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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?

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.

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 doxy.me 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.

Healthcare IT News, July 17, 2020

Leadership: Leveraging digital solutions to manage the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing healthcare organizations to rethink communications with their patients and members, but forward-thinking leaders are already leveraging technology to address the increased workload to their workforce-management challenges.

mHealth Intelligence, July 16, 2020

CMS: 9 million used telehealth during early days of COVID-19

In a commentary in Health Affairs, CMS Administrator Seema Verma laid out the numbers for telehealth use by Medicare beneficiaries from March through June, and said the agency is still working on a plan for long-term coverage.

mHealth Intelligence, July 16, 2020

For senior facilities, an mHealth platform is a good first step to telehealth

Indiana-based CarDon & Associates launched an mHealth messaging platform in January, and is seeing improved care management and coordination as a result.

Healthcare IT News, July 14, 2020

Using Zoom with Epic to bring telehealth to kids during COVID-19

Kennedy Krieger Institute, a children's provider organization in Maryland, is using its new FCC award funds to augment existing telemedicine initiatives to reduce health disparities in services to autistic children.

mHealth Intelligence, July 14, 2020

Federal judge clears way for telemedicine abortions during pandemic

A U.S. District Judge in Maryland has granted a preliminary injunction allowing care providers to prescribe drugs used in medication abortions via virtual care, eliminating the in-person requirement, during the COVID-19 emergency.

mHealth Intelligence, July 13, 2020

CMS outlines telehealth reimbursement for 2020-21 eCQM programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released additional details on telehealth reimbursement through quality reporting programs for ongoing alternative payment models. The documentation includes 42 Clinical Quality Measures for the 2020 performance period and 39 for 2021.

mHealth Intelligence, July 10, 2020

The promise and potential for telehealth in home health

Despite reimbursement barriers, home health care providers have long used telehealth and mHealth tools to improve care. This overview asks if health system responses to the COVID-19 epidemic will spawn an expanded use of home telehealth and monitoring of patients at high risk for hospitalization.

mHealth Intelligence, July 9, 2020

VA, DoD launch national telehealth projects for critical care

The US Defense Department's Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center and Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium recently launched Phase 1 of the National Emergency Telecritical Care Network Project, aimed at creating a network of virtual critical care wards to address the coronavirus pandemic. Partners include the Veterans Health Administration, Avera Health, the Oregon Health and Science University, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Patient Engagement, July 9, 2020

60% of patients interested in using digital communication tools

Patients often took up digital communication tools for the first time during the pandemic, with 63% saying they saw good or excellent care quality in a recent survey by Accenture.

John Snow, Inc., July 7, 2020

Telemedicine: the future of family planning care

The JSI consulting organization notes how a large majority of Title X-funded family planning providers have adopted telehealth for provision of services during the pandemic. Through work with the Family Planning National Training Center, they have helped create a toolkit with clinical guidelines and resources to help with telehealth program development.

mHealth Intelligence, July 7, 2020

Senators ask HHS, CMS for telehealth expansion timeline, details

Signed by more than 35 Senators, the letter to HHS and CMS officials asks for 'a written plan and timeline for permanent administrative changes to Medicare rules governing the provision of telehealth.'

mHealth Intelligence, July 7, 2020

A small medical group uses telehealth to redesign care management

The Reliance Medical Group in New Jersey has launched a Virtual Office that uses remote patient monitoring to care for patients with chronic conditions. Its creator says the telehealth platform may soon eclipse office-based care.

mHealth Intelligence, July 6, 2020

Senators seek telehealth expansion for substance abuse treatment

A bill before the Senate would extend telehealth coverage for substance abuse disorder treatment, including MAT therapy and Medicare reimbursement for audio-only phone calls, beyond the COVID-19 emergency.

Healthcare Dive, July 6, 2020

Telehealth claim lines increased more than 8,335% in April: Fair Health

The volume of telehealth claim lines increased more than 8,335% in April 2020 compared to April 2019 as the pandemic continues to drive utilization, according to the most recent analysis of insurance trends by nonprofit FAIR Health.

Healthcare IT News, July 6, 2020

Technology can make end of life care more compassionate

At the American Telemedicine Association virtual conference earlier this month, experts urged attendees to use technology to help facilitate end-of-life discussions and care. An interview with the medical director of the Center for End of Life Care at the Cleveland Clinic reveals how their team launched an mHealth app powered by Epic that connects a patient's electronic medical record with the patient portal.

