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Rep. Thompson's new bill supporting Medicare telehealth parity to be introduced July 7
American Telemedicine Association
Next week, U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA 5), with bipartisan sponsors, will introduce a new version of the Medicare Health Parity Act. This bill and the bipartisan Telehealth Enhancement Act introduced by U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS 3), features a variety of strategic telehealth coverage improvements for Medicare and other programs strongly supported by ATA.
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Early registration open: ATA Fall Forum Sept. 16-18, Washington, DC
American Telemedicine Association
Register now for the annual ATA Fall Forum 2015, at the JW Marriott – a premiere hotel located near the White House, Capitol Hill and the National Mall. The ATA Fall Forum focuses on specific telehealth topics and allows attendees to make important professional connections in a smaller-scaled networking environment. ATA is also organizing a Legislative Day on Capitol Hill to help members inform their local congressman and senators about priority issues such as strengthening the funding and use of telehealth through Medicare, Medicaid and federal telecommunications programs.
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July 14 deadline for comments on new practice guidelines for tele-burn care
American Telemedicine Association
ATA is seeking public comments on a standardized set of 27 clinical, organizational and practitioner telemedicine practice guidelines for tele-burn care to ensure optimal quality in patient care using visual assessments of burn injuries and communications between various care providers. These guidelines apply to individual practitioners, group practices, healthcare systems, and other providers of health-related services where there are telemedicine interactions either directly with a patient or, provider-to-provider for the purposes of healthcare delivery.
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Study finds telemedicine still not widely embraced by Medicare
DOTmed
Despite research indicating telemedicine can improve patient outcomes and generate up to $6 billion a year in healthcare savings, a new study found that Medicare spending on telemedicine consults averages less than a dime per member, per month.
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American Academy of Pediatrics supports telemedicine, but only if PCP-led
mobihealthnews
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on telemedicine, coming out in favor of better reimbursement and regulatory support for telemedicine, but against direct-to-consumer telemedicine offerings like Teladoc. “Although quality telemedicine care promises to increase access to pediatric medical subspecialty and surgical specialty care for patients in underserved urban and rural areas, and at the same time curtail unnecessary emergency department and hospital care, this must be done in support of and integrated with the [patient-centered medical home], not in place of it,” the AAP wrote.
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Study demonstrates safety and accuracy of robot-assisted telemedicine in NICU
News-medical.net
Many hospitals lack the resources and patient volume to employ a round-the-clock, neonatal intensive care specialist to treat their youngest and sickest patients. Telemedicine–with real-time audio and video communication between a neonatal intensive care specialist and a patient--can provide access to this level of care. A team of neonatologists at Children's Hospital Los Angeles investigated the use of robot-assisted telemedicine in performing bedside rounds and directing daily care for infants with mild-to-moderate disease.
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Telehealth expected to soar
BenefitsPro
For many consumers, a visit to the doctor soon will be as simple as turning on the television. Tractica expects telehealth video visits to soar from 19.7 million last year to 158.4 annually in 2020. This and other findings are highlighted in a new report, "Telehealth Video Consultation." "While many elements of digital and mobile health technologies are still emerging, the market for telehealth video consultations is one that has a firm foothold and is poised for strong and stable growth in the coming years," according to a report summary.
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Smartphone photo quality good enough for telemedicine consults
FierceMobileHealthcare
Telemedicine is increasing the popularity of image-based consultation, so researchers in Sweden and South Africa set out to determine whether photos from smartphones could be trusted for clinical diagnosis, according to a study at Telemedicine and e-Health. In short, they determined the answer is yes. They recruited 60 non-clinicians to rate photos that were "neutral"– not of clinical subjects – in order to not mix the notions of image quality and value in diagnosis. The photos were of nature or objects such as a hand or truck.
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Telehealth to drive global home healthcare market to $355.3 billion by 2020
mobihealthnews
The global home healthcare market is expected to reach $355.3 billion by 2020, growing at an estimated CAGR of 7.8 percent from 2014 to 2020, according to a report from Grand View Research. Grand View Research defines home healthcare products as equipment and services that are designed to be used in the home or in other non-medical establishments by non-professional caregivers, family members, or patients.
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The evolving role of telemedicine
MedPage Today
Debate is heating up over telemedicine – advocates say it's a cost-effective way to increase access to healthcare for people in rural areas or in other situations that make in-person visits difficult. But critics say face-to-face, hands-on care by physicians is essential for all patients, and some states have enacted regulations tightly limiting telemedicine practice.
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Is America's broadband infrastructure ready for the Silver Tsunami?
