth services, including remote patient monitoring and virtual specialty care.

HealthcareITNews January 18, 2022  

Australia makes temporary changes to telehealth amid Omicron outbreak

Some subsidised specialist phone and video consultation items are being offered until 30 June.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 17, 2022 

Engage Patients to Resolve Lingering Gaps in Care

Telehealth and digital tools are key components to close gaps in care caused by pandemic and promote preventive care.

HealthcareITNews January 16, 2022

The rapid proliferation and advancement of telehealth

At the HIMSS21 APAC conference, Jim Lim, Sector Lead for NCS Healthcare, shared how telehealth is a logical focal point for healthcare innovations to be brought to the masses.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 14, 2022

Audio-Only Remote Patient Monitoring Boosts Access for Black Patients

When given the option, Black patients with COVID-19 were more likely to choose a telephone-based remote patient monitoring program over an application-based modality, a study found.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 13, 2022

First Stop Health Launches Virtual Primary Care Service

The telehealth provider will offer access to primary care via its app, website or over the telephone with the aim of increasing access and reducing costs.

HealthcareITNews January 13, 2022

Monash University project to enhance telehealth for mental health, palliative care services

New software solutions will be delivered to boost telehealth services like real-time transcription and diagnostic data integration.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 13, 2022

$226K Grant to Help FQHC Telehealth Consortium Improve Digital Equity

The funds will be used to establish a Telehealth Navigator Program, which aims to increase access to virtual care and improve digital equity among residents in Essex County, Massachusetts.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 12, 2022

FQHC to Use Remote Patient Monitoring to Improve Hypertension Care

The remote patient monitoring platform will provide Robeson Health Care Corporation with blood pressure cuffs and AI-enabled care coordination to help enhance hypertension care management.

HealthcareITNews January 12, 2022

Marshfield Clinic boosts patient-provider satisfaction and provider efficiency with telehealth

The Wisconsin health system has conducted almost 250,000 telemedicine visits since the start of the pandemic.

HealthcareITNews January 12, 2022

Clinicians have spent even more time in the EHR during COVID-19 – is telehealth to blame?

A recent study found that in-basket messages and clinical review are two major factors driving a pandemic increase in daily electronic health record minutes.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 12, 2022

Hispanic, Asian Cancer Patients Used Telehealth Less Than White Peers

Compared to white cancer patients, Hispanic patients were 14 percent less likely and Asian patients were 21 percent less likely to use telehealth, a new study reveals.

HealthcareITNews January 12, 2022

Virtual care's role in combating the youth mental health crisis

Brightline CEO Naomi Allen discusses the impact of COVID-19 on pediatric behavioral health.

CCPH January 11, 2022 

New Year, New Telehealth Policy Updates on States, CMS, Federal Agencies and More!

Winter Policy Developments in CCHP’s Telehealth Policy Finder CCHP’s Policy Finder look-up tool and Policy Trend Maps have been updated over the past few months based on the latest information from our ongoing state telehealth policy tracking. Since the release of the Fall 2021 State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement report, CCHP has updated approximately 60% of the total state policy pages. See the policy finder for the exact date each state and policy was updated.

HealthcareITNews January 11, 2022

NorthShore uses telehealth to take vitals and examine heart, lungs and ears from afar

The health system employs small, handheld devices for remote monitoring that patients can use at home, in conjunction with physicians in their offices.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 11, 2022

Telehealth Use Dipped 7% in October, But Telemental Care Persisted

Last October, telehealth use fell in every region except the Northeast, where it remained stable, but mental health condition claims increased in every region, according to FAIR Health.

Foley & Lardner, LLP January 10, 2022

Medicare Telehealth and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: New CMS Reimbursement Requirements

The CMS has responded to calls for additional telehealth flexibilities by continuing its efforts to address the substance abuse epidemic and expand access to mental/behavioral health in its new 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.

Foley & Lardner, LLP January 9, 2022

Four Key Takeaways for Digital Health Companies from the FTC’s Recent COPPA Settlement

True to its word, the Federal Trade Commission has continued to focus on online privacy by targeting digital platforms that collect personal information.

SPECTRUM NESS NY1 January 6, 2022

As hospitals attempt to prevent overcrowding, doctors advocate for virtual visits when possible

Mount Sinai Hospital is trying to prevent crowding in its emergency rooms, where doctors estimate seeing at least one in five patients who are experiencing mild sickness, including COVID-19 symptoms, making them candidates for a virtual doctor visit.

