Category Archives: Telehealth

‘Next Generation’ ACO Encourages Telehealth, Post-Discharge Home Services: CMS

In another step towards advancing models of care that reward value over volume, HHS announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model of payment and care delivery. A new initiative from CMS’s Innovation Center, the model is part of … finish reading ‘Next Generation’ ACO Encourages Telehealth, Post-Discharge Home Services: CMS

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5 Reasons to Create a Virtual Multi-Specialty Physician Network

“How can we deliver care in a very different way and not compromise quality?” was the question that drove Blue Shield of California and Adventist Health to implement a virtual multi-specialty physician network, dubbed a payor-provider telehealth collaborative, says Lisa … finish reading 5 Reasons to Create a Virtual Multi-Specialty Physician Network

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Walgreens Expands Telehealth Platform to Offer Virtual Visits via Mobile App

The doctor is always in. Walgreens’ Web site users can now access board-certified doctors 24/7 through its mobile app, given the drugstore chain’s newest collaboration with MDLIVE, a provider of telehealth services. The collaboration aims to transform retail digital healthcare … finish reading Walgreens Expands Telehealth Platform to Offer Virtual Visits via Mobile App

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Allegheny Health Network Launches State’s First EMS Pre-Hospital Telemedicine Program

A new program offers patients direct in-home virtual access to a physician who can see and talk to them prior to admitting them to a hospital. The year-long pilot program, Allegheny Health Network’s Pre-hospital Telemedicine Program for use in the … finish reading Allegheny Health Network Launches State’s First EMS Pre-Hospital Telemedicine Program

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Telestroke and eICU Part of Nation’s First Telemedicine Care Center

An around-the-clock telestroke program and an electronic intensive care unit (eICU) are among the telemedicine services planned for the country’s first virtual care center at the Missouri-based Mercy, officials said. The four-story, 120,000-square-foot center will open in 2015 and accommodate … finish reading Telestroke and eICU Part of Nation’s First Telemedicine Care Center

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6 Key Telehealth Trends

Remotely monitoring discharged patients through videoconferencing was among the top trends for telehealth in 2013, according to the results of the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s Telehealth survey. Respondents reported improved communication and greater effectiveness in monitoring patients with chronic diseases including … finish reading 6 Key Telehealth Trends

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Telemedicine, Home Health Beneficiaries of New Medicare Frontier Payment Program

Enhanced Medicare payments for telemedicine and home health services are among the goals of a new Frontier Community Integration Project Demonstration, according to program FAQs released by the CMS. Critical access hospitals (CAHs) that receive funding through the Rural Hospital … finish reading Telemedicine, Home Health Beneficiaries of New Medicare Frontier Payment Program

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Telemedicine Expands Access to Acute Medical Care

People who are younger, more affluent and do not have established healthcare relationships are more likely to use a telemedicine program that allows them to get medical help — including prescriptions — by talking to a doctor over the telephone, … finish reading Telemedicine Expands Access to Acute Medical Care

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Leveraging Technology to Increase Case Management Efficiency

The use of technology is a big influencer of case management efficiency, but the industry should be mindful of its use and participate in tool creation, advises Teresa M. Treiger, RN-BC, MA, CHCQM-CM/TOC, CCM, CCP, president of Ascent Care Management. … finish reading Leveraging Technology to Increase Case Management Efficiency

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Telemedicine Reduces Pediatric Medication Errors in Rural EDs

Telemedicine consultations with pediatric specialists can improve the quality of care and reduce the number of drug errors in rural settings, according to a study from UC Davis Medical Center. Rural physicians face distinct disadvantages when providing critical care for … finish reading Telemedicine Reduces Pediatric Medication Errors in Rural EDs

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