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mHealthIntelligence April 16, 2021

FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program Reboots in 2 Weeks

The Federal Communications Commission will accept applications for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program from April 29 to May 6.

mHealthIntelligence April 15, 2021

COVID-19 Telehealth Delivery Reaps High Patient Satisfaction

More than 70 percent of people reported high satisfaction with telehealth and indicated that they want to use virtual care after COVID-19 is over.

mHealthIntelligence April 15, 2021

5 Guidelines to Establishing a Post-Pandemic Telehealth Strategy

Telehealth adoption has soared during the coronavirus pandemic, and it will be part of the process once the crisis is over. Medical practices need to develop a strategy now that mixes in-person and virtual care.

mHealthIntelligence April 14, 2021

Mayo Clinic Launches New Platform for Analyzing Data From mHealth Devices

The Remote Diagnostic and Management Platform (RDMP) is designed to collect data from mHealth devices used in remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs and apply AI tools for diagnosis and decision support.

mHealthIntelligence April 14, 2021

Canadian mHealth App Takes Aim at Preventing Deadly Drug Overdoses

A healthcare provider in Ontario is testing out an mHealth app that allows the user to activate an alarm after taking a drug, with the app automatically notifying emergency officials if the alarm isn't turned off.

Healthcare IT News April 13, 2021

Biden outlines health IT funding priorities

The extensive list includes billions in funding for public health data modernization, broadband and 5G expansion, social determinants of health, cybersecurity and more.

mHealthIntelligence April 13, 2021

HHS Unveils Telehealth Grants to Address Rural Maternal, Obstetrics Care

HHS is kicking off Black Maternal Health Week by offering three four-year grants, totaling $12 million, to projects aimed at boosting maternal health outcomes among underserved populations in rural America.

mHealthIntelligence April 13, 2021

Biden Administration to Lift Restrictions on Telemedicine Abortions

The administration has announced that it will allow healthcare providers to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs via telehealth without an in-person exam for the remainder of the public health emergency.

Healthcare iT News April 12, 2021

The benefits and future of remote patient monitoring

At the start of 2020, widespread adoption of remote patient monitoring was still in the distance. The technology was struggling to get off the ground despite it being available for years.

mHealthIntelligence April 12, 2021

Deaconess Health Finds Success in Tailoring Telehealth to Specific Patients

The Indiana health system has fine-tuned a remote patient monitoring program to treat specific chronic care patients and those with COVID-19, and is showing a significant decrease in hospitalizations and total costs of care.

CCHP April 12, 2021

Permanent Changes Finally Coming To Telehealth

As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, telehealth has evolved and will continue to evolve. As part of this evolution, CMS finalized a rule that expands Medicare coverage for telehealth services.

mHealthIntelligence April 12, 2021

Supreme Court Ruling May Help Providers With mHealth Messaging Strategies

TA Supreme Court ruling involving Facebook has loosened the restrictions around autodialing, giving healthcare providers more leeway to use mHealth platforms for certain text messaging services.

mHealthIntelligence April 9, 2021

New Awards Target Research on Telehealth Value in Rheumatology

The Rheumatology Research Foundation has unveiled four awards aimed at boosting research on how telehealth can be used to improve care and outcomes for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

mHealthIntelligence April 9, 2021

Acute Direct-To-Consumer Telehealth Leads To More Follow-Up Care

Direct-to-consumer telehealth patients had 4 percent more follow-up encounters compared to patients who had initial in-person acute care visits.

Fierce Health Care April 9, 2021

UPDATED Coronavirus tracker: Americans' opinions about telehealth have changed due to COVID-19, survey finds

Most consumers want to keep using telehealth after COVID-19 has passed: survey In a rise that can only be described as meteoric, telehealth services have grown exponentially in the United States over the past year.

mHealthntelligence April 8,2021

UW Researchers Develop an mHealth Tool that Tracks Vital Signs With a Camera

Researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft are working on an mHealth platform that uses the camera on a laptop or smartphone to capture a user's pulse and respiration rate.

mHealthIntelligence April 16, 2021

FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program Reboots in 2 Weeks

The Federal Communications Commission will accept applications for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program from April 29 to May 6.

mHealthntelligence April 7, 2021

AMA Lobbies CMS to Extend Medicare Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth

The American Medical Association has sent a letter urging CMS to permanently extend Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services. Separately, CMS is being urged to include virtual care in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.

mHealthntelligence April 7, 2021

Health Systems to Use mHealth to Help COVID-19 Patients With ‘Brain Fog’

Three health systems will be testing an mHealth platform that uses video gaming concepts to help patients recovering from COVID-19 who are experiencing cognitive dysfunction.

HealthCare IT News April 7,2021

Strategies for securing the remote patient monitoring ecosystem

In this episode of HIT Cybersecurity, NIST IT Security Specialist Nakia Grayson details the unique infosec challenges inherent in delivering care from hospital to home – and shares some resources that can help.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 7, 2021

Controversy about Eliminating Telephone Telehealth Coverage

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association focused on telehealth use among the low-income population in California.

mHealthntelligence April 6, 2021

Telehealth Becoming a Preferred Platform for Cardiovascular Care

A Cedars-Sinai study finds that patients - especially minorities and underserved populations - took advantage of telehealth to meet with their care providers for cardiovascular services during the pandemic.

mHealthntelligence April 6, 2021

North Dakota Lawmakers Shoot Down Telehealth Payment Parity Study

North Dakota's House of Representatives has rejected a bill calling for a two-year study on payment parity for telehealth services, saying it would unfairly affect the market.

Health Care Law Today April 6, 2021

Telemedicine, Texting, and TCPA: Telephone Consumer Protection Act Update

What does the new Supreme Court text message ruling mean for your digital health business?

mHealthntelligence April 5, 2021

Michigan Lawmakers Debate the Use of Telehealth for Eye Exams

A bill that would allow optometrists to use telehealth to conduct eye exams for contact lens prescriptions is making its way through Michigan's Legislature - and attracting a lot of interest for and against.

Telebehavioral Health Institute April 5, 2021

Important Telehealth Reimbursement Updates for Clinicians

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have dramatically expanded coverage and reimbursement of telehealth services.

Health Affairs Blog April 2, 2021

Low-Income COVID-19 Patients Die Needlessly Because They Are Stuck In The Wrong Hospitals—While The Right Hospitals Too Often Shut Them Out

A heart-wrenching February 8 New York Times story by Sheri Fink describes vast inequalities across hospitals during Los Angeles’s latest COVID-19 surge

Fierce Health Care April 1, 2021

FCC moves forward with $250M telehealth program with a focus on equitable distribution

The Federal Communications Commission this week unanimously approved a process for distributing nearly $250 million to help healthcare providers deliver telehealth services.

HealthCare IT News April 1, 2021

How COVID-19 has transformed public policy and population health efforts

Telehealth, mental health and racial inequality issues have put a spotlight on how to address the needs of underserved populations.

mHealthntelligence April 01, 2021

Fitbit, Stanford Medicine Project Uses mHealth to Track College Athletes

Stanford Medicine and Fitbit are teaming up with the Pac-12 Conference to study whether mHealth wearables can be used to identify early signs of viruses like COVID-19 in student-athletes playing college sports.

mHealthntelligence April 01, 2021

Stanford Children’s Uses mHealth to Keep Young Patients at Home

Cardiologists at Stanford Children's Health are using mHealth devices and telehealth platforms to monitor their young patients at home, rather than having the family travel several hours for an office visit.