Healthcare IT News, July 6, 2020

Holyoke Health Center melds Zoom and telehealth tech to replace in-person visits

Holyoke Health Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts, has used NextGen as its electronic health records system for several years, and had to quickly pivot to telemedicine appointments when it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic would not allow for in-person appointments.

mHealth Intelligence, July 3, 2020

FCC announces 13th set of COVID-19 telehealh program awards

With the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Fund set to run out soon, the Federal Communications Commission has OK'd funding for 70 more projects, bringing the total to 514. This next-to-last batch of awards includes the following in northeast states:10 in New York, 4 in Massachusetts, 2 in New Jersey, and 2 in Connecticut.

mHealth Intelligence, July 2, 2020

mHealth sensors help hospitals monitor vitals in in-patient units

Michigan-based Covenant HealthCare is using a telehealth platform to monitor patients in the hospital. The smart bed technology alerts staff to patients in distress, enabling them to take action more quickly.

mHealth Intelligence, July 2, 2020

After past failures, 2 states push ahead with new telehealth rules

Massachusetts' medical board has issued its first-ever telehealth policy, while Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to review a telehealth bill that replaces the one vetoed by their governor 2 months ago.

Medical Xpress, July 1, 2020

Addiction care barriers fell due to COVID-19; experts see challenges in keeping them down

In a recent paper in JAMA Psychiatry, experts from the University of Michigan Addiction Center and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System document how policy changes have made it possible for more addiction care to take place through telemedicine during the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, July 1, 2020

Telecritical care expands telehealth from the ICU to where it's needed

During a panel session at the American Telemedicine Association's recent virtual conference, experts from two large health systems explained how telehealth improves care for complex patients no matter where they are.

Healthcare Dive, July 1, 2020

With new funding, FCC rural healthcare program set to provide most money in its history

The Federal Communications Commission has added $198 million to its rural healthcare program, which helps providers deploy broadband healthcare networks, while unused funds from prior years are being carried forward to 2020, bringing the total available for provider requests will be more than $800 million.

mHealth Intelligence, July 1, 2020

Rheumatology group issues position paper supporting telehealth use

The American College of Rheumatology has released a position paper outlining the values and drawbacks of telehealth, and supports the continued use of connected health services beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

American Medical Association, June 30, 2020

How to maintain momentum on telehealth after COVID-19 crisis ends

The use of telehealth has exploded as many regulatory barriers to its use have been temporarily lowered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AMA is advocating for making many of these emergency policy changes permanent.

mHealth Intelligence, June 30, 2020

Survey: COVID-19 crisis compels dentists to consider telehealth

A new survey finds that dentists expect long-term changes to their profession because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are planning to use telehealth to stay in business.

mHealth Intelligence, June 29, 2020

House to debate extending CARES Act telehealth coverage indefinitely

The latest in a flurry of bills appearing on Capitol Hill calls for Congress to 'continue the telehealth policies implemented by the Trump Administration and through the CARES Act.'

mHealth Intelligence, June 26, 2020

CMS moves to make COVID-19 home health telehealth expansion permanent

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to make telehealth coverage enacted during the COVID-19 crisis permanent for home health care providers - though providers still won't be reimbursed.

mHealth Intelligence, June 25, 2020

Chicago health system uses mHealth to monitor staff, patients for COVID-19

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences Systems has launched a telehealth program using an mHealth wearable to remotely monitor staff and patients at high risk of being infected by the coronavirus.

mHealth Intelligence, June 25, 2020

Telehealth sustainability requires a willingness to adapt to new ideas

When its three-year telehealth pilot ended and the grant money ran out, Long Island Select Healthcare took stock of its options and decided to change its approach to connected health. The leaders for this New York program presented on their telehealth strategies for chronic care management and remote patient monitoring at the ongoing joint virtual conference put on by the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center and the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center.

mHealth Intelligence, June 24, 2020

COVID-19 concerns add value to school-based telehealth programs

School may not be in session, but telehealth programs across the nation are busy addressing the needs of students stuck at home during the pandemic - including a growing number in need of mental health counseling.

mHealth Intelligence, June 22, 2020

Lawmakers want a full study of telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis

A bill before Congress calls on the Health and Human Services Department and the Government Accountability Office to produce separate studies on how telehealth has been used to address the coronavirus pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, June 22, 2020

Sony survey shows support for doctors prescribing mhealth devices

The survey finds that patients living with a chronic condition would do better if they had an mHealth device to manage their health at home - but they want those devices to come from their doctor.

