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Lawmakers Pitch Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015


Lawmakers Pitch Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015A major proposal is being introduced by lawmakers in Washington D.C. that could, if passed into law, have enormously positive ramifications for the expansion of telemedicine among individuals most in-need of access to such services.

U.S. Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson and Charles B. Rangel are behind H.R. 2516 — the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015.

“When our service men and women are called to duty, they do so selflessly with only the country in mind,” said Thompson, according to GantDaily.  “When they return home, it is our shared duty to be there for these heroes, by making lifesaving resources readily accessible.”
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The State of Tennessee Passes Telemedicine Reimbursement Law


The State Of Tennessee Passes A Telemedicine Reimbursement LawWhile residents in some areas of Tennessee, such as Nashville, have easy access to just about any type of healthcare required, the state as a whole has a shortage of Primary Care Physicians (PCP). It is for this reason that Tennessee recently passed a law requiring both Medicaid and private health insurance companies to reimburse for telemedicine, just as they would for in-person healthcare visits.

While Nashville, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing healthcare hubs in the nation, there are many rural areas in Tennessee where residents are required to drive hours for even fairly general healthcare needs. This makes telemedicine the easiest way to access healthcare, as described in a comprehensive report from Philly.com.

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Specialty Telehealth and Wearable Technologies Keeping Patients Healthy At Home


Specialty Telehealth and Wearable Technologies Keeping Patients Healthy At HomeWhen it comes to the best place to invest time and money, health IT developers are shifting more of their efforts towards specialty telehealth and wearable technologies designed to keep patients healthy at home.

While connecting patients in rural areas with physicians is still a top priority, tools designed to improve and manage chronic diseases and reduce hospital readmissions are some of the most in-demand areas of innovation.

While there are still challenges with telehealth reimbursement, one factor that almost all advances in telemedicine are designed to address is lowering healthcare costs. Lowering healthcare costs not only eases the financial burden, but can help to improve quality of life by alleviating stress.

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Is Pediatric Telemedicine a Cost Savings Necessity


Is Pediatric Telemedicine a Cost Savings NecessityCan pediatric telemedicine prove to be a cost-saving necessity and a boon to the expansion of children’s healthcare throughout the U.S. and across the globe?

The answer appears to point to the affirmative according to freshly published research.

Researchers at UC Davis recently spearheaded a study to determine whether “pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone consults.”
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USDA Backs Distance Learning, Telemedicine Projects


USDA Backs Distance Learning, Telemedicine ProjectsOn Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for its “Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program.”

If you’re not familiar, the program provides increased access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas.

“This program provides people who live and work in rural areas with better access to a variety of educational and health care services,” Vilsack said in a USDA announcement. “For example, because of the DLT program, students in rural areas can take advanced placement classes, residents can have access to specialized medical services not typically available, and many other benefits for rural communities.”
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American Telemedicine Association Announces New Board Members—Including A New President


PrintThe American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has been working diligently in the telemedicine industry since it was founded in 1993. Through it all, the organization’s goal has remained to improve quality, access, and affordability of healthcare around the globe.

To that end, the ATA recently appointed several new board members, including their new President of the Board of Directors—Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. Dr. Tuckson’s accomplishments included being named one of the most 50 most influential physician executives in the nation, as well as one of the top 25 minority executives in healthcare. Dr. Tuckson is coming directly from his position as a Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections.

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Telemedicine Moves in to Nursing Homes


Telemedicine Moves in to Nursing HomesWelcome to the world of the nursing home — a part-time or permanent residence for many elderly people, and a place to care for the sick when loved ones can’t anymore. Of course, the one question that many loved ones face when putting their family members into a home, is how good will the care be that my loved one receives in the nursing home?

Currently being tested in New York, telemedicine is being implemented at a handful of nursing homes owned and operated by The McGuire Group. It is hoped that telemedicine will help reduce the stressful and strenuous workload that medical professionals often face in a nursing home setting.

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