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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.

mHealth Intelligence, October 22, 2020

Lawmakers eye Medicare coverage for COVID-19 tests via telehealth

A new bill before Congress would mandate Medicare coverage for at-home COVID-19 tests integrated with a telehealth platform.

mHealth Intelligence, October 21, 2020

New telehealth bill would fund states' broadband expansion programs

A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill that would set aside $10 billion to help states launch broadband expansion programs aimed at boosting connectivity - and telehealth access - in underserved areas.

Healthcare IT News, October 21, 2020

CMS reports 34.5M telehealth services delivered March through June

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently reposted that telehealth usage claims through June showed a 2,632% increase compared to the same time period last year. Services delivered via telehealth were highest among adults ages 19 to 64, and strong regional variations were evident.

Telebehavioral Health Institute, October 20, 2020

October 2020 telehealth reimbursement news update

The updates include the extension of relaxed telehealth policies under the PHE, a recent expansion of telehealth services covered by Medicare, significant policy bills under review by Congress, and highlights from the CMS proposed Physician's Fee Schedule for 2021.

mHealth Intelligence, October 20, 2020

How should state Medicaid programs expand telehealth coverage?

Jacqueline Marks, a manager with the Manatt Health division of Manatt, Phelps & Philips, has drafted a list of suggested policy actions that states could take to extend Medicaid telehealth coverage beyond the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, October 20, 2020

CARES Act grant to expand telehealth services for seniors in Maine

The University of New England is getting more than $90,000 in federal funding to launch a telehealth program giving residents of the rural state access to wellness and advanced care planning services.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog, October 19, 2020

Do patients or clients understand electronic informed consent?

Models for delivery of informed consent for telehealth are profiled and recommendations are provided for simplified, comprehensible content, including special approached for virtual behavioral care.

mHealth Intelligence, October 19, 2020

Study gives high marks to telehealth in managing diabetic foot ulcers

A study launched by Kaiser Permanente found that daily foot temperature checkups via a telehealth platform led to a sharp reduction in hospitalizations, ER visits and outpatient treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, October 19, 2020

ATA launches new resource for evaluating mHealth apps

The American Telemedicine Association is partnering with a UK-based digital health evaluator to launch a resource for providers, payers and others looking for guidance on quality-based mHealth apps.

Healthcare Dive, October 19, 2020

The ripple of telehealth adoption during COVID-19

According to the American Medical Association, telehealth usage doubled from 14 to 28 percent between 2016 and 2019 and then exploded during the pandemic. Over 90% of physicians have now treated patients remotely, and 68% believe telehealth will have a lasting impact on how doctors see patients after the pandemic.

Rochester Institute of Technology News, October 16, 2020

RIT behavioral health researchers expand opioid addiction treatment to rural N.Y., N.H.

The RIT Priority Behavioral Health clinic offers free telehealth treatment services to the community. Addiction treatment services are being expanded to rural communities in upstate New York and rural New Hampshire using federal grant funding.

mHealth Intelligence, October 16, 2020

Factoring in caregivers adds value to a telehealth program

Telehealth programs that include the caregiver in the care management are proving to have a better chance of improving outcomes and quality of life. Highlighted programs, includingg that of the Veterans Administration. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Mass., provide a basis of recommendations on how to effectively include caregivers in telehealth implementation.

Healthcare Dive, October 15, 2020

CMS expands Medicare emergency telehealth coverage with 11 new services

CMS recently added 11 new virtual care services to its listing of Medicare reimbursable telehealth services, with notable expansions for remote cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Between mid-March and mid-August, more than 12.1 million beneficiaries - more than 36% of people in traditional Medicare - had used a virtual visit.

Verywell Health News, October 14, 2020

New survey highlights pros and cons of teletherapy for mental health

Patient surveys by the United Way and the American Psychiatric Association reveal how much telemental health usage has grown during the pandemic began and is recognized by therapists and patients as effective for mental health treatment. However, some therapists and patients prefer in-person sessions and certain factors may make teletherapy more beneficial for some people over others.

Healthcare IT News, October 14, 2020

EHR-linked telehealth helps hospital surpass previous year's visit adherence rate

As the COVID-19 infections began to spread in the early months of 2020, New York's Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center started to notice a sizable increase in the number of no-shows and cancellations of office appointments. With the help of an FCC COVID Telehealth Grant, the hospital's expansion of telehealth services helped it make major improvements in clinical visit rates and reduction of appointment no-shows.

Healthcare IT News, October 13, 2020

Tyto Care launches new AI-powered diagnostic support tool

The company's remote care technology has been documented to help detect abnormalities in lung exams and soon will be advanced to detect symptoms in throat exams as well. Tyto Care recently announced its artificial intelligence-powered diagnostic support tools, which is aimed at improving the quality of remote triage and has been submitted to the FDA for clearance.

