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Major Move by Medicare: CMS Approves ATA Request for Telehealth Expansion


Major Move by Medicare: CMS Approves ATA Request for Telehealth Expansion   telehealth medicare CMS ATA This should be huge.

That’s the view of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), which recently both broadcasted and applauded the decision of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to use telehealth services.

This change came as part of the release of a new payment and care delivery model: the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The decision reportedly will extend coverage for telemedicine services to millions of U.S. Medicare beneficiaries.

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Veterans Affairs Boosts Budget to Ramp Up Telehealth Options for Vets


Veterans Affairs Boosts Budget to Ramp Up Telehealth Options for Vets   telehealth mHealth news healthcare IT Department of Veterans Affairs The Veterans Affairs Department (VA) wants to grow its efforts to provide telehealth and mHealth options for vets — with a focus on rural and remote veterans, mental health issues, and customized programs.

To wit, the VA’s recently proposed budget of $56 billion includes $1.2 billion earmarked for telehealth efforts — an increase of $126 million over its last telehealth budget amount.

“One priority identified by VA officials is mental health treatment. The VA has earmarked $7.2 billion in its budget for mental health treatment in a primary care setting and to provide ‘more intensive interventions in specialty mental health programs’ for severe or chronic mental health disorders,” according to mHealth News Editor Eric Wicklund (via GovernmentHealthIT). “That may include telehealth services, a key tool in ongoing projects to treat veterans with PTSD and other stress-related conditions.”

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Show Me State Wants to Show How Telehealth in Missouri Could Make Medicaid More Efficient


Show Me State Wants to Show How Telehealth in Missouri Could Make Medicaid More Efficient   telehealth Missouri It’s the “Show Me” state and now Missouri lawmakers are backing a bill that would expand telehealth services, a move they believe could make Medicaid more efficient.

“A Missouri House bill would allow Medicaid patients to telecommute with specialists, saving them the cost of travel,” notes the Missourian in a recent story.

One reason for the bill? According to Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), as medicine has advanced, more and more specialists have congregated in urban centers, far away from many of the more rural patients in need of their services.

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American Telemedicine Association Announces Prominent Keynote Speaker for 2015 Annual Meeting


American Telemedicine Association Announces Prominent Keynote Speaker for 2015 Annual Meeting   telemedicine telehealth mobile health mHealth ATA American Telemedicine Association Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a prominent physician, surgeon, scientist and entrepreneur, has been tapped by the American Telemedicine Association to deliver a keynote address at ATA 2015.

ATA 2015 is the American Telemedicine Association’s 20th Annual Telemedicine Meeting and Trade Show and world’s largest telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth meeting.

“Dr. Soon-Shiong’s accomplishments, experience and vision will inspire attendees to find creative solutions within their own organizations that improve the accessibility and quality of remote medical care delivery,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of ATA, in a press release provided to mHealthWatch.
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Statewide Delivery of Telemedicine Explored in Colorado


Statewide Delivery of Telemedicine Explored in Colorado   telemedicine telehealth healthcare Colorado According to the Denver Post, there is now a bipartisan bill in the works that, if passed into law, “would bolster telehealth across Colorado by preventing insurance plans from requiring in-person care to patients when it can be appropriately provided remotely.”

Promisingly, the bill has already based the House and will now head to the Senate, as the Colorado state legislature explores the power of telemedicine to an unprecedented degree among lawmakers.
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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week


mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week   telehealth mHealth news mHealth Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Gov. Cuomo Backs Telehealth Expansion in New York State
Telehealth medical services make access to remote medical care available to patients 24 hours a day from anywhere with an Internet connection. Not only does telehealth allow for round-the-clock access to healthcare, but it drastically increases access to much-needed medical attention for those who live in rural and underserved areas.

Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring Technology From Medicomp Aims To Save Lives
Medicomp, Inc. recently announced the launch of their patch-style, medical ambulatory cardiac monitoring technology. The technology is worn on the patient’s body as a medical patch, and provides 24 hour cardiac monitoring, including heart rate, rhythm, morphology and P-wave analysis.
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The Stats Are in and Telehealth is Generating Impressive Results


The Stats Are in and Telehealth is Generating Impressive Results   telehealth mobile health While telemedicine cannot be used to treat all medical conditions, it can be used to diagnose a wide-range of fairly general health concerns and to complement specialty services provided by out-of-area physicians.

Many physicians and medical facilities are still contemplating the best ways to introduce telemedicine to their patients, but some of the most common are for general office consultations, urgent care appointments, and even emergency room visits for non-life-threatening acute conditions such as a sore throat, urinary tract infection, or sinusitis.

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