Healthcare IT News March 31, 2021

Tablet-based telehealth keeps mental health services online during the pandemic

Goodwill NYNJ used a $436,000 grant from the FCC to buy tablets, laptops and hotspots to enable caregivers to deliver care to low-income patients in the two states.

mHealth Intelligence, March 31, 2021

Boston Children’s to Launch Telehealth Pilot for Newborn Audiology Screenings

The hospital is using a grant from the CARES Act to create a telehealth program that provides audiologists for virtual screenings at Cape Cod Hospital.

mHealth Intelligence, March 31, 2021

CMS Facing Pressure to Add Telehealth to Diabetes Prevention Programs

The Alliance for Connected Care is leading a new lobbying effort to include telehealth in a Medicare-funded diabetes prevention program.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telehealth Legislation: Update for Telebehavioral and Substance Abuse Treatment

It is noteworthy that just one week prior to the official announcement of the Public Health Emergency caused by COVID-19 in march of 2020, the AMA released a statement that 75% of all healthcare could be delivered by telehealth.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telephone Telehealth Safety Procedures for Professionals

Mental healthcare providers have utilized telehealth to provide treatment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to make care at home more accessible and safer. However, many mental health clinicians and patients face several challenges in adapting to its use. Telehealth Drones and Why They can Make a Difference.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 30, 2021

Telehealth Drones and Why They can Make a Difference

Just when clinicians are starting to get used to scheduling their video calls ahead of time and perhaps keeping digital notes, even newer technology knocks on the door. One of the most significant impediments of telehealth remains the physical limitations of technology.

mHealth Intelligence, March 30, 2021

FCC Approves Plan to Relaunch COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The Federal Communications Commission will likely open the application window within a month for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, with amended guidelines that promote transparency.

Health Care Law Today March 29, 2021

FAQs on Telemedicine and HIPAA During the Public Health Emergency

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies have sought to allow health care companies more flexibility to use popular technology and applications to better engage with their patients.

mHealth Intelligence, March 29, 2021

New Bills Target Telehealth Coverage for Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services

Lawmakers last week submitted bills on Capitol Hill that would expand telehealth access through the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and mandate payment parity for telehealth services covered by private payers.

mHealth Intelligence, March 29, 2021

Support Builds to Add Telehealth Options for Critical Access Hospitals

Telehealth advocates are rallying behind a bill that would allow rural and remote hospitals to use telehealth to treat patients in surrounding communities who are dealing with mental health issues.

Healthcare IT News March 26, 2021

When the next storm hits, telehealth could be a lifesaver

Virtual care and digital health tools can play a pivotal role – in both urban and rural areas – when natural disasters strike.

mHealth Intelligence, March 26, 2021

Congress to Get Another Shot at Telehealth Coverage for Specialists

Lawmakers have resubmitted the Expanded Telehealth Access Act, which would permanently extend Medicare coverage to telehealth services provided by physical and occupational therapists, audiologists and speech and language pathologists..

mHealth Intelligence, March 26, 2021

Telehealth, mHealth Tools Smooth Out the Rough Edges for Transplant Patients

Telehealth platforms and mHealth apps are helping transplant patients and their care teams improve care coordination and management, leading to better life experiences and fewer office visits.

mHealth Intelligence, March 25, 2021

WV Lawmakers Move to OK Telehealth Expansion, Audio-Only Phone Calls

The Legislature is poised to approve a bill that would allow healthcare providers with licenses from other states to treat West Virginia residents via telehealth. It would also expand coverage to include phone calls.

mHealth Intelligence, March 25, 2021

Congress Mulls Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage for MA, PACE Members

A new bill before Congress would establish Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services - otherwise known as phone calls - during the pandemic for Medicare Advantage and PACE program members.

mHealth Intelligence, March 24, 2021

NY Bill Would Provide Telehealth Coverage for Peer Advocates

A bill making its way through New York's Legislature would permanently extend coverage for telehealth services delivered by certified peer recovery advocates and credentialed family peer advocates.

mHealth Intelligence, March 24, 2021

Social Determinants of Health Stymied Pandemic Telehealth Use

Social determinants of health contributed to telehealth care access disparities among privately insured members at the beginning of COVID-19.

mHealth Intelligence, March 23, 2021

Boston Medical Center Launches mHealth App for MAT Providers

Boston Medical Center has developed an mHealth app that gives healthcare providers access to resources used in providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) therapy to patients dealing with substance abuse.

mHealth Intelligence, March 23, 2021

Telehealth Access Disparities In COVID-19 Virtual Care Boom

Among privately insured Americans, telehealth use was highest for members in affluent and/or urban areas, raising concern for access disparities.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 22, 2021

HIPAA and Social Media: The HIPAA-Compliant Social Media Guide

While social media has become common practice, HIPAA and social media are not necessarily associated in the eyes of many professionals. In most industries, regulating social media use isn’t a severe issue, but healthcare professionals must take extra precautions to prevent potential social media HIPAA violations.

mHealth Intelligence, March 22, 2021

Arkansas Lawmakers Clash Over Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage

A bill that would allow Arkansas healthcare providers to treat new patients via telephone barely squeaked through the Senate after opponents argued the telehealth platform isn't good enough to establish the medical record.

mHealth Intelligence, March 22, 2021

mHealth App Improves Kidney Medication Adherence, Engagement

Medication adherence improved among chronic kidney disease patients who used an mHealth app that promoted patient engagement in medication review.

mHealth Intelligence, March 19, 2021

Iowa Lawmakers Debate Payment Parity for Telemental Health Services

A bill before the Iowa State Senate would require payers to reimburse providers for mental health services delivered via telehealth at the same rate as for in-person care.

mHealth Intelligence, March 19, 2021

Researchers Work on a Drone That Can Make Telehealth House Calls

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are developing a small drone,that, equipped with telehealth tools, can enter a house to facilitate virtual visits, drop off or pick up supplies, even survey living conditions.

mHealth Intelligence, March 18, 2021

FCC Sets New Guidelines for COVID-19 Telehealth Program Relaunch

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to launch the second round of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program, with new guidelines designed to help health systems qualify for reimbursements.

mHealth Intelligence, March 18, 2021

Florida Lawmakers Debate Veterinary Telehealth Expansion

Two bills making their way through Florida's Legislature would allow veterinarians to treat animals via telehealth without first needing an 'in-person' exam.

mHealth Intelligence, March 17, 2021

Navigating the Benefits - and Challenges - of Telehealth From Home

New Jersey-based counselor Nicole Glover is finding a new comfort level in treating patients via telehealth from her home office. And she plans on staying there well after the pandemic..

mHealth Intelligence, March 17, 2021

Amazon Announces Nationwide Telehealth Platform, Open to Other Businesses

The retail giant announced today that its telehealth platform, previously available only to employees and their families in Washington, would roll out nationwide this summer and be offered to other businesses.

mHealth Intelligence, March 16, 2021

MedPAC Recommends Limiting Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage, More Study

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is taking a cautious approach to long-term telehealth policy, telling lawmakers to extend COVID-19 telehealth freedoms for a few years before making any final decisions.

mHealth Intelligence, March 16, 2021

Broadband Deal Gives UNC Children’s a Springboard to Telehealth Expansion

UNC's Children's Hospital is partnering with a network of North Carolina broadband providers to help expand its telehealth platform to parts of the state where access to care is a challenge.

mHealth Intelligence, March 15, 2021

Congress Targets Telehealth Coverage for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Several bills on Capitol Hill aim to expand telehealth coverage for mental health and substance abuse services delivered via telehealth, including efforts to reduce barriers to prescribing scheduled drugs.

mHealth Intelligence, March 15, 2021

As CMS Moves Forward With ET3 Model, Will Telehealth Get Its Chance?