Healthcare IT News, October 13, 2020

Teladoc Health and Livongo's post-merger plan: One-stop healthcare

Interviews with the CEOs of these merging health tech companies reveal their plans to bring clinicians and patients, bringing doctors, digital tools and data science together for better health. Two months ago the companies announced their $18.5 billion merger under the name Teladoc following huge leaps in earnings for both companies.

mHealth Intelligence, October 13, 2020

CMS faces another call to expand telehealth coverage for specialists

More than 30 members of Congress have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking her to expand COVID-19 telehealth coverage for audiology and speech-language pathology services.

mHealth Intelligence, October 13, 2020

AMA coalition to help doctors use telehealth for mental health services

The AMA's Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative, coming on the heels of last week's Executive Order, aims to help providers use telehealth to integrate mental and behavioral health services into primary care.

Journalist's Resource, October 12, 2020

Telemedicine for drug addiction treatment: A research roundup and 5 reporting tips

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, deaths from drug overdoses have reportedly surged. This story profiles research on adaptations of telehealth to address this heightened need.

Healio, October 12, 2020

Substantial racial disparities observed in use of telehealth by patients with cancer

Black and Hispanic patients with cancer appeared less likely than white patients to use telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

mHealth Intelligence, October 9, 2020

eHI Offers Recommendations on Telehealth, Licensure, Broadband

The eHealth Initiative has released a list of policy recommendations designed to improve telehealth adoption and coverage during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Massachusetts General Hospital News, October 9, 2020

Mass General Center for TeleHealth helps hospitals in New York and Maine launch telestroke services within local regions

As the demand for virtual health services rapidly increases, Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for TeleHealth has implemented a hybrid model at Maine's Northern Light Health and Glen Falls Hospital in New York, enabling them to launch their own telestroke programs.

mHealth Intelligence, October 8, 2020

Avera, UPMC Among Health Systems Getting USDA Telemedicine Grants

The USDA's latest round of Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants, totaling $72 million, will go to 116 programs nationwide. Grantees in the northeast include MaineHealth, the Univ. of New Hampshire, Community Health Center (NY), and Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. (NY)

Courier Gazette and Camden Herald, October 8, 2020

USDA awards nearly $1 million to MaineHealth

The USDA will award a $999,573 grant to MaineHealth to establish telehealth carts to provide "eConsults" to clinicians across MaineHealth's rural hospitals and practices, especially as they respond to COVID-19. The major focus is on specialist-to-provider consults in cardiology across 10 counties in Maine.

Healthcare IT News, October 7, 2020

Epic-integrated telehealth at Johns Hopkins boosts quality and safety during pandemic

Facilitated by an FCC Telehealth Gran, Johns Hopkins Medicine pivoted to telehealth delivery of ambulatory care, reaching at the peak of the pandemic 100,000 encounters in May50% of ambulatory care was delivered through telemedicine, reaching a peak of nearly 100,000 encounters in May 2020. (50% of all visits). Virtual care monitoring for COVID patients, including data from a pulse oximetry device, was used effectively in-hospital for critical care patients as well as for those discharged to home.

mHealth Intelligence, October 7, 2020

UCLA study charts benefits of telehealth for chronic pain treatment

A new study finds that telehealth can replace many in-person visits for people living with chronic pain, reducing the hassles and stresses of travel and allowing patients to improve care management at home.

New York State Governor's Office Press Release, October 7, 2020

Governor Cuomo announces second round of funding to expand telepractice capacity across New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a second round of awards of more than $423,000 for the purchase and installation of equipment to deliver addiction telehealth services statewide. Expanded telepractice capacity ensures access to critical addiction services for individuals and families who may not otherwise seek out treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, October 5, 2020

Congress expands veteran access to telehealth for mental health care

A bill headed to the President's desk will expand efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve veteran access to mental health services, including offering more services via telehealth.

MedCity News, October 5, 2020

Digital health reimbursement: The transforming landscape

Interviews with health experts reveal that despite the expansion in reimbursement for telehealth in the context of Covid-19, the the reimbursement model for digital health hasn't changed broadly. Some employer health insurance plans have rolled out programs to support wearable devices and health coaching to help manage their members' chronic disease, but clinical validation of many other promising approaches is a key to further expansion after the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, October 2, 2020

Top 5 uses for a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform

Interviews with health experts explore the ideal uses for direct to consumer telehealth services. In many cases the provider and patient can use this quick and easy approach to address emerging health problems, and in the case of mental health issues the initial anonymity helps patients get past stigma barriers and get engaged in ongoing treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, October 1, 2020

Amid rising substance abuse rates, treatment centers turn to telehealth

Amid a surge in substance abuse issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Desert Hope Treatment Center is using a telehealth platform to screen patients and expand access to sorely needed counseling.

Healthcare IT News, October 1, 2020

Amwell ranks highest for DTC telehealth satisfaction, says J.D. Power

A new survey released this week found that overall customer satisfaction with telehealth is high, but barriers to access remain.

mHealth Intelligence, September 29, 2020

Brigham and Women's uses mHealth to track medication compliance

The Boston hospital will be using an mHealth platform that tracks a user's medication use in a program aimed at improving medication management among patients who have been prescribed opioids.

