CDC: 18.2M fewer uninsured Americans last year than in 2010


million fewer than in 2010 About 9.4% of the U.S. population was uninsured in 2018, according to the National Center for Health Statistics’s (NCHS), 18.2


ATA 2010 Summit – What a Difference a Year Makes


Last spring, the ATA staff proposed that this year’s Mid Year meeting include a Summit to showcase national leaders from government, the largest insurers, leading medical centers and other sectors that are embracing telemedicine and the changes they are spearheading to expand its use. As I look over the list of speakers who have readily agreed to participate in the Summit, I realize that there is no better sign of the change that has taken place for telemedicine.

Global Opportunities for Telemedicine


Over the past year ATA has increased its presence and its role internationally. This reflects the transformation of both the market and practice of telemedicine. The mission of ATA is to be an advocate and a voice for telemedicine with government and other bodies, provide education, promote research and establish standards. This remains the priority and core responsibility of the organization.

Remote Cardiac Monitoring: The Debate Begins


An article in this month’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) ( [link] ) reported the results of a six month clinical trial which evaluated the effectiveness of a telephone monitoring service for patients that suffered heart failure. The authors of the study, based at Yale University, reported that this service had no impact on the health of the patients when compared with a control group. In the weeks to come, this article is certain to generate a lot of comment and debate.

Lessons from the Snow


The past five days in Washington, DC have been a test for those who live in the nation’s capitol. Twenty inches of snow last weekend have been followed by an additional 15 inches of snow and ice this week. Roads were clogged. Snow overwhelmed the region’s snow removal equipment.

FDA is Not the Bogeyman


There has been a lot of talk and, frankly, a lot of uninformed fear about possible forthcoming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As FDA explores its role in the changing world of health technology there has been a lot of talk about how the agency may require certification of every cell phone or every laptop that may be used in some way for provide medical assistance.

In Memoriam, Bob Waters


Bob's family and Drinker Biddle would like to invite all his coworkers, colleagues, and friends to a memorial reception to celebrate his life on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm with details regarding location to follow The telemedicine community suffered a loss this week with the passing of Robert J. Waters, JD, the founder of the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law and a long-time leader in telemedicine.

It’s mHealth but will it be a Revolution?


The funny thing about “mHealth” is that it has taken on such a cult-like status among investors, industry and the media. Certainly the potential for the use of mHealth in the delivery of healthcare is huge and it may have an impact on other parts of healthcare such as chronic care management, emergency response services and the role and responsibilities of the consumer in their own health. The market for mHealth is still in its infancy.

Barking Up A New Tree


Changes in the way healthcare services are paid from fee-for-service to single payment mechanisms create vast new opportunities for telemedicine but shift the decision makers that govern adoption and market expansion. Since the start of ATA, the Holy Grail for many has been the expansion of existing fee-for-service insurance programs to cover telemedicine.

The Cost of Red Tape


The deadline for implementing this new interpretation is July 15, 2010. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) came out with an interpretation of how a hospital should provide quality assurance for physicians providing health care via telemedicine to a patient in the hospital.

Telemedicine and State Licensure


The National Broadband Plan, released by the Federal Communications Commission in March 2010 states: “State-by-state licensing requirements limit practitioners’ ability to treat patients across state lines. State licensure of health care has become an important national concern. This hinders access to care, especially for residents of states that do not have needed expertise in-state.”

CMS achieves lowest Medicare improper payment rate since 2010


Improper payments in Medicare have been on the decline since Congress passed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010. They reached an eight-year low of 8.12% in the Medicare fee-for-service program this year, according to CMS

Adoption of Telemedicine Accelerating


A series of news announcements and reports over the past few days provides an interesting look at the breadth and scope of telemedicine being by health professionals and consumers, worldwide. Almost 6,000 health-related mobile phone applications are now available for consumers and health practitioners over mobile phones according to a report released on March 1 by MobiHealthNews.

Telemedicine and the Underserved Community


This week I had the pleasure of sharing a podium with Dr. Garth Graham, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. We spoke at the annual meeting of the Health Information Management Systems Society in a session titled: “ Underserved Communities and the Health Information Technology Landscape – the Necessity for Partnership.”

My Favorite Myths About Telemedicine


Last year I asked the ATA staff to come up with a list of the top myths about telemedicine. With years of fielding questions from the public, from ATA members and the press I figure they were in a good position to come up with some of the leading examples. Yes, I admit that these are pet peeves of mine as well, so this is partly a cathartic exercise and a good way to start the new year.

Health Home Program and Data: New Challenges for Care Plans


The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 2703, introduced Health Home Program (HHP) for Medicaid recipients with chronic conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, serious mental illness and substance use disorder.

Telemedicine - 2010 & 2011 - Part 1 Public Policy


Here is the first of three pieces on where we have been in 2010 and where we are going next year for telemedicine. For telemedicine, 2010 appears to have been a watershed year - the point when many in charge of government healthcare programs finally started to seriously consider the benefits of such technology. Speeches in 2010 by the head of Medicare in the U.S. Plans to aggressively expand broadband access were unveiled by several countries in 2010.

Telemedicine 2010 & 2011 Part 2 - TECHNOLOGY


Telemedicine has never been bereft of electronic wizardry and 2010 included a host of exciting developments with clever new devices that see, analyze, and intervene with any number of medical maladies, all at steadily reduced prices. mHealth , clearly the hottest topic in telemedicine technology for 2010, has become a trendy term used for a perplexing array of activities. Video conferencing technologies were also a buzz in 2010.