Foley & Lardner, LLP Janaury 6, 2022

New Jersey Allows Asynchronous Telemedicine

On December 21, 2021, New Jersey amended its telemedicine laws via SB 2559. The new changes expressly allow the use of asynchronous store-and-forward telemedicine as a standalone modality, remove prior prohibitions on audio-only modalities, and clarify what constitutes unacceptable “internet prescribing.” The changes are effective immediately.

Forbes January 6, 2022

Will The Telehealth Boom Continue After The Pandemic?

It’s a bittersweet truth that can be difficult to discuss: Major tragedies like the Covid-19 pandemic often ignite new approaches and innovations in healthcare. We’ve seen it born out of U.S. military trauma centers in Iraq and Afghanistan before, and we’re seeing it today with telehealth.

HealthcareITNews January 6, 2022

See where your state ranks on telemedicine

A new report digs into policies around the country through the lens of patient access and ease of providing care, assessing different approaches to telehealth in all 50 states.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 6, 2022

Video Telehealth as Effective as Usual Care for Chronic Diseases

Managing chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart failure, via video-based telemedicine is as safe and effective as usual in-person care, a new study shows.

HealthleadersNOW January 5, 2022

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASKS FOR EXAMPLES OF DIGITAL HEALTH USE DURING THE PANDEMIC

The White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) has issued a Request for Information on how technology and innovation have been used - successfully and unsuccessfully - to address barriers to care and health equity.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 5, 2022

Homelessness Drives Up No-Show Rates for Virtual Addiction Treatment

Stably housed individuals were more likely to use telehealth for substance use disorder treatment and had fewer missed appointments compared to people experiencing homelessness, a study found.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 5, 2022

Many States Hit Hard by COVID-19 Limit Telehealth Practice, Report Finds

States like New York, California, and Washington have laws that block interstate telehealth, while only three states allow all providers to easily practice telehealth across state lines.

HealthcareITNews January 5, 2022

Australia ends support for 128 telehealth items

Health leaders have since warned of some huge consequences of the change.

HealthcareITNews January 5, 2022

Female, Behavioral Health Physicians Led Early Telehealth Adoption

Within a Massachusetts health system, early telehealth adoption during the pandemic was associated with female, primary care, and behavioral health physicians, a study found.

HealthcareITNews January 5, 2022

Pharmacists' active involvement needed to bolster telepharmacy in Japan's rural communities: study

Japan has only made telepharmacy available in September.

Foley & Lardner, LLP January 5, 2022

Massachusetts DPH Delays Enforcement Penalties for State Surprise Billing Law

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has delayed the enforcement penalties for the new notice requirements under the “Patients First Law” until July 1, 2022. This news comes as a relief to the provider community that has been working to understand the new notice and disclosure requirements that largely took effect simultaneously with the Federal No Surprises Act on January 1, 2022.

HealthcareITNews January 4, 2022

One expert travels the country to see how telehealth is holding up

Justin Miller of eVisit visits the company's provider clients to see where they are excelling, the challenges they face and what's in store for 2022.

CCHP January 4, 2022

NQF Report Offers Framework for Assessing Quality of Care via Telehealth

The traction gained by telehealth during the pandemic has raised a number of policy questions. One of the most frequent issues raised revolves around telehealth’s impact on quality of care, but even more so, how to measure quality of care delivered via telehealth.

Foley & Lardner, LLP January 4, 2022

COVID-19 At-Home Tests: Do CLIA Requirements Apply and what do Health Care Providers Need to Know?

Demand for COVID-19 tests, including over-the-counter at-home tests, has soared with the surge of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. However, health care providers, employers, and individuals have lacked clarity on if and how federal requirements might apply to such tests, including the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), which govern most laboratory testing and the operations of clinical laboratories.

mHEALTHINTELLIGENCE January 4, 2022

Rural Cancer Survivors Report Low Telehealth Availability, Internet Access

Older cancer survivors in rural areas are also less likely to own the technology needed for virtual visits or use the internet for communication, a new study reveals.

HealthcareITNews January 3, 2022

FDA releases guidance for remotely acquiring data in clinical investigations

The draft report offers recommendations for stakeholders about using digital health hardware and software to gather information from remote trial participants.

HealthcareITNews January 3, 2022

Baptist Health uses $873K grant to build out RPM capabilities and expand telehealth

Without the demands of the pandemic, and without financial help from the FCC, the health system would have taken a more conservative approach.

HealthcareITNews January 3, 2022

India pilots plug-and-play telehealth programme for underserved areas

The project will initially cover about 60,000 patients in remote locations.