CMS has announced its final round of participants in the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) model, an innovative Medicare program that could use telehealth and mHealth tools to improve care for 911 callers.

Telebehavioral Health Institute March 13, 2021 L

UPDATE: Telemedicine Across State Lines Post-Pandemic

A silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the permission given to health care providers to render medical services and telemedicine across state lines. Several states as well as the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) temporarily waived requirements for licensure in the state where the patient is located.

mHealth Intelligence, March 12, 2021

mHealth Robotics Can Improve Patient Satisfaction, Aid ED Triage

Over 90 percent of patients reported satisfaction after an mHealth robotic-facilitated interview, showing promise for telehealth in ED settings.

mHealth Intelligence, March 12, 2021

Virginia Expands Coverage for School Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring

Two bills headed to Gov. Ralph Northam's desk will expand Medicaid coverage for remote patient monitoring programs and telehealth services for school students regardless of whether they're in school or at home.

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2021

South Dakota Governor Permanently Extends Telehealth Coverage

Following through on a pledge made in January, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed into law a bill that allows providers to use telehealth without first needing an in-person exam.

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2021

Cleveland Clinic’s ‘Un-Meeting’ to Focus on Telehealth Research Collaboration

The Cleveland Clinic will host a one-day virtual conference later this month that's designed bring in experts from the nation's top medical research institutions to discuss telehealth collaboration.

mHealth Intelligence, March 10, 2021

Walgreens, Amazon Offer Telehealth as an Alternative to the Doctor’s Office

Walgreens and Amazon are expanding their telehealth platforms to give employees and patrons more connected health services and present themselves as a safer alternative to in-person healthcare visits.

mHealth Intelligence, March 10, 2021

Vermont Lawmaker’s Broadband Expansion Bill Would Boost Telehealth

US Rep. Peter Welch is proposing setting aside almost $80 billion to expand high-speed broadband services across the country, an effort that would also address a main barrier to telehealth expansion.

mHealth Intelligence, March 9, 2021

Digital Onboarding Uses Telehealth to Start Conversations With Patients

Jefferson Health's Digital Onboarding Taskforce gives providers an opportunity to talk to patients and understand why they're reluctant or unable to access telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, March 9, 2021

Utah Expands Telehealth Coverage for Mental Health Services

Utah's governor has signed into a law a bill that establishes Medicaid and commercial payer coverage for healthcare providers using telehealth to deliver mental healthcare services.

mHealth Intelligence, March 8, 2021

National Quality Forum Looks to Update Telehealth Quality Benchmarks

In a new Healthcare Strategies podcast, Sheri Winsper, senior vice president of quality measurement for the National Quality Forum, outlines the agency's plans for updating its 2017 telehealth guidelines and a new project with CMS.

mHealth Intelligence, March 8, 2021

COVID-19 Funds Help Kansas Health Centers Expand Telehealth Services

The Community Care Network of Kansas is using a $3 million state grant to buy more than 44,000 connected health devices and expand a telehealth program helping thousands of underserved residents.

mHealth Intelligence, March 5, 2021

Pilot Program to Study Telehealth Value in Advance Care Planning

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School are taking part in an NIH-funded study to evaluate the use of telehealth in advance care planning for patients receiving home-based palliative care.

mHealth Intelligence, March 5, 2021

Staffing, Funds Key for Tech to Boost Patient Experience

Technology plays a critical role in patient experience, but organizations need increased staff and financial support first, found Insights’ latest report.

mHealth Intelligence, March 4, 2021

California Amends ‘5150 Hold’ Law to Allow Telehealth Evaluations

California lawmakers have amended long-standing guidelines on psychiatric evaluations for involuntary mental health commitments to enable those evaluations to be done by telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

California Hospital Uses mHealth Platform to Automate Contact Tracing

Methodist Hospital of Southern California is using an mHealth platform to track staff movements through their badges, improving monitoring for COVID-19 exposure and helping to restore patient confidence.

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

New Coalition to Push Telehealth, RPM as a Mainstay for Home Care

Moving Health Home aims to "change the way policymakers think about the home as a site of clinical service" by supporting programs and policies that highlight telehealth, remote patient monitoring and other care pathways.

mHealth Intelligence, March 3, 2021

Maryland Lawmakers Debate Bill to Expand School-Based Telehealth

Only 18 of Maryland's 86 school-based health centers are currently allowed to offer telehealth. An emergency bill making its way through the Legislature would make it easier for those centers to launch telehealth services.

mHealth Intelligence, March 2, 2021

OIG Defends Recent Telehealth Audits, Recognizes Telefraud Challenges

Telehealth has become so popular during the coronavirus pandemic that it's drawing increased scrutiny from federal regulators. But those regulators are also noting the difference between telehealth fraud and telefraud.

mHealth Intelligence, March 2, 2021

Coalition Backs Illinois Telehealth Bill Supporting Payment Parity

The Coalition to Protect Telehealth, comprised of more than 30 health systems and groups in Illinois, is supporting proposed legislation aimed at boosting telehealth access and coverage beyond the COVID-19 emergency.

mHealth Intelligence, March 1, 2021

University of Minnesota Uses Telehealth to Treat Heart Attacks in the Field

The university is getting ready to launch a mobile health vehicle equipped with telemedicine capabilities that will allow EMS providers to more quickly treat patients in cardiac arrest, potentially saving lives in the field.

mHealth Intelligence, March 1, 2021

Lawmakers Resubmit Telehealth Bills Targeting Kids’ Health, COVID-19 Effects

Two more telehealth bills have returned to Capitol Hill after failing to make it through last year's session. One takes on kids' health and other calls for an HHS study of how telehealth has effected care delivery.

mHealth Intelligence, February 26, 2021

Telehealth, RPM programs can benefit greatly from a nurse’s perspective

When the Illinois-based health provider Blessing Health System launched a remote patient monitoring program to extend care for COVID-19 patients to the home, they made sure nurses were involved in every step of the process.

mHealth Intelligence, February 25, 2021

USDA announces latest round of telemedicine, distance learning grants

Some 46 telehealth projects across the country are getting funding from the latest round of Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants from the USDA. Grantees in the northeast region include: 1) the University of Maine Health System, which plans telehealth and learning platforms at 42 locations around the state; 2) the North County Hospital Health Center in Vermont, which will employ telemedicine carts and remote patient monitoring services in two rural counties.

HHealthcare IT News, February 23, 2021

Digital health literacy as a social determinant of health

At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange conference, a telehealth leader at Brigham and Women's Hospital General Internal Medicine Division outlined five main facets to address when considering digital health equity: tech access, tech literacy, implementation, payment and standard of care.

Healthcare IT News, February 23, 2021

Health center customizes telehealth mobile device that's easy to use for the elderly

A model for vendor collaboration on usable telehealth solutions for a community health center is provided. During the pandemic Sano Health worked closely with St. Thomas Community Health Center to successfully develop a custom telehealth solution that struck the right balance between simplicity and functionality.