Healthcare IT News, September 28, 2020

Majority of health execs say telemedicine has improved patient care

A new survey from Boston Digital of 500 executives in the healthcare industry found that the switch to telehealth necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has been a largely positive one, and the majority said at least some of the changes would be permanent. However, about 15% said that telehealth had decreased the quality of patient care and many patients experience challenges using the new technologies.

mHealth Intelligence, September 28, 2020

Using telehealth to make patient rounding more efficient and effective

In this summary from a Healthcare Strategies podcast, the efforts of Franciscan Health in Indiana to use telehealth for improving patient access to care and care team collaboration is profiled. One important strategy to minimize COVID transmission involves room-to-room video connections for hospitalized patients to access specialist care and for care team rounding.

mHealth Intelligence, September 25, 2020

What 15 medical specialties are most interested in telehealth?

Doximity's annual report ranks the top 15 specialties interested in telehealth job listings, and reflects a growing interest in chronic care management and remote patient monitoring. Radiologists and psychiatrists are most interested in telehealth jobs, according to a new report from Doximity, while anesthesiologists and surgeons are showing the least interest.

mHealth Intelligence, September 24, 2020

LA community centers offer free Wi-Fi to support telehealth services

The centers, jointly operated by two LA health plans, are re-opening on the heels of the coronavirus pandemic, and are offering free Wi-Fi to enable visitors to access telehealth services.

Healthcare Dive, September 24, 2020

FDA launches years-in-the-making digital health center

The FDA announced the creation of the Digital Health Center of Excellence within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which will coordinate policy and regulatory approaches tailored for the technologies. Webinars are scheduled for Oct. 19 and Nov. 12 to provide education on FDA plans for the initiative.

mHealth Intelligence, September 24, 2020

Study finds underserved communities are receptive to mHealth tools

A study launched by the Yale School of Medicine finds that underserved communities will use mHealth tools to gather data and participate in studies if those tools are well-designed and aided by community health outreach.

National Institute of Aging News, September 23, 2020

Telehealth: Improving Dementia Care

This resource highlights how telehealth using a computer, tablet, or phone can help dementia patients and their family caregivers access remote provider appointments or join an online health education program to learn about how to improve well-being and quality of life. Promising studies also indicate that wearable devices can be used to track changes that could signal a health or safety problem, such as mobility and balance.

Healthcare Dive, September 22, 2020

Microsoft Teams integrates with EHRs for provider telehealth

Microsoft recently announced that their video platform, Teams, can now be integrated directly with health records software to let clinicians launch virtual visits straight from their EHR. Epic's EHR will be the first to integrate with Teams.

mHealth Intelligence, September 21, 2020

New bill looks to mandate payer coverage for telehealth services

A bill introduced last week on Capitol Hill would prompt payers to cover any telehealth services if those services are also furnished in person.

mHealth Intelligence, September 21, 2020

NYC hospitals create blueprint for COVID-19 triage by telehealth

The report, recently published in Medicina, was prepared by clinicians at NYU Langone Health and the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, both of which used telehealth to treat hundreds of thousands of patients this summer.

Granite State News Collaborative, September 21, 2020

Telehealth settles in for the long haul in New Hampshire

Remote visits have dropped off since the height of the pandemic, but doctors say they're here to stay. The story profiles telehealth innovations and adaptations by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the community health center Families First.

MaineBiz, September 21, 2020

Medicine's new virtual reality: Telehealth is poised for further growth in Maine

This story profiles growth in direct-to-consumer telehealth services to Maine subsidized housing residents by Senescio Systems and comparable services by New Hampshire's ConvenientMD Urgent Care. Maine-based health care systems MaineHealth and Northern Light Health are equally committed to expanding their telehealth capabilities, including potential partnerships with such vendors.

mHealth Intelligence, September 18, 2020

Consortium pushes telehealth freedoms for substance abuse treatment

A new Health Affairs blog urges the federal government to continue telehealth waivers for substance abuse treatment during the COVID-19 emergency and asks for permanent changes to safeguards around the use of buprenorphine.

mHealth Intelligence, September 18, 2020

New CMS payment model for kidney care could boost telehealth use

The ESRD Treatment Choices (ETS) Model incentivizes providers who support home-based dialysis and care - and could open the door to more telehealth and remote patient monitoring programs.

Healthcare Dive, September 17, 2020

In COVID-19's wake, hospitals look to hybrid model with in-person, virtual care on equal footing

Comments throughout the recent American Hospital Association conference reflected a clear agreement that not only is telehealth here to stay, but it's also going to be at the heart of care delivery going forward. And the indications are that patients want more virtual options and actually prefer them in many cases.

