The Digital Transformation of Home for Health – Brainstorming with Karsten Russell-Wood of Philips

Health Populi

At the start of CES 2021, I had the opportunity to catch up with Karsten Russell-Wood, Portfolio Marketing Leader, Post Acute & Home, Connected Care at Philips. For more on Philips’ approach to pregnancy and women’s health in the COVID-19 pandemic, check out this link].

Billing Medicare and Private Payers for Telehealth Visits: What to Expect Post-Public Health Emergency

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Prepare Now for Anticipated Changes to Medicare and Private Payer Rules. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to issue new rules for telehealth in the release 2021 Physician Fee Schedule later this year.

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Our Homes Are Health Delivery Platforms – The New Home Health/Care at CES 2021

Health Populi

But for those of us working with and innovating solutions for health and health care, #CES2021 was baked with health goodness , in and beyond “digital health” categories. Heart health at home. The increasingly smart bathroom for health.

Connected Health Initiative asks Senate to pass Telehealth Modernization Act

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Connected Health Initiative on Monday published an open letter to Sen. expressing support for the Telehealth Modernization Act and stressing the urgency of safeguarding access to virtual care before the public health emergency is set to expire.

Telehealth Is Just Healthcare Now – One Post-COVID Certainty, Three Reports

Health Populi

As we wrestle with just “what” health care will look like “after COVID,” there’s one certainty that we can embrace in our health planning and forecasting efforts: that’s the persistence of telehealth and virtual care into health care work- and life-flows, for clinicians and consumers alike and aligned. 35% of home health services, and. health care system.

Telehealth Use Among Older Americans: Growing Interest, Remaining Concerns

Health Populi

This drove health consumers to virtual care platforms in the first months of the public health crisis — including lots of older people who had never used telemedicine or even a mobile health app.

Connect Health Initiative Applauds Proposed Executive Order to Permanently Expand Telehealth for Medicare Beneficiaries

ConnectedHealth

Today, the Connected Health Initiative released a statement from executive director, Morgan Reed: “The executive order is a critical step in expanding telehealth coverage for some of the most vulnerable Americans during the pandemic and ensure these digital health services are made sustainable and permanent. The order addresses many of the priorities the Connected Health Initiative and its partners have advocated for years.

Dispatches from the Frontlines: Connected Health and COVID-19

ConnectedHealth

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.

Connected Health Initiative Applauds House Introduction of the Telehealth Modernization Act

ConnectedHealth

(WASHINGTON, DC) November 5, 2020 - Today, the Connected Health Initiative (CHI) released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding the introduction of the House companion to the Telehealth Modernization Act: “The House introduction of the Telehealth Modernization Act is a bold step forward in taking the lessons learned from providers, patients, and payers across the healthcare spectrum during the COVID-19 crisis to bring the Medicare system into the 21st century.

Connected Health Initiative Statement on the Presidential Election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

ConnectedHealth

(WASHINGTON, DC) November 7, 2020 - Today, the Connected Health Initiative released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding the win of President-Elect Joseph Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris: “I congratulate President-Elect Biden and Vice-President Elect Harris on their victory in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Heart-Love – Omron’s Holy Grail of Blood Pressure Tracking on the Wrist

Health Populi

It’s February 1st, which marks the first of 28 days of American Heart Month – a time to get real, embrace, learn about, and engage with heart health. That hasn’t yet been available to those of us who quantify our steps, weight, sleep, food intake, and other health metrics. Then there’s another critique of many connected health devices which the HeartGuide must overcome: that of usability and accessibility for the consumer.

Heart Health at #CES2019 – Food and Tech as Medicine

Health Populi

Self-care is the new health care as patients, now consumers at greater financial risk for medical spending, are learning. Using food and tech as medicine can help people avoid going on medications like statins and others for heart health. An important example of this self-care approach is the evidence-based Ornish food regimen which is reimbursed by Medicare (as a form of cardiac rehabilitation). The Lumen connects to a smartphone app which guides the user’s breathing.

Telehealth and COVID-19 in the U.S.: A Conversation with Ann Mond Johnson, ATA CEO

Health Populi

The coronavirus spawned another kind of gift to China and the nation’s health citizens: telemedicine, the essay explains. A couple of intriguing examples: Ali Health, part of Alibaba (the e-commerce giant), launched a free online clinic in locked-down Hubei (whose capital is Wuhan) where in five days, 100,000 patients received remote consultations. It is clear that there’s no better use case for digital/tele/virtual health than what is unfolding right now.

Out-of-Pocket and Prescription Drug Costs – Connecting Digital Health Dots at CES 2020

Health Populi

The top two health care concerns facing Americans are out-of-pocket costs and prescriptions drug costs, according to a poll published today in Morning Consult. Apropos to my title of this post, the survey was sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center , whose mission is to promote, cross-party affiliations, “health, security and opportunity for all Americans.”. Health care is the top issue driving voters’ choices in the 2020 elections for most Americans.

