Dispatches from the Frontlines: Connected Health and COVID-19

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The Connected Health Initiative (CHI) and our members worked tirelessly with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Congress, and state officials to expand access to connected health solutions during COVID-19 pandemic. In just a few short months, we made more progress in opening up Medicare and Medicaid to telehealth visits, remote patient monitoring (RPM) tools, and other connected health solutions than in the previous decade.

Closing the Digital Health Gap Between Consumers and Physicians

Health Populi

Consumers are more bullish demanding virtual and digital health tools from their physicians than doctors are in providing it, based on the research findings in What can health systems do to encourage physicians to embrace virtual care? One-third of physicians have concerns about using virtual care services, such as medical errors that may result, access to technology, and data security. Watch this space and don’t blink: virtual care will soon be, simply, “healthcare.”.

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Telehealth Research Used to Support New Policy Initiatives for Expansion

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Changes to policy regarding telehealth and remote patient management (RPM) — and, specifically, changes affecting the reimbursement for these services offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — are having an effect on the usage of digital delivery on the larger healthcare industry. The November report marks the most recent sign that the federal government is interested in expanding the availability of telemedicine services under Medicare,” Spanko writes.

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

Asynchronous telemedicine: Asynchronous telemedicine, sometimes known as store and forward, refers to telemedicine that is delivered at a later time from when the patient or another healthcare provider requests it. CCHP: CCHP stands for the Center for Connected Health Policy and is a non-profit that has been designated the national telehealth policy resource center. CMS : Stands for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Congress waives telehealth restrictions for coronavirus screening

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As was requested by several leading healthcare technology organizations this past week, Congress has included a provision that waives some restrictions for Medicare telehealth coverage as part of its new COVID-19 supplemental funding package. ATA, HIMSS and the other groups had asked the legislators to consider the CONNECT for Health Act, which lifts restrictions on Medicare telehealth coverage during emergencies , as they drew up the supplemental spending.

150 top places to work in healthcare

Henry Kotula

Becker’s Healthcare is pleased to release the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare | 2018” list, which highlights hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth. Becker’s Healthcare developed this list based on nominations and editorial research. This list is not an endorsement of any hospital, health system or company mentioned. Health.