Healthcare Dive, September 17, 2020

Medical services costs for telehealth could swell to $106B by 2023, vendor predicts

Medical services costs for telehealth could increase by 265% in the next three years, going from more than $29 billion in 2020 to $106 billion in 2023, according to a new report from provider-focused telehealth vendor Doximity. The report estimates about 20% of all medical visits will be conducted virtually this year.

mHealth Intelligence, September 16, 2020

Telehealth task force announces policy change recommendations

A task force on telehealth policy launched by the American Telemedicine Association, Alliance for Connected Care, and National Committee for Quality Assurance has released a study and list of recommendations for expanding coverage after COVID-19. They advocate for the federal government and Congress to keep certain connected health policies in place after the public health emergency ends.

mHealth Intelligence, September 16, 2020

Accelerated telehealth use during COVID-19 raises security risk

Out of the most-used telehealth vendors throughout the pandemic, there was a 30 percent increase of cybersecurity findings per domain, a recent report found.

mHealth Intelligence, September 15, 2020

VA, Apple partner to expand veterans access to telehealth services

The collaboration will leverage Apple's expertise to enhance the VA's iPad program and ensure Veterans and healthcare professionals have the best telehealth experience.

Healthcare Dive, September 14, 2020

Fitbit receives FDA clearance for ECG app

Fitbit has received regulatory clearance in the U.S. and Europe for its new electrocardiogram app to track heart rhythm and flag signs of atrial fibrillation. The regulatory nod brings Fitbit up to speed with other manufacturers like Apple and Samsung, which have offered ECG tracking in their smartwatches since 2018 and early August this year, respectively.

mHealth Intelligence, September 14, 2020

Providers plan a post-pandemic future with telehealth Strategies

Now that telehealth is here to stay, providers are looking closely at what telehealth strategies do and not work for them. Healthcare organizations in the northeast that are profiled include the Henry J. Austen Healtjh Center in Trenton, NJ, and Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston-Auburn, ME.

mHealth Intelligence, September 14, 2020

Centene, Samsung partnership gives FQHCs more telehealth tools

Centene and Samsung are joining forces to equip more than 200 federally qualified health centers across the country with telehealth tools to help underserved patients access care.

mHealth Intelligence, September 11, 2020

Northwell launches telehealth service for skilled nursing facilities

New York's largest health system is launching a telehealth platform to provide on-demand care at two skilled nursing facilities, and plans to expand to more SNFs in the future.

Health Affairs, September 9, 2020

Five ways-beyond current policy-to truly integrate telehealth into primary care practices

A survey of primary care providers in New York City conducted by researchers at New York University confirmed the role of timely regulatory changes in facilitating telehealth adoption and their hope for these changes to "stay permanently for better primary care delivery." However, their responses also called attention to five additional action items for policy makers and insurers to support to achieve a seamless integration of telehealth into primary care.

mHealth Intelligence, September 8, 2020

FCC pushes telehealth connectivity with Connected Care Pilot Program

The Connected Care Pilot Program, a $100 million project unveiled in 2018 to improve access to telehealth for low-income Americans and veterans, will soon begin accepting applications, FCC officials have announced.

Insider NJ, September 8, 2020

NJ human services unveils $25 million plan to support access to mental health & addiction services during the pandemic

This funding initiative that uses federal Coronavirus Relief Fund resources calls for reimbursing safety net providers for COVID-19-related expenses to help them remain open and accessible. One priority for applicants, is to help cover costs associated with achieving social distancing and ensuring telehealth technology is available for patients with mental health and substance use disorders.

MedCity News, September 4, 2020

Telemedicine and addiction recovery: A new way forward?

As the Covid-19 crisis puts pressure on outpatient providers to facilitate remote care, some addiction professionals have set aside their skepticism and opened digital care channels. But establishing a telemedicine-enabled office for Medication Assisted Treatment is more complicated than merely setting up a videoconferencing screen.

Healthcare IT News, September 4, 2020

HHS focuses on telehealth and tech innovations in Rural Action Plan

The Department of Health and Human has released a report "Rural Action Plan" which represents a roadmap for addressing rural healthcare challenges. One of its four key strategies is to leverage technology such as telehealth, for which more grant funding is proposed and continuation is proposed for FQHCs and Rural Health Centers to serve as distant site providers for Medicare telehealth services.

mHealth Intelligence, September 4, 2020

Harvard Pilgrim launches telehealth program to support caregivers

The Massachusetts health plan is launching a no-cost telehealth platform that will give caregivers the information, coaching and support they need to care for loved ones at home.

Healthcare Dive, September 3, 2020

Telehealth claims dipped second month in a row in June: Fair Health

According to Fair Health's tracking, telehealth reimbursement claims to private insurance increased 4,132% from June 2019 to June 2020. Virtual care claims fell 21% from May to June as states began to resume in-person treatment for non-emergency medical care, allowing patients to return to their doctor.

Healthcare IT News, September 2, 2020

Heart attacks and strokes halved using pharmacist-led home blood pressure telemonitoring

In a new study published in Hypertension, researchers found that 12 months of pharmacist-managed home blood pressure telemonitoring and pharmacist management lowered hypertension for two years and reduced the frequency of heart attacks and strokes.

