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Indiana Providers, VA Eye 3 New Telehealth Programs for Veterans

Published Monday, August 3, 2020
July 23, 2020 - Two Indiana institutions are working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop three new telehealth services for veterans in the state. The Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are partnering with the VA’s Quality Enhance Research Initiative (QUERI) on a program to evaluate and launch connected more»

Trump administration renews public health emergency after urging from states

Published Friday, July 24, 2020
The Trump administration has renewed the public health emergency for the coronavirus, ensuring that critical resources to fight the pandemic can continue while much of the country battles rising caseloads. The news will come as relief to health care groups who worried that President Donald Trump would let the emergency declaration lapse when it was set to more»

Telehealth in the Pandemic and Beyond: The Policies That Made It Possible, and the Policies That Can Expand Its Potential

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Summary - The COVID-19 outbreak has ushered in an unprecedented acceleration in the use of telehealth services. Telehealth gives patients who have few local providers more health care options and allows them to avoid waiting rooms and other contact while receiving care. Widespread user satisfaction with telehealth during the pandemic suggests that many more»

The looming end to the telehealth boom

Published Monday, July 20, 2020
The COVID-19-induced state of Public Health Emergency (PHE) has been the most catalytic event for digital health that I have seen over my last decade of working at the intersection of healthcare, technology and policy. As a CMS colleague of mine recently described, we have advanced telehealth by five years in a period of five weeks. Of the dozen state more»

Early Impact Of CMS Expansion Of Medicare Telehealth During COVID-19

Published Friday, July 17, 2020
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken unprecedented action to expand telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries. Since people were advised to stay at home to reduce risk of exposure of COVID-19, there was an urgency to increase access to telehealth services to help people who need routine care and allow more»

eHealth Initiative Supports Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020

Published Thursday, July 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC – July 16, 2020 – Today, Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), David Schweikert (R—AZ), Peter Welch (D-VT), Bill Johnson (R-OH), and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020 to ensure Medicare beneficiaries can continue to access critical healthcare services after the COVID-19 public health emergency period.

The legislation comes after eHealth Initiative (eHI) joined other leading digital health associations and more than 300 organizations to send a letter to Congress outlining the immediate actions necessary to ensure...

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A new bill asks Congress to make telehealth coverage expanded by the CARES Act permanent

Published Thursday, July 2, 2020
A bill introduced in the House — called the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act — would ensure that telehealth regulations implemented through the CARES Act in response to the pandemic remain permanent. If passed, the proposed legislation will allow the HHS to waive geographical limitations for Medicare beneficiaries using telehealth or more»

FCC Boosts Rural Health Program Funding to Support Telehealth Expansion

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020
June 30, 2020 - Federal officials are adding almost $200 million to a fund designed to help rural healthcare providers expand their broadband resources, giving them more opportunities to improve the reach of their telehealth and mHealth platforms. The Federal Communications Commission announced today that the Universal Service Administrative Company, which more»