Center for Connected Health Policy, February 23, 2021

The 117th Congress signals a focus on telehealth with a series of telehealth expansion bills

This update from CCHP reviews a number of congressional bills which address telehealth policies beyond the pandemic. Telehealth elements within a draft of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 are also outlined.

mHealth Intelligence, February 17, 2021

Connected Care Alliance unveils telehealth licensing portability plan

The alliance is tackling telehealth licensure portability head-on with its proposed Medical Excellence Zone, a regional program that would allow states to recognize other states' medical licenses and promote telehealth adoption.

Healthcare IT News, February 17, 2021

Helio Health uses telehealth to solve access issues for Medicaid population

A profile is given for how Helio Health, a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment provider in Syracuse, New York, leveraged an FCC Telehealth Grant to deliver remote monitoring and video consultations to treat their patients.

Healthcare IT News, February 15, 2021

How NYU Langone Health used its FCC grant to expand Epic-linked telehealth

Working with Epic, Cisco and Apple as partners, NYU Langone created clinician-to-clinician video capabilities for physicians to discuss patient care and share treatment suggestions. They created mobile bedside video carts that allowed physicians to speak to patients virtually from a safe distance and document their symptoms in Epic's MyChart, a system that achieved 8,000 virtual visits a day..”

mHealth Intelligence, February 15, 2021

Questions arise over medicare coverage for mental health services by telehealth

A sentence tucked into last year's pandemic relief bill sets requirements for in-person care before Medicare will cover mental healthcare services via telehealth. The barrier this has caused prompted one expert to call it the “worst Medicare telehealth law of 2020.”

mHealth Intelligence, February 12, 2021

New coalition, programs focus on establishing telehealth equity

National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, a public-private partnership launched in 2008, recently worked with other stakeholders to launch the Telehealth Equity Coalition, designed to “improve access to quality and affordable healthcare by increasing adoption of telehealth, especially among those who have been left out or left behind.”

mHealth Intelligence, February 10, 2021

Baystate Health addresses value-based care gaps with connected health

The Massachusetts health system is saving thousands of dollars, reducing ED traffic and boosting clinical outcomes with a mobile integrated health program that sends care teams to selected patients' homes.

mHealth Intelligence, February 9, 2021

Telehealth for occupational health benefits both employee and employer

A report released Tuesday by Foley & Lardner LLP found that the COVID-19 pandemic compelled state and federal policymakers to remove restrictions on and expand reimbursement for telehealth and virtual care at unprecedented rates.

Healthcare IT News, February 9, 2021

Report shows 'vast improvement' in state telehealth reimbursement policies

A report released Tuesday by Foley & Lardner LLP found that the COVID-19 pandemic compelled state and federal policymakers to remove restrictions on and expand reimbursement for telehealth and virtual care at unprecedented rates.

mHealth Intelligence, February 8, 2021

Congress gets another shot at easing telehealth licensure restrictions

The TREAT Act, which has the support of dozens of health systems and connected health organizations, would allow providers to bypass licensing rules and use telehealth to treat patients in any state during the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2021

Humana launches remote patient monitoring program for chronic care

The insurer is partnering with DispatchHealth in a new CMS waiver program that allows them to combine home health, RPM and telehealth services to care for members with multiple chronic care management needs at home.

mHealth Intelligence, February 5, 2021

Telehealth, licensure portability featured in new disaster preparedness plan

A proposed national strategy for preparing for the next pandemic or disaster includes increased access to and coverage of telehealth and a provider licensure plan. Those ideas are contained in a study released this week by the Healthcare Leadership Council.

mHealthcare Dive, February 3, 2021

Telehealth use during COVID-19 varied across specialties, was rarer among low-income patients, study finds

Telemedicine use skyrocketed last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but use was significantly lower in low-income areas, according to a new study of insured patients published in Health Affairs. The study also found specialties such as psychiatry, endocrinology and neurology had the highest uptake of virtual care

mHealth Intelligence, February 3, 2021

Telehealth reimbursement requires provider education, documentation

COVID-19 was a catalyst for telehealth reimbursement, but provider education on coding and documentation processes is key to successful payments.

mHealth Intelligence, February 2, 2021

Could the private payer market influence post-covid-19 telehealth coverage?

A report from the Center for Connected Health Policy says many of the nation's largest health plans made significant changes to telehealth coverage during the pandemic. How they shift from temporary to permanent coverage remains to be seen.

mHealth Intelligence, February 2, 2021

RAND telehealth survey finds value in including audio-only phones

About half of all primary care telehealth visits by low-income residents at California health clinics during the height of the pandemic were done by phone, as were almost two-thirds of the behavioral health visits.

Health Affairs Blog, January 29, 2021

Accelerating digital health to achieve equitable delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine

With the advent of multiple vaccine options that have early evidence of high efficacy, a pressing question for policy makers is the role, if any, of digital health in delivering vaccines equitably. In this piece, we argue that digital health has the potential to facilitate a more widely distributed model of vaccine delivery that can help reach traditionally underserved populations.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Global study using RPM, mHealth to treat COVID-19 patients at home

Project Coromec, with roots in Arizona, aims to use mHealth wearables and apps, AI bots and a telehealth platform to identify and treat COVID-19 patients at home, before they become sick enough to need hospitalization.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Will FCC’s emergency broadband benefit program boost telehealth?

A $3.2 billion program spun out of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 aims to help low-income and underserved communities gain access to broadband services - and make it easier to access telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, January 29, 2021

Washington is awash in new and reintroduced telehealth bills

In advance of the next session of Congress, lawmakers are scrambling to file new bills or resubmit old bills that aim to expand telehealth access and coverage through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, January 28, 2021

New bill tags $50 million in telehealth grants for mental health providers

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has introduced a bill that would set aside $50 million in SAMHSA grants to help behavioral health and substance abuse care providers expand or launch telehealth services focused on peer support.

mHealth Intelligence, January 28, 2021

NH lawmakers seek to end telehealth parity, audio-only phone coverage

New Hampshire lawmakers are debating a new bill that would eliminate payment parity for telehealth and coverage of audio-only phone calls, both of which were included in legislation signed into law last year.

Heathcare IT News, January 27, 2021

Telemedicine slashes no-shows and cancellations at Behavioral Health Services North

New Hampshire lawmakers are debating a new bill that would eliminate payment parity for telehealth and coverage of audio-only phone calls, both of which were included in legislation signed into law last year.

mHealth Intelligence, January 26, 2021

FSMB launches online resource for telehealth license portability

The Federation of State Medical Boards has launched an online platform aimed at helping hard-hit health systems bring in extra clinical help through telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. Provider Bridge gives volunteer care providers an online platform through which they can connect with health systems in need of help and, by way of license portability, treat patients via telehealth.

Center for Connected Health Policy News, January 26, 2020

New York plan to expand telehealth

Governor Cuomo recently announced his comprehensive proposal to enhance health care and behavioral health care access using telehealth. The policies will build upon the Governor’s emergency actions to expand flexibilities around its use and a New York commission’s recommendations to transform the health care delivery system with improved equity of access.

Health Care Law Today, January 25, 2021

CMS revises 2021 remote patient monitoring rules, issues correctionHealth Care Law Today, January 25, 2021 Link

CMS just issued a correction to its guidance on 2021 Medicare rules for remote physiologic monitoring (RPM) services. The correction is effective January 1, 2021 and revises the preamble commentary in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, published on December 1, 2020.