Mass. General Hospital News, September 2, 2020

Virtual visits: innovation at Mass General

Virtual visits at Mass General have grown exponentially in the wake of COVID-19, made possible by collaboration across multiple departments and divisions.

mHealth Intelligence, September 1, 2020

FCC, HHS, USDA announce rural telehealth partnership, new task force

The three federal agencies are joining forces to advance the Rural Telehealth Initiative, which aims to expand telehealth services to rural parts of the country where healthcare access is challenging.

mHealth Intelligence, September 1, 2020

CMS proposes significant changes to remote patient monitoring coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has clarified how providers can use telehealth and mHealth to establish and run remote patient monitoring programs, with changes that some feel could hinder care at home.

mHealth Intelligence, August 31, 2020

CMS eyes expanded coverage for innovative telemedicine devices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule that aims to allow Medicare coverage for "breakthrough devices," giving providers and patients access to cutting-edge telemedicine and mHealth tools.

Healthcare Dive, August 31, 2020

Long-term virtual care plans evade providers, small executive survey finds

According to a small survey from Klas Research, healthcare executives identified telehealth as their biggest technology challenge during the pandemic. Remote patient monitoring is still a work in progress for most, as only 4 of the 19 executives surveyed said their organizations currently have a working program.

mHealth Intelligence, August 28, 2020

Children's National study ties telehealth to better antibiotic stewardship

According to a new study conducted at Children's National Hospital, pediatric doctors using a telehealth platform with clinical decision support tools have a lower percentage of prescribing antibiotics when they're not needed.

Healthcare IT News, August 28, 2020

Telehealth keeps I/DD patients close with their docs during pandemic

The hospital Arc Madison Cortland in Oneida, NY, is using virtual care to connect intellectual/developmental disability patients with providers who understand the nuances of that dual diagnosis.

Healthcare Dive, August 27, 2020

Amazon launches wellness wearable, to compete with Fitbit and Apple Watch

Amazon recently announced the release of a wristband wearable and health monitoring app, the Halo Band, which comes with an accelerometer, temperature sensor, heart rate monitor, and two microphones. Capabilities not available with Apple Watch or Fitbit include monitoring a user's emotional state user tone of voice and using a three-dimensional rendering of a user's body to track body fat percentage.

Healthcare Dive, August 27, 2020

Google Health, Philips among players pitching digital therapeutics standards

About 25 tech companies have joined an initiative led by the Consumer Technology Association to define performance requirements for digital therapeutics. The effort comes as FDA moved to lower regulatory barriers during the public health emergency.

mHealth Intelligence, August 27, 2020

SPROUT unveils standards for analyzing pediatric telehealth services

An initiative launched by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2015 is set to unveil a set of standards aimed at measuring the effectiveness of pediatric telehealth programs across the country.

News Center Maine, August 27, 2020

Initiatives in central, eastern Maine aim to help people in recovery access telehealth

At the end of July, the Maine health promotion nonprofit Healthy Acadia received foundation funding to support their initiative to buy cellphones, service plans, and internet accounts for people in substance use recovery who struggle with connectivity.

Healthcare IT News, August 26, 2020

Vast majority of specialists increased use of telehealth tech during COVID-19 pandemic

According to a new survey from GlobalData, nearly 80% of cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and respiratory physicians said their use of virtual care technology has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, August 26, 2020

Can telehealth help medical practices ditch the waiting room?

Faced with the need to improve patient satisfaction and reduce unnecessary delays in care, hospitals and medical practices are using telehealth and mHealth tools to create a virtual waiting room. This story profiles how an Illinois-based health system recently launched a virtual waiting room, complete with AI-powered chatbots that help both patient and provider collect and sort all that data before the patient sets foot in a doctor's office.

FirstNet Press Release, August 26, 2020

FirstNet cell site launches in Easton, Connecticut to support public safety

A dedicated broadband system for first responders has been established for Easton, CT, the second such site so far integrated into the national FirstNet system. In conjunction with ATT, the program makes use of Band 14, a high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet.

mHealth Intelligence, August 25, 2020

CTA, mHealth companies come together to promote digital therapeutics

Roughly two dozen mHealth and telehealth companies are joining forces with the Consumer Technology Association to develop standards for digital therapeutics.

Healthcare IT News, August 25, 2020

NYC elder care provider using FCC funds for telehealth, protecting seniors from COVID-19

The government grant will help strengthen Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation's resources with more laptops, mobile devices and remote patient monitoring strategies so doctors can monitor patients from anywhere. Parker is using the Healow application by eClinicalWorks for its telemedicine program.

mHealth Intelligence, August 24, 2020

HRSA awards almost $12 million in grants to rural telehealth initiatives

The grants, part of a $35 million package announced last week, target programs that expand telehealth access for emergency services, rural health research and telementoring. Grantees in the northeast include: Rural Health Research Center: University of Maine System (Portland, ME); Rural Residency Planning and Development Program: Baystate Franklin Medical Center (Greenfield, MA), Research Foundation for the State University of New York (Syracuse, NY); Telehealth Network Grant Program: MaineHealth (Portland, ME), Penobscot Community Health Center (Bangor, ME), Catskill Regional Medical Center (Harris, NY), University of Vermont (Burlington, VT).

mHealth Intelligence, August 24, 2020

New project to bring telehealth to affordable housing facilities

The University of California and CITRIS are partnering on a pilot program to equip seniors in two affordable housing communities with telehealth services and digital literacy training.

