Why It's Time to Embrace Telemedicine

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I t’s more than 40 years old and was developed as a way to use improvements in communication technology to bring quality medical diagnoses and care to individuals in remote parts of the world. What’s this new thing called Telemedicine? For starters, it’s not new!

Industry Voices—If you build It, Medicare coverage should come

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Countless medical devices and other healthcare technologies are forced to languish when they are authorized for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but not covered by Medicare. Here's how can this vicious cycle be broken

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Three Trends Shaping the Future of Telehealth

Advanced Medical Reviews

The movie includes some technology which at the time was futuristic. In the healthcare industry, telehealth was once thought of as futuristic. Approximately 89 percent of healthcare leaders expect telehealth to transform U.S. healthcare in the coming decade, and 74 percent of surveyed patients say they would use those services. One study concluded that telehealth could generate $6 billion in yearly healthcare cost savings for employers in the U.S.,

Closing the Digital Health Gap Between Consumers and Physicians

Health Populi

One-third of physicians have concerns about using virtual care services, such as medical errors that may result, access to technology, and data security. That sharing is limited by doctors’ ability to accept patient-generated data, where only a handful of doctors have implemented technology for remote monitoring or integrating data from wearable technologies. We have reached a tipping point now that Medicare begins to pay for some virtual care services.

Driving CPT Reimbursement for COVID-19

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The healthcare industry has obviously been heavily impacted and forced to change business as usual. Providers have been forced to find new ways to engage and treat their patients using technology as the mediator. These restrictions continue to lessen as our healthcare system adapts to these unprecedented times of COVID-19. The Care Innovations team quickly responded to the needs of our healthcare system as we were forced to adjust to a world with COVID-19.

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.

New Bipartisan Legislation Promotes Telemedicine

American Well

The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies CONNECT for Health Act (S. 4442 in the House) would greatly expand providers’ ability to leverage innovative telehealth healthcare technologies to increase access to healthcare for Medicare enrollees—and be appropriately paid for doing so. Removing Medicare Barriers to Telemedicine. By Kofi Jones.

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. 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. Applying for telemedicine jobs and want to stand out?

Payer, provider trends to watch in 2019

Henry Kotula

The coming year for healthcare will see the industry reckon with some of the massive changes set in motion last year, such as megamergers like CVS-Aetna and Cigna-Express Scripts and a judge’s declaration that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional. Narrowing gaps in population, behavioral healthcare. Intermountain Healthcare, a primary stakeholder, invested $12 million in the initiative. Medicare Advantage still lucrative, popular. [link].

Dispatches from the Frontlines: Connected Health and COVID-19

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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. Over the coming months, we’ll provide regular “dispatches from the frontlines” exploring the effectiveness of current policies and connected health technologies around the country. CMS allows healthcare providers from FQHC and RHCs to provide telehealth from any location.

The Role of Case Management in Healthcare

Appian

Over the last several years, healthcare stands out as one of the most robust employment sectors in the U.S. All told, approximately 20 million Americans hold healthcare positions as of August 2018. Healthcare’s importance to the U.S. Additionally, factors like the drastic uptick in America’s senior-citizen population long expected by the Census Bureau will only bolster the need for a strong and well-supported healthcare workforce. Healthcare

Why the RPM Codes for 2019 are Different, and – Most Importantly – SPOT ON!

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healthcare. After all, both healthcare and ATC follow tightly defined processes AND always leave ultimate decisions up to the judgment of professionals — doctors and nurses, controllers and pilots. Ultimately, when new procedures or services are made available for reimbursement from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), those procedures are assigned a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code, which is used when submitting the claim for payment.

Wright Center codevelops a telehealth-EHR combo to expand care options

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Oftentimes when people think about telemedicine, they envision a patient in a clinic with a technological setup they address, with physicians on the other end at another clinic far away doing the same. So why wasn't the healthcare organization doing this in the past?

More Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

While at the HIMSS annual conference this year I spoke with many healthcare technology company leaders. This selection focuses on collecting and understanding data, using it to create information that can be used to improve health and healthcare. Aprima belongs to CommonWell, has done some FHIR development, and Michael would like to see Congress condition Medicare reimbursement on real interoperability.

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More Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

While at the HIMSS annual conference this year I spoke with many healthcare technology company leaders. This selection focuses on collecting and understanding data, using it to create information that can be used to improve health and healthcare. Aprima belongs to CommonWell, has done some FHIR development, and Michael would like to see Congress condition Medicare reimbursement on real interoperability.

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More Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

While at the HIMSS annual conference this year I spoke with many healthcare technology company leaders. This selection focuses on collecting and understanding data, using it to create information that can be used to improve health and healthcare. Aprima belongs to CommonWell, has done some FHIR development, and Michael would like to see Congress condition Medicare reimbursement on real interoperability.

More Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

While at the HIMSS annual conference this year I spoke with many healthcare technology company leaders. This selection focuses on collecting and understanding data, using it to create information that can be used to improve health and healthcare. Aprima belongs to CommonWell, has done some FHIR development, and Michael would like to see Congress condition Medicare reimbursement on real interoperability.

More Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

While at the HIMSS annual conference this year I spoke with many healthcare technology company leaders. This selection focuses on collecting and understanding data, using it to create information that can be used to improve health and healthcare. Aprima belongs to CommonWell, has done some FHIR development, and Michael would like to see Congress condition Medicare reimbursement on real interoperability.

Congress waives telehealth restrictions for coronavirus screening

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

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.

Telemedicine Today (#tday): July 2015

American Well

Avizia Is Transforming Healthcare Through Telemedicine. An evolving technological culture promising instant gratification, in part, has created opportunity in the healthcare space. Healthcare providers can pay for just the SaaS platform or buy custom hospital carts that let on-site nurses plug patient-monitoring instruments (like compatible examination cameras and stethoscopes) into the carts, which send readings in real time to distant health practitioners.

HIStalk Interviews Jeremy Bikman, CEO, Reaction Data

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I’ve spent a long time in healthcare doing research and helping hospitals, clinics, and even the vendor side make better decisions. What are the most-hyped and most-promising healthcare technologies? You would think that in an industry like healthcare, people would be more skeptical because we’re supposedly a more data-driven, evidence-based industry. You ask them to describe its advantages and they end up talking about the technological benefits.

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Weekender 9/21/18

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Aramark sells its Healthcare Technologies business to clinical engineering and asset management company TriMedx for $300 million. Weekly News Recap. Pathologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center complain that its executives and board members received equity in pathology decision support company Paige.AI after MSKCC gave the company exclusive access to its archive of patient tissue slides.

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Telehealth seems here to stay – so how can it be improved?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Those who spoke with Healthcare IT News for this story made it clear that the benefits of telehealth outweigh the challenges. The healthcare professionals we interviewed spoke to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding telehealth reimbursement as a major contributor to dissatisfaction.

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. Agnesian HealthCare (Fond du Lac, Wis.). Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. [link].