HealthccareITNews January 3, 2022

Texas makes abortion via telehealth a crime

A new law in the state bans the provision of abortion medication via courier, delivery or mail service – with potential consequences of jail time or a hefty fine.

mHealthIntelligence December 29, 2021

31% of Older Americans Worry Telehealth Not as Effective as In-person Care

Having a prior relationship with their provider and having the option to exchange emails or direct messages with them can help alleviate older adults' telehealth concerns, according to a survey.

mHealthIntelligence December 28, 2021

Older, Rural Medicare Beneficiaries s8ed Telehealth Less During Pandemic

Medicare beneficiaries who used telehealth during the pandemic were more likely to be younger, reside in urban areas, and be considered high-risk, a study found.

mHealthIntelligence December 23, 2021

Ohio, New Jersey Governors Sign Telehealth Bills Into Law

The bills expand telehealth access, ban denial of insurance coverage, and ensure payment parity between telehealth and in-person care in the two states.

HealthcareITNews December 23, 2021

HHS puts $48M toward rural public health IT, workforce expansion

Funding recipients can use the money to bolster technology needs and employee capacity in response to the long-term effects of COVID-19.

mHealthIntelligence December 23, 2021

FCC Announces $42.7M for 5th Round of COVID-19 Telehealth Funding

The latest round of federal telehealth funding will help 68 healthcare providers across the country purchase technologies and software to improve virtual care delivery.

mHealthIntelligence December 21, 2021

Outcomes for Virtual Prenatal, Postpartum Care Similar to In-Person Visits

A Massachusetts clinic saw similar outcomes among in-person and telehealth visits for pregnant patients and saw high telehealth utilization rates for prenatal and postpartum care services.

HealthcareITNews December 21, 2021

Amwell CEO on what 2022 may hold for RPM and telehealth reimbursement

Roy Schoenberg, a major player in the field of telemedicine, offers his views on the future of remote patient monitoring, reimbursement regulation and technological advancements.

CCHP December 21, 2021

CCHP Leadership Looks Back on Telehealth Policy in 2021...plus a peek into 2022!

As the year winds down, it’s been another eventful one for telehealth policy. With COVID continuing to impact our daily lives for a second year, telehealth still remains an important tool in providing people with needed health services. .

FIERCEHealthcare December 21, 2021

Digital health startups join HHS accelerator to tackle COVID health inequities

Fifteen digital health startups will join a national accelerator program to address health inequities exacerbated by COVID-19.

mHealthIntelligence December 20, 2021

Permanent Pay, Originating Site Policies Boost Access to Virtual Addiction Services

By making temporary reimbursement and site-originating policies permanent, legislators could help increase access to virtual opioid use disorder treatment, according to a new report.

Telehealth.org December 20, 2021

Medicaid and Telehealth Program Policies by State

The Center for Connected Health Policy updates its mandate regarding telehealth, Medicaid, health professional regulations, and private payers by individual states every six months. The reader can find all updates via the policy finder.

Telehealth.org December 20, 2021

Are You Complying with HIPAA Telehealth Requirements? Mental Health Provider Survey Exposes Failures

It is easy for providers to talk about providing digital security to clients and patients, but following legal mandates requires education and routine diligence.

HealthcareITNews December 20, 2021

Advances in telemedicine are on the way in 2022

A physician expert in virtual care talks technological advances, reimbursement legislation and the continued evolution of remote patient monitoring.

Telehealth.org December 19, 2021

Telehealth in Rural Areas: Treating PTSD & Bipolar Disorder

Telehealth has recently shown triumphs within the medical field by reaching those living in rural areas who were less likely to access mental health services than those residing in bigger cities.

Telehealth.org December 19, 2021

New Evidence-Based Approach to Autism Telehealth Treatment

Almost one out of 54 children in the United States lives with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Early diagnosis and treatment can dramatically help children and their families. Unfortunately, with the overburdened US behavioral health system combined with the lack of qualified professionals, many families must wait up to 12 months for an initial diagnostic interview.

mHealthIntelligence December 17, 2021

Increased Telehealth Utilization Supports Rural Health in Michigan

Five rural counties in Michigan saw an increase in telehealth utilization, with younger generations and adults with children using the service most often.

HealthAffairs December 17, 2021

Rethinking The Impact Of Audio-Only Visits On Health Equity

New pandemic-era flexibility that allowed audio-only health visits to be routinely reimbursed as telehealth may be leading to substandard care for those it was meant to serve.

mHealthIntelligence December 17, 2021

Grocery Chain Launches Telehealth Platform, Prescription Delivery Service

The telehealth platform launched by supermarket operator Hy-vee aims to provide users with virtual care and prescription delivery services while keeping costs low.

