Reminder: CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship exceptions due... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Telehealth

VA rolling out mobile telehealth, appointment apps

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is rolling out to all VA facilities a telehealth application that securely connects veterans and their health care providers from any mobile or web-based device, President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, M.D., announced yesterday at a VA telehealth event. “This... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Telehealth

Telehealth is changing care

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The health care world is changing. New technologies are moving the field in new and different directions, all of which is good news for patients.

Take, for example, how hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to care, improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs. We released... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: access, Telehealth, telemedicine

AHA report highlights innovative telehealth programs

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Hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to care, improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs, according to a report released today at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The report shows how seven hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Telehealth

FCC task force seeks input on broadband health care solutions

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force will convene several virtual listening sessions beginning next month to facilitate stakeholder input on actions to accelerate the adoption and accessibility of broadband-enabled health care solutions and advanced technologies, including the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

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Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth

Most Wired hospitals use technology to partner with patients on health

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The nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to make it easier for patients and health care providers to interact, according to results from the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released today by the AHA’s Health Forum subsidiary. Hospitals also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Telehealth

USDA awards loans to expand rural broadband infrastructure in four states

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday awarded $43.6 million in loans to telecommunications providers to expand access to broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas. “These broadband infrastructure investments will connect rural communities to a digital future and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

AHA recommends changes to FCC Rural Health Care Program

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The Federal Communication Commission should update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services, the AHA said in comments submitted today. Specifically, AHA recommends the program increase the Healthcare Connect Fund and HCF discount percentage; reduce... read more

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

Senate Finance Committee passes chronic care bill

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The Senate Finance Committee today voted unanimously to approve the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), legislation to improve care management, coordination and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Among other provisions, the bill would extend the Independence at Home demonstration; provide... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO, Telehealth, chronic conditions

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