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American Telemedicine Association Teams with Telemedicine Society of India


Telemedicine Service Rolls Out Across IndiamHealthWatch learned this week that the American Telemedicine Association has reached a cooperative agreement with the Telemedicine Society of India (TSI).

Together, we’re told, ATA and TSI hope to advance the practice of telemedicine to improve access, quality of care, and efficiency in the delivery of health services to citizens of both countries.

This landmark agreement between the two nations’ premiere telemedicine associations will allow them to work closely to improve relations between health and technology providers in India and the United States, starting with each organization’s members.

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ATA Taps Founder of DermatologistOnCall for Vice Chair of Teledermatology Group


ATA Accreditation of Online Medical Services Registration Now OpenIagnosis, a developer of telemedicine solutions and the creator of DermatologistOnCall, announced Tuesday that its founder and chief medical officer, Mark P. Seraly, MD, has been elected Vice Chair of the Teledermatology Special Interest Group of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

“I am very honored by the American Telemedicine Association to be elected by the members as vice chair in their special interest group for teledermatology. I’m excited to contribute the insights drawn from my several years of real-world experience in not just practicing telehealth myself, but also in building a business model and championing provider adoption to enable a successful offering to patients,” said Dr. Seraly in a written statement to the media.

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ATA Announces Support for White House’s ConnectALL Initiative


White House Backs Bigger Budget for Health Technology EffortsThis week, President Obama introduced ConnectALL, a new initiative aimed at ensuring broadband parity for Americans of all income levels. In unveiling ConnectALL, the President also announced a goal of providing broadband access to 20 million more Americans by 2020.

The first of its efforts is a push for the Federal Communications Commission to revitalize its current phone subsidy program by extending coverage to the internet. The administration is also releasing a new study highlighting the importance of broadband access in engendering economic growth.

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Keynotes Announced for ATA’s 21st Annual Conference


ATA Accreditation of Online Medical Services Registration Now OpenThe ATA has some exciting news to share.

Authorities from the nation’s largest health systems, leaders of most influential medical societies and nationally recognized technology experts are included in a freshly announced list of speakers at the Annual Conference and Tradeshow of American Telemedicine Association.

The event takes place May 14-17 in Minneapolis.

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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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ATA Support Behind New Legislative Efforts for Telemedicine


ATA Launches Online Telemental Health CourseThe CONNECT For Health Act has another powerful ally in its corner today.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, a bipartisan bill that would “expand telehealth services through Medicare, improve care outcomes, facilitate patients’ ability to connect with their doctors, and implement cost-effective solutions for patients and providers.”

According to the ATA, U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
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ATA Touts Support for New Accountable Care Organization Model


ATA Launches Online Telemental Health CourseIn a media announcement shared with MHW on Monday, The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced its support and recognition of the launch of the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new accountable care organization (ACO) model.

The new model, called the Next Generation ACO Model (NGACO Model), is comprised of twenty-one ACOs with significant experience coordinating care for populations of patients through initiatives, including, but not limited to, the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Model.

“Today is an important day for Medicare beneficiaries getting access to value-based telehealth care,” said Gary Capistrant, Chief Policy Officer of ATA. “We think all Medicare ACOs should be able to use telehealth to provide the Medicare range of coverage, and we hope that Congress and CMS will explore allowing more use of innovation to serve better Medicare beneficiaries.”
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