Healthcare IT News, August 24, 2020

Maine health system embraces telehealth, but looks for policy clarity

Before COVID-19, Central Maine Healthcare had used remote care sparingly, says CMIO Dr. Steven Martel. By July, it had conducted 25,000 virtual visits.

mHealth Intelligence, August 21, 2020

Senators charge FCC with mismanaging telehealth funding programs

A letter signed by 14 Democratic Senators charges the FCC and Chairman Ajit Pai with failing to properly manage the Rural Health Care Program and the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, thus hindering attempts to expand telehealth access in rural America.

Healthcare IT News, August 21, 2020

Many children respond better to therapists on a telehealth screen than face to face

That was just one discovery made by MEBS Counseling in Kentucky when COVID-19 accelerated its plans to add telemedicine. Today it's seeing close to its normal volume of patients with telehealth alone.

mHealth Intelligence, August 21, 2020

A pandemic gives telehealth a new purpose with community paramedicine

With COVID-19 still rampant, health systems and EMS providers are partnering in mobile integrated health programs that stress telehealth and mHealth in the home. This article profiles how a provider of mobile healthcare services has launched in New York and other cities a "COVID-19 fast lane" service to screen patients suspected of having the virus at home.

Healthcare Dive, August 20, 2020

AHA urges HHS to make telehealth rollbacks permanent

The American Hospital Association recently urged HHS to ensure the telehealth flexibilities it has allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue on a permanent basis. It also encouraged CMS to expand the list of Medicare telehealth services to include those added during the pandemic, including audio-only telehealth services.

Healthcare IT News, August 19, 2020

AccessHealth uses telemedicine to boost mental health visits by 10% during COVID-19

COVID-19 spurred Houston-based AccessHealth to quickly scale up its telemedicine offerings for primary care and substance abuse treatment. This profile covers the challenges they overcame to adapt to this new normal and provides data on favorable outcomes for patients with diabetes and depression.

mHealth Intelligence, August 19, 2020

PCORI grants target telehealth programs for COVID-19 treatment

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is disbursing more then $22 million in grants to several projects that will analyze how telehealth has been and could be used to improve COVID-19 care and services.

mHealth Intelligence, August 17, 2020

Avera bolsters certificate program with the American Board of Telehealth

Avera eCARE has launched the American Board of Telehealth, a national entity designed to develop best practices and standards for telehealth education through the health system's new certificate program. Avera Health has launched a national board designed to develop standards for and promote connected health education.

mHealth Intelligence, August 17, 2020

Telehealth kiosks give homeless veterans a link to healthcare, other services

The program Soldier On in Pittsfield, MA, has partnered with Let's Talk Interactive's kiosk system to expand a telehealth platform that connects homeless veterans and those in transitional housing with mental health counselors and other sorely needed services.

mHealth Intelligence, August 14, 2020

CMS may eliminate most emergency codes for COVID-19 telehealth services

CMS is planning to eliminate 74 of the 83 codes created to cover telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic, though it's adding 13 new codes and could be swayed by public comments to add more coverage.

Health Affair Blog, August 14, 2020

Moving on from telehealth-by-desperation: What will make telehealth stick

In this commentary telehealth researcher Lori Uscher-Pines discusses challenges to quality of care faced by providers using telehealth during the pandemic. Despite the initial desperation that fueled their adoption of telehealth, providers interviewed often find telehealth ideal for improving access and supporting high-quality care in certain cases and wish for permanent policy changes to make it feasible to continue use after the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, August 14, 2020

Healthcare looks to telehealth to address physician burnout, stress

In an industry plagued by burnout, hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to give providers virtual access to mental health counselors and to make their jobs less stressful. Among the burnout mitigation programs highlighted, Dr. Keith McAvoy at the Northeast-Mid-Atlantic Virtual Telehealth Conference in July presented on how the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's teleneurology program helps reduce symptoms of burnout among providers at spoke hospitals.

The Commonwealth Fund, August 13, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on outpatient visits: changing patterns of care in the newest COVID-19 hot spots

This report on relative rates of telehealth, telephone, and in-person health care utilization during the pandemic in the U.S. updates through July the Harvard researchers' earlier analyses. In July, all physician visits were down 9% from pre-pandemic levels, a rebound from the 58% reduction determined for March; telehealth visits comprised nearly 8% of all visits, down from a peak of 14% in April.

Healthcare IT News, August 13, 2020

Telehealth after dark: Health systems can relieve clinician workload through nighttime virtual care

Providence St. Joseph Health team members explained during a recent HIMSS20 Digital presentation how their telehospitalist program helps fill the gap for critical access hospitals in three western states.

Health Care Law Today, August 12, 2020

COVID-19: Here's what CMS will do with the temporary telehealth codes when the PHE ends

Health law experts at Foley & Lardner LLC outline telehealth rule changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently issued Proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule. This year's list is unusually robust because CMS took into consideration all the telehealth services Medicare currently covers on a temporary basis due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).

mHealth Intelligence, August 12, 2020

Can CMS' new CHART model add telehealth to the rural health agenda?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is unveiling a new funding model aimed at giving rural healthcare providers financial and regulatory incentives to improve quality-based care delivery - including adopting telehealth. The program creates two separate tracks: the Community Transformation Track and the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Transformation Track.

