MedPAC signals support for telehealth in risk-based payment models

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Friday discussed principles to guide the expansion of Medicare telehealth coverage. The 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 requires the commission to report to Congress on how Medicare telehealth coverage might be expanded. During the meeting, commissioners voiced... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO, telemedicine

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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