Commonwealth, June 20, 2020

Telehealth is working, let's keep it that way

The Patients First Act, recently filed in the Massachusetts Senate, requires insurance carriers, including MassHealth, to cover telehealth services in any instance where the equivalent in-person service is covered. The bill also embraces an expansive definition of telehealth services, including care through audio-only telephone calls to assist those patients who may not have access to a smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Managed Healthcare Executive News, June 19, 2020

At-home pulse oximeters: The 'it' gadget of the COVID-19 outbreak

Many physicians see pulse oximeters as an important way for people to identify declining lung function early and address the cause, including COVID-19, when it's easier to treat. Pulse oximeter purchases from drugstores or online (often about $40) have spiked more than 500% since the pandemic began, and represent a useful adjunct for telehealth visits with primary care providers.

MedCity News, June 18, 2020

8 tips from a nurse to make telehealth take off at your organization

Following these recommendations can turn telehealth into the default care delivery choice of patients and doctors alike.

VermontBiz, June 18, 2020

$2 million grant allows for expanded care for mental health and substance use

Vermont has received a $2 million federal emergency grant to make sure people with mental health and substance use disorders can access care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth is significant part of the proposed strategies.

mHealth Intelligence, June 18, 2020

New York OKs telehealth coverage for audio-only phone services

New York is the latest to approve expanded telehealth coverage for audio-only phone calls between a provider and patient, noting they give doctors more opportunities to extend care to underserved populations.

mHealth Intelligence, June 17, 2020

VA sees a surge in veterans using telehealth to access healthcare

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, veterans are logging onto the VA Video Connect app more than 120,000 times a week to access care, a 1,000 percent increase in traffic compared to a typical three-month span.

FOX10, June 17, 2020

FCC approves 11th set of COVID-19 telehealth program applications

The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau today approved an additional 62 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Grantees in the northeast include: Brookline Community Mental Health Center (MA), Care Plus (NJ), Community Health Access Network (NH), Dimock Community Health Center (MA), Family and Children's Services (NJ), Flushing Clinic (NY), AdChoices Henry J. Austin Health Center (NJ), Hospital for Special Surgery (NY), Maimonides Medical Center (NY), Morristown Medical Center (NJ), Northern NY Rural Behavioral Health Institute (NY), SERV Behavioral Health System (NJ), Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (NY), Sojourns Community Clinic (VT).

JD Supra, June 17, 2020

Regulatory actions impacting health insurers and managed care companies in response to COVID-19

To help organizations stay on top of these regulatory changes affecting practice rules and reimbursement during the pandemic, this organization summarizes major regulatory actions in each state and assembled useful resources, guidance and notifications released by state regulators.

The Keene Sentinel, June 17, 2020

Therapy moves to video chat

As COVID-19 has added stress and anxiety to people's lives in recent months, access to mental-health services and supports has changed to telehealth, often resulting in improved access. For West Central Behavioral Health the ability to connect with a therapist online also has reduced the no-show rate.

Healthcare IT News, June 17, 2020

Telehealth resource centers nationwide aid providers at no cost

The 14 federally funded regional TRCs have seen an enormous uptick in requests for assistance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The story includes quotes from Danielle Louder of NETRC as a follow-up to a webinar presentation with the MidAtlantic Telehealth Resource Center sponsored by HIMSS.

WAGM-TV (Presque Isle, ME), June 17, 2020

AMHC Successfully Uses Telemedicine during COVID-19

Community health clinics across the United States report a 43% drop in the number of client visits during the quarantine. However, Aroostook Mental Health Services in remote rural Caribou, ME, has ramped up the use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic and increased the number of client visits by 20%.

mHealth Intelligence, June 16, 2020

mHealth platforms for chronic care get the green light from the FDA

Digital therapeutic tools are in the spotlight this week, thanks to the FDA's approval of an mHealth platform for treatment of children with ADHD and Breakthrough Device Designation for a stroke treatment combining sensors and music therapy.

