• Flat-fee payment model bypasses traditional health insurance

    Posted by: John Russell    |    Friday, August 4, 2017

    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.

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    Posted by: Bryce Oates    |    Friday, July 14, 2017

    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.

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  • Practicing Telemedicine Across State Borders: New Expedited Licenses Permit Physicians to Expand Practice

    Posted by:    |    Monday, May 15, 2017

    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.

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  • Indiana Schools Team Up to Provide Better Healthcare For Students

    Posted by: Ann Bowdan    |    Monday, January 9, 2017

    Indiana schools team up to provide better healthcare for students Several school systems in Indiana have collaborated to provide their uninsured students with better healthcare

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  • 3 New Telehealth Clinics Open In Southern Indiana Schools

    Posted by: Jill Sheridan    |    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    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.

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  • Indiana Hospitals Bring Telehealth to Patients

    Posted by:    |    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    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.

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  • IRHA director of operations named national NRHA Fellow, joins “elite group of rural healthcare professionals”

    Posted by:    |    Monday, December 19, 2016

    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.

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  • Big Rapids, Reed City Districts Share Nurse Through New MedNow Program

    Posted by:    |    Monday, December 19, 2016

    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 »

  • Southern Indiana school districts testing digital doctor visits for sick kids

    Posted by: Gil Corsey    |    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

    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."

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  • School Telehealth Clinic Program Expanding

    Posted by: Alex Brown    |    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    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.

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  • Concierge Medicine Coming to Indiana?

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    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.  

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  • Indiana 2017 Telehealth Legislation

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Two new laws with telehealth components took effect on July 1, 2017 in the state of Indiana.

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