A small school corporation in Starke County is getting a big boost to its healthcare as Oregon-Davis cuts the ribbon on its new Telehealth Center—the fifth one in the state.more »
With healthcare costs expected to increase 5 percent in the next year, providers are looking for more effective ways to deliver care, including telehealth. According to the Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey by the National Business Group on Health, 96 percent of employers are set to offer telehealth services.more »
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 »
- 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.