Manchester Ink Link (NH), June 16, 2020

Delivering sexual, reproductive healthcare in NH during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how sexual and reproductive healthcare is delivered in New Hampshire. Some services, including abortions, are now delivered partially via telehealth, while other services, including sexually-transmitted disease (STD) testing and PrEP, a regiment to prevent HIV transmissions, have seen a significant decrease in demand.

mHealth Intelligence, June 15, 2020

Experts weigh in on post-COVID-19 telehealth rules and policies

Congress and CMS are being inundated with requests to make permanent telehealth guidelines enacted to expand coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's a rundown of what they're requesting.

Healthcare IT News, June 15, 2020

What sort of staying power does telehealth really have?

The coronavirus pandemic has acted as an "unexpected experiment" for telehealth, but despite its huge promise and the hopes of many that it will become the new normal, experts say it's difficult to predict what's next.

mHealth Intelligence, June 12, 2020

Telehealth will continue to grow after coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic sparked the growth of telehealth across the healthcare industry. This growth will continue after the pandemic, industry experts said at the online Value-Based Care Summit Telehealth20.

Healthcare IT News, June 12, 2020

New bill would codify Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services

The bipartisan HEALTH Act would make permanent Medicare payments for telehealth services at federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.

Healthcare IT News, June 11, 2020

Telehealth shows promise for fostering better doc-patient relationships

In a study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings, NYU Langone and Doctor on Demand show how patients are finding value in virtual care, with many citing a rewarding rapport with their provider.

MobiHealth News, June 11, 2020

The case for integrating telemedicine education into medical curriculums

The telehealth training programs at the Medical University of South Carolina are profiles. Across a number of different specialties, students and practitioners can put practical telehealth skills to use and gain an emphasis on collaboration for the rest of their careers.

Telebehavioral Health Institute Blog, June 11, 2020

Zoom fatigue: what you can do about it

Videoconferencing fatigue occurs among many people who are engaged for long periods in delivering telehealth. This article considers the range of factors that can contribute to "Zoom fatigue" and offers suggestions for how it can be mitigated.

Concord Monitor, June 11, 2020

As mental health needs rise, providers see solutions

Since the coronavirus and its accompanying economic shutdown took hold in the United States, there's been a staggering rise in Americans dealing with mental health conditions. Kenneth Norton, the director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's New Hampshire chapter (NAMI NH), says that his organization has seen more people accessing therapy, support groups, classes and trainings digitally.

Healthcare IT News, June 10, 2020

The potential security crisis presented by rapid telehealth rollouts

A security expert details the extra risks from hackers due to the lax precautions taken with digital health and telehealth adoption during the pandemic and advises health systems and consumers that it is not too late to work on implementing best practices.

Kaiser Family Foundation, June 8, 2020

Medication abortion and telemedicine: innovations and barriers during the COVID-19 emergency

State actions in response to the COVID-19 crisis have highlighted their divergent approaches to abortion access, depending on whether or not the service was classified as an essential or non-essential service. In a handful of states, some clinics have begun to offer medication abortions using telemedicine. As a means to maintain care access while preserving social distancing and reducing risks of exposure.

Home Health Care News, June 8, 2020

'They Shot from the Hip': Home Health Providers Sound Off on CMS

For the most part, home health agencies are generally pleased with how CMS has managed the public health crisis. But some still see major holes in the agency's response, including an expectation that telehealth would be applied to reduce COVID transmission while not making such visits billable.

Patient Engagement HIT, June 8, 2020

Virtual rounding led to humanized patient experience measures

At the University of Chicago medical system, implementation of a virtual patient rounding system for hospitalized patients had the result of enhancing the sense of human connectivity between patients and providers.

mHealth Intelligence, June 8, 2020

VA expands telehealth services for veterans living with cancer

The Department of Veterans Affairs is using a $4.5 million grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation to expand its teleoncology platform, giving veterans virtual access to genetic testing and precision cancer care.

MedCity News, June 7, 2020

How to create a patient-focused telehealth experience

Many providers feel overextended and underprepared when it comes to implementing viable telehealth solutions-but these solutions may be exactly what allows them to continue serving patients and keep their business afloat. The author details recommendations in these areas to increase likelihood of success: 1) anticipate technical issues, 2) prepare patients for virtual visits, 3) clearly communicate the services you offer, and 4) find what works for your patients.

