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It’s been called the buffet approach to health care. And in Indiana, the buffet line could soon get longer if more doctors and patients are attracted to a membership plan picking up steam under a new law. For a flat monthly fee, usually $50 to $100, patients can go to their primary care doctors for an unlimited number of exams, basic lab tests, generic drugs and vaccinations, without dealing with any insurance claims or co-pays. The concept, called direct primary care, is meant to help patients and doctors spend more time together. Without dozens of insurance claims to file and follow up every day, physicians could cut administrative overhead, reduce costs and keep their practices limited to a few hundred patients, rather than a few thousand.more »
Rural hospitals may not save money when they treat an emergency-room patient via tele-medicine instead of transferring them to a larger facility, but patients do, according a new report.
Previous studies haven’t reached a clear conclusion about whether avoiding transfer of an ER patient saves the hospital money. But by expanding the focus to include consumer spending related to transport, researchers found that significant savings do occur, the study says.more »
Practicing Telemedicine Across State Borders: New Expedited Licenses Permit Physicians to Expand Practice
In a watershed moment for the expansion of telemedicine, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission is now processing applications to allow physicians to practice telemedicine across state lines with greater ease.more »
Indiana schools team up to provide better healthcare for students Several school systems in Indiana have collaborated to provide their uninsured students with better healthcaremore »
Three new school-based telehealth clinics are opening in Indiana this week. The effort to increase access to healthcare for children in rural Indiana started when the states first school telehealth clinic opened four months ago in Elwood.more »
The adaptation of telemedicine to resolve access-to-care issues will be better guided by changes in law and government regulations, but the creative use of distance-shortening technology is already going full tilt in Indiana. Program leaders say the recent legislation just gives existing initiatives that much more power to bring needed care to people and situations that previously did without.more »
IRHA director of operations named national NRHA Fellow, joins “elite group of rural healthcare professionals”
Rebecca D. Sanders, director of operations for the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA), has been named as a national 2017 NRHA Fellow, joining an “elite group of rural healthcare professionals,” according to Don Kelso, IRHA executive director.
“NRHA Fellows represent core emerging leadership and champions for rural healthcare in America, and we at IRHA are pleased that Becky was selected for this national honor,” Kelso said. Sanders also presently serves as the program director for the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center, which helps advance telehealth operations in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.more »
The days of a school nurse are gone in many districts, and you can blame budget issues. A pilot program with Spectrum Health is taking what you see as a school nurse and turning it on its head. It's allowing two Northern Michigan school districts to have someone, through a telehealth setup. Both Big Rapids Public Schools and Reed City Area Public Schools more »
In Crothersville, Ind., every kid in town goes to the same school: 450 students a day, every day -- Kindergarten through 12th grade -- and when one of them gets sick, care falls on the school secretary, Angie Keasler. "I have no professional medical training," Keasler said. "I'll go ahead and give them Ibuprofen or a cough drop, that sort of thing." Keasler says she practices "mom medicine."more »
Nearly two months after launching a pilot program in Elwood, the Linton-based Indiana Rural Health Association is expanding its school-based telehealth clinic program to southern Indiana. The Southern Indiana Rural Health Clinic will cover Austin, Crothersville and Southwest Jefferson County Schools, beginning in January.more »
Direct Primary Care has come to the state of Indiana. Effective July 1, 2017, with the full approval of the Indiana General Assembly's Senate and House Chambers, Enrolled Senate Bill 303 became law.
Two new laws with telehealth components took effect on July 1, 2017 in the state of Indiana.