AP NEWS December 15, 2021

Telehealth helps in pandemic, concerns linger: AP-NORC poll

Most older Americans have had to use telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and many were comfortable with it, but a new poll finds persistent concerns about issues like technology, the quality of care and patient privacy.

mHealthIntelligence December 15, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Lags in Detecting Pacemaker Battery Failure

Though the FDA had suggested patients use remote patient monitoring processes to track the battery life of their pacemaker, new research shows the processes were not successful.

mHealthIntelligence December 15, 2021

Digital Interventions May Aid in Reducing Depression Symptoms

Participation in digital interventions such as online modules and lessons led to a reduction in depression symptoms as compared with no treatment at all, a new study shows.

mHealthIntelligence December 14, 2021

Patient Satisfaction With Live Video Dips From Pandemic High

Patient satisfaction with live video visits dropped 10 percentage points from 2020 to 2021, though other telehealth modalities, like live phone calls, saw increases, a new survey shows.

HealthcareITNews December 13, 2021

Former CMS chief of staff previews 4 areas of value-based care in 2022

Caravan Health President and CEO Tim Gronniger talks telemedicine, staff retention and provider burnout, health equity, and growth in value-based payment.

HealthcareITNews December 13, 2021

Australia working towards 'permanent' telehealth

Over 16 million Australians have also received subsidised telehealth support since last year.

HealthcareITNews December 13, 2021

How to get clinicians more comfortable with delivering telemedicine

A physician expert in virtual care discusses building familiarity, using pilot projects and managing scheduling carefully.

HealthcareITNews December 13, 2021

Legislators float bipartisan bill to safeguard telehealth

The legislation would extend COVID-19-era emergency waivers for two years, buying some time before the arrival of the so-called telehealth cliff.

CCHP December 10, 2021

2021 In Review: State Telehealth Policy Legislative Roundup

CCHP’s 2021 roundup of state approved legislation which includes a detailed listing of all bills by topic area and state.

mHealthIntelligence December 9, 2021

US Reps Introduce Bill to Ensure Permanent Access to Telehealth

The Telehealth Extension Act aims to solidify policies that will preserve permanent access to telehealth after the public health emergency ends.

Telehealth.org December 9, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement & Home Health Care

Healthcare professionals use remote patient monitoring (RPM) to help them keep track of consumers’ health status from the comfort of their homes. This article will look at remote patient monitoring, the many benefits it provides, and the challenges it is facing while providing home health care.

FierceHealthcare December 9, 2021

AHA, Johns Hopkins, Athenahealth, others launch campaign to make telehealth permanent

Sixteen organizations launched a public education campaign to protect access to telehealth called Telehealth Access for America.

Telehealth.org December 9, 2021

Employers Boosting Telehealth Benefits in Record Numbers

According to a report released Nov. 10 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, most organizations have boosted their telehealth benefits for their employees since the COVID outbreak began, with one out of every ten big companies signing new contracts with telehealth providers. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey results were based on responses from nearly 1,700 small and large employers from January to July 2021.

mHealthIntelligence December 9, 2021

AHA, Ascension, Others Campaign to Preserve Post-Pandemic Telehealth Access

The Telehealth Access for America campaign urges Congress to solidify policies and ensure telehealth access once the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

Telehealth.org December 9, 2021

Caution: Direct-to-Consumer Digital Care – All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Opportunistic corporations are exploding into the telemental health niche blasted open by COVID, which prompted inexperienced investors to race pell-mell into direct-to-consumer teletherapy. Especially in the area of self-paid and insurance-paid ambulatory mental health services, where independent practitioners provide the bulk of the treatment, the shift to telehealth has been improvised, disorganized, unsupervised, and unscrutinized in an alarming one-size-fits-all approach to assisting people with mental health challenges.

mHealthIntelligence December 8, 2021

Telehealth Payment, Access Flexibilities Can Help Close Care Gaps

A new report shows that telehealth could play a key part in mitigating health inequities, but payment structures and social determinants of health, like lack of broadband access, pose challenges.

Telehealth.org December 8, 2021

Annual HIPAA Deadline Approaching: HIPAA Risk Assessment

Each year healthcare professionals must conduct a HIPAA risk assessment to identify risks and vulnerabilities to protect patient/client’s health information. As the 2021 annual security risk assessment deadline approaches, it is important to understand what needs to be done to meet this requirement.