Healthcare IT News, June 5, 2020

As telehealth becomes the new normal, NCQA updates quality measures

More than three-dozen HEDIS measures have been adjusted to reflect new telemedicine services in response to COVID-19 and better align with the realities of virtual care delivery.

mHealth Intelligence, June 5, 2020

FTC weighs in on expanding CMS telehealth coverage beyond COVID-19

The Federal Trade Commission has offered its views on several proposals to expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage for telehealth services after the COVID-19 emergency is over.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Arguss, June 5, 2020

Local woman provides telehealth tools

A college student at home in rural Barre, VT, during the pandemic is succeeding in her mission to provide smartphones and other WiFi capable devices to seniors who can't afford them but need them now to meet with their doctors. She has collected 30 devices and is hoping to secure at least 70 more.

mHealth Intelligence, June 4, 2020

FCC awards COVID-19 telehealth program funding to another 53 providers

The ninth group of healthcare providers brings the total to almost 240 locations in 41 states and Washington DC, accounting for almost $85 million of the $200 billion fund set aside for telehealth development and expansion. Awards in northeast include: CT-2; NJ-1; NY-7; VT-1.

mHealth Intelligence, June 4, 2020

HHS, CMS offer more support for COVID-19 telehealth adoption, expansion

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is investing another $250 million in CARES Act funding to help health systems and hospitals develop telehealth programs, while CMS has announced plans to adjust payment and service delivery models.

U.S. News & World Report/Associated Press, June 4, 2020

Telehealth expansion could become permanent after pandemic

The temporary expansion of telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic would become permanent under a bill being considered by New Hampshire lawmakers.

mHealth Intelligence, June 3, 2020

Community health centers need a telehealth strategy, resources to survive

A new Health Affairs article notes how community health centers have struggled to use telehealth before and during COVID-19, and offers advice to help CHCs embrace connected health in the future.

mHealth Intelligence, June 3, 2020

Congress Eyes HHS Analysis of Telehealth During COVID-19 Crisis

A bill introduced this week on Capitol Hill would require the Health and Human Services Department to study how telehealth has been used during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a report due back one year after the emergency ends.

Contemporary Pediatrics, June 2, 2020

Telehealth lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic

An interview with a pediatrics faculty member at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in New Hampshire delves into lessons he has learned about utilizing telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it's shaped his practice.

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2020

How The rapid shift to telehealth leaves many community health centers behind during the COVID-19 pandemic

Without adequate telehealth capacity and support, many CHCs will be left without means of adapting telehealth for the continuous preventive and chronic disease care that can keep communities healthy and out of the hospital. Proper personnel with appropriate training are key to a high-functioning telehealth system along with support from information technology specialists; additionally, CHCs need ancillary systems in place to allow for the effective use of phone and video visits.

Patient Engagement HIT, June 1, 2020

Key strategies for remote chronic disease management

As patients continue to avoid in-person care, providers need to pivot to remote chronic disease management to drive positive health outcomes. The effectiveness of programs of the Veterans Health Administration are profiled.

mHealth Intelligence, May 29, 2020

Johns Hopkins, UMMC Receive FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding

The two health systems are among 53 providers included in the latest round of awards from the Federal Communications Commission's telehealth grant program, which has so far earmarked $68.22 million for 185 providers in 38 states and Washington DC. Awards in northeast include: CT-1; MA-2; ME-2; NJ-3; NY-12.

mHealth Intelligence, May 29, 2020

Researchers question value of telehealth in substance abuse treatment

Some prominent telehealth researchers at the RAND Corporation have suggested that telehealth hasn't yet proven its value in substance abuse treatment, and that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits for certain populations.

mHealth Intelligence, May 28, 2020

New COVID-19 stroke guidelines stress support for telehealth, mHealth

New guidelines for stroke triage published in the AHA's Stroke journal call on first responders to use telehealth and mHealth to screen and diagnose patients and ensure speedy transport to the right care facility.

mHealth Intelligence, May 28, 2020

Rhode Island lawmakers look to make telehealth coverage permanent

A bill making its way through the State Senate would require payers in the state to permanently cover telehealth services - including audio-only phone calls and care delivered to the patient's home.

