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

USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants

AHA News Now

Hospitals and others can apply through July 17 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 today. The fiscal year 2017 grants are through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, nurses, telemedicine

GAO issues report on telehealth and remote patient monitoring in Medicare

AHA News Now

Both telehealth and remote patient monitoring may improve or maintain quality of care in Medicare, but concerns regarding payment and coverage restrictions present potential barriers to their use, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. Required by the Medicare Access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, Telehealth, telemedicine

Senate Finance Committee holds hearing for HHS secretary nominee

AHA News Now

The Senate Finance Committee today held a confirmation hearing for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services. Price said his first order of business if confirmed as HHS secretary would be to see how the president’s recent executive order would be... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, telemedicine

CMS updates providers on efforts to improve access to care in rural America

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today convened a Rural Health Solutions Summit, where agency leaders and health care stakeholders discussed ways to improve access to care in rural America and support innovation in health care delivery. Participants included Karen DeSalvo, M.D., acting... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, telemedicine

AMA issues updated medical ethics code, guidance for ethical practice in telemedicine

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The American Medical Association yesterday adopted the first comprehensive update to its Code of Medical Ethics in more than 50 years, as well as separate ethical guidance for physicians who respond to individual health queries electronically or provide clinical services through telemedicine. The updated... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, telemedicine

AHA participates in Montana Rural Health Summit

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The AHA participated yesterday in a Rural Health Summit hosted by the Montana Hospital Association and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) that brought together stakeholders, advocacy organizations, community members and senior administration officials to address critical rural health care challenges, such as... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Medicaid, regulation, telemedicine, workforce, Behavioral health

Say 'ahhh' to doctor 400 miles away

AHA News

A physician with Rice Medical Center in rural Eagle Lake, Texas, can treat students nearly 400 miles away in tiny Sheffield (population 600) via telemedicine. His virtual tool-belt includes an electronic stethoscope that enables him to hear a patient’s heartbeat in real time and a high-definition camera... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, telemedicine

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

AHA News Now

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

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