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mHealth Intelligence, March 30 2020

How telehealth aids skilled nursing facilities during, beyond COVID-19

Telehealth is proving its useful tool in the fight against COVID-19, and skilled nursing facilities should take notice.

American Occupational Therapy Association, March 2020

OT and Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19

Recommendations are made for how occupational therapy practitioners can utilize telehealth to continue providing OT services while mitigating transmission of the virus, particularly to more vulnerable populations. Continuing obstacles to surrounding providing OT via telehealth are highlighted.

mHealth Intelligence, March 28 2020

ATA announces new partnership, moves telehealth conference online

The American Telemedicine Association has forged a partnership with the Boston-based Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) and announced that ATA2020 will be a five-day virtual event in June.The American Telemedicine Association has announced a partnership with a Boston-based non-profit aimed at supporting the development of digital medicine.

mHealth Intelligence, March 27 2020

Using telehealth in a pandemic: focus on flexibility, scalability?

Executives from three different health systems talk about how they've used telehealth to meet the demands created by the Coronavirus pandemic - and how those services are laying the groundwork for 'the new normal.

MIT Sloan School of Management, March 25 2020

4 urgent problems hospitals can solve right now with telemedicine

With the spread of COVID-19, it’s imperative that hospitals triage their own processes to prioritize patients and protect health care workers. Recommendations are provided on how technology can help.

American Academy of Family Physicians, March 23rd 2020

Inside look at using telemedicine during COVID-19 pandemic

As the number of cases of confirmed COVID-19 -- the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 -- skyrockets in the United States, family physicians are consumed with trying to best care for their patients while protecting themselves and their staff.

American Association of Medical Colleges, March 23rd 2020

As COVID-19 races through communities, hospitals ramp up telehealth to protect patients and providers

Even before Congress lifted restrictions on reimbursement for telehealth through Medicare, academic medical centers were expanding telemedicine services. Will it be enough?

JDSupra News, March 23rd 2020

More changes to telemedicine and health care regulation in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Federal regulators announced another set of regulatory changes and waivers, particularly relating to telemedicine, in response to the growing pandemic crisis throughout the United States.

National Law Review, March 23rd 2020

NJDOBI Mandates Insurance Carriers to Reimburse Providers for Telemedicine and Telehealth Encounters During State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency

NJDOBI issued Bulletin 20-07 to mandate insurance carriers to reimburse providers for telemedicine and telehealth encounters. This applies to: (1) all health insurance companies; all HMOs; all health service corporations and any other entity issuing health benefits plans in New Jersey.

Concord Monitor, March 21th 2020

COVID-19 makes telemedicine more valuable; hub at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is ramping up

The state’s hub of telemedicine is ramping up as the COVID outbreak spreads and its leader says that there’s no almost no limit to how much it should expand.

Center for Connected Health Policy, March 20th 2020

Telehealth coverage policies in the time of COVID-19 (updated Regularly)

As things rapidly develop regarding what we know about COVID-19, policies around telehealth have also been developing alongside of it. Here CCHP provides a summary of policy changes that expand use of telehealth for Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and state Medicaid programs.

mHealth Intelligence, March 20th 2020

States move quickly to address coronavirus pandemic with telehealth

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have so far amended existing laws or issued new declarations to expand the use of telehealth and mHealth tool during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, March 19th 2020

Feds OK instate licensing, paving way for telehealth expansion

Vice President Mike Pence's announcement on Wednesday paves the way for providers to treat patients in other states, opening the door for expanded telehealth and mHealth programs.

mHealth Intelligence, March 18th 2020

Telehealth key to payer COVID-19 prevention, diagnosis, testing

Payers are partnering are exploring ways to use telehealth in preventing, diagnosing, and testing for COVID-19. Examples are highlighted from the state of New York.

mHealth Intelligence, March 18th 2020

DEA okays telehealth to prescribe opiods amid COVID-19 emergency

The move to telehealth will make it easier for providers to prescribe an opioid or other controlled substance during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

STAT, March 17th 2020

Surge in patients overwhelms telehealth services amid coronavirus pandemic

Telehealth services are sagging under the weight of an unprecedented surge in patients as hospitals scramble to shift routine care online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis is stressing major telehealth providers’ technical infrastructure and the supply of physicians prepared to deliver care virtually.