Healthcare IT News, August 12, 2020

Telehealth boosts mental health patient engagement, care plan compliance

Within just days of the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center transformed 95% of its care to telemedicine. This profile discusses their successes and plans to expand the program with an FCC Telehealth Grant.

Health TechZone, August 10, 2020

New telehealth possibilities: home ultrasound device for soon-to-be moms

A new device from an Israeli startup,.PulseNmore, has developed a remote handheld ultrasound device that allows women to perform ultrasound scans at home. The small device docks to smartphones and uses advanced navigation and AI to help women perform the scans and send them to their OB-GYN providers.

Health TechZone, August 10, 2020

New telehealth possibilities: home ultrasound device for soon-to-be moms

A new device from an Israeli startup,.PulseNmore, has developed a remote handheld ultrasound device that allows women to perform ultrasound scans at home. The small device docks to smartphones and uses advanced navigation and AI to help women perform the scans and send them to their OB-GYN providers.

Health IT Security, August 10, 2020

Breaking down telehealth inclusivity barriers for older adults

As more patients now routinely connect with their doctors virtually, it's important for healthcare providers to ensure their telemedicine platforms can effectively be used by patients of all ages and levels of digital literacy. A set of tips are provided to improve the user experience.

mHealth Intelligence, August 6, 2020

How CMS changes, trump's executive order affect telehealth coverage

Alongside President Trump's call for more rural telehealth coverage, CMS' proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule could keep the momentum going for connected health. But is it enough?

MedCity News, August 5, 2020

Livongo, Teladoc strike $18.5B merger, creating a digital health behemoth

Teladoc will acquire digital health company Livongo for $18.5 billion. The deal would combine one of the largest telehealth companies with a platform for managing an array of chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.

mHealth Intelligence, August 5, 2020

Senators eye telehealth licensure freedom during COVID-19 emergency

A bill introduced this week would allow healthcare providers in good standing to use telehealth to treat patients in any state during the coronavirus pandemic.

Healthcare Finance News, August 4, 2020

CMS proposes telehealth changes under Trump executive order

President Trump on Aug. 3 outlined 135 telehealth services to become permanent that CMS added on a temporary basis during the emergency. These include initial inpatient and nursing facility visits, physical therapy, home visits, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and discharge day management services that can be paid when delivered by telehealth. CMS is proposing to permanently allow some of these services to be done by telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, August 4, 2020

CMS proposes expanding telehealth reimbursement after COVID-19

A recent Executive Order prompts CMS to make many of the telehealth flexibilities expanded during the coronavirus pandemic permanent.

Healthcare Dive, August 3, 2020

Quarter of Medicare members can't access telehealth visits, JAMA studies show

A pair of studies recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine outline the many difficulties facing older adults, especially low-income seniors, in accessing telemedicine despite historic availability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, August 3, 2020

Telehealth gives a pediatric physical therapist a new outlook on care

This story profiles the successes of a physical therapist from Texas in launching a telehealth service to improve her work-life balance and care for her young patients. She finds that the platform can improve her work with their parents as well.

mHealth Intelligence, July 31, 2020

The COVID-19 telehealth expansion bills are starting to pile up

Congress is very interested in expanding Medicare's telehealth coverage beyond the COVID-19 emergency, as the growing number of bills would attest.

mHealth Intelligence, July 31, 2020

Avera to use telehealth to connect police, mental health professionals

South Dakota-based Avera eCARE is using a $1 million donation to launch a telehealth program that connects police and court officers with mental health experts to help assess and treat people in crisis.

mHealth Intelligence, July 30, 2020

Connecticut lawmakers vote to extend telehealth coverage - for a while

Lawmakers have passed a bill extending the state's emergency measures to expand telehealth coverage through next March, adding they want to study the issue further before addressing permanent coverage.

mHealth Intelligence, July 29, 2020

Patients to avoid in-person care access moving into the fall

According to a new survey by OnePoll, most patients appreciated telehealth as a means to alleviate concerns about in-person care during the pandemic. 43 percent of patients say they likely won't access in-person care until the fall at the earliest.

mHealth Intelligence, July 29, 2020

New HHS report makes the case for continued telehealth coverage

A new report issued by the Health and Human Services Department tracks the effects of expanded Medicare telehealth coverage during the COVID-19 crisis and calls for more discussion on 'the future of patient-centered care.'

Healthcare Dive, July 29, 2020

Telehealth made up almost half of all Medicare beneficiaries' primary care use in April

Fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries adopted telehealth for primary care at unprecedented rates as COVID-19 spread in the U.S., according to a new HHS report. Providers in rural counties, compared to urban ones, saw a smaller increase in virtual care visits as a proportion of all primary care visits in March and April, and a larger decrease in May.

mHealth Intelligence, July 29, 2020

Student-based non-profit secures mhealth donations for seniors

Founded by three Yale students and a high school sibling, Telehealth Access to Seniors has given more than 1,100 donated mHealth devices to healthcare providers to distribute to patients who lack access to telehealth services.