Add Behavioral Data to Social Determinants For Better Patient Understanding

Health Populi

Health agencies will have to become at least as sophisticated as other consumer/retail industries in analyzing a variety of data that helps uncover root causes of human behavior,” Gartner recommended in 2017. That’s because “health” is not all pre-determined by our parent-given genetics. Health is determined by many factors in our own hands, and in forces around us: physical environment, built environment, and public policy.

The Importance of Broadband and Net Neutrality for Health, to the Last Person and the Last Mile

Health Populi

California, home to start-ups, mature tech platform companies (like Apple, Facebook and Google), and countless digital health developers, is in a particularly strategic place to fight the FCC and, now, the Department of Justice. This blog, Health Populi, covers the intersection of health, people, technology, and economics. The issue of net neutrality and Everyday Peoples’ access to connectivity and broadband lies at the heart of this intersection.

How Digital Health Can Stimulate Economic Development

Health Populi

It’s National Health IT Week in the US, so I’m kicking off the week with this post focused on how digital health can bolster economic development. As the only health economist in the family of the 2018 HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors, this is a voice through which I can uniquely speak. A lesser-known component of ARRA was Title XIII, the HITECH Act, which funded hospitals’ and physicians’ adoption of electronic health records systems (EHRs).

The 2020 Social Determinants of Health: Connectivity, Art, Air and Love

Health Populi

the health/care ecosystem warmly embraced social determinants of health as a concept in 2019. A few of the mainstreaming-of-SDoH signposts in 2019 were: Cigna studying and focusing in on loneliness as a health and wellness risk factor. Humana’s Bold Goal initiative targeting Medicare Advantage enrollees. UPMC launching a social impact program focusing on SDoH, among other projects investing in social factors that bolster public health. Across the U.S.,

COVID-19: ATA, HIMSS, others want waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

health systems as they stretch to manage the probability of more COVID-19 patients, the American Telemedicine Association and other healthcare organizations are calling on Congress to help. The groups are also asking for an accompanying provision that would give Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar the authority to waive the restrictions on telehealth visits during a public health emergency currently imposed by Medicare.

Congress should include telehealth in year-end funding, say ATA, HIMSS

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The American Telemedicine Association, the Connected Health Initiative and other industry groups issued a letter to Congress on Friday urging legislators to extend temporary telehealth flexibilities until the end of 2021. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

Bipartisan bills gain support for telehealth reform, SDOH coordination

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Different pieces of legislation supporting expansion of technology-enabled access to care were the focus on Capitol Hill this week, with bipartisan bills that provide funding for connected social care networks and call for telehealth regulatory reform gained support on separate tracks.

Bipartisan TIKES Act would improve telehealth access for kids

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance to states about how to increase access to telehealth under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Lawrence Moss, president and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health System, in a statement.

Bringing Telehealth to the Rehabilitation Industry

Advanced Medical Reviews

Currently, 35 states and the District of Columbia have passed “parity” laws, which require health insurers to cover telehealth services equal to those provided in-person. Though it’s already being deployed by health systems and physician practices, telehealth is becoming more prevalent in rehabilitation services, including the areas of physical, occupational and speech therapy. Telehealth treatments in regards to physical therapy are currently not covered by Medicare.

Health, Tech, Government Leaders Join CTA and CHI Coalition to Address Health Disparities Amplified by COVID-19

ConnectedHealth

Arlington, VA, September 30, 2020 – Today, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® and the Connected Health Initiative (CHI) are launching a new effort to address longstanding health disparities in the U.S., Recent Medicare data shows Blacks were hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate nearly four times higher than Whites. Disparities in health have long been an issue in the U.S.,

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – February 2018

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The following is a list of legislative activities compiled by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) for telehealth and telemedicine within the South Central region (AR, MS, and TN). 1/11/18: Introduced and referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee. 1/22/18: Referred to Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare. in s/c Health Subcommittee.

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

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. CMS is the federal agency that administers HIPAA standards and develops Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement policies for telemedicine. HD video requires faster internet connection speeds for proper image transmission.

Beyond telehealth: the virtual care technology trends that will transform healthcare

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Connected Health Mobility Patient Engagement Population Health Telehealth How contact tracing, contactless experiences and remote monitoring will redefine healthcare and public health. A study by non-profit group FAIR Health suggests a 4,000% increase in telehealth claims across the country. The rapid upscaling of virtual care capacity and the mainstreaming of telehealth have given rise to new digital health tools.

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. This list is not an endorsement of any hospital, health system or company mentioned. Hospitals, Health Systems and Medical Groups. Adventist Health System (Altamonte Springs, Fla.). Health.