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TELEMEDICINE: THE VALUE BEYOND REIMBURSEMENT

Published Sunday, February 11, 2018

As telemedicine continues to play an ever-greater role in health care delivery, it is increasingly important that health systems and providers develop a strategy for implementing a telemedicine solution that can lead to scalable and sustainable growth.

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MEDICAID TELEHEALTH REIMBURSEMENT: ASK PERMISSION OR BEG FORGIVENESS

Published Thursday, January 4, 2018

"...telehealth clinicians wanting to provide and bill for services delivered to Medicaid recipients should do their due diligence. That means being cautious not to use nationally published policy guides as the sole source of truth for determining what is covered."

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STUDY FINDS NO DIFFERENCE IN QUALITY BETWEEN TELEHEALTH, FACT-TO-FACE COMMUNICATION

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Web-based doctor-patient interactions showed no difference in quality when compared to face-to-face communication, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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FCC ENDS NET NEUTRALITY IN PARTISAN 3-2 VOTE, FUELING OUTRAGE

Published Thursday, December 14, 2017

via Healthcare IT News: "The landmark decision, according to Chairman Ajit Pai, will promote competition among internet providers."

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TELEMEDICINE ADVOCATES CRY FOUL OVER FCC'S NET NEUTRALITY PLAN

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Via mHealth Intelligence: "Ending net neutrality rules would force healthcare providers to choose between telemedicine and profits, some experts say. Others feel it would stifle telehealth expansion into underserved areas."

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UPDATED STATE TELEHEALTH LAWS AND REIMBURSEMENT POLICIES

Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Center for Connected Health Policy, the National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, has updated its report of the state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies. Click to access the Fall 2017 version of this report

FLAT-FEE PAYMENT MODEL BYPASSES TRADITIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

Published 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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TELEMEDICINE CREATES SAVINGS FOR PATIENTS WHO DON'T HAVE TO TRANSFER TO BIGGER ER

Published 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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