Healthcare Dive, May 27, 2020

Medicare members using telehealth grew 120 times in early weeks of COVID-19 as regulations eased

The number of Medicare beneficiaries using telehealth skyrocketed in the early weeks of the pandemic as the Trump administration relaxed regulations to virtual care.

mHealth Intelligence, May 27, 2020

Surveys suggest seniors aren't using telehealth during COVID-19 crisis

Telehealth use by seniors during the coronavirus pandemic is still low, according to a pair of surveys, even though seniors have access to the technology and those who are using telehealth are giving it high marks.

MedCity News, May 26, 2020

CVS head of specialty pharmacy sees future of healthcare at home after Covid-19

CVS Health's specialty pharmacy head shared how the pharmacy chain is caring for patients remotely during Covid-19. He expects to see more in-home care after the pandemic.

mHealth Intelligence, May 26, 2020

Lawmakers push to extend telehealth freedoms past the COVID-19 emergency

More than 30 members of Congress are asking Congressional leadership to extend regulatory freedoms for telehealth in mental health settings past the COVID-19 emergency.

MedCity News, May 22, 2020

CMS expands telehealth options for Medicare Advantage plans

A final rule published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday would allows Medicare Advantage plans to cover more specialties through telehealth.

mHealth Intelligence, May 22, 2020

CMS finalizes telehealth reimbursement for MA Plans, ESRD patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule on expanded telehealth coverage for members in Medicare Advantage plans and those living with end-stage renal disease.

mHealth Intelligence, May 21, 2020

Telehealth gives Los Angeles LGBT center a new platform to deliver care

Pressed by the COVID-19 pandemic to embrace telehealth, the Los Angeles LGBT Center is now finding a comfort zone with virtual care that will likely show benefits well after the current crisis has passed.

New Hampshire Public Radio, The Exchange, May 18, 2020

In Depth: COVID-19 and Telemedicine in N.H.

The telehealth adaptations of health centers and mental health providers in New Hampshire during the pandemic are profiled in this group interview. The Chief Medical Office at NH DHHS emphasizes the value of federal and state policy changes in reimbursement for both telehealth and telephone consults.

Healthcare IT News, May 13 2020

Psychiatrists 'pleasantly surprised' with transition to telemedicine

Though mental health professionals say they're mostly pleased with the rapid shift to phone or video services, most plan to return to in-person care once the dangers from COVID-19 have subsided.

mHealth Intelligence, March 30 2020

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

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

American Occupational Therapy Association, March 2020

OT and Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 28 2020

ATA announces new partnership, moves telehealth conference online

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 27 2020

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

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

MIT Sloan School of Management, March 25 2020

4 urgent problems hospitals can solve right now with telemedicine

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

American Academy of Family Physicians, March 23rd 2020

Inside look at using telemedicine during COVID-19 pandemic

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

American Association of Medical Colleges, March 23rd 2020

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

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

JDSupra News, March 23rd 2020

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

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

National Law Review, March 23rd 2020

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

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

Concord Monitor, March 21th 2020

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

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

Center for Connected Health Policy, March 20th 2020

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 20th 2020

States move quickly to address coronavirus pandemic with telehealth

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 19th 2020

Feds OK instate licensing, paving way for telehealth expansion

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 18th 2020

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

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 18th 2020

DEA okays telehealth to prescribe opiods amid COVID-19 emergency

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

STAT, March 17th 2020

Surge in patients overwhelms telehealth services amid coronavirus pandemic

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

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

Recorded NCTRC Webinar Event: Telehealth and COVID-19

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

Med City News, March 16 2020

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

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

Health Affairs Blog, March 16th 2020

Opportunities to expand telehealth use amid the coronavirus pandemic

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 16th 2020

Massachusetts expands telehealth coverage for COVID-19

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

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

Telehealth: Rapid Implementation for your Cardiology Clinic

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

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

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

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

WCAX, March 12th 2020

Vermont House passes telehealth bill amid coronavirus concerns

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

mHealth Intelligence, March 11, 2020

Challenges of new Medicare telehealth rules amid COVID-19 outbreak

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

Family Practice Medical Blog, March 10, 2020

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

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

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