National Consortium of Telehealth Resources Center- Webinar Event, March 17th 2020

Recorded NCTRC Webinar Event: Telehealth and COVID-19

Telehealth can be a means to address COVID-19 through patient monitoring, treating and limiting exposure to infection for vulnerable populations, and protecting health care workers. Telehealth cannot only expand the reach of services to communities that have limited access to needed services, but also provide minimize exposure for both the health worker and patients who are at high risk for infection. This allows patients to receive health services away from settings where potential for contracting COVID-19 are high, such as hospitals and waiting rooms. The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers will be holding a webinar exploring further uses and benefits of telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Med City News, March 16 2020

Will telehealth limitations hamper these states’ responses to COVID-19?

As health systems prepare for COVID-19 outbreaks, many are turning to telehealth and triage tools as a first line of defense. How will hospitals with limited telehealth infrastructure prepare?

Health Affairs Blog, March 16th 2020

Opportunities to expand telehealth use amid the coronavirus pandemic

This article highlights usage of telehealth for screening, triage, and treatment of coronavirus infection cases in China, New York, and Washington State and efforts by the U.S. government to expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage of telehealth services.

mHealth Intelligence, March 16th 2020

Massachusetts expands telehealth coverage for COVID-19

Governor Baker orders payers to cover in-network telehealth services for the treatment of COVID-19.

American College of Cardiology, Cardiology Magazine, March 13th 2020

Telehealth: Rapid Implementation for your Cardiology Clinic

With the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), many outpatient clinics and facilities find themselves not ready yet for regular telehealth visits. With a few turnkey solutions as outlined here, your clinic can be set up for virtual visits in very short order.

American Journal of Managed Care In-Focus Blog, March 13th 2020

Telehealth during COVID-19: How Hospitals, healthcare providers are optimizing virtual care

While several barriers to care have inhibited telehealth in the past, recent actions by CMS, HHS, and other governing bodies have sought to expand its availability nationwide. Highlighted here is NYU Langone Health's telehealth service Virtual Urgent Care, which connects members with clinicians via phone or tablet to provide care without potential coronavirus exposure.

WCAX, March 12th 2020

Vermont House passes telehealth bill amid coronavirus concerns

The House just passed a telehealth bill. It helps Vermonters in rural areas connect with specialists, takes away the need to drive to appointments and work around a job and childcare.

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2020

Challenges of new Medicare telehealth rules amid COVID-19 outbreak

New Medicare telehealth rules passed to increase testing for and treatment of COVID-19 contain technical challenges that may make it difficult for providers.

Family Practice Medical Blog, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): new telehealth rules and procedure codes for testing

Provisions for expanding access to Medicare services via telehealth were included in the recent federal coronavirus response act. This article usefully details the proper billing codes for coronavirus related services.

mHealth Intelligence, February 6, 2020

Congress looks to consolidate, coordinate federal telehealth efforts

A new bill aims to align all U.S. federal telehealth programs and incentives through the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth by putting it under direct control of the Health and Human Services Secretary.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2020

Personalized mHealth tools help providers improve care management

mHealth tools like virtual assistants and connected health devices are giving care providers more insight into their patients' daily lives and enabling them to create better care management plans, as exemplified by the remote patient monitoring of lung disease patients by El Camino Health in California.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2020

MUSC study shows telehealth can health treat pregnant women with OUD

A comparison of in-person care with telehealth by the Medical University of South Carolina finds that both platforms are just as effective in treating pregnant women dealing with opioid abuse issues.

mHealth Intelligence, February 4, 2020

Study sees success in using mHealth to help people with eating disorders

Researchers at New York's Mount Sinai health system say an mHealth app helped people living with a variety of eating disorders manage their health, reduce adverse clinical outcomes and move toward remission for at least a year.

mHealth Intelligence, February 3, 2020

New York includes teleheatlh in new Puerto Rican relief effort

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending bilingual healthcare providers to Puerto Rico to help the island nation recover from a series of earthquakes. That effort will include a telehealth platform for mental health services.

National Law Review, January 29, 2020

Telehealth: Massachusetts proposed act to improve health care by investing in value

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has restarted the discussion on health care cost containment in the Commonwealth with a proposed bill that contains a raft of initiatives. The bill expands both access to and coverage of telehealth.

Healthcare IT News, January 22, 2020

VA seeing substaintial growth in telehealth, key patient engagement tools

In 2019, the VA provide more than 2.6 million telehealth episodes of care to more than 900,000 veterans. At the upcoming HIMSS20 conference, a VA leader will show how this, plus innovations such as My HealtheVet and Blue Button, is boosting veterans' patient experience

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