2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010

2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010. 2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010 Significant progress in saving $4.59B in estimated improper payments for the Medicare Fee-For-Service program. We are proud to announce that the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) improper payment rate is at its lowest since 2010 and the decreased improper payment rate from 2017 to 2018 represents a $4.59


Opportunities in precision oncology and genomic profiling services in Asia Pacific

Mobi Health News

Launched in 2010 with a $25 million Series A financing led by Third Rock Ventures, Foundation Medicine released its first commercial assay called FoundationOne in 2012.


Mercom: Investors poured $2.5 billion into digital health last quarter

Mobi Health News

Mercom says the quarter, with 187 deals, is only the second since 2010 to top $2 billion Digital health companies raised $2.5 billion in VC funding in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group.

Patient visits to community health centers soar, report finds


Community health centers saw 33% patient growth between 2010 and 2016, according to an analysis from George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health

Healthcare Access and Cost Top Americans’ Concerns in Latest Gallup Poll

Health Populi

The Gallup Poll , fielded in the first week of March 2018, found that peoples’ overall economic and employment concerns are on the decline since 2010, at the height of the Great Recession which began in 2008.

17 AGs defend ACA against legal effort to dismantle the law


In the latest battle over the legality of the ACA, 17 Democratic attorneys general are fighting back against a federal lawsuit that would completely gut the 2010 healthcare law. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the Texas lawsuit is "based on a dubious legal claim with the sole goal of stripping Americans of their healthcare


Stock and Flow

33 Charts

It’s drawn from a 2010 post on the subject by Robin Sloan: Flow is the feed. And is not exclusive of the other according to Sloan: And the real magic trick in 2010 is to put them both together. I struggle with the idea of where to put my ideas.


More Working Americans Enrolled in High-Deductible Health Plans in 2017

Health Populi

in 2017, about the same proportion as in 2016 — but nearly 20 million fewer than in 2010, as the line chart illustrates. Over four in 10 U.S.


Smart Phone Sign – A Measure of Well-Being and Suitability for Discharge

33 Charts

My biggest challenge with my smart phone in the clinic is iPhone attribution error , first described in 2010. Traditionally bowel sounds and the ability to pass urine were signs of postoperative progress. Now there’s the smart phone sign.

SCTRC Advisory Board Member Receives Designation as Academy Edge Runner

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The Vine School Health Center is a nurse-designed interprofessional practice located within the Vine School in Knox County, TN, an economically disadvantaged community with, according to the 2010 census, a median household income of $9721.

ONC Finds Possible Merit in FDA Pre-Cert

Medical Connectivity

One might think that an EHR also meets the definition of a medical device, but this notion was resolved by the 21 st Century Cures Act of 2010 which expressly declared that software that is intended to serve as an electronic patient record is excluded from the FDA’s portfolio.

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Trends: Increase in Opioid-related Hospital Stays for Older Patients

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Among patients ages 65 and older, the rate of opioid-related hospitalizations jumped 34 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Between 2010 and 2015, the researchers found a 34.3


Patients, Health Consumers, People, Citizens: Who Are We In America?

Health Populi

The research found that peoples’ exposure to clinician quality information doubled between 2010 and 2015, and more consumers sought quality metrics — albeit, with differences across sub-groups of people (e.g.,

Telehealth and Underserved, Vulnerable Populations: Prisons, Schools, Military, Seniors

Enzyme Health

Beginning in 2010 just for behavioral and nutritional health, the program now serves over 40 specialties, has a 98% satisfaction rate, and has saved 1.5

Five new technologies from LeadingAge Philadelphia 2018

Aging in Place Technology Watch

In 2010, this association was renamed LeadingAge – from the Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – a mouthful, shortened to AAHSA. From A AHSA to LeadingAge.

Designing for Healthy Habits & Better Outcomes

The cHealth Blog

In another article looking at a large payer claims database, in 2010, mental health utilization went from just under two visits per 1,000 to near 17 per 1,000 in 2017. We’re in full-scale planning mode for the 2019 Connected Health Conference and I am once again honored to be Program Chair.

The Venture Valkyrie’s Next AdVenture

Health Populi

Lisa started the Venture Valkyrie blog in 2010. Investor, advisor, operator, podcaster, blogger, speaker, Board member, mentor, mother, wife, volunteer.

The more technology changes, the more some categories will remain

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The iPad was introduced in 2010, and was debated as having senior appeal, according to a 2010 AARP article. The more things change… Life expectancy is long – tech attention span from investors and innovators can be short.


Migrating Core Financial Services Applications to the Cloud


In 2010, Forrester Research published a report entitled “Cloud Computing in Financial Services: Proceeding with Caution.” In our most recent blog post, we outlined and discussed the components required for a successful financial process transformation. Today, we focus on migrating to the cloud with your core financial service applications. It wasn’t that long ago that financial services firms shunned the cloud.


Controlling Prison Healthcare Costs with Telemedicine


From 2010 to 2018, they saw a more than ten-fold increase in telemedicine primary care encounters and a 111% increase in telemedicine specialty encounters.

Consider: Aging in a Virtual World

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The Virtual Senior Center (or VSC) was started in New York in 2010 when Selfhelp and Microsoft introduced video technology for homebound seniors to meet online with other seniors and participate in tech-enabled activities.

mHealth Events to attend in 2019

mHealth Insight

It’s interesting to note that this number is down 40% on the number in 2017 which itself was down 40% on 2016 (click here to view the events that were held in 2018 , 2017 , 2016 , 2015 , 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2 011 and 2010 ).