Healthcare IT News, January 25, 2021

U.S. lawmakers reintroduce House bill safeguarding access to telehealth

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives has reintroduced a bill aimed at expanding access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2021 includes broadly popular provisions such as eliminating geographic and originating site restrictions.

Healthcare IT News, January 25, 2021

Health Partners deploys school-based telehealth that even lay people can operate

Providers at the Western Ohio-based health system work with staff at more than 70 schools to keep kids healthy and avoid ER visits using virtual care. The tech vendor Tytocare is a partner in the project.

Forbes, January 22, 2021

Today’s virtual care revolution: how policy has shaped and will continue to shape telehealth

Virtual care advanced quickly in 2020 —and under duress—last year. How will we learn from the seismic shifts in care delivery we experienced thanks to COVID-19? How can we help providers and innovators embrace the transformation? How will we solidify these gains?

mHealth Intelligence, January 22, 2021

Staff training, education may be the keys to telehealth sustainability

Dozens of health systems and organizations in New York are joining forces with the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center to launch a statewide telehealth training program.

mHealth Intelligence, January 21, 2021

14 Telehealth Projects to Get FCC Connected Care Pilot Program Funding

The Federal Communications Commission has selected 14 telehealth projects spanning more than 150 sites in 11 states to receive funding from the $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program. The one grantee in the northeast region, the MA FQHC Telehealth Consortium, is getting $3,121,879 to provide mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment through RPM, video visits and other connected health services to roughly 75,000 patients in Massachusetts.

mHealth Intelligence, January 20, 2021

CMS clarifies 2021 PFS reimbursements for remote patient monitoring

In an update posted this week in the Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has amended the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule to clarify reimbursement for remote patient monitoring programs.

mHealth Intelligence, January 20, 2021

Mount Sinai extends cancer care to the home with new telehealth program

The New York health system is launching a remote patient monitoring program that will allow care teams to track and communicate with patients at home through an mHealth wearable and telehealth platform.

mHealth Intelligence, January 19, 2021

Cancer docs say telehealth improves access to care, hedge on cost

A recent study from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital interviewed medical oncology health professionals on clinical effectiveness, patient experience, access to care, and financial impact of telehealth services. Most agreed that telehealth promotes access to care, but they had differing opinions on cost and clinical effectiveness.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog, January 16, 2021

Amazon Healthcare building a national telehealth business

Shipping giant,Amazon is launching a new service to provide essential medical services through Amazon Healthcare as a national telehealth business. Most recently Amazon has launched another business journey called Amazon HealthLake, a HIPAA-compliant service that allows healthcare providers, health insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies to store, transform, and analyze health data at a petabyte-scale.

JD Supra, January 15, 2021

Telemedicine Appointments Can Be Used To Establish Serious Health Conditions Under The FMLA

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits—generally speaking, health care appointments held via video conference—to qualify as in-person visits to a health care provider under certain circumstances.

Healthcare Dive, January 15, 2021

'Really difficult nut to crack': MedPAC torn over telehealth regs post-COVID-19

Members of an influential congressional advisory committee on Medicare are torn on how best to regulate telehealth after the COVID-19 public health emergency, hinting at the difficulty Washington faces as it looks to impose guardrails on virtual care without restricting its use after the pandemic ends.

mHealth Intelligence, January 14, 2021

Lawmakers face pressure to address licensure barriers for telehealth adoption

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits—generally speaking, health care appointments held via video conference—to qualify as in-person visits to a health care provider under certain circumstances.

mHealth Intelligence, January 13, 2021

ATA, DiMe launch initiative to support virtual-first telehealth programs

The IMPACT Initiative seeks to support telehealth and mHealth programs that are developed solely for the virtual space, rather than being added onto or integrated with existing care programs. The partnership between American Telemedicine Society and the Digital Medicine Society aims to create a framework for healthcare providers developing “virtual first” programs.

Healthcare IT News, January 13, 2021

CMS issues final rule on healthcare technology access for seniors

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a final rule on Tuesday meant to support innovative technology so Medicare beneficiaries have access to newer, advanced devices, called the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT).

mHealth Intelligence, January 12, 2021

CTelehealth survey sees more users for behavioral health than physical care

A RAND survey finds that telehealth use for mental health care has outpaced that for physical care during the early stages of the pandemic, and many people turned to telehealth specifically to connect with their own doctors.

Center for Connected Health Policy, January 12, 2021

Rhode Island telemedicine subcommittee makes recommendations for future of telemedicine policy

A subcommittee under the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner in Rhode Island has released recommendations regarding the future of telehealth in their state. The group included a broad range of stakeholders representing primary and specialty care providers, hospital systems, community health centers, and insurers among others.

Healthcare IT News, January 12, 2021

CNY Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes sweeping telehealth reforms

The governor announced legislation this week that would safeguard access to virtual care after the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor's proposal includes broad regulatory and statutory changes to allow for greater flexibility in where and how patient use telehealth, new requirements for insurers regarding telehealth coverage, technology expansions that would further enable virtual care, and professional development and education aimed at facilitating the use of telemedicine among patients and providers.

Center for Connected Health Policy, January 11, 2021

Public health emergency renewed into january, extending telehealth flexibilities

The US Health and Human Services Department last week officially renewed the public health emergency (PHE), a status that allows many of the waivers and expansions for telehealth that have occurred since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 to remain active.

Healthcare IT News, January 11, 2021

HHS invests $8 million to address gaps in rural telehealth through the Telehealth Broadband Pilot Program

Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded $8 million to fund projects in the Telehealth Broadband Pilot program, which assesses the broadband capacity available to rural healthcare providers and patient communities to improve their access to telehealth. The program will be implemented in four state locations and the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center (TTAC), based out of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Healthcare IT News, January 11, 2021

Brigham and Women's and Biofourmis codevelop home hospital technology

Now that CMS will pay for home hospital care, Brigham and Women's and other pioneering providers are pushing forward with this care in part to help with the crush of COVID-19 patients.

Governor's Press Release, January 10, 2021

Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Telehealth for All as Part of 2021 State of the State

Reimagine New York Commission Recommends Comprehensive Reforms to Pave the Way for Health Care Delivery Transformation. Proposal Seeks to Modernize Regulations and Facilitate Access to Quality Health Care Including Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services in Underserved and Rural Communities.

mHealth Intelligence, January 8, 2021

New study ties telehealth success to staff education, support

A University of Connecticut study found that a telehealth program at a California assisted living facility failed to live up to expectations because front-line staff were opposed to using it.

mHealth Intelligence, January 7, 2021

After trial and error, providers weigh virtual care offerings to fit post-COVID-19 needs

Providers that have experimented with virtual care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are prepping for their post-COVID operations, though some are still exploring options after months of trial and error with

mHealth Intelligence, January 7, 2021

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, West Health launch geriatric telehealth program

The New Hampshire health system is launching a telehealth platform that will give four rural hospitals access to specialized care for seniors and training and resources for providers.

mHealth Intelligence, January 6, 2021

Vermont workgroup outlines long-term coverage for audio-only telehealth

The workgroup has issued a 114-page report that examines how audio-only telehealth services have improved access to care during the COVID-19 crisis, with recommendations for continuing commercial payer and Medicaid coverage.

mHealth Intelligence, January 6, 2021

NY healthcare program adds telehealth services for PACE participants

ArchCare, run by the Archdiocese of New York, is adding a home telehealth platform for seniors in its CMS PACE managed care program.

