ATA 2010 Summit – What a Difference a Year Makes

LinkousThink

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.

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

FierceHealthIT

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

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Global Opportunities for Telemedicine

LinkousThink

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

LinkousThink

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.

FDA is Not the Bogeyman

LinkousThink

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.

Telemedicine - Where Both Sides Agree

LinkousThink

The meeting will occur during the 2010 Summit of the American Telemedicine Association in Baltimore Maryland. In an era of partisan wrangling over healthcare reform there is one topic which enjoys widespread support across the spectrum of politics: telemedicine.

In Memoriam, Bob Waters

LinkousThink

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.

Barking Up A New Tree

LinkousThink

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

LinkousThink

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

LinkousThink

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.”

Adoption of Telemedicine Accelerating

LinkousThink

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

LinkousThink

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.”

Lessons from the Snow

LinkousThink

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. Mass transit virtually stopped. For days schools, local businesses and even the federal government closed.

CMS achieves lowest Medicare improper payment rate since 2010

FierceHealthIT

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

My Favorite Myths About Telemedicine

LinkousThink

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.

Rural health leaders call ACA impact a mixed bag since passage in 2010

FierceHealthIT

Rural hospital leaders have called the Affordable Care Act's impact on rural health underwhelming, due in part to not being able to write off bad debt and the Medicaid expansion

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Telemedicine - 2010 & 2011 - Part 1 Public Policy

LinkousThink

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

LinkousThink

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

CMS.gov

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

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Health Home Program and Data: New Challenges for Care Plans

Perficient Data & Analytics

The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 2703, introduced Health Home Program (HHP) for Medicaid recipients with chronic conditions. Data & Analytics Healthcare Affordable Care Act of 2010 Center for Medicare Services Health Home Program healthcare healthcare challenges healthcare data healthcare plans Managed Care PlansThese conditions include, but are not limited to, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, serious mental illness and substance use disorder.

[Guide] 5 Data Challenges for Payers in the Health Home Program

Perficient

The program was introduced by The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 2703, for Medicaid recipients with chronic conditions. Healthcare Health Home Program healthcare The Affordable Care Act of 2010The Health Home Program (HHP) is creating new data challenges for managed care organizations in the form of an increased need for timely data, collecting new data elements, accessing mental health data, and gathering data around social determinants. What is the Health Home Program?

Assessing and scoring pain levels in real time for better care

Mobi Health News

According to a paper titled Pain Management in the Elderly Population: A Review published in The Ochsner Journal in 2010, pain may be underreported because some elderly patients incorrectly believe that pain is a normal process of aging.

KFF: MA plans per beneficiary to reach highest level in 2020 in a decade

FierceHealthIT

The average number of Medicare Advantage plans per beneficiary will increase in 2020 to the highest level since 2010, according to a new analysis

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. The company develops, manufactures, and sells genomic profiling assays based on next-generation sequencing technology for solid tumours, hematologic malignancies, and sarcomas. In December 2017, the company’s assay FoundationOne CDx received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA

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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

FierceHealthIT

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

Electronic Health Record Data Show Concerns Continue Over Injury Claims

Electronic Health Reporter

Analyzing EHR-related medical malpractice claims that closed between 2010 and 2018, The Doctors Company uncovered that the pace of these claims tripled, growing from […]. This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. As provider adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) approaches near-universal levels, a study from The Doctors Company shows the frequency of claims in which EHRs contributed to injury continues to rise.

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The Impact of Front-Line Primary Care In Improving Access For Mental Health Outcomes

Electronic Health Reporter

Initiatives to improve mental health outcomes, such as the Affordable Care Act (2010), have been primarily aimed at requiring increased insurance coverage to encompass mental health services […]. This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Ed Cladera, MD, medical director, AristaMD. Over the past few years, there have been encouraging improvements in the realm of mental health care in the United States.

Patients Say Access To Visit Notes Is Important In Maintaining Their Health

Healthcare IT Today

Back in 2010, a group of primary care doctors from three different healthcare organizations across the U.S. came together to try something different. The three institutions – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Geisinger and University of Washington Medicine – conducted a one-year pilot of a new concept, dubbed OpenNotes, in which providers would share their clinical […].

The Ill Health of Rural Hospitals in Four Charts

Health Populi

The first line chart illustrates rural hospital closures since 2010. Now we’ll move to the third chart, a heat map which shows those states with the highest number of rural hospital closures since 2010. There are 1,844 rural hospitals operating in the U.S.

Kyruus Raises $42 Million in New Financing After Delivering Another Year of Record Growth

Healthcare IT Today

Kyruus, the leader in provider search and scheduling solutions for health systems, today announced that it raised $42 million in new financing in a Series D round that brings its total funding to more than $125 million since its founding in 2010.

SharePoint Workflow End of Life in 2020: Migrate Your Workflows to Power Automate

Perficient

If you’re reading this you’ve likely heard the news that both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 workflows days are limited. – There are SPO tenants with thousands SharePoint 2010 Workflows running with no direct path of quick replacement.

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CMS.gov - Untitled Article

CMS.gov

On December 19, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was included as section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. This provision will provide important transparency in requiring reporting of payments or gifts to physicians, and physician ownership and investment interests. During the 60 day comment period, CMS received over 300 comments from a wide range of stakeholders

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. While 70% of Americans were worried about economic matters in 2010, only 34% of people in the U.S.

17 AGs defend ACA against legal effort to dismantle the law

FierceHealthIT

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

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mHealth Events to attend in 2020

mHealth Insight

You can click here to view the events that were held in 2019 , 2018 , 2017 , 2016 , 2015 , 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2 011 and 2010. In 2019 there were just 22 mHealth events held around the world (in the USA, Israel, UK, Spain, Dublin, France and India).

Pendent medical alerts evolve – and will disappear

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Meanwhile, in 2010, MobileHelp launched a wireless/mobile pendant – that is one that could be used outside the home. Surprise (maybe) – Philips puts Lifeline business up for auction. How do I know this?

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In the Pandemic, We’re All About Food

Health Populi

adults are thinking about what they eat and drink as part of their overall health context more in 2020 than they did in 2010. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed people down Maslow’s hierarchy of needs toward our basic hunting-and-gathering survival mode: shopping for hygiene products for home and personal care, seeking out masks (both functional and fashionable), and building out our pandemic pantries with shelf-stable foods.

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. The statistical brief presents statistics on opioid-related hospital stays and emergency department visits among patients ages 65 and older in 2010 and 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, the researchers found a 34.3

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Patient Safety as a Global Health Priority

New Age Healthcare

In the United States alone, focused safety improvements led to an estimated US$28 billion in savings in Medicare hospitals between 2010 and 2015. Globally, Sept 17 is celebrated as the ‘Patient Safety Day’ and was established in 2019 by WHO to attain a more focused global attention on the issue of patient safety. As per WHO, at least 5 patients die per minute resulting from unsafe care and four out of every 10 patients are harmed during primary and ambulatory healthcare.