HealthcareITNews December 8, 2021

Hospital at home: How healthcare orgs can set programs up for success

Experts say home-based advanced care initiatives should consider patients holistically and recognize virtual care as a distinct modality requiring its own strategic investments.

mHealthIntelligence December 7, 2021

Telehealth Use Continues to Rise, But COVID-19 Not Among Top Diagnoses

Following August’s trend, September saw another increase in telehealth use on the national level, as well as in the West and Midwest regions.

HEALTHCAREDIVE December 7, 2021

COVID-19 drops out of top telehealth diagnoses in September even as virtual care use rises

National telehealth use, measured as a percentage of all medical claims, rose more than 2% in September for the second straight month as the delta variant surged, following a sustained period of decline early this year.

HealthcareITNews December 7, 2021

American Hospital Association, Johns Hopkins and others launch pro-telehealth campaign

Telehealth Access for America is aimed at educating the public about the benefits of expanding access to virtual care services.

Foley & Lardner December 7,2021

Medicare Telehealth Mental Health FAQs: CMS and the New In-Person Exam Requirement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized its rule on in-person exam requirements for Medicare coverage of telehealth-based mental health services when the patient is located at home. The Frequently Asked Questions below are based on CMS’ policies in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.

CCHP December 7, 2021

QFRs Provide Insight on OIG Telehealth Perspective & Further Clarify Telefraud is not Telehealth Fraud

In late September, the nomination of Christi Grimm as Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG) was considered in a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Finance. As the future of telehealth policy is front of mind for lawmakers, the HHS-OIG Official Responses to Questions for the Record (QFRs) posted on the Committee’s website contain a number of questions and responses that showcase the important role of HHS-OIG in terms of the future of telehealth policy while also providing a clear explanation of OIG’s view on a range of telehealth issues.

HealthcareITNews December 7, 2021  

A Hawaii health system meets island community and COVID-19 needs with telehealth

Queen's Health Systems' medical director of telehealth offers an in-depth look at a $1 million virtual care overhaul that may be instructive for health IT leaders across the country.

HealthcareITNews December 6, 2021  

Kaspersky survey raises concerns about patient trust in telehealth

A report released by the cybersecurity company found that fears around data privacy and security contributed to patients' refusal to participate in virtual care.

HEALTHCAREDIVE December 6, 2021 

Medicare telehealth visits increased 63-fold from 2019 to 2020, new government data shows

Virtual visits for Medicare beneficiaries went from hundreds of thousands pre-pandemic to tens of millions in 2020, with many beneficiaries using telehealth for the first time.

mHealthIntelligence December 6, 2021

Telehealth Use Among Medicare Patients Skyrocketed 63-Fold Last Year

Telehealth use by Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries especially increased for specialist visits and behavioral health visits from 2019 to 2020, according to an HHS report.

Fierce Healthcare December 5, 2021

Out-of-pocket costs may sway patient preference for telehealth

Out-of-pocket costs may play larger role in telehealth visits than in-person care: survey.

Telehealth.org December 3, 2021

Employers Boosting Telehealth Benefits in Record Numbers

According to a report released Nov. 10 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, most organizations have boosted their telehealth benefits for their employees since the COVID outbreak began, with one out of every ten big companies signing new contracts with telehealth providers. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey results were based on responses from nearly 1,700 small and large employers from January to July 2021.

JDSUPRA December 3, 2021

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 - December 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. Telehealth is an essential tool in ensuring patients are able to access.

mHealthIntelligence December 3, 2021 

PCORI Grants $23M to Support Telehealth Effectiveness Studies

The funds will support studies that assess telehealth effectiveness for treating pain relief, smoking cessation, and mental health conditions.

mHealthIntelligence December 3, 2021

Telehealth Succeeds in Managing Type 2 Diabetes, Studies Show

A systematic review of nearly 30 studies revealed that telehealth interventions can successfully help adults manage type 2 diabetes.