Healthcare IT News, January 5, 2021

At UPMC, Android-enabled telehealth keeps child transplant patients safe

Even amid the pandemic, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh found success for peri-and post-transplant care in 2020. It's now tending to hundreds of children with video visits during the second wave of COVID-19.

mHealth Intelligence, January 5, 2021

Labor Dept. makes telehealth a permanent option for FMLA requests

Federal officials have permanently extended an emergency order giving employees the option to use telehealth to meet with doctors to qualify for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

mHealth Intelligence, January 4, 2021

Telehealth supporters see little to celebrate in pandemic relief bill

The bill signed into law by President Trump before Christmas offers a few telehealth tidbits - including Medicare coverage for telemental health and rural hospitals and funding for broadband connectivity - but the criticism has so far outweighed the compliments.

mHealth Intelligence, January 4, 2021

Baker signs Massachusetts telehealth bill with parity provisions into law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive healthcare bill into law on New Year's Day, mandating permanent payment parity for telemental health and establishing two years of parity for primary and chronic care services.

mHealth Intelligence, December 29, 2020

Trump, Congress give new life to FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The relief bill signed into law this past weekend by President Trump includes $250 million for the Federal Communications Commission's COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was shut down in July after exhausting its budget.

Healthcare IT News, December 23, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 patients likely had better outcomes thanks to RPM

In work recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the health system found that COVID-19 patients who received care at their facilities had lower observed mortality rates than the national average, and remote patient monitoring may have been one difference-maker.

mHealth Intelligence, December 31, 2020

Telemedicine care disparities draw concern for health equity

TAccording to researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, their study published recently in JAMA Network Open demonstrates that factors like age, language preferences, and median household income lead are associated with disparities in telehealth utilization during the pandemic, drawing concerns for health equity.

mHealth Intelligence, December 23, 2020

Telehealth study touts benefits of RPM for joint replacement rehabilitation

In a recent publication in JAMA Network Open, researchers at Penn Medicine saw a fourfold reduction in rehospitalizations among knee and hip replacement patients who used telehealth tools at home rather than participate in a traditional in-person rehab program.

mHealth Intelligence, December 22, 2020

New bill aims to ensure Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth calls

The bill would establish Medicare reimbursement for audio-only telehealth services that focus on evaluation and management and mental and behavioral health care, and would allow coverage for services in the patient's home.

Center for Connected Health Policy News, December 22, 2020

COVID spending package includes telehealth provisions

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 passed by U.S. Congress has several sections that are relevant to telehealth. The first adds rural hospital emergency departments to the list of Medicare originating sites eligible for reimbursement. The second change would provide an exemption from Medicare’s rural geographic requirement for eligible telehealth individuals for purposes of diagnosis, evaluation or treatment of a mental health disorder once the COVID-19 emergency ends.

mHealth Intelligence, December 22, 2020

CMS report cites benefits, challenges for telehealth in rural hospitals

The results of a 3-year demonstration project at several rural Critical Access Hospitals finds that telehealth can improve access to care, especially by reducing travel barriers and facilitating follow-up and specialist services.

mHealth Intelligence, December 17, 2020

Brigham and Women’s sees telehealth success with home hospital program

The program, launched in 2016 and now eligible for Medicare reimbursement, uses mHealth and telehealth tools to create a care management platform at home for acute care patients who would otherwise be hospitalized.

Healthcare Dive, December 17, 2020

Abbott antigen test gets FDA nod as first at-home, virtually guided COVID-19 diagnostic

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, which requires a prescription, offers a telehealth service to walk users through the sample self-collection process and to help them read and understand their results. Abbott recently received FDA emergency use authorization for the 15-minute antigen test.

Healthcare IT News, December 16, 2020

Telehealth poses big cybersecurity dangers, Harvard researchers warn

The relaxation of regulations around telemedicine has undoubtedly made it easier for patients to access virtual care – but has also presented new privacy risks. A Harvard Medical School team published a letter in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this week warning of the "substantial" information security concerns around telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, December 16, 2020

Analyzing the challenges and benefits of an inpatient telehealth platform

When COVID-19 hit, Yale New Haven Health launched an aggressive program to use more than 1,800 telehealth and mHealth devices to improve workflows and patient care. Here's what the health system learned.

Healthcare IT News, December 15, 2020

Telehealth's evolution in 2020 will continue in the new year with more streamlined technologies

Better data, better devices and a better experience will push telehealth to the next stage of its development in 2021.

mHealth Intelligence, December 9, 2020

NY hospital launching remote patient monitoring program through Apple Watch

The Hospital for Special Surgery is launching a telehealth program that will enable providers to monitor orthopedic patients at home before and after hospitalization through an mHealth app and the Apple Watch.

mHealth Intelligence, December 9, 2020

Google unveils mHealth app, new study on respiratory illnesses

Google has unveiled the Google Health Studies app, an mHealth platform aimed at gathering data from people with Android devices, and announced its first research study with Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

mHealth Intelligence, December 8, 2020

Analysis: CMS gives telehealth a boost, but more is needed

Experts say the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule will advance telehealth adoption, but it falls short of giving momentum to remote patient monitoring. Oh, and Congress needs to step up to the plate, too.

mHealth Intelligence, December 8, 2020

NY city uses telehealth to curb ER traffic, improve care coordination

Schenectady is arming its EMS providers with tablets to connect via telehealth with an ER doctor during emergency calls, reducing roughly 70 percent of transports to the local hospital.

TeleBehavioral Health Institute Blog, December 7, 2020

Telepresence: managing teletherapy “surprises”

Patients commonly resort to multitasking during therapy sessions (e.g. texting) or engage in inappropriate behaviors such as drinking. These experiences can lead to a wide range of “teletherapy surprises” that are leaving many therapists and clients/patients alike at a loss for what to say or do.

mHealth Intelligence, December 4, 2020

HHS expands COVID-19 telehealth capabilities in PREP Act amendment

The Health and Human Services Secretary will allow healthcare providers to use telehealth across state lines to deliver "Covered Countermeasures" against the coronavirus, including administration of diagnostic and testing services.

mHealth Intelligence, December 3, 2020

Survey: make telehealth a regular part of care management

A Luma Health survey finds that COVID-19 contamination fears are keeping patients away from critical care management services, and providers need to use telehealth to get them back on track.

mHealth Intelligence, December 3, 2020

Massachusetts payers to take part in COVID-19 telehealth study

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans is launching an 18-month study to determine how telehealth is affecting racial and socioeconomic barriers to healthcare, and how it can be used to bridge those care gaps.

mHealth Intelligence, December 2, 2020

Medicare extends COVID-19 telehealth coverage in diabetes prevention programs

As part of the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule, Medicare will continue to reimburse Diabetes Prevention Program providers who use certain telehealth services - but only for the duration of the public health emergency.

mHealth Intelligence, December 2, 2020

CMS finalizes telehealth, RPM coverage in 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

The agency has released its long-awaited final document on Medicare coverage for telehealth and remote patient monitoring services in the coming year, building upon trends seen during this year's coronavirus pandemic. This summary covers approved services according to categories which are either permanent or persisting only to the end of calendar year when a Public Health Emergency was in effect.

