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Illinois Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Enact Telehealth Payment Parity

Published Monday, October 19, 2020
A coalition of healthcare organizations is pressuring Illinois lawmakers to mandate payment parity for telehealth services. The call to require payers to reimburse providers for telehealth services at the same rate as they do for in-person care is part of a 10-part request to make permanent emergency provisions enacted earlier this year to improve more»

Global Edition Government & Policy HHS Secretary Azar touts Trump admin's digital health response to COVID-19

Published Friday, October 16, 2020
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar this week praised the Trump administration's technology response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting its efforts on data collection, telehealth expansion and more. During a brief speech Tuesday evening at the HLTH VRTL 2020 conference, Azar highlighted the efforts of HHS to collect data more»

Judy Faulkner talks lessons learned from Epic's COVID-19 response

Published Thursday, October 15, 2020
Epic CEO Judy Faulkner on Monday offered her perspective on how the company has responded to the COVID-19 crisis – and described some of the lessons learned along the way. She spoke during a discussion at HLTH VRTL 2020 Monday with longtime Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson, who is now chair of the Institute for Intergroup Understanding. "The more»

Illinois Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Enact Telehealth Payment Parity

Published Thursday, October 15, 2020
A coalition of healthcare organizations is pressuring Illinois lawmakers to mandate payment parity for telehealth services. The call to require payers to reimburse providers for telehealth services at the same rate as they do for in-person care is part of a 10-part request to make permanent emergency provisions enacted earlier this year to improve more»

FDA Launches the Digital Health Center of Excellence

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is launching the Digital Health Center of Excellence within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The launch of the Digital Health Center of Excellence is an important step in furthering the agency’s overarching dedication to the advancement of digital health technology, more»

Study: Black patients more likely than white patients to use telehealth because of pandemic

Published Tuesday, October 13, 2020
A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association showed that in mid-March, Black people were more likely to self-report telehealth use in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic – particularly when perceiving COVID-19 as a minor threat to their own health. The Pew Research Center conducted the survey more»

DC Council Votes to Extend Telehealth Coverage for Postpartum Care

Published Monday, October 12, 2020
Washington DC lawmakers are set to enact a new law that would greatly expand telehealth coverage for postpartum care. The Postpartum Coverage Expansion Act Amendment of 2020, which was passed unanimously by the DC Council, extends postpartum inpatient and outpatient benefits through Medicaid from up to 60 days after childbirth to at least a year, and more»

Lyft to integrate with Epic, enabling ride scheduling within EHR workflow

Published Monday, October 12, 2020
Ride-sharing app Lyft announced Thursday that it would be integrating with Epic to allow healthcare staff to schedule rides for patients directly from their electronic health record. According to the company, Lyft for Epic can help providers schedule rides directly from a patient's profile in the EHR. Patients do not need to have access to the app on their more»