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ATA Lends Support to New White House Telehealth Plan

This week, the unveiling of President Obama’s budget proposal indicated that it would enable the HHS Secretary to expand the ability of Medicare Advantage organizations to deliver medical services via telehealth, estimated to generate more than $160 million in savings over 10 years.

“ATA has been advocating for such language for many years. Although there is more to be done, this represents an important victory for telemedicine, Medicare patients and the nation’s taxpayers,” said ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous. “This policy signals a significant foot-in-the-door toward transforming the way healthcare is delivered.”

By integrating face‐to‐face care with remote access care in both rural and urban areas, this proposal will improve care coordination, provide for more timely exchanges between specialists, and facilitate beneficiary access to care in situations where traveling to provider offices would be more difficult.

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St. Jude Medical Launches OPTIS Mobile System in Europe and Japan

St. Jude Medical Launches OPTIS Mobile System in Europe and JapanSt. Jude Medical, Inc. — a global medical device company — has just announced the launch of the company’s OPTIS Mobile System in Japan and Europe.

The diagnostic system is designed to couple state-of-the-art optical coherence tomography (OCT) and angiography co-registration with fractional flow reserve (FFR) technology into one portable system for hospitals with multiple catheterization labs.

Driven by a global increase in vascular disease and enabled by advances in technology, the catheterization lab allows physicians to use minimally invasive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures that give patients an alternative to open heart surgery with the goal to improve patient outcomes, shorten hospital stays and reduce hospital costs.
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The Personal Connected Health Alliance Announces Support for the Connect for Health Act

The Personal Connected Health Alliance Announces Support for the Connect for Health ActOn Thursday, The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) announced that it is lending its “full support” to legislation introduced yesterday to expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services in Medicare.

If you’re not familiar, the CONNECT for Health legislation will eliminate most of the current restrictions on telehealth reimbursement, and allow for the use of remote patient monitoring for certain qualifying Medicare patients with chronic conditions, while supporting cost savings and expanded access to quality care.
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Amazing Charts Announces Partnership With Caremerge

Amazing Charts Announces Partnership With CaremergeAmazing Charts, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for independent physician practices, tells MHW that they have secured a partnership with Caremerge, LLC.

If you’re not familiar, Caremerge is a communication and care coordination platform.

The coupling, we’re told, will enhance Caremerge’s existing Chronic Care Management (CCM) solution and enable physicians offices to offer their patients a higher level of care and more efficiently create electronic care plans, generate current procedural terminology (CPT) coding, and provide services required for CCM reimbursements from Medicare.
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Real-Time Location Technology Plays Important Role in Healthcare

“When a loved one is having surgery, being tied to the waiting room and wondering how things are going can be a time-consuming and stressful experience.”

That’s the opening statement in an announcement this week from The Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City, Michigan.

To address this anxiety common among families, the facility now provides a novel solution. Its iCare Patient Tracker app, available on both computers and smart phones, puts peace of mind in the palm of a family member’s hand, allowing them to easily keep tabs on the patient’s progress.
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Doctor On Demand Makes Psychiatric Video Visits Available Nationwide

Doctor On Demand Makes Psychiatric Video Visits Available NationwideOn Tuesday, mHealthWatch learned that Doctor On Demand is set to become the first major telemedicine provider to offer psychiatric video visits on a nationwide scale.

If you’re not familiar, the company began offering mental health care services in December 2014 with the addition of psychologists to its provider network.

The new addition of psychiatrists represents “a significant expansion of access to mental health care through Doctor On Demand.”
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Global Partnership for TeleHealth Touts New CEO

Global Partnership for TeleHealth Touts New CEOGlobal Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT), a charitable non-profit agency that promotes the establishment of telemedicine programs in underserved communities, has a new CEO.

The organization announced today that Rena Brewer is succeeding Paula Guy as Chief Executive Officer.

Brewer, we’re told, will oversee the continued growth of GPT, as well as its affiliate organizations, including Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Alabama Partnership for TeleHealth and Florida Partnership for TeleHealth.
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