Telehealth.org December 3, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement & Home Health Care

Healthcare professionals use remote patient monitoring (RPM) to help them keep track of consumers’ health status from the comfort of their homes. This article will look at remote patient monitoring, the many benefits it provides, and the challenges it is facing while providing home health care.

mHealthIntelligence December 2, 2021 Link  

Higher Costs Prompt Patients to Switch From Telehealth to In-Person Care

A new study revealed the impact of out-of-pocket costs on visit modality, showing that patients who preferred telehealth were likely to switch to in-person care if it was cheaper.

mHealthIntelligence December 1, 2021 Link  

5 New Telehealth Training Sites to Open in Arkansas, Tennessee

The South Central Telehealth Resource Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is opening satellite locations that will be funded by federal grants.

mHealthIntelligence December 1, 2021 Link  

52% of Providers Say Patients Declined Telehealth Due to Security Concerns

A majority of the global providers surveyed also expressed concerns about data use and sharing, as well as about the personal penalties that may arise if data is leaked.

Fierce Healthcare December 1, 2021  

Truepill builds COVID-19 virtual care platform with antiviral delivery and telehealth consults

Truepill is launching an end-to-end virtual care platform for COVID-19, the digital health unicorn announced Wednesday.

HealthcareITNews December 1, 2021  

CareCloud CEO predicts what's around the corner for telehealth

A. Hadi Chaudry says he foresees a growth in remote patient monitoring overall, not just video visits.

HEALTHCAREDIVE December 1, 2021  

Patient willingness for telehealth high, but in-person care perceived as more valuable, research suggests

Patients who leaned toward in-person care were more willing to pay for it, while those who preferred video visits were more sensitive to out-of-pocket costs, a survey conducted by Rand found.

PEW December 1, 2021

Telehealth May Be Here to Stay

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, medical executive Lyndi Church and her colleagues at Caring Hands Healthcare Centers in southeastern Oklahoma had been intrigued by telehealth, but they feared it was unworkable in their rural corner of the state.

Health Care Law Today November 30, 2021

Is the DEA Poised to Regulate Telepharmacy?

On November 16, 2021, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, exploring whether or not to create new federal regulations governing the practice of telepharmacy. These regulations would govern the receipt of prescriptions and dispensing of controlled substances by pharmacists practicing across multiple states.

CCHP November 30, 2021

Federal Telehealth Policy News: MedPAC, MACPAC and Other Federal Updates

The Medicare Payment and Access Commission (MedPAC) recently met to provide updated Medicare telehealth utilization data, which highlights a decrease in use since the beginning of the pandemic, but also shows that utilization remains higher than prior to the pandemic. Earlier this year MedPAC published recommendations to Congress to further extend some federal COVID expansions related to telehealth in order to gather more data to inform long-term policies…

Healthleadersmedia November 29, 2021

NEW YORK INVESTS $3 MILLION IN TELEHEALTH TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES

The state is issuing $150,000 grants to community health providers around the state to purchase telehealth and remote monitoring technology to help underserved communities access care.

mHealthIntelligence November 29, 2021

Cancer Care Clinicians Satisfied with Telehealth, Desire Continued Use

It envisions expanding the use of telemedicine to include telegenetic consultations, remote chemotherapy support, remote monitoring via wearables and palliative care.

HealthcareITNews November 29, 2021

City of Hope advances cancer care with hybrid telehealth and in-person visits

It envisions expanding the use of telemedicine to include telegenetic consultations, remote chemotherapy support, remote monitoring via wearables and palliative care.

mHealthIntelligence November 29, 2021

Tech Access, Digital Literacy Barriers to Virtual Care for Opioid Use Disorder

While telehealth may improve access to opioid use disorder treatment, lack of access to technology and low digital literacy levels still stand in the way.

mHealthIntelligence November 29, 2021

Medicare Patients in Metro Areas More Likely to Report Telehealth Use

Additionally, those who were younger than 75, lived in the west and had internet connectivity were more likely to use video or voice calls to interact with their physicians.

mHealthIntelligence November 29, 2021

Using Remote Patient Monitoring to Lower Hypertension Progression

Patients with hypertension are highly likely to benefit from home monitoring and care management using remote patient monitoring.

HEALTHCAREDIVE November 29, 2021

Accelerating outcomes amid healthcare's digital transformation

Opportunity is building for healthcare organizations to leverage digital tools, technology and analytics to find new innovations and drive breakthrough improvements in their business and clinical operations.

Health Care Law Today November 28, 2021

Telemedicine Will Remain Even as the COVID-19 Crisis Recedes; But the Policies That Enabled Great Advances in Telemedicine Should Become Permanent

As telemedicine companies stepped up during the COVID-19 (COVID) health crisis, patients and clinicians alike came to value and rely on the model of anywhere care, where an exam, checkup, or therapy session could be performed remotely and safely. Despite the support from consumers, the industry faces policy ambiguity as lawmakers roll back many of the rule waivers tied to the Public Health Emergency (PHE).

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