Healthcare IT News, July 28, 2020

Tech optimization: Getting the most out of telehealth

This special report brings together four telemedicine experts from Amwell, Caregility, Eko and emocha Health to offer best practices for optimal technology performance.

Healthcare IT News, July 28, 2020

AMA & other med groups express 'dismay' at prospect of waivers made permanent

In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, scores of medical associations called on the agency to sunset waivers related to scope of practice and licensure once the pandemic has subsided.

mHealth Intelligence, July 28, 2020

Massachusetts payer expands telehealth coverage for mental health services

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has added telemental health services to its telehealth platform and expanded access to an online wellness program and will be maintaining reimbursement parity for telehealth visits.

EHR Intelligence, July 27, 2020

Epic Systems, Cerner exceeds EHR client expectations during COVID-19

KLAS surveyed over 170 healthcare professionals to gauge their respective EHR vendor satisfaction levels throughout COVID-19. Epic Systems and Cerner have both stepped up and exceeded expectations, with telehealth integration a feature health systems appreciate.

mHealth Intelligence, July 27, 2020

New initiative aims to apply consumer mHealth to pandemic planning

The Consumer Technology Association's new Public Health Tech Initiative will study how consumer-facing mHealth and telehealth platforms can be used to shape the detection of and response to future public health emergencies, like a pandemic.

Healthcare Dive, July 27, 2020

'Weeks where decades happen': Telehealth 6 months into COVID-19

The nascent industry exploded out of necessity earlier this year, but its future staying power will depend on what insurers are willing to cover and what regulations stay rolled back. It's difficult to predict what the regulatory landscape will look like coming out of the pandemic, but experts say it's hard to see the U.S. going back to the previous potpourri of federal and state rules and regulations.

mHealth Intelligence, July 27, 2020

Congress aims to keep telehealth momentum going beyond the COVID-19 crisis

A bill to add money to the FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Fund - one of at least three new bills introduced - and a meeting of the Taskforce for Telehealth Policy made last week a busy week for connected health on Capitol Hill.

mHealth Intelligence, July 24, 2020

FORE Grants Target Telehealth, mHealth Use in Addiction Treatment

The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts is funding four care providers and two research organizations to expand telehealth and mHealth programs and study how they've improved care during the COVID-19 crisis. Among them, New Jersey's Rutgers University will focus its research on the impacts of emergency Medicaid waivers on healthcare affect via telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, July 24, 2020

Expanding the mHealth platform to address more than just healthcare

Pushed by the COVID-19 crisis, health plans like New York's Healthfirst are beefing up their telehealth and mHealth platforms to address a wide variety of member needs - including food.

Healthcare Dive, July 23, 2020

Providers scramble for telehealth, pick Microsoft, Zoom and in pandemic's early days

Providers have overwhelmingly turned to virtual care and telehealth platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic to see patients, but most reported frantic efforts to adopt the technology with little time to consider a long-term strategy, according to a recent Klas Research study.

mHealth Intelligence, July 23, 2020

NH permanently extends telehealth coverage, including payment parity

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has signed a new law that, among other things, establishes telehealth reimbursement parity, permits phone-based care and expands telehealth use in substance abuse treatment.

mHealth Intelligence, July 22, 2020

Lawmakers look to continue FCC's COVID-19 telehealth program

A letter signed by more than 40 members of Congress calls on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to provide details on the recently closed COVID-19 Telehealth Program - and asks how much he would need to continue the program.

mHealth Intelligence, July 22, 2020

NY-NJ hospitals to use smart clothes in COVID-19 telehealth program

Hackensack Meridian Health and Maimonides Medical Center are launching a telehealth program that will use sensor-embedded undergarments to remotely monitor patients infected with the coronavirus.

mHealth Intelligence, July 21, 2020

CMS proposes to boost telehealth use in home dialysis programs

CMS is proposing changes to the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) that would encourage the use of telehealth and mHealth platforms and tools to expand dialysis treatment to the home.

mHealth Intelligence, July 21, 2020

Telehealth is 'the best tool' in the healthcare toolbox for FQHCs

For Island Health Services, an FQHC serving an island community off the Maine coast, telehealth gives providers an important platform for addressing not only gaps in care, but other factors that contribute to negative health outcomes.

Healthcare IT News, July 20, 2020

Consortium uses FCC COVID-19 funds to bring telehealth to the underserved

The Boston-based MA FQHC Telehealth Consortium was created for Federally Qualified Health Centers to come together to master telehealth so that their patients could access quality care despite the pandemic. The consortium is using its recent grant award under the FCC Telehealth Program to use telehealth to ensure patient access and generate revenue to sustain health center operations during the pandemic.

MedCity News, July 20, 2020

How Mass General Brigham planned its digital response to Covid-19

Mass General Brigham Chief Innovation Officer Chris Coburn shares how the health system prepared itself for Covid-19 by scaling up its digital operations.

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