By Christina Thielst
When the cable guy recently came out to my house due to slow connections, I learned that the wire between the street and the house was not capable of handling the current wireless and Internet requirements of my family. With this in mind, a new report has me wondering if the U.S. broadband infrastructure will be capable of handling the needs of the impending Silver Tsunami — the aging of baby boomers. The report assesses the adoption and use of Internet-enabled health and fitness devices.
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Reimbursement misconceptions trending in telehealth services
mHealthIntelligence
The healthcare industry has been evolving significantly over the last several years, as meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have led to the adoption of EHR technology, health information exchange systems and patient portals. Along with these technologies, telemedicine tools and telehealth services have been truly innovative and advanced virtual patient visits along with diagnostics and treatment for more minor conditions.
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As managed care embraces telehealth, Medicare slower to change
AJMC
Both Aetna and UnitedHealthcare pay for telehealth services. Large employers are increasingly adding the benefit, making it easier for staff to get care without missing work. But Medicare, which would seem a logical place for telehealth to gain a foothold, has been slower to act. The concern of the Congressional Budget Office, as reported by Kaiser Health News, is the potential cost. The fear is that if telehealth were widely available, it would be so convenient it would be overused.
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The approaching storm of HIPAA violations and data vulnerability
iTeleMedicine
At midnight on July 14, 2015, the chariot turns into a pumpkin for 11 million copies of Windows Server (WS) 2003, as Microsoft discontinues its support. The healthcare industry has, perhaps, been one of the slowest industries to respond to this looming deadline. On July 15, any healthcare provider running even a single copy of WS 2003 will be out of compliance with HIPAA. The fines for noncompliance could be staggering and the actual costs of data breaches even greater.
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Telehealth app approved by NHS to deliver prescriptions to UK patients
HIT Consultant
Dr Now, a telehealth app that dispenses and deliver prescriptions directly to patients' home or office has been approved by NHS England to handle NHS prescriptions using the NHS Electronic Prescription Service. Now available for Apple and Android devices, Dr Now offers instant access to U.K. registered doctors through video-based consultation, with NHS prescriptions dispensed and delivered within 2-4 hours in central London and overnight nationwide via its Now Pharmacy prescription hubs for free.
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NATO takes look at telehealth platform for global disasters
Healthcare IT News
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization might be taking a telemedicine to global level, after looking into such a platform that would help the military alliance better respond to global disasters. NATO medical and IT officials from around the world this week visited Avera Health, a South Dakota-based health system, that boasts one of the largest telemedicine networks in the world, covering 545,000 square miles. NATO officials viewed several telehealth demonstrations in a working session at Avera's Sioux Falls-based hub.
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Telemedicine deal means some patients skip doc's office for tests
San Francisco Chronicle
Thanks to progress in telemedicine, some patients no longer have to go to the doctor to see a doctor. It's an approach that could mean that both healthcare providers and patients save money and time by cutting down on the number of visits to the doctor’s office. HealthTap, a Palo Alto telemedicine and medical information startup, said it will team up with New Jersey’s Quest Diagnostics to integrate diagnostic testing into its digital health platform, so patients can consult with a doctor remotely and get lab tests ordered online.
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Will mHealth's rise signal the end of the EMR?
mHealthNews
One of the hot trends is the integration of patient-facing data into the electronic medical record. From Epic's new app store to Validic's partnerships with Cerner and Athenahealth (to name just a few), EMR platforms are evolving to accept health and wellness data from devices to better define a patient's profile outside the medical encounter. "It's not just physician documentation any more," says Girish Navani of eClinicalWorks. "The patient is part of that equation … but there have to be filters."
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PwC Infograph: Virtual care cuts down diabetes costs
MedCity News
Virtual care is helping cut major costs in diabetes management, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute report points out. This is particularly true with diabetes care, as evidenced in the figure above. Doctors and hospitals are now more mindful of readmission rates and measuring quality metrics – in short, they're taking care to avoid paying government penalties. Virtual care, such as telemedicine, is turning out to be a cost-effective and efficient means to improve follow-up care, the report says.
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NEW ATA MEMBERS

Jay Ahmad, Dartmouth
Kathleen Albright, GE Healthcare
Keith Algozzine, Upstate Concierge Medicine and Management
Barbara Bellione, PICA
Rachel Bruce-Carothers, Providence Health Services
Patricia Copley
David Drumheller, Pinnacle Health System
Philippe Duprat
Mark Francis, AIO Consulting, LLC
Leigh Galatzan
Fred Hansen, Life Management Resources
Ateeq Haseeb, St Vincent Medical Center
Sirous Momenzadeh, Cyrus Teb Salamat
Carolyn Moser, Pender Co. Health Dept
Marc Nall, RMI-MD
Arin Park
Howard Rubin, BeBloomin
Rachel Seaman, Stanford Health Care
David Zarett, Weiss, Zarett, Brofman & Sonnenklar, PC


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