Healthcare IT News, December 1, 2020

States can make a difference in long-term telehealth policies

A new National Governors Association report explores how different states are addressing key questions around licensure, reimbursement, incentives, privacy and more.

Healthcare IT News, December 1, 2020

States can make a difference in long-term telehealth policies

A new National Governors Association report explores how different states are addressing key questions around licensure, reimbursement, incentives, privacy and more.

Healthcare Finance, December 1, 2020

Congressional action is needed for telehealth not to return to a rural benefit, Seema Verma says

The final rule on Medicare telehealth coverage adds more than 60 services that will continue to be covered beyond the end of the public health emergency. But legislation is needed to make telehealth permanent beyond the pandemic in areas other than rural regions where virtual care is already allowed, and to continue telehealth in the home, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

mHealth Intelligence, November 30, 2020

OIG audit analyzes telehealth use in substance abuse treatment

The audit report by the DHHS Office of the Inspector General highlights how opioid treatment programs have used telehealth to improve access and care during the COVID-19 emergency and identifies the problems they've faced using the technology.

mHealth Intelligence, November 30, 2020

Emergency department telemedicine aids patient satisfaction

According to a new study from New York published in Information Systems Research, telemedicine can address concerns of overcrowded emergency departments by reducing wait times, leading to improved patient satisfaction.

Center for Connected Health Policy, November 28, 2020

Many commercial telehealth reimbursement expansions end on Dec. 31, 2020—What comes next?

Many favorable policies on telehealth reimbursement by private health insurance implemented during the pandemic plans expire at the end of the year. Uncertainty abounds about the fate of expanded coverage under plans by Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, Anthem, and Humana in the new year.

Healthcare Finance, November 25, 2020

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts offers digital behavioral health solution

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has added Learn to Live's digital delivery of behavioral therapy to its solutions portfolio. The program provides online support for members struggling with depression, insomnia, stress and anxiety.

mHealth Intelligence, November 25, 2020

Guidelines for marketing a practice’s new telehealth platform

With so many small and solo practices turning to telehealth to deal with the pandemic and build business, a marketing expert offers advice on how to advertise those new services.

mHealth Intelligence, November 25, 2020

New Jersey expands COVID-19 telehealth coverage for specialists

State officials have amended practice standards to allow physical therapists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, nurses and others to use telehealth during the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, November 25, 2020

CMS unveils new telehealth program to treat acute care patients at home

The Acute Hospital Care at Home program would allow participating hospitals to qualify for Medicare waivers to treat patients at home via telehealth, reducing the strain on EDs and in-patient services. The expansion was supported by a study completed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

mHealth Intelligence, November 24, 2020

Stark Law changes should benefit telehealth, remote patient monitoring

The Office of the Inspector General’s Final Rule on changes to the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute creates several new safe harbors that will help providers create and expand telehealth platforms and remote patient monitoring programs.

mHealth Intelligence, November 24, 2020

New telehealth bill would penalize states who don’t join licensure compact

A bill introduced last month would deny certain federal funding to states who don't join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which aims to improve telehealth expansion by streamlining licensure applications.

Healthcare IT News, November 24, 2020

How healthcare organizations can enhance RPM security, resiliency

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to push patients away from in-person care, many health systems have ramped up their remote patient monitoring ecosystems. But with that increase in endpoints comes an increase in security risks.

Healthcare IT News, November 23, 2020

Telehealth may worsen digital divide for people with disabilities

A paper recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association argues that design, implementation and policy considerations must be taken into account when developing virtual care technology. Otherwise telehealth implementation may exacerbate inequities faced by the disability community.

Healthcare IT News, November 23, 2020

Pandemic-era burnout: Telehealth managers get pushed to the max

In this story from a series on provider burnout during the pandemic, five physicians who have been overseeing telemedicine programs during this unprecedented surge discuss stress and ways to survive it. Doctors interviewed include two from New York State provider organizations, the multispecialty group CareMount Medical and the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

mHealth Intelligence, November 23, 2020

Dentists are adopting (and adapting to) using telehealth to stay afloat

A new survey finds that dentists are not only using telehealth to stay in touch with patients, but are looking at alternative payment models and planning a long future with connected care. The survey was conducted by the non-profit group, the Boston-based DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement.

mHealth Intelligence, November 20, 2020

Using telehealth for adolescent HIV, chronic disease prevention

Stanford Children's Health has launched a new chronic disease prevention virtual care program that utilizes telehealth strategies to provide comprehensive HIV-prevention services to patients up to the age of 25 in California. The program includes a virtual approach for delivery of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis HIV anti-viral treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, November 19, 2020

American Medical Association announces new policy on telehealth

The AMA has released a new telehealth policy, aimed at supporting federal and state efforts to clarify and improve coverage, access and reimbursement in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Healthcare IT News, November 18, 2020

Telehealth ICU tech helps Geisinger quickly expand capacity and enhance care

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania health system implemented eICU support for more than 60 rooms within a week.

mHealth Intelligence, November 18, 2020

Congress eyes permanent Medicare coverage for telehealth from therapists

A bill introduced this week would permanently extend Medicare coverage for telehealth services delivered by physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and audiologists.

Healthcare IT News, November 17, 2020

Most clinicians can't access telehealth directly from EHRs

According to a provider survey conducted by the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, most providers say telehealth is positively influencing clinical outcomes but they also often say challenges remain, from workflow to reimbursement rates.

mHealth Intelligence, November 17, 2020

COVID-19 survey: doctors like telehealth and want to continue using it

A new survey of 1,600 heatthcare providers by the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition finds that providers have seen good results from using telehealth during the coronavirus, and more than half say connected health has improved their work satisfaction. The coalition includes the AMA, ATA, certain Massachusetts associations, and others.

mHealth Intelligence, November 17, 2020

mHealth wearable devices effective in post-cardiac surgery care

According to a Univ. of Toronto presentation at a recent American Heart Association virtual conference atrial fibrillation was detected ten times more often in patients who wore an mHealth device than in those who did not receive remote patient monitoring.

Healthcare IT News, November 16, 2020

UCHealth builds a successful virtual urgent care clinic with Epic and Vidyo

UCHealth, a nonprofit health system with 12 hospitals across Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska, reports success in building a custom virtual urgent care system using a Vidyo platform integrated with their Epic EHR. The health system was able to reduce time to caregiver from 20 minutes to just five and also significantly reduce length of stay.

mHealth Intelligence, November 16, 2020

Connected Care Alliance seeks support for new telehealth licensure rules

The Alliance for Connected Care is preparing a letter to federal and state lawmakers that would support new policies that allow providers to use telehealth to treat patients in other states.

mHealth Intelligence, November 13, 2020

San Francisco VA uses telehealth to triage, reduce ED traffic

A nurse call line and telehealth platform is helping the San Francisco VA health system triage patients before they come to the Emergency Room, reducing traffic and improving care outcomes.

Healthcare Finance, November 13, 2020

Northwell Health adds real-time bed visibility technology in preparation for COVID-19 surge

New York's largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health, is enhancing its COVID surge capacity by adding real-time bed visibility to its 19 facilities through a partnership with TeleTracking Technologies, a care coordination support company. The system is expected to expedite bed turnover, improve the patient discharge process, automate workflows and enhance communications.

