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State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report

Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Spring 2020 update from the National Center for Connected Health Policy CCHP’s comprehensive assessment and compendium of state Medicaid telehealth policies and laws covers all fifty states and the District of Columbia. CCHP’s semi-annual State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies report offers the nation’s most current summary more»

Tennessee Health Plan Makes COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage Permanent

Published Friday, May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020 - A Tennessee health plan is making its telehealth coverage permanent, saying lessons learned during the Coronavirus pandemic have proven the value of connected health services. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced this week that coverage of virtual visits with in-network providers will continue past the ongoing national emergency. The more»

Law and Telemedicine in the Time of Covid-19

Published Monday, May 11, 2020
The long-awaited promise of telemedicine may finally be realized as a response to Covid-19. For decades, advocates hailed telemedicine as the way forward to improve access and reduce cost, while maintaining high-quality care. There have been steady gains in investment and growth across the country, and an increasing number of studies suggest that for more»

Maternal Health Advocates Welcome Virtual Care

Published Thursday, May 7, 2020
My last in-person prenatal visit was March 16. Only symptomatic patients were wearing masks and we were all getting used to eyeballing a 6 foot distance. Since then, I’ve taken my own vitals and had two visits over Zoom. So my doctor sent me this blood pressure cuff - and once a week I take my blood pressure at home and I enter it into an app on my more»

How will COVID-19 change healthcare over the next 18 to 36 months?

Published Wednesday, May 6, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has been characterized as a black swan—an event that happens so rarely that it is incredibly hard to predict and even harder to prepare for. With the benefit of hindsight and knowledge of our current reality, this blog series approaches and attempts to answer a series of questions about our present state and our future. The first more»

The New Language of Telehealth

Published Tuesday, May 5, 2020
As I wait for the interpreter to call the mother and then connect me into our three-way call, I berate myself for how bad my Spanish has become. I imagine it will continue to get worse. But what I am also realizing in this 30 seconds of dead airtime is that my overall communication skills are dwindling, too. I realize that in normal, non-Covid times, I do a more»

"Why the Telemedicine Physical is Better than You Think"

Published Monday, May 4, 2020

Physicians who are new to telemedicine often fret about the appropriateness – and the limits – of a remote physical. Here are a few lessons we’ve learned at JeffConnect. 

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Home Eye Test for Children and Adults

Published Friday, May 1, 2020
It is possible to do some basic testing of your vision and the vision of your family members and friends at home. Home eye testing is not a substitute for a complete medical eye examination by an ophthalmologist. Testing your vision at home will not be as accurate as what your ophthalmologist can do. But home eye testing could help you discover a problem more»