Discharged heart failure patients report better quality of life with remote monitoring

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Remote patient monitoring does not reduce readmissions or mortality for older adults discharged home after inpatient treatment for heart failure, but recipients report better quality of life, according to results from a randomized clinical trial published online this week by JAMA Internal Medicine. About... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, Telehealth, telemedicine

USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants

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Hospitals and others can apply through March 14 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the Department of Agriculture announced this week. The fiscal year 2016 grants are through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth, telemedicine

AHA recommends changes to FCC Healthcare Connect Fund

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The AHA today recommended several changes to the Federal Communications Commission’s Healthcare Connect Fund to enhance participation and access to broadband for rural health care services. Specifically, AHA recommends that the FCC increase the HCF discount percentage from 65% to 85%; allow funding for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, regulation, Telehealth, telemedicine

The Rural Challenge

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We must ensure that health care is there for some 51 million Americans who live in rural communities. Small size, remote geographic location, a limited workforce, difficulties in attracting and retaining physicians and limited access to financial resources are only part of the problem. Their patient mix... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Telehealth, telemedicine

AHA comments on 21st Century Cures discussion draft

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The AHA supports the intent of draft legislation to accelerate and improve the discovery, development and delivery of new cures and treatments for patients, but would strongly object to any reductions to hospital payments to pay for the proposals, AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said in ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, Medicare, price, telemedicine

Hospital leaders urge Congress to support unique needs of rural patients

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Hospital leaders today urged the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens and support federal programs critical to maintaining access to care in rural communities. Testifying at the hearing were rural... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: RACs, Medicare, rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, access, telemedicine

AHA report details legal, regulatory challenges to realizing the promise of telehealth

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A new AHA TrendWatch report highlights the many challenges to realizing the promise of telehealth for hospitals, health systems and their communities. “From emergency department care to remote patient monitoring for chronic care management, telehealth is changing the way health care is provided – both... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, telemedicine

Committee issues discussion draft of 21st Century Cures legislation

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House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today released draft legislative text for their 21st Century Cures initiative, which they expect to review at a hearing tomorrow with representatives from the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. Among other provisions, the discussion... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, Medicare, telemedicine

FDA finalizes guidance on medical device data systems

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The Food and Drug Administration Friday issued final guidance on medical device data systems. The guidance confirms the agency’s intention not to enforce regulations for technologies that receive, transmit, store or display data from medical devices unless they involve active patient monitoring or require... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, regulation, telemedicine

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