The CT Mirror, November 12, 2020

'This is an evolution': Study shows rapid rise of telemedicine during COVID

The Community Health Center Inc. and its research arm, the Weitzman Institute, commissioned Great Blue Research to complete a survey of 1,000 Connecticut residents on telehealth use and satisfaction during the pandemic. More than half reported having either a medical health or behavioral health appointment by telehealth, and of these 36% made use of a device for interactive video sessions.

Healthcare IT News, November 10, 2020

Upstate Medical University decreases no-shows by 59% with telehealth, which patients love

Within two weeks of beginning virtual care at the beginning of the pandemic, the number of telemedicine visits grew from 10 to more than 6,000, with 50% of outpatient visits conducted virtually. Comparing May 2020 to the same period in 2019, the no-show percentage went from 7.6% to 3.1%, representing a 59% decrease.

mHealth Intelligence, November 9, 2020

Boston, NY hospitals collaborate on telehealth platform for COVID-19 rehab

Health systems in Boston and New York have joined forces to develop a telehealth platform designed to improve clinical outcomes in COVID-19 patients recovering at home after a hospital discharge. The platform, developed through a partnership with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, may offer a blueprint for remote patient monitoring programs that target pulmonary, cognitive, or mobility issues.

Healthcare IT News, November 6, 2020

University of Rochester serves rural patients, reduces ED burden with telebehavioral health

As part of the new Patient Experience Digital Series, two clinicians explain how a virtual care model is helping more compassionately treat patients in their home communities while improving the provider experience.

Futurity, November 6, 2020

Move to telehealth strains therapists and their clients

A new study published in Community Mental Health Journal surveyed 238 behavioral health care providers throughout New York on the challenges they faced regarding providing services remotely, maintaining safety practices in person, and the ability for clients to use technology to receive services, which are often more effectively provided in-person. The work highlights the digital divide that exists for people with lower socioeconomic resources, those with disabilities, and those who live in rural areas.

mHealth Intelligence, November 6, 2020

Brigham and Women's uses telehealth to ID, treat provider stress

The Boston hospital is using a telehealth platform in a pilot program that checks in with front-line healthcare workers on a daily basis and monitors them for signs of stress or anxiety.

Healthcare Dive, November 5, 2020

Patients shirked diagnostic testing, in-person preventive care amid telehealth boom this spring

Patients overwhelmingly turned to telehealth visits early in the COVID-19 pandemic but skipped out on diagnostic procedures and other preventive and elective care that can only be done in-person, according to a study published Thursday in JAMA Network Open.

mHealth Intelligence, November 5, 2020

FCC opens application window for Connected Care Pilot Program

The three-year, $100 million program, aimed at boosting broadband connectivity in underserved parts of the country to support telehealth expansion, will accept applications for one month, beginning on November 6.

Mainebiz, November 5, 2020

Portland-based Tilson gets $3.7M to expand broadband in rural Vermont

Tilson, a fast-growing network deployment and IT professional services firm based in Portland, has been awarded two grants worth a combined $3.73 million to bring high-speed broadband to rural Vermont.

mHealth Intelligence, November 4, 2020

Year-long study validates telehealth use in diabetes prevention efforts

Supporters of digital Diabetes Prevention Programs say the PREDICTS trial proves that telehealth and mHealth tools can improve clinical outcomes for people at risk of developing the chronic disease.

mHealth Intelligence, November 3, 2020

New telehealth accreditation program focuses on home health care

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care has unveiled a Distinction in Telehealth designation for providers using telehealth in ambulatory care, behavioral health, home health, hospice, private duty and renal analysis.

amNY Newse, November 3, 2020

Telehealth services are remarkably effective - let's make sure they stay funded

Project Renewal, a frontline health care provider that treats New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, has adopted telehealth strategies to enhance access to health care during the pandemic. They have been able to provide over 1,400 psychiatric visits with an expanded team of 19 providers since March.

mHealth Intelligence, November 2, 2020

Senators seek CMS support for telehealth services for expectant moms

A bill introduced last week in the Senate would establish Medicare and Medicaid coverage for telehealth programs that use remote patient monitoring to track the health of expectant mothers.

Healthcare IT News, October 30, 2020

Epic, Zoom and mobile app help at-risk clinic volunteers deliver care from home

Almost all of the physician and nurse volunteers at Clinic of the Cascades were over 65. Here's how the three merged technologies allowed it to stay open during COVID-19.

mHealth Intelligence, October 30, 2020

NH hospital uses telehealth to support difficult deliveries

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover is connecting via telehealth with NICU specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital for virtual support for the more than 1,300 deliveries they see each year A telemedicine network launched by Massachusetts General Hospital to provide on-demand neonatal support has expanded into New Hampshire.

Healthcare IT News, October 29, 2020

Dozens of orgs call on DEA to enable remote prescriptions for controlled substances

More than 80 organizations led by the Alliance for Connected Care called this week for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to implement a telemedicine special registration that would allow providers to remotely prescribe controlled substances.

mHealth Intelligence, October 29, 2020

Value-based care requires a balance of telehealth, in-person visits

In a new Healthcare Strategies podcast, Chris Waugh, chief innovation officer of the 24-hospital network at Sutter Health, explains how the health system is creating a strategy that integrates virtual and in-person care to treat the whole patient.

mHealth Intelligence, October 29, 2020

Fitbit launches COVID-19 mHealth study with US Army, Northwell Health

Fitbit is using a $2.5 million grant from the US Army to study how its mHealth wearables can detect early signs of COVID-19, and will be launching the study through New York's Northwell Health system.

Healthcare IT News, October 28, 2020

United Methodist Communities has early successes with telehealth and RPM

The New Jersey-based not-for-profit senior living and healthcare provider has successfully implemented the Virtusense Alert platform in more than 80 skilled nursing rooms across four campuses, strategically placed in the rooms of residents at the highest risk for falls. The VSTAlert system places advanced sensors in these rooms that continuously monitor for activity, falls and vital signs.

mHealth Intelligence, October 27, 2020

New mHealth app identifies stroke signs through speech, facial movements

Researchers at Penn State and Houston Methodist say the mHealth app, which uses AI technology, is as accurate in identifying stroke symptoms as an ER doctor using a CT scan.

Healthcare IT News, October 27, 2020

Universal Community Health moves from text-enabled telehealth to robust 'tele-assisted care'

The California-based health center has invested in virtual care workstations that allow physicians to remotely guide patients through near-complete examinations. Technology includes an iPad, an otoscope, a stethoscope and a high-definition camera that allow a patient with the guidance of a physician to do a physical exam.

mHealth Intelligence, October 27, 2020

New mHealth app identifies stroke signs through speech, facial movements

Researchers at Penn State and Houston Methodist say the mHealth app, which uses AI technology, is as accurate in identifying stroke symptoms as an ER doctor using a CT scan.

mHealth Intelligence, October 27, 2020

Report notes CMS program's success with telehealth for senior care

PACE, a Medicare-Medicaid program serving thousands of seniors in 31 states, used telehealth to keep that care going during the pandemic. That success could spur more programs to use connected health in the future.

Stony Brook University News, October 26, 2020

Alzheimer's center finds path to treatment through pandemic

The Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease has successfully adopted teleheatth approaches for their Alzheimer treatment strategies, including neuropsychological assessments, and often in assisted living settings. Obvious challenges in use of telehealth platforms with elderly, cognitively disabled patients required careful consideration of which patients had to be treated in person.

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